Nafplio–Days One and Two

30 September/1 October

The second part of our adventure begins today…14 days exploring the Peleponnes.

At 0930 we boarded a bus from Pireaus for a 2.5 hour ride to Nafplio, our first stop.

Nafplio is a seaport town that expands up the hillsides near the end of the Argolic Gulf. The town was the first capital of modern Greece, from the start of the Greek Revolution in 1821 until 1834. This area enjoys a very sunny and mild climate, even by Greek standards.

We arrived at Pension Dafni around 1300. I was thrilled to see that the side entrance looks exactly like the picture I have been admiring…and painted a version of prior to our visit! And we could see the sign from our sitting room window!

Dafni is located at the base of the castle of Palimidi, a fortress built on the crest of a 216-meter high hill. (more to come)

Our room was not ready, so we went to a fish taverna that was highly recommended and had yet another great meal … fried baby squid (arguably the best we’ve ever had), stuffed eggplant, Greek salad and, you guessed it, local rose wine.

After taking a much needed nap, we walked around town and to the harbor. There we met Captain Aris, who owns a 43 foot GibSea sailboat, Erata, an older big sister to our 33 foot GibSea, Monet.

After a lively discussion of the history of the name and manufacturing of GibSeas (Aris knows the boat well– in addition to owning one he used to deliver them), we decided plan a day sail with him for Sunday.

We spent Saturday getting our bearings and exploring the old parts of Nafplio. Lots of very narrow twisting streets, many becoming stairways as you get closer to the base of the cliff.

We admired Palimidi, the old Venetiam fort on the top of the hill, but decided that we were not up for climbing 999 stone steps, many without any railing. The posted price for a taxi tour was 30 euros, so we opted for a 30 cent postcard instead.

We also came accross the local market with wonderful produce, especially tomatoes (we will be soooo spoiled by the end of this trip—even our beloved heirlooms don’t hold a candle to these beauties), interesting clothing and, to our chagrin, some really bad wine (local wine is sold in 1.75 liter plastic bottles and is usually very good–it’s what you get as house wine at cafe-bars/estiatorios–but the one we bought turned to be b-a-d, think it sat in the sun too long). The tomatoes we bought, however, were so good!

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