Friday, December 3, 2010

Nafplion Greece

In mid September we were off to Greece to meet up with our kids for another family reunion. First stop was Nafplion, on the Peloponnese Peninsula, about a 2 hr drive to the south west of Athens.

Its a beautiful town, with a population of about 13,000. It was once the capital of Greece. Tour ships stop there. We were in a rental across the bay and chose not to go into town until the huge ship departed (there was also a smaller one at the same time). I can't imagine how bizarrely crowded it must be in that town when the cruise ships are docked! If you enlarge the picture and look under the stop sign and then under the umbrella, you can see the largest ship.

Our rental was in Kiveri and was a beautiful place! Here is the rental info, if you are interested.

The Mediterranean was right outside the window, and down 4 stories.

There are a number of fortresses in the area. The most famous are the island Bourtzi.... 

...and the Palamidi, a Venetia fortress built in 1714, which you can climb to up the 999 steps from town. Great exercise! It definitely has a commanding view of the surroundings.
It would have been easy to spot invading ships from up here. 

 Some parts are in good shape.

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