Italy 2019 Florence Part I


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The beginning of our time in Italy starts with Florence

Mont Blanc, French Italian Border, Europe

 

Doors of Florence

 

Street Markets, Via dell’Ariento, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

 

Fire Hydrant, via Chiara, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

 

Piazza del Mercato, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

 

Religious Shrine, Via Nazionale, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

 

Sagrestia Nuova (New Sacristy) & Cappelle Medicee (Medici Chapel), Piazza di San Lorenzo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Sacristy Built by Michaelangelo in 1534

 

Via del Canto dei Nelli, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

 

Piazza di San Lorenzo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

 

Opera Medicea Laurenziana, Piazza di San Lorenzo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

 

Monumento a Giovanni delle Bande Nere, Piazza di San Lorenzo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

 

Borgovino Wine Store, Borgo San Lorenzo, 7, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

 

Borgo San Lorenzo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

 

Battistero di San Giovanni (The Baptistery of St. John), Piazza San Giovanni, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

 

Medici Chapel, Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini, Florence, Tuscany, Italy



Greece 2019 Part XV


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The final post from our Greek sojourn – next up will be Florence, Italy


Waterfront, Koróni, Greece

 

Koróni Castle, Koróni, Greece

 

Bollards, Waterfront, Koróni, Greece

 

Doors of Koróni, Greece

 

Laneways, Alleys & Streets of Koróni, Greece

 

Kamares Cafe Bar, Koróni, Greece

 

Memorial, Karapavlou, Koróni, Greece

 

Derelict Building, Koróni, Greece

 

Rachel Bakery, Koróni, Greece


The Corinth Canal

The Corinth Canal connects the Gulf of Corinth in the Ionian Sea with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, arguably making the peninsula an island. The canal was dug through the isthmus at sea level and has no locks. The canal consists of a single channel 8 metres (26 ft) deep, excavated at sea level (thus requiring no locks), measuring 6,343 metres (20,810 ft) long by 24.6 metres (81 ft) wide at sea level and 21.3 metres (70 ft) wide at the bottom. The rock walls, which rise 90 metres (300 ft) above sea level, are at a near-vertical 80° angle. The canal is crossed by a railway line, a road and a motorway at a height of about 45 metres (148 ft). In 1988 submersible bridges were installed at sea level at each end of the canal, by the eastern harbour of Isthmia and the western harbour of Poseidonia.

Although the canal saves the 700-kilometre (430 mi) journey around the Peloponnese, it is too narrow for modern ocean freighters, as it can accommodate ships only of a width up to 17.6 metres (58 ft) and draft up to 7.3 metres (24 ft). In October 2019, with over 900 passengers on board, a 22.5 metres (74 ft) wide and 195 metres (640 ft) long, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines cruise ship successfully traversed the canal to set a new record for longest ship to pass through the canal. Ships can pass through the canal only one convoy at a time on a one-way system. Larger ships have to be towed by tugs. The canal is currently used mainly by tourist ships; around 11,000 ships per year travel through the waterway.

Submersible Bridge (Isthmia Bridge), Corinth Canal, Isthmus of Corinth, Greece

 

Corinth Canal

 

Art Installation, Palea EO Athinon Korinthou, Isthmia, Greece

 

Bungee Jumper Corinth Canal Old Bridge, Isthmia, Greece

 

Garden Gate, Petrou Papasideri, Markopoulo Mesogaias, Athens, Greece



Greece 2019 Part XIV


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A visit to Ancient Messene, an historic site that dates to the late Neolithic or the Early Bronze Age, while in the 9th-8th c. BC the cult of Zeus Ithomatas was established on the peak of Mt Ithome. Most of the area of Ancient Messene contains the ruins of the large classical city-state of Messene refounded by Epaminondas in 369 BC, after the battle of Leuctra and the first Theban invasion of the Peloponnese. (See these references – UNESCOWikipedia)


Google Maps Location

View to the Ancient Ruins from the Bar where we had lunch lunch prior to the visit.

ANCIENT MESSENE



Greece 2019 Part XIII


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Citroen 2CV, Waterfront, Koróni, Greece

 

Coastal View, Koumpáres, Greece

 

Pýlos, Greece

 

War Memorial, Tsamadou, Pýlos, Greece

 

Bronze Cannon, Monument to Battle of Navarino, Central Square, Pýlos, Greece

 

Shop Door, Ikonomidi, Pýlos, Greece

 

Tourist Police Entrance, Ikonomidi, Pýlos, Greece

 

Poseidonia Restaurant, Tsamadou, Pýlos, Greece

 

Beach Front Bar, Methóni, Greece

 

Beach Front, Methóni, Greece

 

New Navarino Fortress, Pýlos, Greece

 

Aqueduct of Pilos, Pýlos, Greece

 

Popular Diner, Modon Restaurant, Beach Square, Methóni, Greece

 

Modon Restaurant, Beach Square, Methóni, Greece

 

Taverna Signs, Pýlos, Greece

 

Alfresco Dining, Beach Square, Methóni, Greece

 

Beach Square, Methóni, Greece

 

Flower Arrangement, Methóni, Greece

 

Ormos Navarinou (Navarino Bay, Pýlos, Greece

 

Villa, Agia Triada, Koróni, Greece



Greece 2019 Part XII – Methoni Castle


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Location of Methoni Castle


The Castle of Methoni is a medieval fortification in the port town of Methoni, Messenia, in southwestern Greece. The castle of Methoni occupies the whole area of the cape and the southwestern coast to the small islet that has also been fortified with an octagonal tower and is protected by the sea on its three sides. Its north part, the one that looks to land, is covered by a heavily fortified acropolis. A deep moat separates the castle from the land and communication was achieved by a wooden bridge. The Venetians built on the ancient battlements and added on and repaired it during both periods that they occupied the castle. There is visible evidence of the Venetians remaining with carved symbols and emblems on the castle walls.





Greece 2019 Part XI


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Along the Waterfront, Koróni, Greece

 

Street Lamp, Waterfront, Koróni

 

Derelict Waterfront Building, Koróni

 

Views of and around Church of Saint Charalambos, Koróni

 

Church of Hagia Sophia (Saint Sophia), Koróni

Holy Trinity Church, Koróni

 

Garden of Monastery of Agios Ioannis, (Saint John) Koróni

 

Around the Temple of Apollo Grounds, Koróni

 

Shuttered Window, Koróni



Greece 2019 Part X


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We have returned to mainland Greece and the map below shows the area where we will be spending a the next several days



Epar.Od. Rizomilou-Koronis, Charokopio, Koroni, Greece

 

Markets, Epar.Od. Rizomilou-Koronis, Charokopio, Koroni, Greece

 

Church of Agios Georgios, Epar.Od. Rizomilou-Koronis, Charokopio, Koroni, Greece

 

Local Transport, Epar.Od. Rizomilou-Koronis, Charokopio, Koroni, Greece

 

Doorways, Epar.Od. Rizomilou-Koronis, Charokopio, Koroni, Greece

 

Balcony, Epar.Od. Rizomilou-Koronis, Charokopio, Koroni, Greece

 

Koróni Waterfront, Koróni, Greece

 

Koroni Castle, Koroni. Greece

Koróni Marina, Koróni, Greece

 

Old Building on the Waterfront, Koróni Marina, Koróni, Greece

 

Waterfront, Koróni Marina, Koróni, Greece

 

Limestone Pillar, Koróni Marina, Koróni, Greece

 

Laneway, Koróni, Greece

 

Miranda’s Kitchen, Koróni, Greece

 

YiaMas Wine Shop, Koróni, Greece

 

Old Building, Koróni, Greece

 

Olive Grove, Koróni, Greece



Greece 2019 Part IX – Santorini


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Our final day on Santorini before back to the mainland and then a visit to the region around Kalamatta.

Church of the Virgin Mary, Kalamiotissa, Santorini, Greece

 

Caldera Islands, Santorini, Greece

 

View from Giorgaros Bar, Akrotíri, Santorini, Greece

 

Bay View, Santorini, Greece

 

Grand Villa With Views, Santorini, Greece

 

Perissa Beach, Santorini, Greece

 

Holy Cross Church, Perissa, Santorini, Greece

 

Doorway, Perissa, Santorini, Greece

 

Panagia Katefiani, Perissa, Santorini, Greece

 

Shuttered Window, Perissa, Santorini, Greece

 

Alley, Perissa, Santorini, Greece

 

Villa Entries, Perissa, Santorini, Greece

 

Anafi Island from Perissa Beach, Santorini, Greece

 

Sunsetting Behind Thirasia, Imerovígli, Santorini, Greece



Greece 2019 Part VIII – Santorini

After the little diversion, it’s back to the Greek Islands for another installment from Santorini.


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Shuttered Window, Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece

 

Pearl on the Cliff, Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece

 

Gateway to Petit Palace Boutique Villas, Epar.Od. Firon-Ormou Perissis, Mesaria, Santorini, Greece

 

Petit Palace Boutique Villas, Epar.Od. Firon-Ormou Perissis, Mesaria, Santorini, Greece

 

View to the Southern Tip of The Caldera, Epar.Od. Firon-Ormou Perissis, Mesaria, Santorini, Greece

Coastal Rock Formation, Akrotíri, Santorini, Greece

 

Akrotíri Beach, Akrotíri, Santorini, Greece

 

Saint Nikolaos Orthodox Church, Akrotíri, Santorini, Greece

‘The Wave’, Beachside Café-Restaurant, Akrotíri Beach, Akrotíri, Santorini, Greece

“The Wave” is a little Café/Restaurant/Tavern right at the waters edge where we enjoyed lunch. See this link for a panorama – it is the small place on the left with the lattice railing.

 

Stone Wharf, Akrotíri, Santorini, Greece

 

Door, Melina’s Tavern, Akrotíri Beach, Akrotíri, Santorini, Greece

 

Melina’s Tavern, Akrotíri Beach, Akrotíri, Santorini, Greece

This can be seen in full context here

 

Doorway, Cave Art Space, Akrotíri Beach, Akrotíri, Santorini, Greece

 

Vineyard, Akrotíri, Santorini, Greece

The vines are not staked and are trained close to the ground to enable them to withstand the weather conditions of the island. They produce some truly wonderful wines here.

 

The Caldera, Akrotíri, Santorini, Greece

This can be seen in full context here

 

Coastal Cliffs, The Caldera, Akrotíri, Santorini, Greece

 

View North, Akrotíri Lighthouse Road, Akrotíri, Santorini, Greece

 

Akrotíri Lighthouse, Akrotíri, Santorini, Greece

 

Beach Front, Perissa, Santorini, Greece

Agia Eirini, Thirasia & Oia, Santorini, Greece

 

Villa Visitor, Sunny Villas, Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece