7.A.3. Palamidi Fortress, Nafplio

I’m taking you to the inner north east city of Greece. Only a good travel company can take you to it whether suburb or rural.

On the crest of a very high mountain is the Palamidi Fortress. The fortress commands an impressive view over the city. There is a way to brave the walk, climb or to make the 999 steps from the town to the top of the castle. Make sure you brought along your personal high blood pressure monitor device.

Our tour guide gave us an hour to walk around the city. But one lady who travelled by herself braved the steps to the top of the castle in 15 minutes and back. Whew !!! I’d rather watch her.

7.A.2. Bourtzi Water Castle, Nafplio

While in the city of Nafplio my husband and I walk the narrow streets, stop for a gelato, stroll along the waterfront, and at a distance we observe the Bourtzi water castle located in the city’s harbor.

This castle has so much history starting from Venetians completing its fortifications in 1473, lost it to the Turks, and Greeks regaining it in 1822. Then in 1865, served as a fortress, then transformed into residence of executioners of convicts.

It became a hotel from 1930 to 1970 and now mainly a tourist attraction. The city has preserved it’s aesthetic beauty and some parts are under construction.
It’s what a mini water castle would look like in my mind. I really will not need 22 rooms.

6.B.3. Beehive Effect

Now that you’re inside the chamber, look up and you’ll notice structure resembling a beehive. I got the goosies. The interior of this tomb was once decorated with red porphyry and green alabaster, very rare painting colours for that time. I close my eyes and imagine in Technicolor. WOW!

When you have a great tour guide telling you about its history, the place takes on more meaning and substance. And “I was there!”

6.B.1. Treasury of Atreus

Spectacular is the word to describe this ancient tomb called the Treasury of Atreus. This oldest domed structure constructed by the Myceneans was a big project for their King Agamemnon. It peaked my curiosity and was excited to walk through the entrance passage leading to what … I do not know.