Blogs from Pelopennese, Greece, Europe - page 2


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 » Dimitsana August 2nd 2018

Une nouvelle route de montagne magnifique, passant par des villages Un chemin de randonnée bien balisé permet d‘atteindre Des monastères Bien escarpes : nous nous y aventurons un peu tardivement, et profitons des offres de taxi pour rejoindre Dimitsana en fin de journée : un village vraiment beau, où nous logeons dans une tour imposante Petit déjeuner d’antologie, entièrement fait maison, des confitures à l’« Omelette », en passant par les pies aux légumes On s’etait déjà régalés la veille au dîner, du porc grillé, de la saucisse locale (a l’orange) et surtout un plat de légumes à base de champignons et d’aubergines, parfumé à la cannelle (digne de Karen :))... read more
Gorges du Loussios
Gorges du Loussios
Monastère de Prodomos

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Pylos July 30th 2018

Agréable visite de ce site commencée à la fraîche le plus tot possible Pour une fois il y a quelques bus de touristes mais en nombre raisonnable Nous profitons de chaque recoin du site, du grand stade, des musées où se trouvent quelques statues et vestiges des accessoires sportifs Les descriptions des épreuves sont un peu effrayantes en particulier le pancrace : un combat ou tous les coups sont permis et où le vainqueur est celui qui n’abandonne pas Après midi farniente au bord de la piscine de l’hotel... read more
Entree du stade

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Sparta July 29th 2018

Avant d’atteindre le site magnifique de Mistra, nous avons traversé le non moins magnifique massif du Taygete, une belle route de montagne qui navigue de gorge en gorge Mistra autour de midi fut une vraie épreuve mais passer de ruines en chapelles byzantines le long d‘ anciennes ruelles pavées avec le panorama sur la plaine de Sparte, ça mérite bien quelques gouttes de sueur ... Et puis on a eu le petit bain de mer quotidien ensuite, de petites vagues ont remplacé le snorkeling... read more
Une gorge dans le massif du Taygete
monastère de la Peribleptos
Peribleptos vue exterieure

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese » Monemvasia July 28th 2018

Après avoir écumé les’ sites archéologiques de l’Argolide, nous avons pris une route magnifique - bord de mer, gorges, montagne - pour atteindre un petit village sur un rocher: Monemvasia Tout cela toujours bien loin de la foule, avec des pauses baignade et salades grecques toutes plus agréables les unes que les autres La dernière étape nous a menés dans le Magne, ou nous avons une vue magnifique depuis le balcon : nous étions aux premières loges pour l’eclipse de lune !... 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 May 24th 2018

Some days you just have to get away from it all and take a boat ride so that’s what I did in Argostolli. We docked at ten and walked along the shore to the Queen Bee. Mama Angeliki cooked up a storm the night before and her two sons Peter and George served the drinks and when we were all onboard we headed out to a secluded beach of White Rocks that can only be approached by sea. On the way we enjoyed coffee and home made cookies and got to know our shipmates. Lucky me I was seated with the Aussies so I knew it would be a fun day, and it was. I actually climbed into the dingy and went ashore though I didn’t swim. The water was warm and a brilliant sapphire blue. ... read more

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