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Nomós Argolídos

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  • Day481

    Portocheli

    August 9 in Greece

    Well a few days ago we visited Monemvasia and John has confirmed its one of the places he would like to go back to. It is a Greek Mont St Michel, permanently linked to the mainland by a long isthmus and bridge. You then follow a road around the edge to the walled in New Town full of narrow streets and winding alleys no motorised transport as roads are too narrow and steep. Above the new town perched on the top of the rock are the ruins of the Old Town and citadel, some parts of which have been partially renovated so you can get more of a feel for how things used to be. We arrived at the port early afternoon but waited for the evening before actually going to the island as the walk but the zigzag alley to the Old Town was steep, we went there first then wandered through the New Town getting temporarily ‘lost’ a few times as the lanes doubled back on themselves. We had iced coffee and water before heading back to the mainland for food, there aren’t as many photos of New Town as there should be to do it justice as by the time we descended I was desperate for a drink, of water! so not feeling like taking many piccys but here are some of photos I did take. The next day was long and a bit lumpy as we traveled to Portocheli, I spent most of the trip lying on the floor feeling rough, might have been sunstroke or my tea, or the run in the morning as well as the waves as am fine now. We have high winds for next few days so are staying here, well the boat is we are going to take a cruise to Hydra and Spetses towns tomorrow. I know it seems a bit odd but both island’s harbours are chock a block at this time of year so easier to take ferry.Read more

  • Day570

    Mycenae

    November 6 in Greece

    After a lovely lunch we then headed to Mycenae for some really ancient history, it would seem the site is from 1300 and 1200BC there were some really impressive bits ‘grave circle A’ photo2 great description eh? This was used in Neolithic times as well as during the 1200BC. A lot of the old town has been destroyed by earthquake or looted for building materials but there were two intact beehive tombs, well structurally intact the burial goods had all gone obviously but the two beehive tombs were awe inspiring. John was concerned with how they were built and concluded that a mound of ground was used and the block work built over this, they looked 10-12m tall, the soil would then have been removed and piled on top, they had what I felt were almost Egyptian style entrances and some of the blocks especially the lintels were huge. Just inside each of the 2 entry gates were small chambers where we assume the guards were located, one of the gates, the main one is known as the Lion gate. They had expanded the town walls during 1200 BC to add a water source . But the origin was still outside the walls but they had built an aqueduct of clay pipework partly above ground but mostly subterranean that then reached 18m under the town so they had unlimited water. check out the photos.Read more

  • Day483

    Hydra and Spetses

    August 11 in Greece

    So yesterday we took a boat tour to Hydra and Spetses, it was a bit rough but the stugeron tablets worked fine, well I think it was a combination of them and the fact that I had had no sleep the previous night as it was so hot. Hydra apparently has 2,000 residents and the only motorised transport is a few trucks for essential services like rubbish collection, fire, ambulance. The average person travels by foot or donkey, deliveries in the town are done by hand carts as the majority of roads are actually lanes that are stepped and cobbled. Hydra town is built around a natural bay like a natural Amphitheater. Most people live in the town and a few other hamlets on north coast. The centre of the island is almost mountainous, definitely big hills. We walked around the back of the bay up and down steps from one headland to the other then we travelled to Spetses a much lower island with 4,000 inhabitants spread out over a lot of the island. It appeared very affluent but that was an impression gained primarily from the property’s which were Italianate in style and I don’t know if they are locally owned or holiday homes. Spetses used to be home to shipyards where they built wooden ‘caiques’ (I think I have spelt that correctly) but we didn’t find any remaining evidence even though a Tim somebody had his wooden replica ship that he used to trace the Route of the Argo and Ulysses return after the war, built here. In Spetses we were dropped off at the new harbour actually just two piers at Dalia so we thought we would walk to the old harbour, we followed the signs but 45mins were still walking with no masts in sight. We altered route and another 15 mins later found harbour but like I said were disappointed no boat yards left. We followed the coast on the way back and it was much quicker I think some little oiks may have mucked around with the road signs we were following! We got back 10 hours after leaving even more exhausted and slept really well!Read more

  • Day589

    Day 590: Mycenae

    September 27 in Greece

    Today was one that I'd really been looking forward to - visiting the ancient city of Mycenae. I remember studying their civilisation in high school many years ago, so it was great to finally make it here.

    They were probably the largest and most important of the Greek city-states prior to the rise of Athens around 500BC, so much of what we saw today dated from 1000 BC and earlier. The city itself, Mycenae, is a citadel located on a hill, with large walls and plenty of buildings inside. Highlight was definitely the Lion Gate, a huge relief carving of two rampant lions above the main gate of the city - the oldest known monumental relief in Europe!

    We spent a few hours here; even though we'd arrived early it kept on filling up with pensioners on bus tours, and around lunch time we retreated. Found a bakery and grabbed some spinach pies, then headed for the ruined city of Tiryns which is also part of the world heritage site. Although it was just as important as Mycenae and almost as well preserved - there was nobody here. Just us, a couple of workers and some stray dogs. Nice spot!

    Back to Mykinis where we cooked pasta for dinner. Moving on tomorrow!
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  • Day396

    Nauplia

    May 2 in Greece

    Wie facettenreich und wunderschön die griechischen Inseln sind.

    Eine malerische Stadt, mit bunten Gassen, alten Gemäuern und eine Burg auf dem höchsten Berg. Die wollte erklommen werden, trotz der 1000 Stufen - puhhh😳 es hat sich allemal gewohnt, ein herrlicher Ausblick bei traumhaftem Wetter ☀️

  • Day588

    Day 589: Sanctuary at Epidaurus

    September 26 in Greece

    Up early and out to Athens airport where we picked up our car for the next few weeks, a little Peugeot 208. 36,000km and a few scratches, but otherwise pretty good. Headed around Athens and then south-west across the isthmus of Corinth. Quick stop for burgers near Corinth then eventually arrived at Epidaurus, our destination for the day.

    This world heritage site was a sanctuary devoted to Apollo Epicureus, essentially an ancient health retreat where people would come to be healed of ailments etc. It's also considered one of the birthplaces of modern medicine, since the priests here would make rudimentary attempts at evidence-based healing, rather than faith based healing.

    Most of the ruins were pretty old - several hundred years BC, but there wasn't a huge amount still standing aside from the theatre, as with many Greek sites. We did our filming (sadly Schnitzel was in the car as there's a total ban on dogs in Greek archaeological sites), wandered around for a couple of hours and then hopped back in the car.

    Stayed for the night in the town of Mykinis as it wasn't too far away, but also quite close to our site for tomorrow. Had a light dinner of - what else - gyros in town before retreating home. The house reminds me a bit of grandma & grandpa's place, very full of 1950s furnishings and trimmings!
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  • Day4

    Nafplio

    March 13 in Greece

    Our stop for lunch. Was the first capital of Greece
    A little sea bass, olives,bread, some wine some calamari followed up with some gelato. All good. Beautiful day out sunny mid 70’s., Very nice town square for strolling. Little street kids came up looking for handout. I noticed my phone was lying on the table - all they had to do was grab and run and that would have been the end of that - they definitely had their eyes on it! They later went over to pester the old man sitting outside of the restaurant (see in pic below).

    Nafplio (Greek: Ναύπλιο) is a seaport town in the Peloponnese in Greece that has expanded up the hillsides near the north end of the Argolic Gulf. The town was an important seaport held under a succession of royal houses in the Middle Ages as part of the lordship of Argos and Nauplia, held initially by the de la Roche following the Fourth Crusade before coming under the Republic of Venice and, lastly, the Ottoman Empire. The town was the capital of the First Hellenic Republic and of the Kingdom of Greece, from the start of the Greek Revolution in 1821 until 1834. Nafplio is now the capital of the regional unit of Argolis.
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  • Day4

    Mycenae

    March 13 in Greece

    Next stop - in the second millennium BC, Mycenae was one of the major centres of Greek civilization, a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece and parts of southwest Anatolia. The period of Greek history from about 1600 BC to about 1100 BC is called Mycenaean in reference to Mycenae. At its peak in 1350 BC, the citadel and lower town had a population of 30,000 and an area of 32 hectares.(thank you wikipedia)

    For a bit more info on the Lion Gate, check out this wikipedia article -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_Gate The Lion Gate is the sole surviving monumental piece of Mycenaean sculpture, as well as the largest sculpture in the prehistoric Aegean.

    By 1200 BC, the power of Mycenae was declining; finally, during the 12th century BC, Mycenaean dominance collapsed entirely. The eventual destruction of Mycenae formed part of the general Bronze Age collapse in the Greek mainland and beyond. Within a short time around 1200 BC, all the palace complexes of southern Greece were burned, including that at Mycenae. This was traditionally attributed by scholars to a Dorian invasion of Greeks from the north, although many historians now doubt that this invasion caused the destruction of the Mycenaean centres. Displaced populations escaped to former colonies of the Mycenaeans in Anatolia and elsewhere, where they came to speak the Ionic dialect.

    Afterwards we visited theTomb of Clytemnestra https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomb_of_Clytemnestra). Ton of bees hanging around in here - luckily didn't get whacked although Janet thinks she might have.

    Upon leaving, we wander down to catch the bus and lo and behold - no bus! Ah - another adventure! So as we ponder where it disappeared to, we wonder if anyone else is left behind us but no, of course not! This is not the first time in my travels I have missed the bus! Now we look at each other rather stupidly and contemplate our options (never thinking to call our tour guide on her phone!), suddenly we see our bus returning on the highway! Needless to say someone suddenly noticed that we were missing although Effie was sure the count was right (she was rather embarrassed about this , I think!). So we quickly became famous as those "Left Behind" folks. I will say that I was damn glad to see that bus returning! :)
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  • Day3

    Agamemnon Tomb (Bee Hive)

    May 12, 2015 in Greece

    The Agamemnon tomb is an impressive "tholos" tomb on the Panagitsa Hill at Mycenae in Greece. It was constructed during the Bronze Age around 1250 BC. The lintel stone above the doorway weighs 120 tons, the largest in the world. The triangle opening above the opening was situated there to distribute the weight onto the walls preventing the roof from caving in.
    The Agamemnon tomb was incredible to see in person, to appreciate the size and workmanship that went into building it.Read more

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Nomós Argolídos, Nomos Argolidos, Αργολίδα, Argolida

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