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... s daughter by sabotaging the King's chariot. The west pediment depicted the battle between the Lapith men and the centaurs who were stealing the bride and maidens. Even in marble and 2700 years later the emotions can be read on the various carved faces. Also in the museum was a statue of Nike which originally stood on a pedestal near the Temple of Zeus. They know she was carved by the sculptor Paeonius. On its pedestal it would have been ten feet tall. ...
... history from memory - it's our guides and a guidebook I read the night before. I will have forgotten by November! Ok - on to New Otilio - we checked out at 9 this morning from our beautiful hotel on a gorgeous bay. Apparently since the Greek financial crisis you can pick up a waterfront or at least view home here for 150,000 euros - down from 600,000 pre crisis. Lots of Germans are. After a short drive we were at the Diros Sea caves, ...
... the gods along with houses for the emperor and priests. There was also a museum that had archeological evidence of all the various competitions that were held. It was interesting to learn how long the ancient Olympics were held (over a thousand years mainly BC). I could go on but instead we have Delphi yet to get to. So we leave Olympia for a 3.5 hour drive to Delphi. This time we follow the proscribed Google route. In it ...
... Brazil, which is to be held in 2016. A ceremony is undertaken on a small area of the site with beautiful Greek girls igniting the Olympic torch at the site from a small rock bowl, positioned facing the morning sun. It has a very shiny internal surface which supposedly focusses and intensifies the sun's rays to ignite the torch. From there the torch commences it's journey around the world to the next Olympics via a relay of runners.
My favorite thing about Greece? This applies mainly to Athens. But I love the culture, the restaurant owners grabbing you as you walk by, the scenery, the food, the Africans everywhere where selling sunglasses and bags, the beggars asking for your money, young gypsies, everything! Nothing whatsoever like Australia.
Greece is so beautiful and culturally diverse. Tomorrow is our last day, then onto the boat for an 18hr cruise on the sea to Italy!