Greece & Turkey 2011 travel blog

hill town of Dimitsana

narrow streets

Olympia ruins

tumbled columns at the temple of Zeus


ruins, ruins and more ruins

entrance to the olympic stadium


ready, set go!

vegetarian lunch

Last night we stayed in a little village called Dimitsana, which is located in the mountains, almost smack dab in the middle of the Pelopenese. It's built on a mountainside with just one, narrow and winding street cutting through the middle of it. The fact our driver Spiros can drive our bus through the town to our hotel is amazing. There were several places when you could hear everyone on the bus let out a groan as we squeezed between parked cars and tight buildings.

One night is probably just enough time, as there's really not a lot to do here. It's a good half-way point between Delphi and our next destination, Olympia. The town is a ski resort town in the winter and doesn't see a lot of tourists otherwise. It's kind of strange to walk down the street and have the locals stare at you, wondering "Why are you here?" Like everywhere else in Greece, the people are friendly but it's the first place I've been where most people don't speak English. Still, we managed just fine.

David, arranged a picnic dinner on the deck of our hotel, with a wine, olive and olive oil tasting. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it. Of all the Rick Steves' tours I've done, I think this is one of the best. Not only because of the location and itinerary, but because everyone on the tour has really bonded, which really makes it enjoyable.

We left Dimitsana bright and early this morning and headed to Olympia, the site of the original olympic games. It was a very impressive site with lots of ruins and a great museum. Our local guide here was fantastic, just like the other guides we have had in Athens and Delphi. She was not only knowledgeable and funny, but also very pretty and she enchanted most of the men on the tour. Afterwards we had free time to wander around taking photos and of course, several of us had to run the olympic track. On the way out of town we stopped for lunch at an amazing vegetarian restaurant before heading to the Mani Peninsula, to our destination for the next 2 nights - Kardamyli.

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