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... until the mid 1800s. The massive Temple to Zeus, had the
Zeus statute exported to Constantinople by Constantine before the
earthquake, and it final disposition remains unclear. It contained
more than a ton of gold.
Our group ate lunch in modern Olympia,
more Moussaka, gyros, tazaziki and other traditional Greek dishes
along with wine and a Greek liquor. Yes Dorothy, you are no longer in
... and they did a dance for us, including her smiling husband. We presented the mayor with an Alaska flag pin and sang Eight Stars of Blue - to much appreciation of the villagers. After lunch we returned to the hotel for less than an hour before meeting our site guide at the Olympia archaeology site and museum; some of the Alaskans jumped into the pool - I fought with wifi. At 3:40 we got on the bus to drive to the town of Olympia - and then walked into ...
... morning out on the deck above the pool and the coffee was strong.
Yesterday we visited Mycenae - the centre of history, myth and legend. All 3 are inextricably linked both here and throughout Greece. This is another world heritage site and excavation continues. It is on a rugged hillside with wide views of the surrounding that was first settled by Neolithic people between 2100 ...
... with magnificent columns, statues and walls etc. The former and layout of the Olympic site is clearly evident en en today in its largely destroyed state. Most of the column segments etc. lay adjacent to the foundations and remnants of still standing building features, just as the earthquake had destroyed it.
The gymnasium ("nasium" in Greek apparently means naked), was a venue built for the males to fight naked to gain superiority ...
... way home; it was pretty cool.
We arrived back in Athens at...oh I can't even remember. Late afternoon/early evening, anyway. A group of us dropped our bags in our apartments before meeting back up to take a quick trip to AB, as no one had much food. Though I'm sure it's happened before and I just didn't take note, during the course of that whole shopping trip no one (except the CYA girls, but we scattered quickly) spoke English to ...