June 25, 2002 - Corinth/Mycenae/Nafplio

We started our two day bus tour of the Peloponnese peninsula with a stop at the canal of Corinth.  I don't think I've ever seen a canal cut so deep before.  We then traveled on to Mycenae to see the ruins of the acropolis and tombs.  Right around lunchtime, Nina and I were dropped off at our beautiful Hotel Amalia on the outskirts of Nafplio. We dropped off our bags and headed straight into the town of Nafplio to see the sights.

The canal at Corinth links the Gulf of Corinth and the Sardonic Gulf

The canal at Corinth links the Gulf of Corinth and the Sardonic Gulf.

Nina stopping to take a picture of the canal

Nina stopping to take a picture of the canal.

One of the bridges and the rocky face of the canal

One of the bridges and the rocky face of the canal.

A lonely tring clings tightly to the face of the canal

A lonely tree clings tightly to the face of the canal.

Looking down into the canal

Looking down into the canal.

Another lonely tree

Another lonely tree...

Two of the bridges which span the canal

Two of the bridges which span the canal.

Olive groves near the town of Mycenae

Olive groves near the ancient town of Mycenae.

Looking up at the Acropolis at Mycenae

Looking up at the crumbling Acropolis at Mycenae.

The entrance to the tomb of Agamemnon

The entrance to the tomb of Agamemnon.

Low walls covering the ground near ancient Mycenae

Low walls covering the ground near ancient Mycenae.

Nina catching some shade under an olive tree

Nina catching some shade under an olive tree.

The entrance to the tomb of Aegisthus

The entrance to the tomb of Aegisthus.

The tomb of Aegisthus

The tomb of Aegisthus.

One of the grave circles at ancient Mycenae

One of the grave circles at ancient Mycenae.

The ruins of the Acropolis

The ruins of the Acropolis.

At the top of the hill

A lone tree at the top of the hill.

A reinforced wall inside the Acropolis

A reinforced wall inside the Acropolis.

Looking down on more ruins at ancient Mycenae

Looking down on more ruins at ancient Mycenae.

An enormous rocky hill next to the Acropolis

An enormous, rocky, barren, hill next to the Acropolis.

The outer wall of the Acropolis at Mycenae

The outer wall of the Acropolis at Mycenae.

Looking down on the town of Mycenae

Looking down on the modern town of Mycenae.

An olive tree within the Acropolis

An olive tree within the Acropolis.

Nina getting some more shade

Nina getting some more shade.

Just enjoying a nice sit

Just enjoying a nice sit.

Olive groves stretched on and on

Olive groves dot the landscape.

The Lions Gate entrance to the ancient city

The Lions Gate entrance to the ancient city.

The Palamadi fortress in Nafplio

The formidable Palamadi fortress covers the tallest hill in the town of Nafplio.

A typical street in Nafplio

A typical street in the sea-side city of Nafplio.

Palms lined one of the main boulevards through Nafplio.

The Bourtzi fortress sits on a tiny island

The Bourtzi fortress sits on a tiny island just a few yards from the shores of Nafplio.

Nina climbing the rocks

Nina climbing the rocks and trying her best not to loose her hat!

The coastline around Nafplio

The coastline around Nafplio.

Cacti grew almost everywhere around Nafplio

Cacti grew almost everywhere around Nafplio.

The path we took around the west end of Nafplio to get to the beach

The path we took around the west end of Nafplio to get to the beach.

It was incredible! The path literally wraps around the tip of the peninsula on the edge of the water.

The path carved a small tunnel through the cliffs

It was truly breathtaking...

A lone street light at the water's edge.

Chris stops for a photo along the scenic path to the beach.

The beach at Nafplio...where I had the unpleasant experience of stepping on a sea urchin (OUCH!!!)

The beach at Nafplio...where Chris had the unpleasant experience of stepping on a sea urchin, within minutes of entering the ocean (OUCH!!!)

A closer view of the beach at Nafplio

Nina attempted to help Chris by trying to talk to a lifeguard in French. The lifeguard ended up using hand gestures to indicate that Chris should pee on the wound.

A large crest adorns one of the walls of the Acronafplia

A large crest adorns one of the walls of the city of Nafplio.

The flowers and waterfall were the backdrop for a quaint cafe

A quaint cafe with a flower and waterfall backdrop.

Looking up at the Acronafplia

Looking up at the Acronafplia.

Nina pauses for a picture in front of the Acronafplia

Nina pauses for a picture in front of the Acronafplia.

The quiant cafe mentioned previously

The lake at the center of the cafe.