Jim and Elsie’s 1978 Tour – Day 5

Wednesday 5 April 1978

Fine, cloudless, warm

Picked up at hotel at 7.00 am. We had peaches, bread roll and tea (boiled the billy) in the room as the dining room does not start to serve breakfast until 7.

Visit to Argolis and the Corinth Canal – Huge rock excavation joining Gulf of Corinth & Aegeon.

Corinth Canal


Excavating at Corinth


Old town of Corinth – rebuilt in Roman times – photos of temple, ruins, present day excavations.




The Lion Gate at Mycenau

Mycenae – ruins back to 15th century BC. Imposing entrance gate – Lion Gate – facade on heavy stone lintel above the gate. Triangle used to take the weight off the lintel. Huge rocks used to make the wall.



Lunch at Nafplio in hotel on hill overlooking the Aegean.

Amphitheatre at Epidaurus

Ancient theatre of Epidaurus. Vast amphitheatre that seats 5000. If a coin is dropped on centre stage it can be heard quite clearly up at the top row. The stone on the seats channelled so that the seat is up about 1” to 1½” above the rest. Very impressive sight.

Late tea – 331dr ($8.25)