Day 7 European Vacation: Olympia and κρασί

5 Nov

Sorry its taken a while for day 7!  More to come on why (but mostly a BIG move!)

On the 7th day of our vacation we traveled to the city of Katakalo Greece which is located on the mainland of Greece in an area known as Elis.  The port of Katakalo was unimpressive and we were quickly whisked away on a bus to our first stop for the day, Olympia.  After seeing the ruins in Ephesus we were excited to see what lay in store for us at the site of the first Olympic games.

In Greece, much like many of the other places we visited, they had been devastated by earthquakes in 300 AD and many subsequent natural disasters thereafter.  Much of Olympia has been restored but there is still a lot of rubble.

DSC_0851 DSC_0853We saw the Temple of Hera, the great water basins they used during the ancient games and the place where they light the Olympic flame.  We also learned a lot of history! During the original Olympics there was no such thing as the Olympic flame, that started during the games in Amsterdam in 1928.

DSC_0856 DSC_0863We also learned that the original Olympics took place completely in the nude!  It was customary for gyms to be clothing free zones and that was one reason why women were not involved in athletics.  There was a little part of me that wanted to go out onto the field and run around (fully dressed of course)!

arches to the field

arches to the field

DSC_0879 DSC_0883During ancient times there was an ivory statue of Zeus that was stolen and later burned in a fire.  But it was originally in this temple which is pretty amazing!

DSC_0896 DSC_0909After Olympia we headed on to another winery which was WAY cooler than the last one in Santorini.  The winery is a family owned business and much of the original structures still stand.  It was also located sort of up on a hill so when we went outside to try the wines we were blessed with some amazing views of the ocean.  What a perfect way to end the day in Katakalo.

DSC_0912 DSC_0914 DSC_0928 DSC_0930 DSC_0934Katakalo was also our last stop on the cruise before heading back to Venice.  This winery really was a great ending to a great cruise.  We brought back two bottles of their red wine and would have probably filled a suitcase if we knew we could get it into the states upon our return!  More info on the winery here!

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