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Greece, Corinth – Making Our Way To Mycenae, Argos And Nafplio

View Nafplio - Greece

View Nafplio – Greece

Post By Dave [with commentary in italics in brackets by Vicky]

Rental Regrets?

On day 6 we had wheels. Wheels to get us from Athens to Corinth and beyond. We woke up early and made our way to the Acropolis Rent a Car agency (2 security guards had to be asked on the way for directions)[when the 2nd security guard said he’d never heard of our car rental my neurotic paranoia really set in]. It seemed too simple, we sat in the office, exchanged a few documents, and after 30 minutes or so, for the first time in Europe, we were mobile (in the car sense, not that there weren’t other modes of transportation accessible to us).

The car, a Hyundai Accent, was a typical automatic and went off without a hitch…except for the fact that V managed to break the CD player 5 minutes into our trip [turn’s out it was just poorly installed but I did get pretty upset thinking I ruined it already]. You should have seen the man at the rental agency struggle to fix it [at this point I had developed a fit of nervous giggles]. We had to tell him that we would figure it out ourselves later so we could get on our way. First stop – Corinth (or as we learned quickly from our GPS Korinthos). We had to spell the cities in proper “Greek English” or the GPS would not find them – a minor inconvenience [to follow along our route click here]. It would be about an hour or so to the Corinth Canal and from there a bit longer to the ancient ruins.

We arrived at the isthmus and right away noticed that they offered bungee jumping off the bridge. I’ll spoil it now and say that we declined [correction – D declined]; we were there to enjoy the view and then head to the ruins [I was ready to bungee jump]. Extreme activities would be saved for a future trip.

corinth canal - Corinth Greece

corinth canal – Corinth Greece

After a few more wrong turns we arrived at the ruins, which, like the ones in Athens, were nice with the proper amount of imagination.

Ancient Corinth - Corinth Greece

Ancient Corinth – Corinth Greece

Ancient Fortress In Acrocorinth

From there we headed to Acrocorinth, an ancient fortress on top of a mountain. This was our first introduction to real Greek driving. We ascended higher and higher up the mountain, winding turns, no guard rails [the magenta line on the GPS ordering us to make what looks like 15 U-turns]. To do this at night would have been near suicide (which is probably why the place closes at 3pm). Slow and steady we reached our destination, and headed on foot to explore the old fortress.

Acrocorinth - Corinth Greece

Acrocorinth – Corinth Greece

Ancient Mycenae

From there we traveled to ancient Mycenae [known as Mykines by the GPS], home of the infamous king Agamemnon and his tomb.

Lion Gate - Mycenae Greece

Lion Gate – Mycenae Greece

The ruins here are difficult to discern but signs along the walk describe plainly what you’re looking at (or at least, what they believe you’re looking at). V and I made our way, surrounded by Russian tourists. There is also a nice museum, which explained in detail Mycenaen culture. This in addition to some subtle eavesdropping of the Russian tour group and V and I had a full meal of Mycenaean history.

Mycenae Ruins - Mycenae Greece

Mycenae Ruins – Mycenae Greece

When all was said and done we shipped off to Argos to catch a glimpse of an ancient outdoor theater, hopefully arriving before close. By now I was used to the car and completely comfortable driving for the remainder of the day. We had since fixed the CD player and were blasting Greek tunes from whatever radio stations provided a signal on the way [Essentially, I had to find a new station every 90 seconds]. About an hour [20 minutes] or so and we were in Argos, unfortunately about 15 minutes too late to actually enter the grounds. That said, you could catch a reasonable view from the outside gates.

Argos Theater - Argos Greece

Argos Theater – Argos Greece

Our last stop sent us to Nafplio where we would spend the night. Nafplio was actually the first capital of modern Greece before Athens and is a pretty town bordering the water with lots of shops, restaurants, etc [much more picturesque than Athens]. Upon arrival we checked into our hotel,[Omorfi Poli], where the receptionist, upon seeing in my passport that I was born in Russia, started speaking fluent Russian with us] and, with what little energy we had left, set out to a nearby beach [Karathona]. Despite having eaten little the entire day[D thought by starving me he could slow me down – no such luck], the plan was to go to Palamidi Fortress, which, if we could tackle that night, would allow us yet another beach trip the following day. 3 days on Santorini and we were spoiled, the remainder of our trip would have some beach component everyday by special mandate [fact – in Greece no place is much more than 100 km from the sea].

We recuperated for about an hour in the water and headed to Palamidi.

Palamidi Fortress - Nafplio Greece

Palamidi Fortress – Nafplio Greece

Compared to the rest of the sites we’d been to in Greece this was a “modern” Venetian fortress constructed in the early 1700s. It was your “typical” fortress: walls, look out posts, the occasional cannon, and some killer views [with lots of climbing in between]. We walked around until our stomachs said no more and forced us back to ground level for dinner, gelato, and eventual city wandering.

Palamidi Fortress - Nafplio Greece

Palamidi Fortress – Nafplio Greece

Post By Dave [with commentary in italics in brackets by Vicky]

Want to read more about our trip to Greece?
Day 1: Greece, Santorini – The Arrival and Finding Your Way
Day 2: Greece, Santorini – Volcano Tour and Hot Springs
Day 3: Greece, Santorini – Frolicking Through Fira
Day 4: Greece, Athens – Conquering The Capital
Day 5: Greece, Athens – More Monuments!
Day 6: Greece, Corinth – Making Our Way To Mycenae, Argos And Nafplio
Day 7: Greece, Sparta – This is Sparta! (And Mystras)
Day 8: Greece Kardamyli – First Diros Caves, Then Messene Ruins

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