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 VII – Santorini

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Locals that dropped into our villa for a visit

Breakfast

Thirasia

Manolas, Thirasia

Ferry Passing Kameni Island

Café Bar Gateway, Spiliotica Café Bar

Thirasia & Oia from Hotel Sunny Villas, Imerovigli

A War Memorial, Thira, Santorini – 1912-1922

Rusted Water Pump, Thira

South Westerly View to Finikia, Firon-Ias, Thira

Eparchiaki Odos Firon-Ias, Thira

Derelict Gate

Orthodox Church

Hillside Village

Bar to Navagio

Kameni Islands

Holiday Accommodation

Timios Stavros Chapel, Thira

Dome of Agios Nikolaos, Thira

Cliff-side Villa Gates

Villa Window

Sunset Behind Thirasia from our Villa

Blue Note



Greece 2019 Part V

Back to the Greek portion of our 2019 holiday where bwe contined walking around the city.


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The Benizelos Mansion, Adrianou, Plaka

The Benizelou Mansion or the House of St Philothei is (surprisingly) the oldest house of Athens. Visitors can see the amazing architectural elements of a typical konaki, or urban noble house, of the 17th century. The museum is based in the heart of the historical centre of Athens. It tells the story of the Benizelou family and St Philothei or Regoula Philothei and describes the habits and the traditions of the Athenian aristocracy before the revolution against the Ottoman Empire in 1821.

Derelict Building, Adrianou, Plaka

Doors, 74th Elementary School of Athens, Adianou, Plaka

Planter, Navarchou Nikodimou, Plaka

Agias Filotheis, Plaka

The dome in the distance is The Metropolitan Church of Athens

Gates, Agias Filotheis, Plaka

Retail Arcade, Agias Filotheis, Plaka

Shop for Religious Items, Cnr Agias Filotheis & Apollonos, Plaka

This area contained several shops that seemed to specialise it selling items for the Greek Orthodox church.

Church of Virgin Mary Gorgoepekoos and Saint Eleutherius, Plateía Mitropóleos, Aérides

Metropolitan Church of Athens Evangelismos Theotokou, Square Mitropoleos, Aérides

Statue of Constantine XI Palaiologos, Square Mitropoleos

Constantine XI Dragases Palaiologos or Dragaš Palaeologus, known in later Greek folklore as the Marble Emperor, was the last Byzantine emperor, reigning from 1449 to his death in battle at the Fall of Constantinople in 1453

Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Pl Kapnikareas, Politistikó Emporikó Kéntro

Buskers, Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Pl Kapnikareas, Politistikó Emporikó Kéntro

Retail Arcade, Ermou, Monastiráki

Buskers, Monastiráki Square, Monastiráki

Aiolou 27, Monastiráki

Church of Saint Eirini, Aiolou, Monastiráki

Church of Agia Kyriaki, Athinas, Psyrrí

Fruit & Vege Markets, Armodiou, Psyrri

Derelict Building, Theatrou, Psyrrí

Derelict Building, Cnr Sokratous and Theatrou, Psyrrí

There are many derelict buildings such as theseeverywhere we walked.

Graffitied Shops, Sokratous, Psyrrí

The Karamanlidika of Fanis, Mezetzidiko, Socrates (Restaurant), Sokratous, Psyrrí

Miran Pastourma, Evripidou, Psyrrí

Miran Pastourma is a famed pastourma and sujuk charcuterie business and market in Athens, Greece. The market has been in operation since 1922. It is considered the charcuterie of the connoisseurs.

Fotsi Spices, Evripodou, Psyrrí

Shop Doorway, Evbripidou, Psyrrí

Graffitied Pillars, Cosmote Department Store, Athinas

Hotel Cecil, Athinas, Psyrrí

Trezos Ribbons, Cnr Pallados and Kalamida, Psyrrí

This absolutely disgusting level of graffiti is a commopn sight everywhere we went in Athens

Graffitied Doorway, Athinas 33, Psyrrí

Clothing Retailer, Athinas, Psyrrí

Flea Market, Monastiráki

Monastiráki Square, Monastiráki

From the front of our hotel (360 Degrees Hotel)

The Parthenon, Acropolis

From our table at the rooftop bar 360 Degrees Hotel


Greece 2019 Part IV

A day in Athens to walk around and explore the area.


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Mater Terra Shoe Shop, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Souvenir Clothing Shops, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Flea Market, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Entrance to Hellenic Folk Art Exhibition, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Romios Tourist Shop, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Closed Tourist Shop, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Restaurants, Mitropoleos, Athens, Greece

Black Cat, Mitropoleos, Athens, Greece

There is no end of stray cats wandering around all over the place all over Greece!

Shopping Arcade, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Doorways, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Graffiti, Mnisikleous. Athens, Greece

Graffitied Doorways, Mpenizelou Paleologou, Athens, Greece

Athens is one of the worst places I have ever seen for graffiti…. sadly scenes such as this are absolutley everywhere you look all over the city. There is a definite sense of a lack of civic pride evident.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation, Mitropoleos Square, Athens, Greece

Light Standards, Square Mitropoleos, Athens, Greece

Church of Virgin Mary Gorgoepekoos and Saint Eleutherius, Mitropoleos Square, Athens, Greece

The church is built on top of the ruins of ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Eileithyia which is thought to possibly date to the 9th century.

Templar Cross, Church of Virgin Mary Gorgoepekoos and Saint Eleutherius, Mitropoleos Square, Athens, Greece

There are many wonderful and symbolic carvings in the walls of this church.

Apollonos, Athens, Greece

Gated Doorway, Apollonos, Athens, Greece

Architecture, Apollonos, Athens, Greece