Can you hear me now?

Trip Start Feb 10, 2006
Trip End Mar 07, 2006

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Sunday, March 5, 2006

We started off the morning again with the eggs and bacon in the kitchen of our little Pension. Paulie and I are becoming quite good at it.

We are hoping into the van and heading out to another historical site. Epidaurus is known for its theater as well as its sanctuary. We head out trying to follow the signs and the map. We find ourselves driving and driving until we are out in the middle of now where. We go from paved roads to dirt road. At one point we pass a woman walking along the road. After passing her we finally decide to turn around before the children of the corn come and get us. She was gone. I don't know where she went. We were out in the middle of no where. I think that there must be a town or something nearby but we never found it. We joked the rest of the drive that the Children of the corn must have gotten her.

We started off at the Theater. It is a beautiful day and exploring the theater is fun.  

The theater was designed by Polykleitos the Younger in the 4th century BC.  As is usual for Greek theaters , the view on a lush landscape behind the skene is an integral part of the theater itself and is not to be obscured. It really does make a gorgeous backdrop to what ever might be going on, on the stage. 

The theater is known for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or skene to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating . Predictably a tour guide has her group scattered in the stands and shows them how they can easily hear the sound of a match struck at center-stage.  We tested this by dropping a pebble center stage while some of us sat in the stands. It is amazing how you are able to hear everything. A 2007 study indicates that the astonishing acoustic properties are the result of an accident: The rows of limestone seats filter out low-frequency sounds, such as the murmur of the crowd, and amplify/reflect high-frequency sounds from the stage.

The museum contains many of the sculptures and building details. It is pretty small but still contains beautiful pieces.

The asclepieion at Epidaurus was the most celebrated healing center of the Classical world, the place where ill people went in the hope of being cured. To find out the right cure for their ailments, they spent a night in the enkoimitiria, a big sleeping hall. In their dreams, the god himself would advise them what they had to do to regain their health. Found in the sanctuary, there was a guest house for 160 guestrooms. There are also mineral springs in the vicinity which may have been used in healing.

The prosperity brought by the Asklepieion enabled Epidauros to construct civic monuments such as the huge theater,  the ceremonial Hestiatoreion (banqueting hall), baths and a palaestra.

We have seen so many Ancient Greek sites here in Greece that it is getting harder for the group to be amazed or in awe of them. We have gotten to the saturation point that we look like zombies going through the sites. It is a shame because what we are seeing is utterly amazing. Each place has something special about it. A certain age that it represents, a certain occupation, a certain ruler but after a week of seeing one fallen column after another it is hard to inspire those that have a limited art history knowledge.

We finished up with Epidauros and headed back to Nafplio. On the way back we kept seeing signs for Myceanaen Dam. Each time we would pass we would all laugh "Myceanean.... Damn" We never found the Dam but we did find a little Myceanean Bridge that we stopped at to have some fresh apples and honey that we had bought from a local. Yummy! 

As we pass the Gelato shop on the way to the Pier we hear the calls of "half kilo boy" and we are unable to resist. Gelato for everyone. There is a beautiful Greek god behind the counter that becomes known as Gelato boy. He is as decadent as the gelato and has several in our group drooling more over him than the icy desert.

Each evening we are drawn back to the pier. The crowds are starting to pick up. This weekend is the Carnival parade and all of the Carnival festivities. This sleepy little oasis is turning into a jumping hot spot. We sat on the retaining wall at the pier and started watching the sun set. 

How is it that the sun set can take on a totally different dimension in a different part of the world. The silhouettes of the mountains, the reflections on the crystal blue waters, all of it burns into your memory for a life time.

The Festivities of Carnival are beginning. In the center of town they have a live band, people are dancing and having a great time. We join right in on the fun. When we started planning this trip we had no idea that it coincided with Carnival. We had booked a package deal so we were locked into the date that we left. We wanted more time in Greece so we added an extension. We had no idea that the extension was going to give us the opportunity to celebrate Carnival in Greece. What a cool way to end the day!

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