22.A.2.Miguel de Cervantes Statue

City of Patras, Greece

Refer to Blog 22.A.1. This is our 5th destination. It was difficult to translate the inscription on this memorial slab and the who the individual is commemorated here. With deep research, I find that this statue is of Miguel de Cervantes. He is known for his novel, Don Quixote.

Here, in which he is looking at a feather he is holding up with a gesture of pride as representation of his distinguished literary work. His brave fighting in the battle of Lepanto (formerly Nafpatkos)granted him this imposing iron statue.

The inscription above the statue says Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616), Spanish soldier and a genius of letters.

My photo.

22.A.1. Castle of Nafpaktos

City of Patras, Greece

My husband and I picked a great travel tour company and the best tour guide in Greece. Our package trip was going to historical destinations in the north, west, east and south including the Greek Islands on ship for 14 days. It was called The Best of Greece.

Our first destination was Athens, the capital city then moved on to our 2nd to 4th and now this 5th destination. Going west from Athens, is the city of Patras, the 3rd largest city in Greece. We cross a famous bridge, the Rio-Antirio bridge (which is the longest of fully suspended bridges).

We stopped at a historic site of the Castle of Nafpaktos. It is well preserved and keeps watch on the bay and a fortification enclose a picturesque little harbor. We had fish for lunch obviously, at a seafood restaurant by the water. It was cloudy but you set your sight on this castle with a statue on top its ramparts.

My photo.