This is a working week so I really have to bear in mind being connected to world, which is sometimes hard to do in locations as beautiful, warm and relaxing as this..heading out of the city in search of nature and history.
After three nights in Athens, meeting up with old friends, I was ready to leave the city in search of greener, cleaner vistas. So I headed south west for a three day excursion which may turn into a longer excursion.. I had in mind the Mani, an area I've always been intrigued by but hadn't visited. I'd also heard from two people this week that Nafpliois beautiful so I decided to stagger my journey with a half way stopover in a very charming little town, population 14000, one of the most beautiful towns in the area of Argolis (in the eastern Peloponnese). Leaving the toll motorway, the difference was very noticable, with green trees and olive groves set against the backdrop of the Peloponnese.
As I pulled into Nafplio, I was struck by its small size and picturesque harbour. From visitgreece.gr, here's a good description "According to mythology, the town was founded by Nafplios, the son of god Poseidon and the daughter of Danaus (Danaida) Anymone. The town’s history traces back to the prehistoric era when soldiers from here participated in the Argonautic expedition and the Trojan War alike. The town declined during the Roman times and flourished again during the Byzantine times. Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors left their mark in the town and strongly influenced its culture, architecture and traditions during the centuries. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues, Ottoman fountains and Venetian or neoclassical buildings mesmerize the visitor with their unique architecture and beauty."
I'm staying in a small hotel owned a friend of my Athens mate George in a largish room overlooking Syntagma Square and the old castle Palamidi Castle that proudly sits high on the hill overllooking a glorious sweeping bay to the south.
It's a great stop off point. Where to tomorrow?