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... residences for the rulers - but today all was in ruins or in the process of restoration when funds allow. The site is high on a hill and it was a lovely walk from the top down, meandering the rocky paths and through the stone ruins. We had the same guide as to Mycenae - he is the son of a Greek Orthodox priest - so he gave a lot of religious interpretation of the frescoes - which led to a discussion at our lunch about the parents of Mary - and the difference between ...
... held more temples, agoras, bathhouses but above all an amazing auditorium. The outdoor theater sits atop our sights list so far. Holding several thousand people in 40-odd levels it was stunningly intact. The building allows people in the top level to hear coins dropping on the stage, perfectly. After lunch, of again gyros, the rain once again set in, heavily. This time it stayed. So it meant off to a seaside campground for some washing, skyping and rainy walks along the beach. Not so ...
... 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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