I awoke early and went up to the Lido Deck and laid on a deck chair and listened to an explanation of the setting of the sales and watched the crew climb the rigging and do their work. Completely fascinating, I was so engrossed I completely missed breakfast by the time Toni found me about 10 am which was time for the first lecture by Dr. Frank Hildebrandt (German), who studied classical archeology, ancient history, prehistory and medieval archeology. By the way, more than half of the people on board are German. The lecture was great, all about Homer and ancient Greek mythology and history. That lecture was followed by a lecture on the Aegean Sea by John Meffert and it also was quite informative and then it was lunch time. At 12:30 pm Sea Cloud is is anchored off Nafplion, Greece and everyone boarded lighters for our tour of the day to Ancient Mycenea where we took a bus to the Tomb of Agamemnon and then to the ruins of Mycenea where the entrance is the Lions Gate. We almost didn't get to see everything as the “park ranger lady” told us that the top most part was closed at
it changes every day
3 but it wasn't 3 yet and thankfully Manuel (our Sea Cloud escort) was able to convince her that we were guaranteed a 3:05 closing, we made it to the top where King Agamenon lived and surveyed the Agropolis Plain which back in Mycenean time was a sea whch helped to explain why this place was chosen as it took us 30 minutes to drive there by bus. Unfortunately the German group went to the museum first and were denied access to the ruins . . . Christina, our guide, was great and very knowledgable about this perioed of Greek history. I recorded most of her talks. We took the bus back to the city of and up to the fortress built by the Venetions in 1686 (called Palamidi) after overtaking the . . . an amazing collection of 8 bastions. The area is huge but only took 3 years to build. From atop this fortress we could look down upon the city, the harbor, the bay and Sea Cloud an anchor in the bay. The water is a beautiful blue. Ken decided to walk down to the city via the 999 steps but Bobbi, Toni and I elected the
bus and once we were in the town we bid good by to Christina and walked through the city and found a nice shop where we bought some clothes, found Ken and had some refreshments in a cafe in the city square. We took lighters back to Sea Cloud and made ready for a Captain's cocktail reception and dinner. Ken didn't attend as he didn't have a coat – tonight is very formal dress and thankfully I brought a coat but no tie but Ken then said he had a headache and didin't attend dinner so I, Toni and Bobbie had dinner together at our own table. Each entree is presented with style and looks beautiful but the serving size was very small. The waiters never let your glasses get less than half full . . . I didn't have any wine as I was still recovering from the previous night's excess and after the main course I excused myself to go to bed.
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