Finally the day arrived to see this big castle that I have only been able to see from distance.
I remember seeing some stairs leading up to the castle, but my biker boyfriend was not very interested in walking all the way up. So we hit the road after enjoying another slow day at the beach.
It is located on the north-east part of Leros, about 200 meters above sea level. Inside the castle is the church of Panagia (the Church of the Virgin Mary).
The castle was built in the 10th century of the site of an ancient acropolis. With time the castle had the role of being a look out post for the Turkish, Italians and Germans. And of course like every building who has been through many battles It suffered a lot of damage.
Anyhow, when you get up there and realize you have magnificent views no matter what side you’re on, it is just breathtaking. The worst thing for me is not being to capture that on film or better said on a memory card.
While we were looking down, we had a competition of who was going to find the house we are staying at. And I found it first
(Find the house with the pool in the middle, move little up and there it is).
I suggested that one day, I walk up to the castle, of course with a comment like “are you crazy?”, and that my boyfriend takes a picture of me at the castle from the house. I would wear something white and have a flag in my hand. Sadly, that mission was not completed.
At the castle is also a museum (me: “yeeeeeay”, my boyfriend: “oh no, not another museum”). The Ecclesiastical Museum featuring clergy apparatus, icons and utensils, wood carvings and other ceremonial paraphernalia of invaluable importance.
I don’t know why I have such interest in museums, I guess it’s the only way to get close to the history. You look at a thing 100 years ago and imagine in your head the purpose this thing had, the people who used this thing… you make your own little historical movie in your head.
After seeing every possible corner of the castle and visiting the museum we went back.
On our way back, at the side of the road are six windmills, very beautiful. Also a beautiful view down on Pandeli Beach.
The time we got to the windmills, the sun was slowly packing up its things and getting ready for bed. Beautiful, just beautiful.
After an adventurous day, it was time for some treats. We drove back to Agia Marina to a bakery that makes traditional sweets. We bought enough sweets for a small party.
Yes, we both have a sweet tooth. But I couldn’t wait until we get back so I had to eat something then and there.
And I had my eye on a cheese cake that even now makes my mouth water. Sooooo tasty. I was the happiest person on earth after finishing the piece.
The sun was already setting down so while enjoying our sweets we were able to enjoy the lovely sunset as well.