Mycenae and Epidaurus

Jul 14, 2017 - Sea Cloud

This morning we woke up facing the beautiful city of Nauplion, the first capital of modern Greece. A small picturesque town with a wonderful defensive system since a series of castles, bastions and walls protected the settlement from all sides.

We disembarked and left to explore the area of Argolis where we were, heading first to Mycenae and then to Epidaurus.

After a short drive we saw the “well built” and “rich in gold” Mycenae, as Homer calls the city, the kingdom of Agamemnon, the leader of the Greeks in the war of Troy. A fascinating place, admirable for its cyclopean walls, the major gate adorned with the Lions relief and the breathtaking location it occupies. Before leaving we stopped to visit a monumental tomb called the treasury of Atreus . We were amazingly impressed by the size, the engineering skills of these people 3,250 years ago.

Then we continued on to visit the best-preserved theater in Greece, in Epidaurus, where in ancient times we had a sanctuary of the healing god Asclepius. The whole sacred area was destroyed in antiquity, except the theater, which is in an excellent condition, with a capacity of 14,000 spectators, still used today and famous for its acoustics.

Returning to Nauplion we sailed right away to enjoy our last afternoon sailing in the Aegean.

Farewell Sea Cloud. We had a wonderful time. We will be back.

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About the Author

Stella Galani

Cultural Specialist

A native of Athens, Stella Galani is a Greek scholar with extensive experience leading groups through her native country and revealing the rich history and culture of her homeland. Stella earned a master's degree in cultural anthropology from SUNY Albany and is completing her doctorate degree in anthropology at University College in London. Stella looks forward to bringing the ancient sites and civilizations of her country to life for travelers.

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José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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