A fishing boat bobs quietly in the harbour, waiting to be taken out onto the sea.
The view of the wonderful city of Nafplio from the Fortress of Palamidi. In the middle you can see the Venetian Bourtzi Castle, and the coastline of the Penopolese peninsula in the distance. The city is the most wonderful place to wonder around and get lost in. It is full of little alleys, shops and restaurants. And if you follow the coastline there is a wonderful walk (wall run for me) along the side of the hill.
Here are a few more pics of the Fortress of Palamidi in Nafplio.
A courtyard in the fortress, with the Greek flag flying high, and the Aegean see and coastline in the distance.
The fortress bell
One of the many arches in the fortress
This tunnel is actually up on the battlements of the Fortress of Palamidi in Nafplio, Greece. You can climb on the walls along the outside of the arches to have a magnicifant view of the Aegean sea.
The Temple of Apollo is where you go to speak to the oracle, and while the oracle always tells the truth, its not always in the way you expect. The temple is high up in the Parnassos mountains in Greece. You have to drive up a long and windy road to get there; I can only imagine what it would have been like to get there without modern transport. And walking around the temple grounds requires lots of hilly walking.
When we visited Delphi we received a message of sort from the oracle. Lois was bertween guide-dogs, and a stray dog walked up to us and gently grabbed onto and pulled Lois’ white cane, released it and wondered off. A few days later Lois got a call from SA guide-dogs to tell them that they had a dog for her.
Delphi will always be a special place.
This church is easy to miss. You have to walk up the road towards the Acropolis and pass directly past the entrance and walk into the woods of Filopappou Hill. Just on your right you’ll find this wonderful church.
And if you are energetic, walk to the top of the hill. You’ll find the best view of the Acropolis in Athens, and you’ll be completely alone (so maybe take somebody with you – just in case).
The Theatre of Epidaurus, and yes you can sit in the very back row of the theatre and clearly hear the conversations on the stage. The theatre was built in the 4th Century BCE, about 2400 years ago, and is part of the massive healing sanctuary of Epidaurus, the best in the classical world.
The theatre is still in use, and has seating for about 14000. Tickets are available here.
The Ancient stadium of Nemea was build around 330BC for the Argos games. It is very typical of ancient Greek stadiums. Except if you want, you can race there. In 1996 they revived games at the stadium, and anybody can complete. Now you complete just for fun. There are no prized or records of winners but I think it just might be a plan. The next games in are 2020.
The tunnel through which athletes enter the stadium. The ancient changing room is just behind the tunnel.
The start line.
Ok firstly, this is almost certainly not the actual grave of Agamemnon. Agamemnon was the king of Mycenae and is most famous for his role in the sacking of Troy told to us in the Iliad by Homer (a book you really should read – I recommend Lattimore or Lombardo’s translations). But it is undoubtably the tomb of a king, and probably a king that pre-dates Agamemnon.
The door to this tholos tomb (beehive tomb) measures over 5m tall, the lintel above the door, which weigh over 100tons each!
We will never know who was burried there, but it is a remarkable place to visit.