Greece 2017: Day 5

The day we left Athens for Nafplio, we hired the same private driver that took us to Delphi to transfer us to Nafplio. However, he had an idea that would allow us to make some stops along the way, so we were able to make the transfer a great day of sightseeing as well.

1. Corinth




Our first big stop was a little over an hour away from Athens. Corinth is referenced in Paul’s letters (the Corinthians) and today it has a huge canal where you can actually bungee jump, which we did not do while there. While the canal is kind of touristy, it is certainly a site to see!





We also visited the archaeological site there and saw the sites where Paul visited, along with a lot of headless statues.

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This was one of the coolest places we visited. Supposedly, the civilization that was once here dates back to before Christ. Supposedly, the story of Troy may have been based on this group of people, as some of the descriptions of the people and the location match up considerably. It was a hot day, but we hiked up the hill and viewed what was left, including the Lion Gate at the entrance.

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We also got to see the Tomb of Agamemnon. It is empty now, though they believe people have used it as shelter when passing through the area.



3. Epidavros

Our third and final stop before Nafplio was to Epidavros. Epidavros is known for its incredibly intact theater that was buried under dirt. Archaeologists literally uncovered it fully intact and it is still used today. We sat in the audience and the kids went to the middle and sang a few songs for us.

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However, the real significance of Epidavros is the Sanctuary of Asklepios, an early hospital. It kind of looks a little like a pile of rocks in some places, but even walking through the grounds, it was possible to feel how peaceful and therapeutic it felt in that area. I don’t know what it was, but I could feel why that location was chosen. It seems that Greek civilizations actually understood the value of treating the whole person, as the theater was built to entertain the patients at the hospital. The sanctuary also had a gym where patients could exercise.

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At the end of the day, we finally arrived in Nafplio. We checked in and had a nice dinner and explored the town.












See what else we did while in Greece!

Day 1 – Athens

Day 2 – Athens

Day 3 – Athens

Day 4 – Corinth, Mycaenae, Epidavros, Nafplio


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