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Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Nafplion November 6th 2018

This morning I drove from Nafplio to the site of the ancient city of Mycenae. You may know that, according to Homer, Agamemnon was king of Mycenae when he set out to fight the Trojan War around 1250 B.C. Whether that is true or not, Mycenae was certainly a prosperous city/fortress in Bronze Age Greece and I had done some reading about it, so it was satisfying to actually see the site. The most famous feature is the Lion Gate which has carv of two lions over the entrance e. I was there early in the morning and a group of dogs was hanging around and followed me around the ruins. I unintentionally included one of them in my attempt to take a timed picture with my iPad. Another impressive ancient structure is the tholos tomb ... read more

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Nafplion November 5th 2018

I spent the morning at the site of the Asklepios sanctuary in ancient Epidavros. It’s about a 40 minute drive from Nafplio where I’m staying. The site is famous today for its extremely well-preserved Greek theater from the 4 century B.C. Considering the theater is older by several hundred years than the many Roman ruins I’ve seen in my travels, it does look really good. And it continues to be used today for theatrical and musical performances. On the way back to town, I drove up to the looming Palamidi Fortress that overlooks Nafplio. There isn’t anything to do up there, but the views are good, both of the the town and the Aegean Sea. For lunch I went to one of the many waterfront restaurants and had a Greek salad that was very good - ... read more

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Nafplion November 4th 2018

This morning I rented a little black Peugeot car from Hertz and drove to the Peloponnese peninsula. It is located west and a little south of Athens. I have not been to this part of Greece before and it is a hilly, mostly rural area. The soil looks rocky, but there are places with active agriculture. I saw quite a number of olive trees, which I expected, and many groves of orange trees, which I did not expect. Using the car’s navigation system, I made it to the town of Nafplio which was buzzing with Greek visitors. It is a weekend seaside getaway for Athenians, I’m told. I visited their archeological museum and was impressed by the bronze sheet body armor from the 1400s BC. Then I wandered around this very photogenic town and took a ... read more

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Nafplion July 24th 2018

Jusqu’ici tout va bien : nous avons échappé aux incendies de forêt et aux orages Surtout, l’affluence partout est digne d’un mois d’avil sur la côte d’azur, autant dire une vraie bonne surprise Chaque baignade est un plaisir : température de l’eau idéale, eau limpide, juste pas tout à fait assez de poissons aux yeux des sornekeleurs experimentes ...... read more
Isthme de Corinthe

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Nafplion June 10th 2018

The first port of call on our cruise is Nafplion, Greece. Nafplion was the first capital of Greece, now a charming seaport. I braced my ankle and jumped on the tour bus with Jack to the ruins of Mycenae and Epidaurus. At Mycenae we saw a replica of the gold mask of Agamemnon. King Agamemnon had a complicated history including leading the Greek army in the Trojan War. Once his tomb was excavated, the Golden Mask used at his funeral was discovered by Heinrich Schliemann, a German, in 1876. Present day archeologists have begun to doubt that Herr Schliemann was completely honest and accurate on his supposed discovery. The archeological site in Mycenae we visited has been more recently dated a century or two earlier than Agamemnon’s death. History and controversy.... read more
View from the ruins of Mycenae
Jack and artifact

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Nafplion September 5th 2017

Most of the time these days, Maria Chiara and my holidays have something to do with weddings - either ours or other peoples'. On this occasion friends had invited us to their nuptials in Nafplio, a pretty town in the Peloponnese Peninsula, with Greece basking in late summer heat. It's a widely known fact that Greece is a summer paradise, and so plane tickets were incredibly expensive. After days of searching we found cheap tickets arriving on one Greek island and leaving from another, neither of which were particularly close to the wedding. It was a bizarre scheme, despite which we still managed to pull off a fairly stress free holiday and most importantly we didn't miss the wedding (although that was by a fine margin.) Once we had safely negotiated the attendance and enjoyment of ... read more
MC, me and the deep blue sea
Taking a dip in Gerolimenas
Portrait / Self Portrait

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Nafplion May 24th 2017

Our day in Nafplio has been far less historic and more focused on helping the local Greek economy. We spent the morning shopping in the little boutique shops and had a wonderful Greek lunch! After lunch, we walked along the cliffs to a beautiful and serene beach. Last night was the deck BBQ on the boat, so Scott and I were both a little sluggish after partying a little too late last night. Yesterday afternoon we left Itea and passed through the Canal of Corinth on our route to Nafplio. The canal is 4 miles in length and 70 feet wide; barely wide enough to get the boat through! It was amazing to see from aboard and there were even some locals standing on a bridge above the canal watching! After passing through the canal we ... read more

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Nafplion May 16th 2017

Monday 15thMay We drove through Sparta trying to find the road we needed to take us to our next stop just down the coast from Nafplion. Not finding the right road was fortuitous as we did find the statute of King Leonides so John jumped out and took photos. We are driving like Greeks now. The first rule of driving in Greece is that there are no rules. Well there are but as our guide to driving in Greece points out in the first sentence; “Greeks do not always follow the rules of the road”. We have taken to driving half in and half out of the hard shoulder and avoiding pot holes no matter what side of the road that requires us to drive on. We’ve noticed that the Greeks like to put on their ... read more
Views down to the town beach
Proof of how many steps there are to Palamidi fort

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Nafplion May 11th 2017

How about a bit of a change? We have done a city - Athens, a few museums, greek temples by the score,a handful of Cyclopean remains , the sea, the sand , the mountains and the monasteries. Let's do Venetian. It is easy travelling in Suzy to be able to do different things. We are not tied down to any one place. So let's go in search of marble pavements, the Lion of St Mark , a looming castle in an elegant small town which was contested between the Turks and the Venetians for years. It has a fair share of history in its medieval streets and holds the distinction of being the first capital of independent liberated Greece. Throw in a swanky marina full of yachts, the Bourtzi, picture perfect castle set in the cobalt ... read more
The Bourtzi
What's in the chocolate box?
The Venetians were here

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Nafplion May 9th 2017

Where in the world is Suzy today? She is sitting in another dusty car park hoping to get into this fascinating place before the bus loads turn up. But before we set out I grabbed the paracetamol and threw two down in the hope that they would make my back stop aching. I don’t know if it is the bed in Suzy, the hiking up and down hills and steps or the fact that I am not exercising or swimming . Whatever it is my sciatic nerve feels trapped and I have “toothache “ in my hip. Glenns chesty cold seems to be heading for a chest infection. He hits the antibiotics Even with all these niggles we are still making the most of this trip and nothing is going to stop us doing what we ... read more
Approaching the gate
You need a giant to lift some of those blocks
Ancient Myceanae  the entrance to the beehive tomb

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