Peloponese, Athens.

Trip Start Mar 12, 2010
Trip End Sep 17, 2010

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sparta, by Karlie Goltz     

Sparta is where it was said most beautiful mythogical being Helen of Sparta/Troy grew up ,married and became queen. She was said to be the cause of the Trojan war.

We first went to the old part of Sparta. The old part was built in the Bronze Age, hence they believed in "THE GOD'S." Dad decided to be adventurous and took a different and much bushier path than us. We [Daniel, Mum and I] went a much  cleaner and prettier route – the official way, we were directed by a local.

As we walked along we looked at some of the other ruins of Old Sparta. We also had a much better view of the city even though the ruins were on a little hill, nothing like the HUGE mountains surrounding it. Most of the ruins of old Sparta are fenced or roped off, so we just looked’ but in one fence it had a hole so we squeezed through that and got a better look of an alter of some god. After squeezing back through the fence we walked up to the next and final ruin of old Sparta. Here they had no fence so we walked around an found out why....There was nothing there! Apart from a few old pieces of marble sitting around!  
We stayed another night more than packed up to leave after all the stuff was in the car was left for the not so old but not new Sparta. The road up to the castle of Sparta was to long and VVVEEEEERRRRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY  bendy! We parked at the main entrance first and looked through some old buildings but our first real stop was a little church. We looked at the handmade mosaics and wondered in amazement. Then we walked up to the museum we saw some of the first hand written bibles. The second stop was another little church which was not as nice as the other but still had nice mosaics and was still cute. We saw lot more churches and monastries that day.  We also visited an active convent on the hill and it had lots of cats hanging around the church - just lazing about in the shade.

Olympia was interesting and has a very good museum..  It was where the first Olympic games were held.  There were lots of ruins, however there were designated walk areas and if you sat on or touched a ruin one of the staff amongst the ruins would blow a whistle and tell you off!  They still light the Olympic torch from this site every year.

From Olympia we drove to Corinth.  There is a museum which has many artifacts to look at - also some toilets which is a nice plus for a tourist attraction in Greece - and free!  Had to use my imagination quite a bit to understand what an important trade, and wealthy place this city was, the center of trade.  Helps to know the history of the area (Paul helped with that) Paul the apostle also preached and gave counsel here.  
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