We wanted to do a road trip and also see a couple of islands. After doing an assessment of our time available (based on reservations in South Africa – our next destination) we chose to concentrate on the road tirip to the Peloponnese. The first leg was from Athens, through Corinth, to Nafplio. We actually stayed in a small town called Drepano which is along the Agean Sea.
Drepano – Christina’s Apartments
We drove into Nafplio which took about twenty minutes from the apartment. We parked near the Palimidi fortress and wandered about the town. It is absolutely beautiful in the Spring.
The Palamidi Fortress – 999 steps of agony
The Fortress was built during the second occupation of the Venetians between 1686 and 1715. It was captured by the Turks in 1715 and held until 1822 when reclaimed by the Greeks. The fortress sitting on a 216 metre high hill has a commanding view of the Bay. The tourist information claims it is 999 steps – which we all call AGONY! It was a good workout to get to the top.
Spring is in the Air
One of the things I noticed the most in Greece was the abundance of flowers. The scent of flowers was so strong we called it the Stink of Spring.
A Swim in the Agean
The kids all wanted to go for a swim. But the water was ice cold so only one stayed in long enough to get fully immersed.
The view from the Frankish Long Wall
Lunch – Gyros what else?
A walk in the Park
The Sleeping Lion or Lion of the Bavarians
Carved in memorial of the officers and soldiers belonging to the Royal Bavarian Guard who died from a Typhus epidemic in the years 1833-1834. The memorial was commissioned by King Ludwig and the sculptor was Christian Zigkel.
Worth a Visit and a Gyro
Nafplio is a beautiful little town and close to many Archaeological sites such as Ancient Mycenae which is our next post.