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We had the privilege of staying in a small village just outside of Tripoli for 5 weeks. During that time we got to know many of the villagers and despite the language barrier, they got to know us as well. We were made to feel very welcome and were included in May Day activities, Mother's Day celebrations, church activities, dinners with family and coffee on the square. We also had the opportunity to explore the area around the village; first by foot, then bikes and later with a car we ...
... forward to seeing the home of the first Olympic Games tomorrow. Tonight we had a cooking demonstration and lesson, where we learnt how to cook tzatziki, zucchini and feta balls and cheese pie, and then enjoyed eating these along with a buffet of other Greek specialities at a local restaurant. The highlight of the evening was the Greek dancing and (most of) us joining in and some of the ladies even getting up on the tables!! A great ...
... serif; line-height: normal;">Driving from Patras to Killini: getting lost in people's farms, trying to find beaches, big fire - but no one is worried.
- Dinner at small local place - free grapes.
- Cute hotel by the water (Elena's). ...
... the whole site including a little exploration of the pitch black secret cistern.
We also managed to have a look around one of the beehive shaped tholos tombs before heading back to the bus and continuing our journey to the city of Sparta where we stopped for lunch and saw the King Leonidas statue and the local football stadium!
... more shaft graves. Grave goods were wealthier than in Circle B. The presence of engraved and inlaid swords and daggers, with spear points and arrowheads, leave little doubt that warrior chieftains and their families were buried here. Some art objects obtained from the graves are the Silver Siege Rhyton, the famous Mask of Agamemnon, the Cup of Nestor, and weapons both votive and practical.
In around 1250 or so, the Cyclopean wall was extended ...