S: Our Summer in Greece
FC: Our Summer in Greece | August 11 - September 2, 2011
2: Nafplio Farmers' Market
3: Twice every week Nafplio has an outstanding Farmers' Market. From fresh fish to fruits and vegetables, you can get just about everything you need for your dinner table. You can also find herbs, wine, honey, and all sorts of local delicacies. This was the place where we both ate our first fresh figs. Unbelievable!
4: Night | Bourtzi at sunset | Hotel Grand Bretagne | Nafplio streets at night | Many nights we wandered through the streets of Nafplio watching people, eating ice cream, or having a drink at a café. Pure enchantment!
5: & Day
8: Ancient Assini
9: Cyclopean Walls
10: We took the ferry to the island of Spetses for the day. We wandered the streets, sat and watched the water, and had an amazing lunch at Bouboulina.
12: Mycenae | The ancient site of Mycenae is one of the major centers of Greek civilization during the Bronze Age. This page shows the beehive Treasury of Atreus. The next page shows the citadel and palace with the famous lion gate.
14: We visited the sacred ancient site of Delphi on August 18, 2011. For centuries a temple dedicated to Apollo stood here, and the Oracle, famous for her cryptic predictions lived here. In addition, the Pythian Games were played here. Like the Olympic Games they were not just an athletic competition but also a religious ceremony. | DELPHI
16: The Charioteer
17: Delphi Museum
18: Taverna To Patrikomas | We loved this restaurant so much we ate there both nights we stayed in Delphi. From mushroom risotto to lamb, good wine, kalamata tapenade, and awesome salad, we spent two leisurely dinners here under the giant tree hung with lanterns and a view of the winking lights of Itea in the valley. | Delphi
19: Thermopylae | "Come and take them." | ~ Leonidas, King of Sparta
23: Famous for its theater, Epidavros is also the place where Aesculapius had a shrine. People would leave tributes to the God of Medicine in the form of what body part had been cured. | The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.
24: One evening we took a trip to the convent of Aigos Theodosieu, up in the Argolid hills. Froso and Xanthi got us terribly lost, but we finally found it. We attended the evening services led by the nuns and walked down to the cave where Aigos Theodosieu prayed all night, surrounded by scorpions who did not sting him. In August, Greece is loud with cicadas, but here they were silent, as if respecting the holiness of the place.
26: The Trail of Cheese ~Part One~ | Kosta found an amazing cheese shop in the middle of nowhere in the Arcadian mountains. He overbought and spent the next few days toting a block of increasingly stinky cheese with him. We did find a perfect place for a picnic that day... a small churchyard right by the side of the road in the mountains. We left a few Euros offering in thanks for such a pleasant lunch.
27: Evening in Olympia | Kosta with an Olympic torch. | Anna shows off her new necklace. | Our restaurant under the trees. | The jewelry store that relieved us of all our cash. | Horiatiki salad and taramasalata for dinner. | Shopping in downtown Olympia.
29: Olympia | The ancient site of Olympia has been inhabited since the 10th century B.C. An archaic temple dedicated to Hera was first built in the 7th century B.C, followed by a massive temple dedicated to Zeus in the 6th century B.C. A colossal statue of Zeus, created by the master sculptor Phidias was housed inside and was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Olympic games were held once every four years between the 8th century B.C. and the 4th century A.D.
30: Museum at Olympia
31: Some of the most beautiful examples of Greek Sculpture can be found in the Museum at Olympia, including the pedimental sculpture of Apollo and the battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs, which decorated the western pediment of the Temple of Zeus. The famous Hermes and infant Dionysus by Praxiteles was discovered in the Temple of Hera. Many examples of bronze and marble sculptures, as well as decorative and utilitarian artifacts were also found.
32: PYLOS | Birthday dinner | Broken a/c, but keen decor
33: The Trail of Cheese ~Part Two~ | On the balcony | Farewell, O Cheese! | Morning on Navarino Bay
36: I Had wanted to go to Monemvasia badly, but we weren't sure if we should take the time to drive all the way over to the eastern coasted of the Peloponnese. The second we walked through the Medieval gate Kosta turns to me and says, "Oh yeah, we're staying TWO nights" | Monemvasia is a completely fortified city on a rock sitting off the mainland and only accessible by a narrow causeway. Inhabited from the 6th century A.D. and was an important trading port in the Middle Ages. There is no motorized traffic and the current population is less tan one hundred. | Monemvasia
37: The Hotel Malvasia | The door to our hotel room opened right onto the street and was fastened by a padlock. Our window had a view of the AegeanSea.
38: Trekking up the hill to the ruins
39: St. Sophia | Monemvasia
40: Monemvasia is my happy place
41: "It's just like a Mary Stewart novel... | except no one is chasing us with a knife." | --KAK
44: Silimna | The mountain hometown of George D. Karnegis, grandfather of Konstantine-George Athanasios Karras
45: Ancient | Tyrins
46: Marathon | In 490 B.C., the Greeks initially drove the Persians out of their lands. In all, the Persians lost 6400 men and the Athenians only 192, all of whom were interred in the Soros below.
47: Porto Rafti | The Kastro | Dinner at sunset | and | The view | and | Sunrise
49: The Parthenon
50: The Erechtheion
51: The Propylaea | Restoration in process
52: The Agora
54: National Archaeological Museum
56: National Archaeological Museum
58: Lykavittos | A. Lykavittos is a limestone peak. At 277 meters (908) feet), it is the highest point in the city of Athens. B. To get there, we had to climb block after block of stairs through the Kolonaki neighborhood to get to: C. The funicular rail station D. From there it is a short ride to the top where there are amazing views of Athens, including: E. The Acropolis | A | B | C | D | E
59: Syntagma Square and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier | We were lucky to see the changing of the Evzone guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They wear the traditional uniform: the fustanella. It is a supreme honor to be an Evzone, and they defend the tomb with their lives.
60: B E N A K I
61: M U S E U M
64: The Plaka & Monastiraki