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... of the Peloponnesian peninsula.
So much for the geography lessons!!
It is quite impressive, completed well before the Panama Canal, now starts the history lesson!
Our next stop is Ancient Corinth.
We pass the Acrocorinth on the way. It is a fortified structure on the highest point of the local area. It times of war, locals sought refuge. We learn that the word "Acropolis" is a general term for a high point, usually fortified.
The ruins are again quite ...
... bags packed we paid our bills and the hire car arrived. After doing all the paperwork we piled into the hire car with Shirley in the drivers seat and Ruth navigating. From the back seat David & I kept alternating between fits of laughter and moments of terror. Shirley handled it well though as driving on the wrong side of the road is just, well,..... Wrong! The way out of Athens was pretty well signed and we had only one missed step and once onto ...
... to shore. Thank goodness. As the ferry left -- we were totally out of the way, totally safe. Enjoying an early lunch topside in this lush surrounding was perfectly wonderful. Siesta after, and then around 5:00-ish, Jacques took Marina and I to town to go shopping. While we were in town, Jacques needed a few things to help him cook for his family (Anne; his daughter, Jean: his son-in-law, and Louis; his grandson). Marina and I were free for a little over a hour to "shop ...
... museum on site that houses many of the finds from the excavation including pottery, weaponry, jewelry and some rare samples of Linear B writing (proto-Greek) on tablets. However they display only copies of the most valuable and fascinating gold treasures found on this site, the originals being safely tucked away at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and which we had seen just a couple of days earlier.
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... the events were competed in naked, including wrestling. No women were allowed to watch, only men and children. Well, one woman, a priestess, was allowed in and sat at an altar on the grass bank. Lucky girl. The boys enjoyed running in the stadium, racing down the very same track that these naked men had run down 2,500 years earlier. Stefano cheated a little, jumping the gun ever so slightly. Back then this would have resulted ...