We were surprised how mountainous the landscape became as we headed south to the Corinth Canal (never knowing, of course, where we were going until we actually got there. Shockingly deep and narrow, the canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, thus effectively making the Peloponnese an island.
The rocky Peloponnese
The Corinth Canal
After a surprise (of course) winery tour, we stopped for lunch, then headed for Mycenae and Agamemnon’s palace and the tomb of Clytemnestra (or maybe the Treasury of Atreus, they can’t decide), which is actually a very old beehive tomb that would have predated Atreus by many hundreds of years. These are the oldest things any of us had seen.
After this long day we ended up in Nafplio, a reputedly romantic town where Greeks come on honeymoons. It was very lovely, and so was our hotel. No window screens in Greece – the windows are left open to the magpies, who had a nest in the courtyard right outside our window.
The winery cellar, where the wine is made
At the winery
We were never hungry – we ate in excellent restaurants all along the way.
The Lion’s Gate, entering Agamemnon’s palace
I stand where Agamemnon once stood!
Our guide, Eva, demonstrates the acoustics at Epidaurus.