We wanted to make the most of our last day in Greece so after several days in Athens
and even more at our favorite place, the island of Aegina,
we took our final day to explore some of mainland Greece, specifically the Peloponnesian peninsula.
We got up early (well, by college student standards) and hopped on our bus and promptly fell right back asleep. Seconds later, our tour guide, Faye, rudely awakened us and told us to get off the bus and go out into the cold rain and enjoy ourselves.
We had arrived at the Corinthian Canal – one of the four great canals in the world (can you name the other three?). Naturally we hesitated because we have become quite used to sunny, 60 degree weather, but Dr. Simmerman shamed us into following him off the bus (was the man really wearing shorts today?) where we found surely the bluest water of the four canals.
Our next stop was the ancient city of Corinth where Paul wrote all those famous letters and was tried by the Romans. Lisa made us pose (in the rain) in front of yet another temple (with yet another dog) because this was the oldest temple in Greece – so old that there is some disagreement as to whether it was for Apollo or Hera but Faye sided with Hera.
Back on the bus (where it was not raining – did I mention we have gotten used to nice weather?) to Mycenae. First stop was at a beehive tomb – the Greek version of a pyramid – and inside it did indeed look like a beehive. Then we drove just up the rode to an ancient hilltop in Mycenae with more graves (still in the round but outside this time), more ruins, and more beautiful views.
Finally the management let us eat! At a lovely restaurant called Kolizeras where the sun came out and a rainbow appeared and Faye said we could pick oranges from the orchard nearby.
Before heading home, we made one last stop in the beautiful town of Nafplio where they feature medieval castles (three of them) and really nice shops. Most of the group climbed the 999 stairs to the top of one of the castles while the smart students went for coffee.
Back on to the bus and back to sleep for the trip back to Backpackers Hotel.
We will miss you, fair Greece!