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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 ...
... 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 ...
... to help us out. We wandered through the small, haunted town to play with the local kittens and smell the beautiful flowers growing out of every random crevice you could imagine, they were small and white and the smell reminded me of Gardenia. They created a beautiful scent along the streets and made the walk that much more enjoyable. We stopped for my daily regiment of baklava and then happened upon a couple of Greek Canadians. What a lively, friendly ...
... fortified hill of Myzithra. From 1262, during the time the Byzantines became the rulers of Mystras, a huge period of growth began for this medieval fortress town. Settlers from the surrounding plains sought refuge here, the hill side soon filled with houses, mansions, palaces, churches and monasteries all protected by ...
... be waiting for us, I would have showed up much earlier).
Anyway we get his last guidance and points with his hand in the direction of the village which is still way up the mountain. I zoom with my camera and take a couple of pictures.
The village is picturesque where it stands. Stone-built houses with brown tiled roofs hidden in lush vegetation set amphitheatrically on the slope! Wow!