The boat traveled overnight from Sunday to Monday November 11 along the west coast of the Peloponnese, leaving an hour or so after dinner. They suggested that we take a seasickness pill beforehand - they supply them free on the boat, but I brought my own. The seas are definitely more active now that we are in the Ionian Sea, rather than in the shelter of the Gulf of Corinth. It wasn’t too bad – nothing went flying off shelves, and we fell asleep with bright moonlight shining in the window of our cabin. The boat docked just at 8 AM, in the town of Pylos. The Bay of Pylos was the site of two naval battles, the Battle of Pylos in 425 BC, and the Battle of Navarino in 1827 during the Greek War of Independence.
We disembarked onto a motor coach, and headed up the hill on VERY narrow streets. Whenever the bus driver completes a tricky maneuver on these tiny streets, everyone applauds! We drove around the bay to then visit the Palace of Nestor. The site has been recently renovated, and Athena had never seen the new venue before this trip. We are doing this voyage in the reverse direction than it is normally done, and other groups have not been able to visit the site this season. Over 500 people lived behind the walls back in the 13th century BC.
We had about 2 hours to explore the little seaside town, and some of us headed up the hill to the Pylos Castle, which was built by the Ottomans in1573. (Meanwhile, John went off to look for Tylenol, but apparently Greek pharmacies do not carry it.) The views from the top of the battlements were stunning, and there were a couple of little museums inside, mostly focusing on underwater archeology. There were displays about the remains of towns that had been found under the water surrounding the area: it is believed that they disappeared due to tectonic activity.
We have had the afternoon totally free on the boat as it proceeds east. Internet is spotty, but we usually can find somewhere on the ship to pick it up.