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Serene Landscape/Γαληνιο Τοπιο

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The view from a cliff overlooking the beautiful town of Epidaurus where some very lucky people who see this everyday live.

Clean air, the sea and lots of greenery.. that’s the life!

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Endless Blue/ΑΠΕΡΑΝΤΟ ΓΑΛΑΖΙΟ

A beautiful and unforgettable view of the sea from Cape Sounio located southeast of Athens. According to myth, King Aegeus of Athens leapt off the cliffs and to his death in the sea below after wrongfully assumimg that his son was killed by the minotaur on the island of Crete. The Aegean sea was thereafter named in his honour.

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Final Summer Sunset/Tο Tελευταίο Καλοκαιρινό Ηλιοβασίλεμα

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Run to the sun.

Run to the sun.

The last photograph that I took in September of a sunset on a beach in Greece. Now, the rainy winters of Greece have set in. I just read that online today that meteorologist predict that this year will be Europe’s’ coldest and longest winter in the last ten years. So I guess I’ll be looking at these photographs with heavy nostalgia from December through March 😦

View From A Fortress

Last weekend, I visited the small town of Nafplio which is located in the Eastern Peloponnese, it’s not a far drive from Athens which is why many Athenians like to head here for the weekend. I have been to Nafplio many years ago, but I don’t remember too much.  This time I decided that I was going to take it in more and spend more time exploring and even walk up those 999 steps that lead to the fortress of Palamidi. The climb up was a difficult one for me because I’m not an athlete. However,  the view was breathtaking and it was worthwhile  even though it took me three days to recover. My poor legs 😦

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Palamidi fortress & its 999 steps.

Entrance to the Palamidi fortress

Entrance to the Palamidi fortress

Steps that look like Machu Picchu

Steps that look like Machu Picchu

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Beautiful view of Nafplio on the way up..

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In the distance the ‘Bourtzi fortress’ on an islet.

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..and the sea is beautiful too.

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A cruise (?) ship in the distance.

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Steps..

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and more steps.

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But, it’s worth it!

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A cell where prisoners were held.

The last steps to the fortress

The last steps to the fortress

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At the top at last. And on the other side of the door is the archaeological site of the fortress.

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999 steps, but this time I’m going down.

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The butterfly was a good sign.

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Voidokilia Beach/Η Παραλία Της Βοϊδοκοιλιάς

‘Voidokilia’ beach is a very famous beach in Greece and it is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Greece. It is located in Messinia, Peloponnese.   The  landscape is very unique  with its sand dunes and marshland, and the beach that has a circular Omega type shape.  It is a great place for bike riding too.  The day that I went was not great for swimming.  It has been a rainy summer so far in Greece.  I arrived in the evening as I was just quickly passing through with no intention for staying too long, but I when I got there I wanted to stay a while longer. So,  I will definitely re-visit this place when the weather is better in the near-future.

Methoni Castle/Το Κάστρο της Μεθώνης

 

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The bridge to leading to the castle

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Creepy hidden passageway

My next stop on my tour of the southern Peloponnese is a small town called ‘Methoni’ which is located in Messinia in the west coast part of the Peloponnese. The town of Methoni is famous for its’ medieval castle (Game of Thrones style) which might be in ruins now,  but it is still awe-inspiring.  The climb to the top offers a spectacular view of the sea and of the town with its red tile roofs.  The site was known in Homeric times as it was called ‘Pedasus’.  Homer called the site “ampeloessa” (of vine leaves) in the Iliad.  In 1209 A.D the Venetians built the castle as it was the ideal spot for trade.   Due to its strategic location between Venice and the Holy Lands, Methoni was conquered by many people. The castle was conquered by the Franks and the Venetians and even pirates and then it went into the hands of the Turks in the 18th Century and then back into the hands of the Greeks in the 19th Century.

When I went there was no one there so there was no entrance fee and I roamed freely with just a few tourists scattered around. I took a lot of photographs and it was very difficult to choose the right ones for this blog. Some photographs I felt were better in black and white, but I didn’t want them all to be black and white, even though it was  cloudy that day, there was some good light and the colourful landscape showed up well in the photographs.

The Small Town of Pylos/Η Κωμόπολη της Πύλου

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Earlier this month, I took a short trip to the Southern tip of the Peloponnese.  One of the places that I visited, for the first time, was Pylos. Pylos (pronounced pee-lo)  is a small and picturesque town in the province of Messinia.  The weather played a few tricks on us, first it was cloudy and then sunny. Later on it rained a lot, and that is unusual for Greece for the month of June. So, I wasn’t able to get enough sunlight in some of the photographs, but with a view like this it really didn’t matter.

Στις αρχές του Ιούνιοέκανα ένα σύντομο ταξίδι στο νότιο άκρο της Πελοποννήσου. Ένα από τα μέρη που επισκέφθηκα, για πρώτη φορά, ήταν η Πύλος. Η Πύλος είναι μια μικρή και γραφική πόλη στην επαρχία της Μεσσηνίας. Ο καιρός έπαιξε μερικά κόλπα για μας, μια ειχε συννεφιά, μια ειχε λιοφάνεια και, στη συνέχεια εριξε πολλή βροχή, πραγμα που είναι ασυνήθιστο για την Ελλάδα για το μήνα Ιούνιο. Έτσι, δεν είχα πολύ φως που ηθελα σε ορισμένες από τις φωτογραφίες μου, αλλά με θέα όπως αυτη πραγματικά δεν έχει πολύ σημασία .