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We checked out of our hotel in Nafolio at 9 - just in time to miss the hordes of people from the cruise ship that docked overnight - taxi drivers even slept in their cars to be first in line for the fares. We headed north and west and drove a couple of hours to Sparta/i and Mystras. The militaristic Spartans of the 6th and 5th century BC left no ruins of note - and excavations have only gone down to the Roman era of first century BC. What was there was used in the 13th century AD ...
... meant we HAD to get towards Greece today so the following day was jam-packed. We visited the Greek, then Roman, then Byzantine, then Venetian, then French ruins in Butrint National Park. The complex was a vast and surprisingly a beautifully maintained mish mash of numerous cultures, mainly Roman including amphitheaters, bath houses and a castle. We then headed inland, to the mystical Blue Eye. This place looks unlike any part of Albania we have seen. It is in a lush forest ...
... historical rubbish was all starting to feel the same to me, luckily Olympia was a little different in that it was my first Ancient World Wonder site. Unfortunately the Statue of Zeus at Olympia no longer stands, but the triangular shaped pediment from the temple, and its relief sculptures preserved in the museum were relatively intact and quite amazing to see complete with their tales of ancient times. There was a training area and stadium here too and ...
... and again, I heard a couple of names being asked to contact reception. It is not uncommon for guests to arrive back at the last moment. It is well documented that the ship requests you board no later than ½ hour before the vessel is due to set sail. The problem with a tender port is that you may get back to the quayside before the ship has left but if you miss the last tender back you’re in trouble. In this case we had 9 ½ hours in Gythion. I’d love to ...
... in schedule will allow us to miss the high winds and rough water currently ravaging the Greek Isles. We played 3 games of hand&foot with Lucie & Andy this afternoon: J&L. 2 - A&L 1. The Greek Isles tournament continues. After a delicious dinner we saw a great show performed by the Celebrity Reflection Entertainment cast which consisted of great Broadway tunes and other great ...