Pat Tobin and I in July of 1953. After a week in Athens and various wonderful ruins, then it was on to Sparta and Gythion.
We traveled on the SS Independence from NY to Genoa, then to Greece on a small Italian boat through the Straits of Messina, passed Stomboli across to the Corinth Canal and to Pireas, the port of Athens.
How Gythion looked in 1953 when I saw it. Pat's relatives came down the hills on donkeys, and we all had dinner in an outdoor cafe.
Greek olive harvest time - October
A picture truly is worth a thousand words
How they did it in ancient days
How they do it today
And this is how it looks today, not very different from 1953. See photo above. It is strictly a small Greek fishing village. When I was there one of Pat's relatives pointed to a small island and said, "That is where Paris took Helen of Troy." I was absolutely charmed by that.