Grecotel Olympia Riviera Thalasso
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
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... for a late lunch. It was lovely fare - with my favorite vegetable in Greece: tomatoes! They are delicious beyond words. Neither trip mate Patti C or I will let a tomato be left on the table. Then we walked (!) back to our bus and began the three hour drive to Olympia. On the way we drove through Kalamata (big city!) and home of my favorite olive. There are olive trees everywhere in this part of Greece - mostly independent ...
First port day is Katakolo, which is a small port town, that is 35 km away from Mount Olympus. Up early, room service breakfast at our bow window overlooking the Mercedes Taxis and the Bug buses arriving for the schmucks that pay 80 Euros for the round trip. We were off the vessel thinking we would have a walk around the town and find Coffee and Wifi, walking along the port shops and storekeeper who is ...
... 776 BCE. It is still the site where the Olympic Torch is lit using the heat of the sun for the Summer and Winter Games. Over time the city of Olympia was completely covered by water and soil. It was re-discovered in 1766 and excavation work began some sixty years later. What has been uncovered has now become a tourist mecca. We walked through the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the gymnasium, the hippodrome and the stadium. Excavation works are still ...
... ya know - it's closed! So after a swim for the kids, Julia meets a German girl called Hayley who was born in Italy, is 10 years old and so grateful to meet another English-speaking child, I read a book - nice. Then we dock at Katakolon at 1.30 ready for an excursion. We wait in a bar and weird thing is, no-smoking for the first row of seats, but all the back seating is reserved for smokers. So NO irons allowed on board but hey you can smoke?! It reeks! The Italian and ...
... near the entry of Olympia to serve as a reminder to others.
In later years, the area was renovated, a stadium added and, in more modern times, a museum was added that showcases some of the ruins found at the site. Seeing the area was magical and inspiring. Gavin and Cate enjoyed seeing the ruins, loved the history of it but wished the weather was a bit cooler...I guess you can't win 'em all!