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... birthplace of Zeus (others thought it was Mt Olympus - many miles away in northern Greece. The minimal remains of the Gymnasium is next - here the athletes trained for a month before the games - gymnos means naked - which is how they trained and competed. The center of the site was the Temple of Zeus - almost as big as the Parthenon. Not much is left except earthquake rubble - and we needed to imagine the 40 foot statue of Zeus - one of the Seven Wonders ...
... supposedly the graves of Castor and Pollux, the brothers of Helen pf Trpy from different fathers. When Castor died Pollux asked his father Zeus to join them for eternity - Zeus agreed and set them as the Gemini constellation. Supposedly the graves themselves are joined together at the back, but the site is now locked so I wasn't able to corroborate that! After reaching the top we caught our breath at the site of Homeric-era ...
... at a little town that had up town and down town. Old guy said "straight to Olimpia?" I said " yes" while weaving my hand back and forth. He said " yes zag zig zag zig"
Got to Olimpia, checked, found shops and lunch then headed to the Archeological site of Olympia. Saw the Temple of Zeus and the site of the original Olympic Games. This is where the flag starts from.
Caught a ...
... little time at the Piano Man (not so good) and then bed, ready for our excursion to Katakolan tomorrow in 31 degree heat.
The "Nieuw Amsterdam" is a very beautiful ship in the Holland America Fleet. So easy to find your way around, with lots of cosy bars and lovely deck areas. Lovely comfortable ship.
This morning our chariot took us to the original site of the Olympic Games. We saw the stadium where they held the running races and the columns of the ancient buildings and temples. One strategy to prevent cheating was to fine the offenders enough money ...