Friday, January 05, 2007

Greece - Napflion

Another week in our favourite Grecian haunt Nafplion. Did the usual swimming every day, huge taverna meals and archaeology. This year we visited Nestor's Palace in the SW corner of the Peloponese. Fantastic hotel with a tiny swimming pool, but enough for the boys to cool down and have fun at the end of the day. The town square is fantastic and comes alive every night with kids playing, couples promenading and people sitting in cafes. It still has a few mosques converted into theatres and concert halsl, giing the pace a slightly oriantal feel and the fortress on the top of the hill looms large above the town and is magnificently lit at night. We never tire of this place and have been going here for a number of years. Every year I feel a need for a cold Amstel, Greek salad, stafado, tsetseki, giant beans, frappe and baclava.

Nestor's palace
The palace is surprisingly small but contains an amzing artefact - a bath. When the son of Odyseus vistited Nestor to seek out news of his father, Homer describes a bath. the museum, further up the road is worth a visit as it has some fine mosaics and artefacts from the palace. Afterwards we ate in a nice fish resturant next to the sea and swam all afternoon. They like pork in this corner of reece and you see whole pigs on spits at the roadside, where people stop and buy chunks for dinner.

Perseus Spring

Fantastic day in a cool, green gorge at Ancient Troezen, with a Mycenean bridge, rare butterfies and pools of clear water down which we absailed, slid and even swam through caves. We three boys explored the river by dropping down from pool to pool. This is a really atmospheric place. We met an Englishwoman who knew the area well and was here with her kids to cool down in the heat of the day. It is said that this spring never dries and was created when Perseus struck his hoof on a rock. It's a very ancient and special place.

Went back to swim in the ancient harbour beyond Corinth. Saw an octopus swoop up and grab a fish and the boys jumped off the cliff into the warm sea. Our car broke down but we were helped by a friendly sailro who was on leave at the lighthouse. After a couple of hours of hassle we got a new battery and went on our way.

We'e eaten almost everywhere in this town but have settled on two tavernas, one on the sea front, the other at the back of town.


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