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... with frescoes in various states of repair - as well as one "living church" and home of now six nuns - who maintain the gardens and sell linens. This church has a visiting priest once a week and has some unique brightly painted frescoes. There are also a lot of stray cats there. Besides the churches - all are in ruins except the one tended by the nuns - there are the ruins of the Palace of the Despots. The first part was built by some Crusaders with some gothic arches; latter ...
... shear rock faces that lead into craggy pinnacles. Great for the hundreds of climbers in the area but really bad if you’re a monastery builder as they all want them built at the top. Turns out to be a great sight in the 21st century. With the world’s worst map in hand we managed our way to the top of a rock, with no monastery on top, but a phenomenal view in the sunshine. With better directions we then hiked to another three throughout the valley. Many of ...
... to people and place here. It could be the athlete in me connecting to the Olympic history, the friendly people, the beautiful scenery, or maybe just the prominence of this place as the centre of Mother Earth (Gaia). It is also known as the site of the Delphic Oracle. A browse through the site included a request to sing to a French group who stood above the amphitheatre and wanted a sense of the sound amplification (Bonne Fete is the extent of my ...
... attraction). It was only one floor but had great replicas of military uniforms and weapons along with great paintings and photos of Greek wars. Then we took an unplanned side trip to Sparta on the spur of the moment which was probably the start of a series of unfortunate decisions that led to good stories once we survived them. The first order of business was to get a picture in front of a Spartan warrior (or two). Then on to the byzantine acropolis at ...
... foot. I am excited at the same time as I rarely have the opportunity to walk like some years back or take some exercise. The only reason for this is that I am most of the time behind my desk writing if I am not travelling!
The day seems promising, the sand has totally disappeared and it is a bright morning with a clear sky.
What makes the visit interesting is the fact that the village ...