We spent the day at sea yesterday making our way to Nauplia – the capital of Greece in the early 1800’s before moving to Athens. Today we visited Mycenae – from the 15th to the 11th century BC (yes BC) it was the seat of the Mycenaean empire considered to be the most important center in the known world. The Mycenaeans and their leader, Agamemnon were considered mythological until in the late1800’s when German archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann, set out to prove the stories of Homer and uncovered the site thus transforming the world of archaeology. Excavation continues to this day. The Lion’s Gate at Mycenae is considered to be the oldest piece of monumental statuary in all of Europe. It is hard to imagine civilization and their technology so long ago… The lentil (above the door opening) of what is the tomb (a structure that is referred to as a beehive because of it’s shape) of Agamemnon must be 20′ x 10′ x 2′ and weigh in the tons. How was that lifted in place??
Maybe more interesting is the Feta cheese – it is luxurious! Really! Served in squares and so creamy. I wish I could send it home to all of you. Salad for lunch and dinner mounded with – you got it – feta!