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Patras: Angilcan church of Saint Andrews: founded in 1872: built with granite stones brought in from Scotland

This is the day we were supposed to go to Olympia:  unfortunately Illias was on strike and the site and museum of Olympia decided to show their support by striking also.  We decided to walk in Patras.  We went to the Information center and got a walking map.   When we first started out we saw a beautiful church with a circle under the steeple ... it was closed and had barbed wire along the top of the fence. ....   I took quite a few photographs of it....  such a shame it's boarded up....  We followed the map to the stairs...

Panto Krator Church: Patras
. which ran up and up and up throught the middle of the town.... an amazing number of stairs...(193..)  I could only walk 3 sets before I had to stop and get my breath....   The view from the top was wonderful....  across the Bay of Patras  was a larger bluish mountain.. (which is still Greece .. where Delphi is) 

We spoke to a gentleman at a park..   We asked him where the castle was and he offered to walk with us ... it was really nice of him..   It was about 5 blocks.... as we walked there was an area with no sidewalk.  He said they had taken it out to put some underground things in then didn't bother putting the sidewalk back.   He said Greece has no consequences if things aren't completed or done correctly.

The moat
  He loved his country but felt the large companies and cities were not accountable to do things correctly.  He told us even at the castle there were problems ... like a man who took part of the grounds and parked his cars on a regular bases.   He had been to several meetings but there was no way to make the man cease using the public grounds... 

The castle was an amazing area....   It was reconstructed but much of the original structure was there...  I loved the crumbling walls... It was built on the ruins of the ancient acropolis in the second half of the 6th century AD.  It is listed as a Frankish-Byzantine citadel ....  it is a triangular enclosure with a moat.   We saw that there were a huge number of ping pong ball sized bumble bees on the interior of the castle courtyard.

the old wall with the view
  We started up the stairs and found they swarmed us at the top .  I retreated to the middle of the stairs....  I am afraid of bees ... especially ping pong ball sized bees... David went up without me... I stayed at the half way up place waiting for him....    A man and his little girl walked by and I mentioned the bees they thanked me and walked on up.... in about a half minute they came racing back down and the man quickly told me I was right as he ran by....  

We were directed to go to the Turkish Hummas as it's the only one working other than one in Paris.  It is over 600 years old.  When we got there we thought it was maybe a temple ....   the lady told me I couldn't go in as it's the men's times.

Klauus Winery ~ Patras
  I asked if I was dressed appropriately and let her know I had a coat to cover my arms.  She said no... I asked if I could go in just to take pictures... no... could David go in and take pictures?... no... (we thought it must be a pretty strict temple at this point...)  She said I could come back when the women go in...  She said only my husband could go... OK.... We decided to leave as David didn't want to go in without me.  Later we were astonished to find out it's a Turkish bath....  I laughed until I cried when I thought of the crazy conversation we had with the confused lady there....   (AND.... I wonder how the heck she kept from laughing as she spoke to us......) 

I took pictures of some amazing candles in a shop window.

Closeup of the fruit cluster
  They were pillors wrapped with wax stalks and wax flowers.  They were stunning.   When I took the second picture I heard the salesgirl tell the owner that I took a photograph.  I felt bad as some people really hate you to photograph their wares.. We walked in and before i could say anything the owner told me no pictures.   I told him OK and told him I took two of his window display and offered to erase them.    He said no problem.   We bought a pillor candle and talked to him for almost an hour.  He is the third generation in his family to have the shop.  A few years ago they had an earthquake that bought down the left side wall and the displays.  He replaced it with a plain wall and is trying to afford a replica of the original.  The estimate he got is $35,000.
These are candles....Rose covered logs.....
...   (the right side is still standing)  He has some of the splinted hand crafted honeybee carvings from the broken side.  He also showed us the antique telephone on the back wall.  He opened it... it has delicate silver wire springs and is in excellent shape.   It was so refreshing to speak to someone who really values the past and his family.   

We felt like the number of hours in town were way too many as we ran out of things to do.  We hired a taxi to drive to  the Clauus winery out of town but found it closed.   The driver jumped out and got permission for me to take pictures on the grounds.  He sat and chatted with David as I took a few pictures.  He took us back to town and knocked 2 Euros off the bill .

Patras: winged Lion fountain....
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After we got to the ship we decided to walk to the famous church of St Andrews... they have his skull there....  We walked about 1 mile and were a bit lost.   We stopped and asked a man and his son directions.... They didn't understand .....  I crossed myself and both explained OH.... and pointed and mimed it was 5 more blocks....  we continued.... just as we rounded the corner of the parking lot David and I realized we were in shorts and totally inappropriate to go inside.   We were so disappointed that we were so thoughtless.  We got a few shots of the outside and walked back to the ship.    We stopped at a touristy place on the wharf for dinner.   It was really good food and the view was nice.

Anglican Church of St Andrew ~ it was no longer used and had barbed wire around it....
...    And ....  another day passed.....

One thing we really like about getting Coffee in Greece is they always bring you a little cookie and a glass of water with the coffee.  It's so nice to have the extra...  America doesn't do a lot of extras ... but it is always nice to pay for one cup of coffee and get free refills.

Koralifix says:
Gorgeous & colorful impressions!
Posted on: Mar 12, 2009
amore1212 says:
the turkish bath story is hilarious:)
Posted on: Nov 15, 2008
lovely_lori88 says:
wow your adventures sounds so fun!!! and quite funny as well! :)
Posted on: Nov 13, 2008
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Patras: Angilcan church of Saint A…
Patras: Angilcan church of Saint …
Panto Krator Church: Patras
Panto Krator Church: Patras
The moat
The moat
the old wall with the view
the old wall with the view
Klauus Winery ~ Patras
Klauus Winery ~ Patras
Closeup of the fruit cluster
Closeup of the fruit cluster
These are candles....Rose covered …
These are candles....Rose covered…
Patras: winged Lion fountain....
Patras: winged Lion fountain....
Anglican Church of St Andrew ~ it …
Anglican Church of St Andrew ~ it…
Patras Anglican Church of St Andrew
Patras Anglican Church of St Andrew
Baked goods...
Baked goods...
Bread and cookies
Bread and cookies
Bakery goods...
Bakery goods...
Patras Anglican Church of St Andrew
Patras Anglican Church of St Andrew
Anglican Church of St Andrew~patras
Anglican Church of St Andrew~patras
An amazingly long stairway through…
An amazingly long stairway throug…
Looking out from Patras
Looking out from Patras
City of Patras looking back down t…
City of Patras looking back down …
Fence along the top of the stairs
Fence along the top of the stairs
David going into a park area
David going into a park area
Small park at the top of the stairs
Small park at the top of the stairs
Beautiful Iron work on a gate
Beautiful Iron work on a gate
Green Door... apparently #5
Green Door... apparently #5
window
window
Green door
Green door
The Castle entrance
The Castle entrance
Castle
Castle
Looking up at the Castle walls
Looking up at the Castle walls
Pillars and other marble
Pillars and other marble
The castle
The castle
I love this rain spout...
I love this rain spout...
Castle walls
Castle walls
Looking out the castle grounds
Looking out the castle grounds
The old worn stairs... I was half …
The old worn stairs... I was half…
Pieces of the old wall
Pieces of the old wall
top of the castle
top of the castle
castle window
castle window
castle walls
castle walls
Orange trees  :)
Orange trees :)
castle wall ... partial piece stan…
castle wall ... partial piece sta…
A really neat plant...
A really neat plant...
The castle with olianders
The castle with olianders
Orange trees at the castle... I lo…
Orange trees at the castle... I l…
the castle
the castle
bouganvilla
bouganvilla
Panto Krator Church: Patras
Panto Krator Church: Patras
Panto Krator Church: Patras
Panto Krator Church: Patras
Panto Krator Church: Patras
Panto Krator Church: Patras
Church: patras
Church: patras
Balcony with golden iron work... s…
Balcony with golden iron work... …
Beautiful door with iron work...
Beautiful door with iron work...
crumbling building across from the…
crumbling building across from th…
crumbling building with a hopeful …
crumbling building with a hopeful…
Patras: Roman Odeon
Patras: Roman Odeon
Some of the original pieces from t…
Some of the original pieces from …
Across the street from the roman O…
Across the street from the roman …
Rebuilt stadium ... the city uses …
Rebuilt stadium ... the city uses…
doors leading out the side from th…
doors leading out the side from t…
somewhat original statue alcoves
somewhat original statue alcoves
view from the top of the roman ode…
view from the top of the roman od…
some of the original stones in the…
some of the original stones in th…
roman odeon mosaic
roman odeon mosaic
roman odeon
roman odeon
Roman Odeon : patras...
Roman Odeon : patras...
Wonderful bushes at the side of th…
Wonderful bushes at the side of t…
flowers...odeon area
flowers...odeon area
roman odeon flowers
roman odeon flowers
These were on pallets behind the o…
These were on pallets behind the …
A mosaic of a man and dogs... roma…
A mosaic of a man and dogs... rom…
patras..roman odeon... mosaic
patras..roman odeon... mosaic
Roman Odeon mosaic
Roman Odeon mosaic
bench detail: roman Odeon
bench detail: roman Odeon
rose from the rose border at the R…
rose from the rose border at the …
Roman Stadium of Patras
Roman Stadium of Patras
Roman Stadium of Patras
Roman Stadium of Patras
Roman Stadium of Patras
Roman Stadium of Patras
Roman Stadium of Patras
Roman Stadium of Patras
Door knocker.....
Door knocker.....
A wonderful Iron door
A wonderful Iron door
Klauus Winery ~ Patras - a castle …
Klauus Winery ~ Patras - a castle…
Klauus Winery ~ Patras ... wonderf…
Klauus Winery ~ Patras ... wonder…
Klauus Winery ~ Patras -circle dri…
Klauus Winery ~ Patras -circle dr…
top of one of the buildings
top of one of the buildings
Klauus Winery ~ Patras - a shaded …
Klauus Winery ~ Patras - a shaded…
one of the wine storage buildings
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one of the wine storage buildings…
Klauus Winery ~ Patras - window wi…
Klauus Winery ~ Patras - window w…
Klauus Winery ~ Patras _ cool door
Klauus Winery ~ Patras _ cool door
Lights on the Patras Plaza
Lights on the Patras Plaza
Wonderful fountain on the plaza in…
Wonderful fountain on the plaza i…
Statue at the Plaza
Statue at the Plaza
fountain....  beautiful centerpiec…
fountain.... beautiful centerpie…
Pan pipe...
Pan pipe...
Large pedestrian plaza.
Large pedestrian plaza.
marble (wax) ball with lily decor
marble (wax) ball with lily decor
The piece of broken panel ruined i…
The piece of broken panel ruined …
Easy Cruise ship.... and sun set
Easy Cruise ship.... and sun set
Sun set.... :)
Sun set.... :)
sun set with oil derrick... Patras…
sun set with oil derrick... Patra…
Patras
photo by: sylviandavid