Month: November 2019

Knossos

Yesterday we saw many artefacts found at Knossos, today we went to discover the largest Bronze Age archaeological site which has been called Europe’s oldest city. Rebuilt part of the palace The palace of Knossos was once the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilisation and culture.  In its peak, the palace and surrounding city boasted a …

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@ Heraklion

Arriving in Heraklion by ferry we spent the first day exploring the city and visiting the Archeological Museum which houses all the important finds on the Minoan culture from all over Crete. In front of the harbour lies the Venetian fortress called Castello a Mar which was built by the Republic of Venice in the …

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On the way to Kreta

After our tour through the Peloponnese we now wanted to visit Crete, the largest island of Greece and the 5th largest of the Mediterranean Sea. Crete lies about 100 km south of the Greek mainland which meant a ferry ride of 9 hours. The ferry leaves every day at 9pm from Piraeus and arrives at …

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The Acropolis of Athens

Before flying back to Vienna for a week of work, we spent a day at Athens and visited the famous Acropolis. Even in November many tourists crowded the hill, I can’t imagine how it is in summer. Reaching the Propylaea – the entrance gate. We saw many people going there specially dressed to pose for …

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Greek Chapels

If you ever have been to Greece, you will have noticed the little chapels which people erect next to the street. They come in many different shapes and this post is solely dedicated to them. Beside of pictures of Saints there is alway a lamp and bottles of oil to refill them. Often there is …

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Mycenae

Today Mycenae was on our program – the centre of Greek civilisation in the 2nd millennium BC! I was looking forward to visit the famous Lion Gate and the Cyclopean Walls of this incredibly old town. The Lion Gate at Mycenae, the only known monumental sculpture of Bronze Age Greece In the 2nd millennium BC …

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Rainy day on the road to Neméa

There isn’t only sunshine in Greece. Nevertheless we had a great trip from the northern coast through the mountains to Neméa, where an interesting archeological site has a well preserved stadium. At the beach of our Camping Stop We had spent a night at a Camper Stop (38.223791, 22.146995) where we had our washing done …

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Olympia

If Olympia makes you think of the 5 interlocking rings and endless hours in front of the TV, I can tell you there is much more in regard of the history of this games. The sanctuary where the games were carried out in Antiquity lay under 4 m of soil before it was uncovered again …

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The Horseshoe Bay

Today our hike lead us to a lagoon, a castle and the most beautiful bay I have seen – the Voidoikilia beach shaped like the letter Omega. From our parking at the beach (36.954887, 21.669404) it was a short walk to the other side of the headland where the brackish water lagoon of Giavola serves as …

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