Greetings from lovely Nafplio! Today is day one of my five-day solo trip through the Peloponnese. For the first three days, I’m using Nafplio as a base for exploring the area, and then spending two days in the Mani (the most barren, rugged and wild area of Greece) before heading back home.
But before I tell you all about Epidavros, welcome to my new readers! Wrap Me in Phyllo Dough made Freshly Pressed this week, and I’m so thrilled with all your comments and e-mails. Actually, to be honest, I’m really quite touched. Thank you! Happy to have you along for more adventures!
Speaking of adventures, today I went to an ancient theatre from the 4th century! This is not only exciting because of its prolific ancient-ness, but also because I happen to be a huge theatre nerd.
As you can see, my theatrical career has been very serious and highbrow:
I’m all about honing the craft.
Naturally, such a respectable artist (nay, artiste!) should want to visit the Epidavros theatre. It’s one of the most famous ancient theatres in all of Greece. In the summer, a huge theatre festival is held there annually (add to the list of Things to Do When I Come Back: check).
Equally natural was the fact that a respectable artiste as myself would need to heartily fortify myself for such an important pilgrimage. I began this crucial preparation last night, and continued this morning. It was rough.
Feeling full & happy (two qualities which usually go together for me), I caught the bus to Epidavros to check out the theatre. It’s a short walk from the bus stop to the site, and then up a set of stone steps, from which the theatre suddenly swings into view.
This theatre is incredible. The organization, the precision, and the acoustics are all simply astounding! When you take into consideration how unbelievably old it is, it’s simply too much for my poor little brain to handle.
And then there’s the view.
All in all, this theatre totally blew my mind. It can seat 15,000 people, and yet, I could hear every single word being spoken by the tour guide standing center stage when I was sitting in the top row of seats!
Now that I’m back in Nafplio, what could I possibly add to this day to make it even better? I did a little shopping; one couple I know (cough) who may or may not be getting married soon (cough cough) may or may not have some fun Greek things headed their way shortly! And now, I think… first, yoga. Then reading. And wine! And more fortification. (The artiste’s pilgrimage to the theatre was simply draining… quick! More moussaka!)
Ciao for niao,