Mycenae Travel Blog› entry 21 of 44 › view all entries
The ancient Mycenaean civilization has many similarities to the ancient Minoan civilization that we visited in Knossos, Crete. Both civilizations inhabited Greece around the same time and shared many similarities with building structure, art, and way of life. Some believe that the Minoans were greatly influenced or taken over at some point by these Mycenaean peoples. No one knows for sure. There is so much history tied to this site and to the region, as well as so much myth that was encorporated into Greek mythology.
We entered the site and were greeted by the impressive Lion Gate, the entryway into the city. We wandered through the site at our own pace, since we only had a 30 minute drive to our destination for the day.
There was a lone mountain goat walking on one of the steep hills nearby, and it took us a while to spot him. He made himself known with constant "bah"'s. It gave us a good laugh. Once we had walked all the way through the site, we went into the museum there and saw many of the relics from this ancient time. Pottery, idols, weapons, and the like.
The rain sprinkled down as we left the museum there, and we were wondering if we were going to have unfavorable weather for our drive to Nafplion. Since it was my first full day driving a stick, that was one thing I didn't want to have to worry about. Fortunately, by the grace of God, the rain went away and we had a nice drive south to the port city.