Normally, a special view like this of Bourtzi, the lovely little Venetian fortress which guards the port of Nafplio in the Peloponnese would feature large within the frame. However on this occasion with the beams of light escaping from a rapidly darkening sky I couldn’t resist putting it in the spotlight created by the gap in the backlit clouds.
The mooring points on the quayside also give it some depth and necessary foreground interest. It normally takes me awhile to select an image to highlight a day but this one grabbed my attention immediately. I’m really pleased with the result, taken on a compact point and shoot camera, it’s a lovely capture of this old fortification, and harbour.
It’s a shame but it seems that I’m not destined to explore this beautiful town and find out just why the Greeks love it so much. Due to an issue with the car hire I was later arriving than anticipated and a planned ferry to the fortress had been postponed. There will be another opportunity; there must be!
There was still sometime to walk along the port, stroll down some of the narrow streets, browsing the shops and admiring the pretty and often historic buildings that line them. Many are now renovated or modernised, but the most attractive still seem a little rundown, in need of some tender loving care. Weathered doors and brickwork, with peeling paint on the window frames or shutters. Some have quaint little balconies often draped with vibrant flowers in full bloom, showing off their deep crimsons or startling fuchsias.
Along the seafront, people were idling away an hour or more, sipping iced coffee or possibly something a little stronger. The sun quickly dropped from the sky marking the time that good restaurants open. Their menus are loaded with fresh fish dishes, specialities of the resort. It was a Sunday but there was still plenty going on, the young and the trendy were all dressed up and parading along the quayside, moving from chic bar to stylish wine merchant. It’s not just the town which is attractive, fortunately nobody’s war paint was peeling, though a few looked a little weathered.