Over there,’ said our driver gesturing to a smudge of land barely discernible in the gathering dusk, ‘is Ithaca: the home of brave Ulysses.’
He put the stress on ‘brave’ as if there might have been another Ulysses around who had less of an appetite for man-to-man combat.
Nikos, our driver, was a man of the classics, it appeared. ‘According to legend, Ulysses spent ten years fighting the Trojans in the Trojan War and then it took him ten years to get home after the war. This journey home is the story of The Odyssey.’
We were on Kefalonia, the sixth largest of the Greek islands, which sits between Ithaca and Zakynthos – far to the south of Corfu.