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We slept a little later then headed to Monemvasia via the Mani Peninsula. The views along the Mani were spectacular with several stone villages set on hills with the sea sweeping dramatically below. Several ancient churches had splendid murals, which are still visible. We stopped long enough to hike up the side of a hill, but when the going got too steep, we decided to play it safe and retreat. We stopped in ...
... turn you are confronted with another 5-6-7th centaury BC ruin whilst always being under the awe of the Parthenon. After Gryos for lunch we ventured up to the Acropolis and its surrounds. It is a humbling place, standing under 15m of marble that has stood the test of 2500 years. Laura’s favourite for the day was artifacts that the Ancient Greeks used to randomly select jurors for duty in the 5th centaury BC, truly amazing that we seem to have gone so ...
... and a crumbling church. It was a busy trading port back in the day - in the 8th century they built the wall, then came the Byzantines, then the Sicilians, and then Venetians ... about 30 000 people lived on this little rock! In the 1700s the Turks came. Not an uncommon series of events in this part of the world.
In WWII, ...
The weather is a
little cloudy, but it is close to 70 today. We got up at 8am for breakfast, but
cut it short as Jamie wasn't feeling well. We hung out in the room until 10:30
then went out to see and explore the tiny Greek town. This town had over 40 churches in this small area.
We decide to stay two nights and mooch off into Gythion for coffee. Once a major port, now large marina and very pretty old buildings by harbour. Little bit of retail therapy for me then back to swim and snooze. In Gythion harbour there is a tiny island which is where Helen of Troy and Paris spent their first night after escaping from Sparta. At ...