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... through the streets where garbage was stacked in piles. Apparently they are waiting for the facility to be ready where the garbage will be processed. Not a great first impression.
We arrived out to the area where the museum and large area with ruins from the Olympics. The sky did not look promising so we headed to the museum first. It was neat but ...
... to missionary) for a pork meal from a roasted whole pig. The mayor greeted us and we were seated at a long table in the village center. Then two musicians arrived and began playing, one on snare drum and one on balalaika. The balalaika player also sang, starting with Zorba theme song of course. The food was fabulous - bread, Greek salad, green salad, tzatziki sauce, French fries, pastitsio, pork and more pork, olives, sliced apples with honey, and ...
... Within there is the remains of Agamemnon Palace, a secret cistern that they blocked off when enemies invaded, the remains of artisans quarters and an area known as grave circle A where royals were buried in shaft graves. Later they decided this wasn't grand enough and built 'beehive' tombs that were full of treasure and then covered to hide them.
Among the rocky outcrops ...
... of Ancient Olympia, a lush green valley with two flowing rivers, less than an hour away from the port of Katakolon.
Here we walked the ancient paths through the complex, visiting the Temple of Hera, the Prytancion and Philippeion monuments, and the Temple of Zeus.
We then entered the recently restored stadium, with a capacity of 45,000, making it the larges capacity stadium of its time. I was able to stand on the marble starting ...
... to help. We went to reception, turns out I'm sleeping wonky tonight, yay me! You think this may have been a hidden message, Was this a way of telling me I'm eating too much?
Anyway back to my day, after the statue photo we went to a museum for an hour, little boring but as our Greek guide has said, traveling is never a positive experience, nor a negative, but it is just an experience... Hopefully a positive one. Our Greek guide Stafis is so amazing! ...