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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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Lisa's Travels

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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Jul 29, 2011 - Sea Day

Up usual time to join in the 7am Sunrise Stretch and Abs classes then met Paul for Breaky on the pool deck. As its the last day of cruise and sea day many activities organised so have to follow the 'daily planner' so as not to miss anything. Paul joined in the basket ball competition and I enjoyed spa time. We sat in on the famous Art Auction and WOW Paul won the 'Guess the Picasso Price' so very surprised to win free art work, photo of Jade and pen. Enjoyed late lunch and then afternoon activities before dressing for the 'Ultimate Final...

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Jul 28, 2011 - Olympia

Arrived at the port of Katakolon, mainland Greece at 8am and excited as we had a booked and organised bus tour with guide to 'Olympia'. Bus left at 10am and in 30 mins we arrived at Olympia, guide took us all around this amazing site (huge area full of many different tour groups) informing us of the different areas and ruins setting the scene and great historical information before walking through the ancient tunnel into the stadium!!! WOW it was fantastic, the starting blocks were roughly sticking out of the ground and many crazy tourists...

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Jul 25, 2011 - Lazy Day

With the taxi strikes continuing and no back up plan for the train whose schedule changes daily here, we decided to spend the day onboard. Doing nothing but laying by the pool and catching up on some much needed rest. We of course went to the ships musical production again tonight, Jacquelyn has enjoyed each one so much. She looks forward to see what the upcoming show’s theme is and anticipates it throughout the day. Can’t believe the cruise is soon to come to an ed\end. We have enjoyed every day to its fullest.

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Askew summer 2011

Apr 28, 2011 - Athens-Olympia

Off today to explore a bit of Greece. On an Adventure World Classical & Meteroa for 4 days/3 nights. Drove through Athens picking up people and changing buses - managed to catch sight of Hadrians Gate, Temple of Zeus, Parliament and again lots and lots and lots of stray dogs. First port of call was the Corinth Canal - 80 metre high walls on either side. Then onto Mycenae where we paid a visit to Agamemnon's Tomb and then the Mycaenian Acroplis. Continued on to Olympia and spent the night at the Hotel Antonios - quite a nice hotel. The...

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We're off AGAIN 2011

Feb 26, 2011 - Ancient Olympia - Feb 25-26

February 25, 2011 After two nights in Kalamata we were heading on again and this time our final destination was Olympia, although we had a stop to make along the way. We were heading for the Temple of Epicurean Apollo and the drive there was quite crazy. We drove on lots of small, narrow roads through tiny little villages that meant not only did we have to contend with idiot drivers we also had to contend with people just walking out in the middle of the road and little old ladies tottering along the middle of them, oblivious to the queue...

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Oct 31, 2010 - Ancient Olympia

First stop on our Greek odyssey (geddit?) was the town of Olympia, and more importantly the site of Ancient Olympia. The drive down from Patra was smooth and quick, with a stop for lunch by a harbour. Olympia itself was yet another surprise. I was expecting a large untidy town, with the archaeological stuff on the outskirts, but it turned out to be a small town, with lots of nice shops and houses, not too much tackiness, and a cute little campsite called Diana. We were greeted by two very small, old, wizened ,Borrower type people who...

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Oct 22, 2010 - Where competition began

I gotta say, “Holy crap, ancient Greece is amazing.” An hour and a half after rolling out of bed this morning, I found myself standing upon the ruins of the training gymnasium for athletes in the first Greek games. My location? Olmpia, Greece. A little farther down the path was the surviving pieces of the Leonidaion, a hotel where VIP guests stayed during the Greek Olympics (fun fact – athletes camped around the outside of the Olympic grounds). If I wouldn’t have been on a guided tour in the middle of Olympia, I wouldn’t have believed any...

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Apr 11, 2010 - Greece: Olympia

Site of the original Olympic games and home of the Temple of Zues: the place is actually a religious sanctuary--appropriate as the Greeks honored gods and the accomplishments of human beings the same. In fact, gods and humans were often friends and cohorts in Greek mythology. Ancient Olympia is huge and must have been stunning with the marble carved figures and buildings. The track where the ancients ran is just dirt, but you can imagine the many stark-naked men running their hearts out, sweating in the Olympian sun. All competitions were...

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