Strollin’ through Tolon

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Today to continue our amazing tour of Greece with our guide Katarina, we visited the ancient sites of Mycenae (with the royal beehive tomb) and Epidavros. Mycenae was the capital city of a league of Greek states in the Peloponnese (south-west Greece or “the hand of Greece”), which was the main civilization in Greece that ruled from 1800BC-1125BC (which reached its peak in around 1400BC). Theories about the fall of the Mycenaean people are varied, ranging from a great earthquake to a sudden change of climate but the most accurate theory points to an invasion by the Dorian people from the north. The famed Lions Gate of Mycenae was truly impressive even though the ornamental lions heads of the gate were nicked when first excavated by Heinrich Schliemann who found the Acropolis (((the site of Mycenae is only the Acropolis home to the royal family, varied tombs (the most impressive being the royal Beehive tomb) and of course, temples to the goddess Gaia (meaning mother earth) with which these people were a monotheistic society))). We all went off to take a look at the site in our own time. We came across a small tunnel that led down 40 meters into the earth. It was pitch black and so some of us struggled to find our way down, but luckily no one was hurt. We aren’t too sure what it was used for but at the bottom there is a 2-foot drop, which didn’t lead to anything. After wandering around the Acropolis for 45 minutes and seeing the foundation ruins of these once awe inspiring buildings we left to go to the Mycenae museum which is honestly the “biggest” museum we’ve ever been in. The exhibits in the museum were all quality replicas as the real finds are being held in the National Archaeological museum in Athens. From Mycenae, we drove 40 minutes to the famed healing sanctuary of the god of healing, Asklepios where many came far and wide to cure themselves of a variety of afflictions. We arrived at Epidavros to a nice packed lunch of sandwiches and juice (though many could have eaten plenty more), before setting off to see Nick and Jake do their presentation before having Katarina tell us lots and lots and lots and lots of information about the historical sight. We went into the museum and looked at the artifacts. There were mainly statues and bits of old monuments and infrastructure. When we finished there we headed on over to the theatre and listened to the acoustics it had. We said goodbye to our guide and wandered off to the exit. We got lost and a bee stung Nick Agimus, but we found the exit in time and everyone caught up. However the shop clerk at a drinks stall cursed to Mr. Fisher and so Mr. Chambers was not too pleased with that. But despite all this we made it back to the hotel half an hour before Mr. Pyne predicted us to and so we all had a longer swim. Soon it was dinnertime and everyone ate, the calamari went rather rapidly, then the boys, myself included, went off to see the play. Our bus was late so Mr. Chambers gave us some background info on the story of the play and we waited. We got on the bus when it showed up and we had to get George and Ken, our Greek experts, to translate to the bus driver what we wanted and other stats. Then we were away… for 10 minutes before we had to stop and buy a ticket to Epidavros from the centre square of Tolon. Once that had been semi worked out we got on the same bus and continued our journey. It was a 40-minute drive. We got there and hurried to get good seats before the hordes of people showed up. Our seats were good and soon the play started. It had an odd and slow beginning but then it picked up with song as the background story. Luckily for us there were subtitles for the play so we knew what was going on. We saw the story of Helen of Troy in Egypt as Menelaus, her husband, washed up on their shores. She was set to marry the king’s son but did not wish to. When she met with Menelaus, they hatched a plan to escape and live happily back in Greece. The play came to an end and everyone seemed to enjoy it. We hopped back on the bus and what greeted us was a solid half hour of working out who had to pay whom for the tickets for the show and bus. It was rather tedious and confusing, but at the same time interesting and provoked much thought. Anyway things all turned out well, we got back at midnight and everyone was either asleep or watching the game. We learned quite a bit and everyone is craving the rest day we get tomorrow to explore the city and probably buy some things.

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5 thoughts on “Strollin’ through Tolon”

    1. Sounds like some typical Greek admin confusion … Glad Kenn’s sorting everything out with his excellent Greek!

  1. Love the blogs boys, keep up the good work. Sounds like you’re having a fantastic time. We eagerly await each day’s stories and pics. Tim, I hope you’re taking “lots and lots and lots and lots” of photos!

  2. Love the blog boys, keep up the good work. Sounds like you’re having a fantastic time. We eagerly await each day’s report and pics. Tim, I hope you’re taking “lots and lots and lots and lots” of photos!

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