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Published: January 29th 2007
This is the lovely little fortress at the mouth of the Harbor in Nafplion. An old guy who sells earings there told me that it was built under the leadership of Saint Dimitrios to keep pirates out in the 13th century.
Nafplio is gorgeous. Being able to walk right down to the shore of the Aegean is such a lovely thing. But the architecture here is the my favorite thing about, perhaps. The streets are small and steep and the buildings are old and close together. It's a wonder that cars can get through at all.
The word that everyone on the trip has been repeating has been "surreal." The castles, the smells of the Meditarranean, the cute shops, the palm trees and cacti and citrus trees all flourishing side by side and the ever-present mountains in almost every direction- none of us can even believe that he's here.
We got into Nafplion yesterday from Athens. It took about 3 hours to drive by bus, with a pit stop near Corinth (The Corinth Canal is beautiful!). It's pretty warm still for January (nearly 70 F), but it's supposed to cool down some tonight and get to be more like a real winter. I think we're going up to the Palamidi- the fortress on the hill here in Nafplion. It's big and medieval and I'll bet the view from the top is great.
Last night about 8 of us sat
This fotress at the top of the Nafplion was built on top of ancient walls from about the 3rd Century BCE in the 13-14th centuries CE. It was used off and on Venetians, Ottomans and Greeks up until the Greek Revolution in 1821.
You get a fantastic view of Nafplion and its gulf from the top.
in the hotel room I'm sharing with Luke and drank the cheap wine from the supermarket. You can always find large bottles home-made wine at supermarkets for about a euro and a half, or 2 dollars. This wine is strong and cheap. I suppose it's not cheaper than American boxed wine, but it's a LOT stronger. If I'm going to drink it the way Greeks do, which is constantly from about 9 PM until midnight, I'm going to have to start mixing it with water, since an evening of drinking 12.5% alcohol krasi ends up hitting pretty hard.
Time to go eat a little breakfast before storming the 13th century castle!
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