The Unwritten Places: Wanderings in the Mountains of Northern Greece

The Unwritten Places: Wanderings in the Mountains of Northern Greece By Tim Salmon, When Tim Salmon first set out to explore the remote mountain regions of Northern Greece, he couldn t find anybody, either Greek or foreign, who knew anything about them or had ever been there This, along with the absence of any books or detailed maps, proved irresistible to the Rough Guide author, travel journalist, mountaineer and linguist Those hazy bulwarks seen agaiWhen Tim Salmon first set out to explore the remote mountain regions of Northern Greece, he couldn t find anybody, either Greek or foreign, who knew anything about them or had ever been there This, along with the absence of any books or detailed maps, proved irresistible to the Rough Guide author, travel journalist, mountaineer and linguist Those hazy bulwarks seen against a summer sky from lowland roads and tourist routes where the black caped winter shepherds repaired in spring Where did they go For the next 40 years Tim made it his business to find out A close friendship, ongoing to this day, with a family of Vlach mountain shepherds lies at the heart of The Unwritten Places The Vlachs are called Arumani in their own language, which today is their principal distinguishing feature It is a language derived from Latin and is considered to be a dialect of Romanian Tim has watched his friends flocks grow in size and seen the road arrive as their children grew into their sophisticated twenties Tim s final acceptance by these proud and secretive peoples but never quite their dogs is marked by his participation in the annual transhumance of the shepherds and their flocks, walking between winter and summer pastures at a time just before the roads and the lorries took over A beautifully written, intimate portrait of an all but vanished way of Greek mountain life, uninterrupted for thousands of years He describes the remote parts of Greece beautifully, and comments hauntingly on their despoliation The Times Literary Supplement He has a sensitive and perceptive eye for mountainscape and skyscape, an eye any landscape painter might envy The Anglo Hellenic Review. The Unwritten Places Wanderings in the Mountains of Northern Greece When Tim Salmon first set out to explore the remote mountain regions of Northern Greece he couldn t find anybody either Greek or foreign who knew anything about them or had ever been there This al

  • Title: The Unwritten Places: Wanderings in the Mountains of Northern Greece
  • Author: Tim Salmon
  • ISBN: 9780993092206
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Travelling to Greece, the historical land of legends and myths, is sure to kindle the adventurous spirit in any emotional mythophile It is practically the promised land to all unforgettable escapades to an ignorant man Tim Salmon narrates his experience and makes it seem heavenlier than expected Tim s straight from the shoulder yarns render a vivid picture of present day Greece Tim is rather poetic than descriptive in his narratives His sense of looking at a landscape, people and events around h [...]

    2. I have a lot of feelings about this book because the author is writing about 1 my ancestors, the Vlachs, 2 the area in Greece where my family is from, and 3 the transhumance of shepherds and their flocks from their winter quarters to their summer quarters, which is something only the Vlachs did, and which is becoming less and less common these days Vlachs speak a Latin based language that is similar to Romanian My grandparents speak this language, which is called Arumanian the Vlach people are a [...]

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