...Athens By Taxi







ITHACA, of course, is the island of Odysseus, one of the Greek leaders of the siege of Troy who Homer dubbed "polymychanos".

Odysseus' 10-year adventurous trip back home to Ithaca, after the fall of Troy, is the subject of Homer's Oddyssey. The etymology of the name Ithaca is not determined but many believe that the island was named after Ithacos, son of Poseidon and the nymph Amfimele. Nevertheless, Ithaca will be forever associated with its Homeric king. Odysseus wandered for 10 years, escaping the Rocks of Symblygades, Cyclops Polyphemus, the one-eyed giant, the witch Circe, and many other obstacles that Poseidon threw in his way. He was lured by Circe, the witch, on her enchanted island for a few years, and finally reached Ithaca, via Corfu, where he charmed Nafsica and her father King Alcinoos. Upon his arrival, he disguised as a pauper and found shelter at the home of his loyal servant Eumeus, who, not knowing who he is, spent the night praising his long-gone master Odysseus. The next day he set off for the palace. At the door, his old dog Argus, who hadn't seen his master for 20 years, sensed his presence, sighed, happy at the reunion, and passed away.Inside the palace, Odysseus found Penelope, his loyal and loving wife, besieged by suitors, who were trying to win her by achieving her condition: string Odysseus's bow, an apparently formidable task. Odysseus, still disguised as a beggar, requested to try to string the bow and he did, he shed the old clothes he was wearing, killed the suitors, and was reuinited with his wife. After that, Ithaca was never important, to the point that the Venetians, rulers of the Ionian islands after the renaissance, offered financial incentives for people to settle here. Ithaca lacks in natural resources, including arable land, therefore its people have always left its shores to make their fortunes.

Ithaca is one of the pretty Ionian islands, and, like the rest of them, it is green and covered with olive groves. The development of its tourist industry in the last few years has not led to the disfiguration of the island's natural environment and traditional architectural infrastructure. The capital, Vathy, is a picturesque fishing village hidden at the end of a long fjord which contains Lazareto island and its two Venetian and French towers. Life in Ithaca is slow and laid back, and the place is ideal for a peaceful sojourn.


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