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... well. Once they had finished, one couple came to sit down next to us so I asked them if they knew of anything happening at 5am the night before. They confirmed I wasn’t nuts and that something had happened. Turns out somebody tried to commit suicide by jumping off the 11th floor deck. Luckily the security guard saw him and was able to respond. Actually, the security guard tried to stop him the first time, but the man ran away and jumped off the ...
... stopping overnight stop at the 'five star' Arty Grand Hotel - although we all agreed it should be 3 star, this was the benefit of the 1st class tag. Those without one got dropped at a crummier hotel. Greek style buffet dinner was a bit average, but as is the custom here, not until a very stomach rumbling 8.30pm. Set of scales in all bathrooms an interesting touch that revealed I had lost one kilo (yay for Greek food and only being able to eat ...
... city states and colonies – this festival gave them a chance to renew their collective Greek identity.
The huge campus is full of legend and intrigue as narrated to us by the super-knowledgeable Maria. It was here in Olympia that baby Zeus’ father Krono tried to eat him! Zeus, as you know, went on to become King of the Gods and patron of the Olympic games. We saw the ruins of the gymnasium where athletes trained physically and academically in the ...
... into the Olympic arena. There are no seats in the arena area, now or even in ancient times. Men would sit on the grass to watch the Olympics. I went into the arena and sat on the grass, but during ancient times women were not allowed to participate in or even watch the Olympics. Apparently one woman once snuck into the Olympics dressed as a man to watch her son participate in the Olympics. The woman's name was Cleopatra. She ...
... Olympic Games were held, beginning in 776 BC. There are temples to Zeus and Hera, among other structures. But the best part was the track. I'm sure Clare will have more to say about that. But it was a gorgeous day and we raced in the real Olympic stadium. Unfortunately I had just sprained my ankle two days before, but I ran regardless. And beat some Muggles. So that was cool. We ...