Patrick Leigh Fermor, died last week aged 96 – the end of an era – an ebullient life-giving force, a man who bore his erudition lightly and made
his home. In The Peloponnese, he built a
house with stone hewn from the mountains of the Mani [it will now belong to the
Benaki Museum of Athens]. Greece
Travel writers emulate him and cannot – is it the age of communication which makes their craft more difficult? – who agrees with this point?