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Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Nafplion May 15th 2016

We left Athens this morning for a brief visit to Mycenaean territory in the Peloponnese. We had a good long look at Mycenae itself, with its famous Lion Gate. The setting is magnificent, above the plain running north from the sea and between two mountains that provided natural protection on north and south. Then a brief visit at a workshop where they're trying to reproduce the methods used in ancient times to create vases and bronze statues. On to Tiryns, another Bronze Age city that's slightly older than Mycenae. They're so close to each other that they must have been bitter rivals. We arrived at Nafplion, a port town that was occupied by the Venetians for many years. You can see it in the older buildings (and in the gelaterie!) It has a really Italian feel. ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens May 14th 2016

Today we packed in as many sites in Athens as possible. We started off with the Acropolis. They're just about finished cleaning the Parthenon, and - wow! - it is just gleaming. Then downhill to the Agora, the old civic centre. Here there is one of the best-preserved temples in Greece, the Hephaistion. Fortunately for us temple-lovers it was turned into a Christian church early on, and so remained intact. Then a pair of museums: the Acropolis Museum, which contains all the sculpture found on the Acropolis (except for the tasty bits "borrowed" by Lord Elgin and others), then to the National Archaeological Museum which contains every other Classical masterpiece found in Greece (or so it seems). I kept running into marvellous works I've encountered before in books or lectures. We rushed through both museums; I'll ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pl├íka May 13th 2016

The flight from Copenhagen went smoothly - I was surprised there was no passport control on arrival. The wonders of the EU! I was driven to the hotel by a very chatty young Greek who told me of his adventures visiting Istanbul. Several good tips. The group met in the bar - there are 14 of us including the leader - and we boarded an enormous bus to drive out to Cape Sounion, the southernmost tip of Attica. There is a temple to Poseidon on the hilltop. Scenic as all get out. We stopped at a seafood restaurant on the way back. Huge quantities of fried calamari, shrimp and small fish, then a grilled whole fish. Back to the hotel, and I went straight to bed.... read more

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen May 12th 2016

Rose, Alan and I walked all over central Copenhagen today. We visited the Ny Carslberg Glyptotek, which has a pretty good collection of Greek and Roman objects including lots of statues. There is a special exhibition on Gauguin as well. We ended up on one of the islands at a place with all sorts of food vendors - and an immense number of Danes hanging out in the brilliant sunshine, eating & quaffing beer. Pulled pork sandwiches - a Danish favourite - and German wheat beer. What could be better?... read more

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen May 10th 2016

The flight from Vancouver to London was delayed a bit - but that didn't matter: so was the one going on to Copenhagen. Rose and Alan met me at the airport and we found the Airbnb place I'm staying - very roomy and nicely furnished. Had a bite to eat at Rose's apartment then back to crash. I woke about 3:00 - jet lag - but managed to doze until 6:00 or so. Today (12 May) I'll make a whirlwind tour of the city with Rose and Alan.... read more

Here's where I'm going to keep an infrequent blog of our travels in Europe this summer.... read more

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