Left Athens early morning in a nice air conditioned bus with a lot of leg
room. We were lucky to have clear skies and warm weather for the whole
We stopped at the Corinth Canal which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the
Saronic Gulf, it was completed in 1893 but was an idea and dream that dates
back over 2,000 years. The strip of land connecting the Peloponnese and
mainland Greece is only four miles at it's narrowest point. Before the
canal was constructed, ships had to travel around the peninsula which added
approximately 185 nautical miles and several days more to their journey.
It's still in use today but only by small vessels.
High above the modern town of Mycenae are the ruins of an ancient city
state, the ruins of Ancient Mycenae date back to the second millennium BC.
Though most of the original city has been destroyed over time, parts of the
Acropolis still remain. The Acropolis sits atop an impressive mountain and
is flanked on either side by taller mountains forming a fortification for
the site, it also has scenic views. Burial halls, dug into the mountain
also remain. The Lions Gate is the main entrance to the city. The lions,
with their fore paws on an alter of some sort was suppose to represent the
Mycenaean's power (I'm amazed at how these thing could have been moved).
The riches of kings were uncovered in the various burial sites and many of
those are on display at the Athens' Archaeological Museum.
Unfortunately my pictures of the "Treasuries" of Atreus and his sons did not
turn out. The treasuries were subterranean buildings of beehive shape, one
is still almost perfect, and were probably the sepulchers of noble families.
Thanks Barry & Louise D.