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Nemea wine and olive oil

After we went to Nemea we continued towards Mycenae.  As we traveled I saw a little roadside stand that had bottles of what appeared to be wine...  David, ever the good sport, turned around and went back.  I got out and found they were selling olive oil and different wines.   I chose a water bottle of red wine.  It cost 3.5 Euros...  I was thrilled with the cost but later we saw it for sale in a grocery store for 2.0 euros... Ok.... not a bargain.... but it was fun getting it at a stand.   Plus we had the bonus of knowing the farmers got the money.... (OK... I've probably rationalized that enough.

Mycenae Museum: 6th century BC
..lol...) 

Mycenae was still to be found.  We followed the signs and pulled into the parking lot of the  grounds.   Mycenea was  supposed to have been founded by Persius, son of Zeus and Danae (daughter of King Argos) ... We went to the museum first... we really loved how it was arranged so that all of the items found in "grave cache A" are all together.   It made it interesting to see what is found in each excavation and what periods they cover.  (on the site the placards said "Grave cache A" so we had a handle on what was found there... great system.   Mycenae was excavated by Heinrich Schliemann... he followed the writings of  Homer... He found one grave that had the famous mask of Agamemnon as well as other gold items.

Lion Gate: Mycenae: 13th Century BC
. these are housed at the Athens Archeological Museum.

 After a couple of hours we walked out to the gounds.  It is so amazing to see the walls that are easily 20-30 feet above us ... the stones are huge!  The Lion gate is 13th century BC.  We strolled the grounds and looked at the map to try to make sense of how things were laid out...  We walked all the way to the end....

At the very end is the reason the area survived so long.  It has a wonderful water cistern.  It was added in the final expansion of the main walls but it was definately one of the most important areas.  Next to the water area was the "secret stairs"  .....  there were about 30 stairs that went down into one of the tunnels.

Mycenae Museum: jaw with flowers: 1500-1450 BC
  It intersected with  second tunnel that was blocked off.  When we were at the bottom surrounded by rocks it was eerie quiet.   The only thing we could hear was our breathing and our feet scuffing the rocks ....  And then.... being Californians... we thought about earthquakes when we were 30 feet down.  David said.... Well,... we'll be part of history when they dig us out in 2000 years.   Yep.... Two tourists with notebooks, bottles of water, cameras.... dressed in orange plaid pants and purple flowered shirts... (kidding... we aren't ugly tourists...)  

We walked back and went into the museum shop.... the museums are making a mistake in their merchandise....  they all have the same line of modern geometric jewelry... very overpriced.

Burial chest for child: 1350-1180 BC: Mycenae Museum
.. and they have scarves that are neither attractive or made from good or correct material.   I really wanted to buy something but wound up buying only post cards.  I wanted earrings or a necklace that were replicas of the ones in the museum but ... they weren't there. 

We went out to the parking lot and bought waters from the vender parked there ....  as we drove up the road we were surprised to see a second Mycenae site.   We stopped and walked in.  The ticket person said it was included in the price.  She then added sharply that it was closing in 11 minutes and she wanted us out.   Yikes... that was blunt...  We walked up the hill and found the site was well marked with placards...  It was a wonderful addition to the main site but we had never heard that there was an additional site ....  We watched the time and walked out at precisely 11 minutes... the ticket lady was very appreciative and thanked us and wished us a great evening.... Greeks.... gotta love them... they are so charming.

reikunboy says:
I like the way you write this. It shows your good nature and sense of humour. Great pics by the way
Posted on: Feb 08, 2009
Koralifix says:
Very nicely written and lovely photos :)
Posted on: Feb 06, 2009
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Nemea wine and olive oil
Nemea wine and olive oil
Mycenae Museum: 6th century BC
Mycenae Museum: 6th century BC
Lion Gate: Mycenae: 13th Century BC
Lion Gate: Mycenae: 13th Century BC
Mycenae Museum: jaw with flowers: …
Mycenae Museum: jaw with flowers:…
Burial chest for child: 1350-1180 …
Burial chest for child: 1350-1180…
Produce stand: wine, pumpkins, oni…
Produce stand: wine, pumpkins, on…
Egyptian blue color pigments: Myce…
Egyptian blue color pigments: Myc…
1250-1180 BC: stemmed bowls
1250-1180 BC: stemmed bowls
Coarse ware stirrup jar: 1350-1250…
Coarse ware stirrup jar: 1350-125…
Mycenae Museum: see how nicely the…
Mycenae Museum: see how nicely th…
Amphora 1300 BC: Mycenae Museum
Amphora 1300 BC: Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum: sacred figures: 13…
Mycenae Museum: sacred figures: 1…
Mycenae Museum:Fresco: 1250-1180 B…
Mycenae Museum:Fresco: 1250-1180 …
1600-1550 BC: conical jar
1600-1550 BC: conical jar
Grave Circle A: 1500-1180 BC
Grave Circle A: 1500-1180 BC
Mycenae Museum: grave circle A
Mycenae Museum: grave circle A
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Burial Pot: 1100-1050 BC: Pithos B…
Burial Pot: 1100-1050 BC: Pithos …
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Mycenae Museum
Moulds: 4th -3rd century BC:
Moulds: 4th -3rd century BC:
Jars from Crete
Jars from Crete
looking into the top of a beehive …
looking into the top of a beehive…
Looking through the door of a tomb…
Looking through the door of a tom…
Lion gate from down the path
Lion gate from down the path
Lion Gate...  13th C BC
Lion Gate... 13th C BC
Behind Lion gate... on back side
Behind Lion gate... on back side
Tree by Namea museum
Tree by Namea museum
Odd tree ....  what the heck is th…
Odd tree .... what the heck is t…
looking into a bee hive tomb: Myce…
looking into a bee hive tomb: Myc…
Mycenae site
Mycenae site
Mycenae site: this is the back of …
Mycenae site: this is the back of…
Looking down into the area
Looking down into the area
Mycenae site
Mycenae site
Mycenae site
Mycenae site
Mycenae site
Mycenae site
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenaen Treasure:housed at Athens…
Mycenaen Treasure:housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athen…
Mycenaen Treasure: housed at Athe…
Mycenae
Mycenae
Looking back at the Lion Gate
Looking back at the Lion Gate
Merchants houses
Merchant's houses
South house
South house
On the side of the path... we wond…
On the side of the path... we won…
Great court: Mycenae
Great court: Mycenae
Mycenae
Mycenae
mycenae
mycenae
opening to the secret stairs
opening to the secret stairs
The secret cistern: created in 122…
The secret cistern: created in 12…
the secret stairs: at the bottom (…
the secret stairs: at the bottom …
the secret stairs....
the secret stairs....
At the bottom of the stairs
At the bottom of the stairs
Look at the size of the header roc…
Look at the size of the header ro…
The path turns and is blocked: thi…
The path turns and is blocked: th…
Looking into the gloom of the cave
Looking into the gloom of the cave
The cave at the bottom of the secr…
The cave at the bottom of the sec…
David at the bottom of the stairs
David at the bottom of the stairs
David.... heading up...
David.... heading up...
This hole was drilled in the rock:…
This hole was drilled in the rock…
The Bastion looking towards the st…
The Bastion looking towards the s…
Part of the wall... looking toward…
Part of the wall... looking towar…
Part of the wall
Part of the wall
house sites...
house sites...
Sylvia and David at Mycenae
Sylvia and David at Mycenae
One of the great gates
One of the great gates
David next to the gate
David next to the gate
the Mycenaen wall...
the Mycenaen wall...
The north Sally port
The north Sally port
Next to the site
Next to the site
plants...  next to the gift shot
plants... next to the gift shot
going towards one of the excavated…
going towards one of the excavate…
immense rock over the doorway
immense rock over the doorway
Evidence of a gate...
Evidence of a gate...
In the tomb looking up at the circ…
In the tomb looking up at the cir…
Oh my gosh.. Is that the outline o…
Oh my gosh.. Is that the outline …
tomb of Clytemnestra
tomb of Clytemnestra
Looking up at the top of the tomb …
Looking up at the top of the tomb…
merchants houses
merchants houses
Mycenae: merchants houses
Mycenae: merchants houses
Mycenae
Mycenae
near grave circle A
near grave circle A
Mycenae
Mycenae
looking from Mycenae towards the s…
looking from Mycenae towards the …
The rock over thi door is estmated…
The rock over thi door is estmate…
Entrance to Treasury of Atreus
Entrance to Treasury of Atreus
The top of th Treasury of Atreus..…
The top of th Treasury of Atreus.…
top of Treasury of Atrues... This …
top of Treasury of Atrues... This…
looking a the ruins near the treas…
looking a the ruins near the trea…
Mycenae
photo by: Fulla