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.

6.A.4. Gold Mask Of Agamemnon

Books about Greek mythology interests me when I was in my high school years. I learned about Hercules, Zeus, Athena, Trojan War, city of Troy (Oh! Reminds me of the film Troy starring Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana …), etc. and what a moment in my life I’m in Greek soil apart from Italy. Europe was the cradle of civilization.

Here is the fascinating funeral gold Mask of Agamemnon. It has been lauded as the “Mona Lisa of prehistory”. Agamemnon was described as “very steadfast” and “unbowed”.

Mythical legends make him the king of Mycenae. When Helen, the wife of Menelaus, was taken to Troy by Paris, Agamemnon commanded the united Greek armed forces in the ensuing Trojan War.

The Mask of Agamemnon which was discovered by Heinrich Schliemann in 1876 at Mycenae, now believed to pre-date the legendary Trojan War by 300 years. (Wikipedia)

6.A.1. Lion’s Gate in Mycenae, Greece

I was MIA for a while because I have been busy doing a scrapbook/ journal of our travels to Hongkong and Beijing, China last year with my husband. I’m back now as I have started on it and have noted and figured out the places we’ve visited.

Our travels take us to the best mix of modern and archaelogical destinations in Greece if your choose The Best Of _____. Fill in the country you want and book a tour and the travel company will make arrangement for you to see the north, south, east and west of the country. You can say you’ve been and seen Greece like what we did.

Now, I’m taking you to an iconic monument. This is a fascinating historic sight – The Lion Gate. My mind travelled to the 13th century Mycenaean Greece. How the civilization must have been so advanced to construct and it’s engineering feat.