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Ruins in Aptera   - 22nd April 2011

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Aptera - Ruins of a Roman villa and spring flowers - click on the image to enlarge

 

Aptera - Ruins of a Roman villa and spring flowers

 

I have shown photos of this ruined Roman villa on several occasions (just do a search for 'Roman villa Aptera' in the search box at the top of this page to see a few results) and keep going back there because I find it a wildly romantic place: old columns and carved stones lying around, not fenced off, generally no people, beautiful views. And this time a sea of wildflowers bringing new life and colour amongst the old stones.

Incidentally, if you like the combination of old (man-made) stones and Cretan landscape, take a look at the book Crete: Centuries carved in stone... by Yannis Skoulas (ISBN : 9789608698925 - 2008) which explores similar subjects. I am not sure that you can find the book outside of Greece but it is available here in good bookshops for around 60 Euro.

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