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Greece Trip Pictures (Page 1 of 2) from July 01 to 15, 2006

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Route Map through GREECE. Covered approx. 2,300km on the motorcycles.

July 01, 2006. Camping at Olympos Beach near Plaka. (22Euro/night)

July 04, 2006. In the parking lot in front of ATHENS ACROPOLIS.

In the background the Parthenon.

A picture before the masses arive. Ruby poses in front of the PARTHENON.


Statues of women were used in place of columns on the south porch of the Erechtheion.

Mike standing on the east side of the Parthenon.

View from the Acropolis. Athens lays below and the Monument of Philopappus can be seen on the hill.

View of the Shrine of Asklepios.

The Parthenon, originally built in 447BC. It is going through some major restoration.

Statue displayed in the Acropolis Museum.

View of the Temple of Olympian Zeus.


The theatre was originally built in 161AD and still used for outdoor concerts.

A older theatre on the side of the Acropolis rock.

The THEATRE OF DIONYSOS was built between 342-326BC.

The stage is lined with comic figures like the satyr, Silenus.

Statues recovered.

The HADRIAN'S ARCH next to the Temple of Olympian Zeus and a busy road.

Mike standing in front of the TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS for size comparison.

The temple is the largest in Greece and construction was started in the 6th Century BC.


Church located in the Ancient Agora.

The STOA OF ATTALOS, reconstructed in the mid 20th Century to its former glory.

The reconstruction was helped by John D Rockefeller and now houses a museum.

A well preserved Statue found in the Ancient Agora.

The HEPHAISTEION, built approx. from 449 to 440 BC.

The temple is best-preserved building in the Ancient Agora.

View from the Filopappos Hill toward the Acropolis Rock.

The Parthenon in the afternoon with thousands of tourists.

Ruby and the Acropolis in the background.

The MONUMENT OF PHILOPAPPUS built between 114-116AD.

A final look back to the famous Acropolis and...

...the Parthenon.

Parking on the sidewalk in Athens as we visit the National Archaeological Museum.

The minimalist Cycladic style of sculpture - Harp Player.

An example of the pottery collection on display.

Ancient Greek Pottery in excellent shape.

The Mask of Agamemnon, which was originally discovered in Mycenae.

Statues recovered, showing detailed workman-ship.

Bronze Statue of Emperor Augustus.

Marble Sculpture of Aphrodite, Eros and the goat-footed Pan dating to approx. 100BC.

Helenistic bronze statue of a Youth of Antikythira. Found off the island of Antikythira.

Hellenistic bronze known as the Horse with the Little Jockey.

July 05, 2006. Camping at Atreus Campground near Mycenae on the PELOPONNESE. (15 Euro/person)

The Lion Gate at MYCENAE.

Grave Circle A which contained six royal family shaft-graves.

View from Mycenae to the Treasury of Atreus.

Secret Stairway. 99 steps drops to ....

...a cistern deep beneath the citadel.

Mike stands infront of the Northeast Gate.

Closer view of the Lion Gate, built in the 13th Century BC.

Entrance to the TREASURY OF ATREUS.

A tholos tomb, which used to contain the body of a Mycenaeans King.

View of the fortified palace complex of Mycenae.

In the harbour town of Nafplio.

The first step of 910 to the PALAMIDI CITADEL.

View of Nafplio from the steps leading to the Citadel above.

One of many gates.

Some of the most amazing views ever.

Palamidi is a huge Venetian citadel...

...built between 1711 adn 1714.

The largest such complex in Greece,...

...consists of a single curtain wall...

...enclosing seven self-sufficent forts.

Mike checks out the prison cells.

One of the seven forts inside the fortified walls.

Inside a cistern.

Great view over the Aegean Sea.

Another gate leading to more forts.

We explore for hours....

...and are in awe of the incredible views.

The water is very blue and clear.

Yet again another gate.

A sail boat, thinking of what the future might hold for us.

Main gate entrance to the Palamidi Fortress.

The moon starts to appear as we leave.

July 06, 2006. The ancient city of ACROCORINTH lies on the summit of this mountain.

ANCIENT CORINTH. Ruins of the Odeion.

Part of the Northwest Stoa.

The Temple of Apollo.

The temple was preserved by the Romans when they rebuilt the site in 46BC.

The steps leading to the temple terrace.

Mike walks down the Lechaion Way, a marble paved road.

The Peirene Fountain's. Springs that still supply the local modern village.

The Temple of Octavia and its only three remaining ornate Corinthian columns.

The remains of the temple are standing on a plaform, dedicated to the sister of the Emperor Augustus.

The on site museum display statues recovered from Corinth.

Ancient Corinth constitute the largest Roman township in Greece.

Ancient toys with movable limbs dating back 1000's of years.

Mosaic of Bacchus (Dionysos), 2nd Century AD.

Warrior Masks.

Winged Sphinx.

Inside the ancient fortified city of ACROCORINTH.

Acrocorinth, located 4km above the main city of Corinth. West Entrance.

The ruins of the former city spread out over 60 acre.

A lonely Mosque that is all that remains behind the walls.

One of the most amazing 360 Degree View of Greece. In the distance the Gulf of Corinth can be seen.

Views of up to 60kms in all directions on a good day. It seems we have a pretty good day.

The Peaks of Ziria in the southwest.

Pictures taken from the foundations of the Aphrodite Temple.

The Geraneia Range in the north-east.

Mike takes a sweeping view over Greece.

The entrance to the ancient city and its three (3) consecutive gates.

Motorcycles made it too.

EPIDAURUS and its magnificant theatre.

Designed by Polykleitos the Younger in the 4th century BC.

Known for its near-perfect acoustics and has the only circular orchestra (stage) to have survived from antiquity.

The remains of the late Classical stadium including a starting line and some stone seating.

Mike taking a rest. The Sanctuary of Epidaurus was an extensive therapeutic and religious centre.

Another fortress that can be seen from Argos.

July 07, 2006. Passing through Agros, we travel on the old national highway along the Aegean coast through Astros to Leonidi.

The deep blue sea, mountainous scenery, small Greek villages and the twisty roads are very peaceful.

Another pretty spot with a beautiful view...

...of the bay below and its sandy/pebble stone beaches.

Heading inland we climb up the mountain range, past the Elonis Monastery, ...

...stopping every few minutes to capture the incredible view with the camera.

We reach 1200m and make numerous wrong turns through small Greek villages as signage goes back to the Cyrillic lettering.

Our first view of MONEMVASIA.

Also nicknamed "the Gibraltar of Greece".

Only 4km south of Monemvasia we set up camp at Paradise Camping for 19.30Euro/night.

We park at the Western Gate of the fortified lower town, as no vehicles are allowed inside the walls.

The so called "Gibraltar of Greece" was separated from the mainland in 375AD by an earthquake.

We enter through the western gate and instantly travel back to the medieval times.

Monemvasia was in its prime around the 15th Century AD, when 50,000 inhabitants called it home.

The Christos Elkomenos. A 13th century cathedral with a Venetian belfry.

A cruise boat with sails passes in the background of the Panagia Chrysafitissa.

The Panagia Myrtidiotissa is a 18th Century Church.

View from the upper town onto the lower town.

Gateway to the upper town.

A paved stair-street zigzags up the cliff face from the lower to the upper town gate.

The lower town as the sun disappears behind the mountain.

The lower part of the town has been rebuilt to its original state and is enclosed by the 16th Century walls spanning 900m and 30m in height.

Another picture of the road/stairway leading to the upper town.

The upper town of Monemavasia now lies in ruins and the last occupant left in 1911.

Standing at the summit of Monemvasia is the beautiful 13th Century Agia Sofia Church.

Its 16-sided dome is perched on the side of the cliff that drops a few hundred meter to the waters below.

We realized that not a lot of tourist venture off the beaten path, as we encountered numerous spiders and their webs.

The church of Agia Sofia and the Aegean Sea beyond.

View from the upper town.

Entrance to the Church.

Sea below the cliff-top church.

A last stroll through narrow cobbel stone street of Monemvasia.

At the East Gate, which opens up to a former burial ground.