A Day of Ancient Treasures

Trip Start Sep 20, 2012
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Trip End Nov 13, 2012


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Flag of Greece  , Peloponnese,
Friday, September 28, 2012

Today, we leave Athens and head south for the Peloponnese crossing the Corinth Canal. This is quite a spectacular manmade canal to provide a shortcut for shipping. It is 90 metres deep to sea level, 9 metres deep below sea level but only 25 metres wide so it is a very narrow channel.
Next we moved onto Epidauros where we visited the best example of a preserved Greek theatre. It is quite spectacular with a seating capacity of up to 20,000. We could still see the stone back rests on the front row seats.
Then we moved onto the archaeological site of Mycenae and its acropolis.There's an amazing city gate and great ramp, a dark, deep water cistern that was eerie, palace ruins and artisans' houses. Was interesting but visually not as impressive as some of the other ruins we've seen. Then we visited the Treasury of Atreus which is a spectacular beehive tomb (supposed to be the tomb of Agamemnon). It really was an impressive monument of Mycenaean architecture built around the 14th century BC.
Next we drove to a gorgeous seaside town called Nafplion which is a popular summer resort. It had quaint narrow streets, window boxes, cobblestones roads - had ice cream here which was beautiful. A short drive to our accommodation, Hotel Minos in Tolo which overlooked the sea with a beautiful pool area. We felt like we'd arrived in heaven and watched the sun set across the water.
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