Nafplion Travel Blog› entry 22 of 44 › view all entries
We we drove along from Mycenae, we were having so much fun figuring out the names of towns in the Greek alphabet. Sure, in some places they had the english equivalent, but not all that often on the back country roads. Luckily for us, we were very good at figuring them out!
We pulled into Nafplion in the late afternoon. This beautiful seaside town was where we were staying for the night. I didn't tell my wife about it in hopes that she would enjoy the quiet little town...and I think she did! The old town has the perfect feel and is right on the water's edge. Our pension was in the heart of it all.
The weather was still cooperating so we headed out into the town. It was everything I hoped it would be and we both enjoyed walking through the streets. We checked out the restaurants along the water and continued along the waterfront path that seemed to circle the entire old city. As we walked, the rain did start to come back, but the weather was nice and the rain did not fall hard. We just enjoyed it!
Our promenade took us above the city, so we admired the view from there. Happy and hungry, we went back down into the city and found ourselves a bite to eat. We ended up at a cute little outdoor restaurant that was perfect for us.
The shops were all open late, so we wound down the evening with one more slow walk through town. We were both tempted to get ice cream, but just before we did we saw a gelato place. Eyes wide, we went over there and started up a conversation with the owner. My wife had never had gelato before, and this was the real thing. The owner explained how gelato is different from ice cream, and that it's made in small batches that are made the same day - it does not have preservatives that ice cream does. It also has less fat than ice cream, which is a big bonus for me. We happily munched on the gelato as we headed for the supermarket.
The only issue with the pension we were staying at was that it didn't serve breakfast. Since we knew that in advance, we stopped at the market and picked up some juice, jam, and bread for the morning. We also picked up food for our lunch the following day. Out of our window in the pension, we could see Palamidi Castle watching over the town from way up on the hill. That would be our first stop in the morning with it's approximately 1000 steps!