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Jun 14, 2018 - Olympia

The day's drive took us through Arta and Patras before finally arriving in the really pretty town of Olympia. With only 8,ooo residents it certainly had a 'family' feel and everyone seemed friendly. None more so than the operators of one of our favourite eateries, Zeus. The Aussie-Greek family made us extremely welcome. The enormous archeological site of the original Olympic games was our focus and it was brilliant. It was a great feeling to walk through areas where ancient athletes and spectators gathered including the original running...

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Feb 2, 2018 - Delphi, Olympia, and other old things

Ancient Delphi is one of the most serene and aesthetic places I have yet experienced. I'm sure the sparse crowds of the low season and the remarkable mid-winter sunshine were key elements of the experience. Modern Delphi has a charm of its own. A €30 euro room with view balcony added to the ambiance. The driving route from Delphi to Olympia was scenic, hugging the shore of the Gulf of Corinth. After crossing the toll bridge at Patra, the route was considerably less scenic, but efficient. Modern Olympia is asleep during the off season....

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Second Time Around

Jun 11, 2017 - Week three is under way

The third week of our cruise began yesterday with an opportunity to explore Athens, today our ship has docked outside Olympia for us to spend the morning exploring the ruins. Now just relaxing in a cafe with a coffee and enjoying the view of the Habour and our ship.

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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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Greece is the Word

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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Oct 14, 2014 - Day 2 - Bridge of Rio Antonio

Our adventure continued after lunch with a drive across the Rio-Antirrio bridge. It's a toll bridge that was ready to use for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, the torch bearer was the first to cross it. I was unable to get good pictures, but it's an amazing bridge. Here's some info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio%E2%80%93Antirrio_bridge

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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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