Gelato Italiano — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter I – Needs to start with the letter I

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter I – Needs to start with the letter I.

This Gelateria Italiana in Nafplio, Greece, advertises “il vero gelato artigianale Italiano” and lures its customers inside with a giant ice cream cone.

This photo was taken on September 25, 2016. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/800 sec, 4.5 mm

Tapers in Agios Georgios

This is our entry in The Daily Post Daily Prompt: Taper.

This photo was taken in the Church of Agios Georgios (Church of St. George), a Greek Orthodox church in Nafplio, Greece, dating from the early 16th Century.  Inside the church are beautiful icons, paintings, and chandeliers, as well as a replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. A steady stream of worshipers light the candles just inside one door.

Tapers in the Church of Agios Georgios
Tapers in the Church of Agios Georgios

This photo was taken on September 25, 2016.  Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100,  f/4.9, 1/20 sec, 18 mm

Náfplio

Náfplio (also known as Navplion and Nauplia) is located on the Argolic Gulf about two hours drive time southwest of Athens, Greece, in the eastern Peloponnese. The older part of this seaport town is found on a peninsula, while the newer parts climb the surrounding hillside.

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Old Town Náfplio at Night

 

The Palamidi Fortress overlooks the town and harbor from the hilltop, while the island fort Bourtza sits in the middle of the harbor.  Both forts were built by the Venetians.

 

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Palamidi Fortress at Night
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Bourtza Fort at Night

The apartment we rented was located at the rooftop level with excellent views of the old town and harbor, as well as spectacular views of sunset and sunrise. The previous three nighttime images and the following sunrise image were taken from this rooftop.

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Sunrise over Náfplio

The old town is flat and very walkable, with many interesting shops and restaurants. Children enjoy playing in Constitution Square while their parents chat nearby.

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Constitution Square in Old Town Náfplio

We visited the very old and historically important Metropolitan Church of Aghios Georgious, which was built in the early 1500s by the Venetians.

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Exterior, Metropolitan Church of Aghios Georgious

A Greek Orthodox church since 1822, it was twice converted into a mosque during Turkish occupations.

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Interior, Metropolitan Church of Aghios Georgious
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Interior, Metropolitan Church of Aghios Georgious
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Interior, Metropolitan Church of Aghios Georgious

One of the most popular shops in Náfplio is the Antica Gelateria di Roma, which serves authentic Italian gelato.  A non-stop line snakes through this shop, and satisfied patrons stand on the small square outside to enjoy this delicious treat.

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Antica Gelateria di Roma

While the town itself is popular with tourists and a destination for cruise ships, it is centrally located for visiting several important ruins, including  Mycenae and Epidavros.