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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 ...
... is no doubting when you hit Athens city limits. It turns swiftly from olive groves to apartment blocks, with vineyards exchanged for kantina’s. Our campground was located in what appeared to be Athens industrial zone, but with bus links to the city it was all that we needed. We got up early to get sight seeing in Athens, joining a walking tour by 10am. It was again a great base for the city and provided some great insights into the history of the place. It seems every ...
... my athletic heart. We drove quite a ways that day and had some great, zany road trip moments of singing at the top of our lungs. We hit another beautiful sunset and Marc climbed a thorny hillside until he realized we could drive right up and watch from amongst an olive tree grove. We made it all the way to Mystras that night where we would be staying in the home of a true Greek Mama (Christina). We didn't understand her one bit but luckily her son knew ...
Before exploring Mystras we made a quick stop to the historic city of Sparta. Sparta for all you history buffs was home to the Spartan soldiers, who were held in awe by their fellow Greeks for their ferocious, disciplined and self sacrificing battle style. Mystras: In 1249, the Frankish ruler, William II built a strong fortress atop ...
... we have to see. Dimitri seems a good man and loves the place he lives.
Half the bridge is destroyed because of some flooding in the area some years back.
Dimitri drives off and I continue walking having Yianni waiting for me each time further and further up.
At a point we meet Dimitri again who was kind and patient enough to show us the cross road we should take to get to the village. (If I had known that ...
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