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Sep 20, 2015 - And We're Off and Running in Ancient Olympia

Sunday 20th September Up bright and early again. Not sure if Maureen is enjoying this part of the trip at all! Not a morning person either like myself but when on holidays its what you have to do to get things done. Down to breakfast (got beaten by the busload of American tourists) but thoroughly enjoyed the sumptuous spread provided by the hotel. Ancient Olympia was supposed to open at 8.00am so we dutifully arrived at the gate shortly thereafter to find a nice little note telling us that it wouldn’t be open until 10.00am because of the...

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Sep 8, 2015 - Maria Poppins

Early start to head to the original Olympic archeological park. Presently there is digging going on as they have found more artifacts and ruins. A very impressive place. It’s the sanctuary of ancient Greece and site of the original Olympics from the 8th century BC to 4th Century BC. The games were discontinued when the Christianity came to Greece. First Olympics 776BC; first modern Olympics1896. It was meant to honor Zeus. There are various buildings including Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, Pelopion, Palaistra, altars, workshop, gymnasium,...

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Greece is the Word

Sep 7, 2015 - If everyone eats on the bus it will be a restaurant not a bus!

Long day on bus. Walked to hotel to get bus for our 4 day Classical Greece tour. Got on the bus which took us to another bus to actually start the tour. Athens city center limits traffic by license plate last number...odd numbers on odd days, even on even days. No pollution and less traffic. Maria is our guide, she gives information in English and French and after awhile it starts to run together. Our first stop was at Corinth where the canal connecting the Aegean Sea with the Ionic Sea is found. It was quite impressive how deep it is....

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May 2, 2015 - Visiting the Peloponnesus

Today we started our 4 day trip through mainland Greece. We were picked up on a lovely new bus that wasn't even full. We headed out of the city and had our first stop at the Corinth Canal. This canal is pretty amazing as it is only 25 metres wide, 80 metres above sea level and 6000 metres long. The layers of rock that were cut through makes you wonder how it was done in the 1800's. From there we travelled to the theatre of Epidarus. The theatre was part of an entire complex built in 11th Century BC. After the second level was added, it had...

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Mamma Mia Tour

Nov 17, 2014 - Greece November 2014 - part 11

Needless to say, we didn’t take up the offer of Greek dancing late into the night, but made our way to the Archaeological site of Ancient Olympia in the mists of early morning to see more block of stone and marble scattered in the fields. The Altis, the sacred grove at Olympia, took shape in the 10-9th c BC and was devoted mainly to Zeus. The games, which were held in the area already in prehistoric times, were reorganised in the 8th c BC by the king of Elis, Kleisthenes of Pisa and Lykourgos of Sparta, who instituted the ‘sacred truce’....

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Nov 16, 2014 - Greece November 2014 - part 10

Jam packed in the valley from Delphi to Itea and the sea was olive trees, groves, patches - no fences just verges, ditches and beaten paths occasionally littered with plastic bins or milk crates, dogs, tree trimmers and people lighting fires driving the fragrantly acrid blue smoke of burning olive branches. Occasional wild hedges of lavender rosemary flowers and the deep dark green of their stiff leaves holding station along the roadway. Driving the main road which took us through a small town – the roads were diminishing into patchwork...

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Oct 14, 2014 - Day 2 - Olympia

We started the day with a big breakfast at the hotel and loaded on the bus to go explore Olympia. Our tour guide Dimitria, said that we'd be having a race in the stadium, and of course we all laughed, but she was actually serious. To my surprise, almost everyone participated, and they were pretty fast. It was fun, and we all had a good laugh. It was so fascinating to learn and feel the history of Olympia and try to imagine what life was like. It's so amazing that any of these ruins survived. We had a great day. Here's some information about...

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Jul 7, 2014 - Katakolon, Greece (Olympia)

Monday, July 7th Today was a busy and very hot day with the temperature reaching 40 degrees at our first Greek island. The good news is that it's not sticky/humid because if you can catch some shade it's much cooler and really nice. The name of our first Greece Port is Katakolon, and where most of the ship did an excursion to Olympia, the site of the first Olympics. The tour was good and we learned about the original stadium, how Cleopatra almost died from sneaking into the Olympics (men only allowed) but they spared her life because she...

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Jul 21, 2013 - Corinth and Olympia

Yesterday we left Kifissia just before checkout time of 12 noon and found our way to the motorway – thank heaven for Snooper (Sat Nav) as it was complicated getting to and from the campground. We paid 2 lots of motorway tolls €2.80 and €8.10 and drove to the other side of the Corinth Canal to Blue Dolphin Camping (N 38° 6' 4.39" E 22° 51' 53.99") in Lecheon. It was €20 per night and it is a lovely site with good facilities. We had several swims at the pebbly beach; the water was 25° and we looked across the water to the old city of Corinth....

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Sep 23, 2012 - Olympia

My trip starts today from Delphi heading south along the coast line of Greece, a stop for a Greek coffee, then on to the small city of Nafpaktos where we stop for a walk along the beach and a shot of ouzo (okay but beer in much better) lol, then off to cross the big bridge to Patra and the drive along the coast to Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games. I walked through the museum then to the ancient site exploring the ruins of the gymnasium, the temple of Hera, Temple of Zeus and all the places used for the first games. Then checked...

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world trip 2012

May 17, 2012 - Katakolon/Olympia

We arrived at our last port today, Katakolon for our drive into Olympia to see the original Olympic grounds. Katakolon is a cute port, lots of shops and restaurants. When we left the streets were almost empty, when we came back, the streets were packed with people from all of the ships. Our captain advised that the day would include liquid sunshine, however when we landed in Katakolon, the sun was shining and it was fairly warm. What does a captain know about weather right? During our drive to Olympia flags from all countries lined the...

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Apr 26, 2012 - Ancient Olympia, Greece

April 26 – port of Katakolon, Greece [Ka-TACK-a-lon] (Ivan's 70th birthday!) This small town of 600 is the gateway to Olympics where the first Olympics were staged in 776 B.C. and every 4 years thereafter, until 394 when an emperor banned them after 1,169 years. After a 45 min. bus ride from Katakolon to Olympia we toured some of the 6 acres of the grounds. There really isn't anything left standing because of two violent earthquakes in the 6th century but French and German archaeologists have been excavating and have re-created one column...

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