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The Cistern of Mycenae

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No, I am not posting a picture of a toilet. This cistern supplied water to the ancient city of Mycenae around 1600 BCE. It collected water from a spring and sent it under the city for use. You can still walk quite far through the tunnel under the city

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The streets of Gorlitz

Gorlitz has such lovely old streets that are wonderful to explore. I spent hours just walking through the old cobbled streets, looking at the old buildings, town squares and beautiful churches.

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The old round gunpowder tower “The Fat Tower” on one of the many town squares,

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A hidden courtyard containing some lovely restaurants and buildings

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Lower Market Square with the Town Hall Tower on the left.

Arkadiko Bridge

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We found this old Roman footbridge on one of our many side-journeys while driving around the Peloponnese in Greece. It’s called the Arkadiko Bridge, and was built in Mycenaean times, approx 1300 BC. That’s over 3300 years ago, and it’s still standing (there are 4 such-brides in the Peloponnese. It is also one of the oldest arch bridges in the world, and is still in use! I wonder if the bridge-builders though that over 3000 years layer there would still be traffic over it.

The tower of the winds

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The first time we visited Athens the tower we closed, but it was open the second time. It is found in the more modern Agora – the Roman Market area of Athens. The tower is arguably the world’s first weather station, contains a sundial, water clock and wind vane. The tower was build sometime between about 200BC to 50 BC, so is at least 2000 years old, and is in remarkable condition (well it has just been restored).

It is called the Tower of the Winds because each face should a different wind. The Roman Agora in Athens is worth a visit if you an extra hour or two to spare.

Naplio harbour

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Following on my last post, here is a view of the little down harbour, another peaceful place to enjoy a post-dinner walk. Looking towards the own you can see Fortress Palamidi, the Venetia-build fortress up on the hill, and if you turn around you cans the venetian fortress of Bourtzi Castle, another Venetian-built fortress. It is such a lovely place to spend a few days.

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