Stoat, weasel or ferret?

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Ancient ruins of Corinthia

Climb through mountains where we glimpse patches of snow.  Quaint villages that must have been painted on to the sides of the steep mountains.  Shepherds and goatherds wave as they tend their flocks in the unfenced country.  At about coffee time we pass through a village where a woman waves to us.  Parking the van we walk back and she rushes around shouting for Nikoli.  We ask for coffee and he inquires if we want to try Greek coffee.  We do.  It is brought out with two glasses of water and already sweetened.  He coaches me in how to say thank-you and water, in Greek.  Effcaristouw and Nero.  Sure they aren't spelled correctly but that is how they sound.

See a stoat, weasel or ferret run across the road fleetingly, a young one.  How do you tell the difference?  Dead hedgehogs, yet to see a live one.

Poppies amongst the stones
  Andrew's planning takes us to Corinthia where they have streets of marble rocks, an ampitheatre, baths and we hear water running through that spot.  Lunch is mousaka, souvlaki and the best greek salad.  Our next destination is to the barren foothills hills of Mt Agios Ilias and Mt Zara to see the ancient ruins of Mycenae.

For 400 years from 1600-1200BC this citadel was the most powerful kingdom in Greece.  It consists of a fortified citadel and surrounding settlement.  Due to the sheer size of the walls the Ancients believed that the place had been built by a Cyclops--one of Homer's giants.

a temple at Corinthia
  We climbed the long pathway and entered through the Lion Gate.  Inside there are Royal graves, vertical shafts.  Five were excavated in 1874-1876 and magnificent gold treasures were uncovered.  A gold death mask found with flesh still clinging to it, came from an unknown king who died some 300 years before Agamemnon.  There is a room where Aggie was belived to have been murdered.  The views from here make you feel like you are on top of the world.  Armies coming up from the sea and from the other direction over the hills would have been easily spotted. Once we climbed down from the citadel we moved down the hill a bit and looked at the Treasury of Atreus.  In times gone by this was clearly visible, but guarded at all times.  Travelling through the countryside we see many Mycenaen bridges though not in use for vehicles  still standing solid after so many, many centuries.
Next morning Andrew tries out the Mediterranean, the two fishermen on the beach look on curiously
   

On to Nemea and Martineia, planning to stay near Nafpoli that night.  It is a Saturday evening and it seems that all the families are in the port town walking along esplanades, having meals in cafes.  Decide to go on and at a place called Iria we see lots of camping signs some 15kms out on the coast.   A goatherd complete with the long crook they used in Biblical times, watches his flock of about 200 cross the road around us.  We come down through the hills and choose one of the camps.  The woman checking us in sees our Australian flag and asks how did we ever find them all the way from Australia.  We like the Greek people and know that they make excellent citizens of Australia.  Melbourne in Victoria has the third largest population of Greeks outside of their homeland I think!

Next morning after packing up we cross the road where I find some pretty stones and Andrew swims in the Mediterranean.  A fisherman glances our way then focuses of his pursuit.

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Ancient ruins of Corinthia
Ancient ruins of Corinthia
Poppies amongst the stones
Poppies amongst the stones
a temple at Corinthia
a temple at Corinthia
Next morning Andrew tries out the …
Next morning Andrew tries out the…
on our drive to Corinthia
on our drive to Corinthia
down in the ancient city
down in the ancient city
the marble road
the marble road
Views from a Mycenaen citadel
Views from a Mycenaen citadel
The treasury - a beehive shaped bu…
The treasury - a beehive shaped b…
The setting for the citadel
The setting for the citadel
in the citadel
in the citadel
Corinthia
Corinthia
Nafplio
photo by: sylviandavid