Trip Start Jun 26, 2011
Trip End Jul 30, 2011

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Day 16: OLYMPIA–TRIPOLIS–ATHENS. Thursday 14 July
This morning, join the optional sightseeing tour and learn more about the history of the original Olympic Games, when athletes competed with each other to honor the King of Deities. Then, motor into the mountains of Arcadia by way of Tripolis and over the Corinth Canal to Athens. Time later for an evening in the lively Plaka area. (B)

Hotel: Golden Age Michalakopoulu 57 Athens Gr-11528 Greece Tel: 302107240861,+Athens+10558,+Greece+(Museum+of+Greek+Folk+Art)&daddr=Michalakopoulou+57,+Athina+11528,+Athina,+Greece&geocode=FTdqQwIdXCBqASEowIHXQszTKyk7SMAeFr2hFDGIhm2BYzddVw%3BFU2CQwIdaXtqASkzLjqWUL2hFDG6CjEWaUl1IA&hl=en&mra=ltm&dirflg=w&sll=37.976782,23.743601&sspn=0.017253,0.038409&ie=UTF8&ll=37.974684,23.743987&spn=0.017253,0.038409&z=15

CITY: Athens

A Taste of Athens (cancelled due to lack of demand)
First by coach into the centre of Athens where you will pick up the "train" which will take you at a leisurely pace for about 20 minutes around the old part of Athens, the "Plaka" - a good way to get a first impression of the layout, shops and points of interest. Re-board your coach to continue to a Taverna for a Greek feast with unlimited local wine. On the way back to the hotel view the illuminated Acropolis.
Approximate value: EUR €55 per person 

What we did:

Up at 6:45 for breakfast and at 8:10 we walk 5 minutes to the Olympia Archaeological Site. This was the optional guided tour but unless you want copious amounts of history about the games it's not worth it. Just walk over from the hotel yourself, buy the 6 Euro ticket and do a self guided tour which is easy with all the display boards. It’s a peaceful pretty spot with lots of shade from the huge pines and takes 30-60 minutes to cover it and has public washrooms as well. We left Olympia at 10:15 for our drive to Athens and made a brief rest stop at 11:45. It was interesting and sort of the Greece equivalent to stopping a hillbilly gas station. There were no banjo players but they did have two junk yard dogs. We stopped for lunch beside the famous Corinth Canal and had a great meal watching the million dollar yachts go by. It was about 33 in the shade but a nice spot and good food. We arrived in Athens at 4:20 and it looks pretty uninspiring with lots of graffiti and sort of typical big city like. The hotel is another attractive but not AC
enough Greek hotel. A few of our party had some no AC issues which is a real pain
when all you want, is to be cool and relax in your own space finally. The free
lobby Internet worked good at first then started cutting out so I cut back on
the number of pictures for download from all, to 20, 10, 5, blow your brains
out and start again. Wired/wireless internet is 7 Euros/3 hours continuous in
your room. Nancy was busy doing laundry since it’s a two day stay and we have a
balcony for drying. We have a good symbiotic travel relationship, I buy her jewellery
and she does laundry which seems to be working well thus far. We decided to
have supper in the hotel and so did a number of others. Everyone liked their
meals, service and so did we. We joined some others, were well taken care of
by Kostas, Andreas and we were quite happy with our choice.
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Nice pictures!

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