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Nafpaktos, Monastiraki
Nikon D7200, Tamron 18-200
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Some Photos of the statue of Cervantes at the old port of Nafpaktos / Lepanto from my recent Visit to the Old Port.

Military service and captivity

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Statue of Miguel de Cervantes at the harbour of Naupactus (Lepanto)

The reasons that forced Cervantes to leave Spain remain uncertain. Possible reasons include that he was a “student” of the same name, a “sword-wielding fugitive from justice”, or fleeing from a royal warrant of arrest, for having wounded a certain Antonio de Sigura in a duel.[17] Like many young Spanish men who wanted to further their careers, Cervantes left for Italy. In Rome, he focused his attention on Renaissance art, architecture, and poetry – knowledge of Italian literature is discernible in his work. He found “a powerful impetus to revive the contemporary world in light of its accomplishments”.[18][19] Thus, Cervantes’ stay in Italy, as revealed in his later works, might be in part a desire for a return to an earlier period of the Renaissance.[20]

By 1570, Cervantes had enlisted as a soldier in a regiment of the Spanish Navy Marines, Infantería de Marina, stationed in Naples, then a possession of the Spanish crown. He was there for about a year before he saw active service. In September 1571, Cervantes sailed on board the Marquesa, part of the galley fleet of the Holy League (a coalition of Pope Pius V, Spain, the Republic of Venice, the Republic of Genoa, the Duchy of Savoy, the Knights Hospitaller based in Malta, and others, under the command of Philip II of Spain‘s illegitimate half brother, John of Austria) that defeated the Ottoman fleet on October 7 in the Battle of Lepanto, in the Gulf of Patras. Though taken down with fever, Cervantes refused to stay below and asked to be allowed to take part in the battle, saying he would rather die for his God and his king than keep under cover. He fought on board a vessel and received three gunshot wounds – two in the chest and one which rendered his left arm useless. In Journey to Parnassus he was to say that he “had lost the movement of the left hand for the glory of the right” (referring to the success of the first part of Don Quixote). Cervantes looked back on his conduct in the battle with pride: he believed he had taken part in an event that shaped the course of European history.

After the Battle of Lepanto, Cervantes remained in hospital in Messina, Italy, for about six months, before his wounds healed enough to allow his joining the colors again.[21] From 1572 to 1575, based mainly in Naples, he continued his soldier’s life: he participated in expeditions to Corfu and Navarino, and saw the fall of Tunis and La Goulette to the Turks in 1574.[22]:220

On September 6 or 7, 1575, Cervantes set sail on the galley Sol from Naples to Barcelona, with letters of commendation to the king from the Duke of Sessa.[23] On the morning of September 26, as the Sol approached the Catalan coast, it was attacked by Ottoman pirates and he was taken to Algiers, which had become one of the main and most cosmopolitan cities of the Ottoman Empire, and was kept here in captivity between the years of 1575 and 1580.[24] After five years as a slave in Algiers, and four unsuccessful escape attempts, he was ransomed by his parents and the Trinitarians and returned to his family in Madrid. Not surprisingly, this traumatic period of Cervantes’ life supplied subject matter for several of his literary works, notably the Captive’s tale in Don Quixote and the two plays set in Algiers – El trato de Argel (Life in Algiers) and Los baños de Argel (The Dungeons of Algiers) – as well as episodes in a number of other writings, although never in straight autobiographical form.[9]

Photos By Nikolaos Douralas , Text taken from wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_de_Cervantes#Military_service_and_captivity

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“Busy Bee”

Everybodys alright with me
Possibly youll disagree
Busy bee watch the world go by

Everybodys alright with me
Thats just the way I choose to be
Everybodys on my mind
Cant sit aside and watch this world go by
That aint me

Busy bee watch the world go by
Busy bee wathc the world go by

Everybody does their time
The people walk in crooked lines
Everybodys got their choice
But often we dont use our voice

Busy bee watch the world go by
Busy bee watch the world go by
Busy bee watch the world go by
Busy bee watch the world go by

Busy bee watch the world go by
How could you be so blind?
Some people they just aint satisfied
Watch the world go by

I always hear the school bell ring
Let the children dance and sing
Just let us find whats been lost
So many people get torn and tossed away

Busy bee watch the world go by
Busy bee watch the world go by
Busy bee watch the world go by

World go by
World go by
World go by
Watch the world go by
Watch the world go by
Watch the world go by

Everybodys alright with me

 

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Ο Ραψομμάτης (Τοπική Κοινότητα Ραψομμάτη – Δημοτική Ενότητα ΜΕΓΑΛΟΠΟΛΗΣ), ανήκει στον δήμο ΜΕΓΑΛΟΠΟΛΗΣ της Περιφερειακής Ενότητας ΑΡΚΑΔΙΑΣ που βρίσκεται στην Περιφέρεια Πελοποννήσου, σύμφωνα με τη διοικητική διαίρεση της Ελλάδας όπως διαμορφώθηκε με το πρόγραμμα “Καλλικράτης”.

Η επίσημη ονομασία είναι “ο Ραψομμάτης”. Έδρα του δήμου είναι η Μεγαλόπολη και ανήκει στο γεωγραφικό διαμέρισμα Πελοποννήσου.

Κατά τη διοικητική διαίρεση της Ελλάδας με το σχέδιο “Καποδίστριας”, μέχρι το 2010, ο Ραψομμάτης ανήκε στο Τοπικό Διαμέρισμα Ραψομμάτη, του πρώην Δήμου ΜΕΓΑΛΟΠΟΛΗΣ του Νομού ΑΡΚΑΔΙΑΣ.

Ο Ραψομμάτης έχει υψόμετρο 553 μέτρα από την επιφάνεια της θάλασσας, σε γεωγραφικό πλάτος 37,3803848414 και γεωγραφικό μήκος 22,1921133683. Οδηγίες για το πώς θα φτάσετε στον Ραψομμάτη θα βρείτε εδώ.