At the end of the earth

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What an incredible part of the world this is! It certainly makes you dream of Odysseus. You can almost believe you see him sailing past... 

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We began the day by crossing the river Styx into the underworld, locally known as the Diros Caves. It is a huge series of grottos, navigated by boat.  

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We took a counter-clockwise tour of the Mani peninsula though hardscrabble villages carved into the steep mountains.

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We visited the temple of Poseidon where we laid our offering next to all the others left by travelers before us. 

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It's hard to imagine the kind of rough existence which people have eked out here over thousands of years. Currently the population of the area is 5000 hardy souls, but 200 year ago, 60,000 lived here.

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Around every bend in the road is another beautiful view. This is the southern most point of continental Europe.