This morning we woke up in Nafplion (you don’t really pronounce the F), where we had docked last night at 10 PM. We were still up and about at that time, and the scene was one out of a storybook, with an illuminated castle up on a big hill overlooking the town. We were really looking forward to exploring the castle, but today it is raining on and off, so that adventure has been postponed until tomorrow.
We drove by bus to the tomb of Agamemnon, which is a huge beehive shaped structure built underneath a hillside. All along the way, Athena told us various legends (who knows what really happened?) regarding the places we were going. Our previous travels inland sent us by lots of groves of olive trees, and today it was primarily citrus groves. The oranges are ready to be picked, and appeared to be about to fall off the trees. All the harvesting of both olives and oranges is done by hand.
We then proceeded to the archeological site of Mycenae, which was called the city of gold in Homer’s Iliad. There was a small museum, plus remains of a palace, and a hike through the impressive Lion’s Gate up to the Acropolis (the high point of any Greek city). The stones were slippery due to the wet weather, but most of us made it to the top. Once there, it was a bit noisy since someone was flying a drone overhead. I am sure it’s simply a matter of time before the Greeks will figure out that it’s best to ban such activity around their ancient sites.
We returned to the town and took a short walk in pouring rain. Besides our rain jackets, John & I were glad we had rainpants on (only one other woman in our group had them), and I was grateful for my rainhat. Umbrellas can be a bit unwieldy. In order to escape the torrent, Athena had us take shelter in a Greek Orthodox Church, and talked to us about the services and practices of that religion. We walked back to the boat for lunch, and hung up our wet gear and clothing.
One interesting thing about Greek museums and archeological sites is that there are usually a few stray dogs and always cats that are hanging around. Frequently they will follow the group as we meander through the venue. Cats enter stores and restaurants all the time; that doesn’t happen at home! Yesterday a sweet female dog jumped up into our bus while we were loading up. She was afraid to go back down the stairs (they were pretty steep), so John picked her up and deposited her back on the sidewalk.
We are hoping to get to an internet café later