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... of the Peloponnesian peninsula.
So much for the geography lessons!!
It is quite impressive, completed well before the Panama Canal, now starts the history lesson!
Our next stop is Ancient Corinth.
We pass the Acrocorinth on the way. It is a fortified structure on the highest point of the local area. It times of war, locals sought refuge. We learn that the word "Acropolis" is a general term for a high point, usually fortified.
The ruins are again quite ...
... mid 1400's to play an important role in Renaissance Venice. Our tour guide Georgious took us from the top of the very steep site down through the site looking at the frescoes and understanding life in the 13th Century. The restored buildings are primarily the churches and the monetary. Using the frescoes he showed us the stories depicted as well as singing some of the chants written on the walls. The site still houses a small nunnery. Sparta Sparta seems to ...
... and no wind. The beach is undisturbed with the clearest water I have ever seen. In fact as I write this, a local has swum out, caught an octopus with a spear gun and is in the process of tenderising it by whacking it against the wharf.
Jenny and Uwe spend 6 months of the cold English winter in Greek's hot summer and have done for 30years. Many other English do the same so there's a real community feel to this place between the English residents and Greek ...
... of the unique rose-colored substance that could be worked so fine as to be opaque. The ancient Jewish historian Josephus records that one of the gates of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem was plated with Corithian bronze, making it far more valuable than the neighboring gates covered with either silver or gold! (Josephus, Jewish War, 5: 201-205.)
Corinth was and still is a port town straddling two significant bodies of water in the Mediterranean Sea, ...
... beautiful. They have been kind, genuine and sincere in their interactions with us. They are truly lovely people and we come away from the whole experience with nothing, but warm feelings of love towards their country and their people.
Go Greece (not just for winning their soccer match tonight), but as they head into elections tomorrow we wish them all the best!!!
Hugs and love to everyone!!!!!
PS -Just in case ...