Saturday, 18 April 2015


Between Olympia and Nafplio we took a very scenic drive on the twisting roads through the mountains of the Peloponnese. The mountain villages were beautiful. 

The drive actually didn't take quite as long as we expected, so we stopped at Mycenae on our way to Nafplio. Mycenae is much older than the other sites we'd visited - it was at its peak between 1600 and 1200 B.C. It is basically a fortress on a hill. The scale of the walls was amazing - 40 feet high and 20 feet thick. There were also grave circles and an underground cistern to explore.
Lion Gate

Path to the cistern

 We visited the Treasury of Atreus, a bit away from the fortress, which was an enormous beehive-shaped structure (filled with, of all things, living bees) that was the burial ground for royalty. It was built into a hillside and is enormous.
entrance to the Treasury of Atreus

Inside the Treasury of Atreus

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