Ancient Olympia

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Location: Katakolon, Greece

Today we and our cruise buddies visited the location where the ancient Olympic Games were held. The games were held every four years for nearly 1200 years during the times of the Greek and Roman empires. Only free Greek citizens were allowed to compete in the games, with exceptions made for select Roman overlords. The modern port town of Katakolon only has 600 residents. They were very happy to have three large cruise ships in port today, including the Queen Elizabeth.

We took a short bus ride from the ship to the Olympic site. George, our tour guide, walked us through the ruins pointing out the locations of the palestra (gymnasium ) and training grounds. We saw where the Temple of Zeus once stood and housed the huge statue of Zeus (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world). Lots of photo opportunities!

Training grounds
Training grounds
Not cool enough to wear their hats backwards.
Not cool enough to wear their hats backwards.

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Temple of Zeus
Temple of Zeus

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Then we saw the olympic stadium were the running events were held. Ryan ran the track back and forth.

Lining up on the blocks.
Lining up on the blocks.
Go - Ryan - Go!
Go – Ryan – Go!

 

Our last stop at the ruins was to visit the location were the modern Olympic flame is lit every 2 years.

Our next stop took us to the ancient Olympia museum nearby where we saw many artifacts found at the ruins.

Statues from the Temple of Zeus.
Statues from the Temple of Zeus.

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Following the museum tour we returned to the ship. In the late afternoon Rachel went to the casino while Ryan took a nap.

For dinner we and the cats went to the onboard specialty restaurant: Tuscan Grille. The restaurant specializes in Italian food, specifically steak. It was a very good meal.

Tomorrow we visit Santorini, Greece.

Total Steps: 11,327

Total Loud Americans encountered during the excursion: 8

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