"Gargoyles & Graffiti"chronicles architectural elements that I find interesting or unique in my travels. Gargoyles are my passion, but today graffiti (which I hate but am learning to love as it is everywhere) is as much a part of architecture as the gargoyles and decorative railings that thrill me.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Mycenae Ruins

Top of the beehive tomb of Agamemnon

Visiting Mycenae and the Palamidi Castle from Nafplion, I could have been more attentive. I always say I can go back and do research if I want to find out about a place, but maybe I should have listened better the first time. I pay for these tours and then run away from the guides as quickly as possible. It was so hot in June when we were in Greece, and honestly I spent a lot of time looking for shade. I was locked in to the dates due to my niece's wedding, but I don't plan on doing Greece or Italy again in the summer. Give me May or September and preferably May!

Our group off the Holland America Zuiderdam
Our group was a nice mix of people, most fit enough to make it on the tour. The Mycenae was not too strenous, but later we went to the Palimidi Castle, which was a long walk up.

Lion's Gate of Mycenae
The loveliest part of Mycenae is the Lion's Gate. More info on it can be found here. Note the lion's heads are missing, but the site is still truly amazing and was supposedly built by the Cyclops.

Lion's Gate entrance at Mycenae

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