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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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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

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