Aegina and Nafplion, Greece

 

Mediterranean Sea 

 

Because we have been to Piraeus more than 1/2 a dozen times, we no longer visit Athens (for the Acropolis) or the Plaka (for the cafes and shopping.)  We now look for something new and different.  This time, we took a ferry to the island of Aegina (40 minutes away, 25 Euro/rt/pp.)  We went over for lunch and shopping and discovered a wonderful and charming little city.  This is the only place where I have ever seen a MapsMe.com listing for “Greengrocer in a Boat.”  Sure enough, as you walk along the harbor side, you come to a boat selling vegetables!  It’s not far from the fish market.  Very convenient!  We had a tasty lunch at the Maridaki Restaurant:  Greek salad, pasta and really fresh fish!  Then did some shopping—pistachios (the main product of the island, locally grown and processed) along with a couple bottles of Greek wine (NOT RETSINA!)  Returned to the ship.  Although still in port the following day, we opted to stay on board.

Hellenic Seaways ferry "Flying Dolphin" from Piraeus to Aegina, Greece
Hellenic Seaways ferry “Flying Dolphin” from Piraeus to Aegina, Greece
Chapel of Agios Nikolaos on the dock in Aegina, Greece
Chapel of Agios Nikolaos on the dock in Aegina, Greece
Carriage rides through Aegina town.
Carriage rides through Aegina town.
Fishing Boat in the harbor of Aegina.
Fishing Boat in the harbor of Aegina.
Walking into town, along the dock,  in Aegina, Greece
Walking into town, along the dock, in Aegina, Greece
The Church in Aegina, Greece.
The Church in Aegina, Greece.
This is actually listed in MapsMe.com as "Greengrocer's shop in a boat"
This is actually listed in MapsMe.com as “Greengrocer’s shop in a boat”
The Fish Market in Aegina.
The Fish Market in Aegina.
Lunch is over.  Down to business!
Lunch is over. Down to business!
Shopping in Aegina, Greece.
Shopping in Aegina, Greece.
Flowers for sale in Aegina.
Flowers for sale in Aegina.

 

 

 

Today, we awoke at anchor outside the city of Nafplion, Greece. Normally, one would use this opportunity to visit the ancient city of Corinth and take a boat tour along the Corinth Canal.  We have done so in the past and enjoyed the excursions immensely.  But this time, we decided to take the tender to town and stay there for some sightseeing, shopping and lunch.  We had a marvelous day.  Nafplion is a charming city.

Ruins of ancient city of Corinth.
Ruins of ancient city of Corinth.
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Corinth was once a coastal city and important in commerce. The sea receded and the city declined.
entering the Corinth Canal
entering the Corinth Canal
The lock closing behind us.
The lock closing behind us.
In the Corinth Canal.
In the Corinth Canal.
MS Amsterdam tender after arrival in Nafplion dock.
MS Amsterdam tender after arrival in Nafplion dock.
Bourtzi Castle on an island in the harbor in Nafplion, Greece.
Bourtzi Castle on an island in the harbor in Nafplion, Greece.
Walking along King Konstantine Street
Walking along King Konstantine Street
Lunch at the Mentor Restaurant (far right awnings)
Lunch at the Mentor Restaurant (far right awnings)
Look at that kabob plate!
Look at that kabob plate!
Castle Palamidi
Castle Palamidi
Colorful flowerpots.
Colorful flowerpots.