Posts Tagged "Greece"

Katakolon, Greece

On the 13th of April, 2016 we sailed into Katakolon , a small fishing village in Greece which serves as the gateway to ancient Olympia. Since we have been here several times before we decide to have lunch in one of the promenade restaurants that over look the water. After lunch we walked the town that consisted of two streets, the Main Street and the Back Street. The shops are all catered to the cruise traffic, some 200 ships a year, that comes through the port. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture. Katakolon Village Fishing...

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Athens, Greece

We docked in the port of Piraeus, Greece on April 12, 2016, to tour Athens. Once again we took the Ho Ho bus which started out with a tour around the bays and harbors in Piraeus. We then took the 20 minute ride to the Acropolis, where we changed busses, to see the sites of Athens. Our first stop was at the Parliament Building and the Tomb of the unknown soldier that is directly in front of Parliament. We then went to the Academy of Athens and the National Library. We then ventured into the heart of Athens seeing the flea markets on Ermou Street which starts at Monastiraki Square. We wound up...

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Greek Easter

On April12, 2015 we woke in our hotel room in Delphi, to the smell of smoke. Spit roasted lamb is part of the traditional Easter meal, so the town was filled with smoke from the fires that would soon turn to coals to prepare the lamb. We drove to Olympia Greece for a traditional Easter feast. To get to Olympia we had to cross the Antirio Bridge to get onto the Peloponnese Peninsula. Once in Olympia we had spit roasted lamb and other greek specialities along with music and greek dance. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture....

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Delphi, Greece

We started our second day, April 11, 2015, with a drive to Delphi, Greece. Once again we traveled through the scenic valleys and mountains until we reached the west face of Mount Parnassus, the site of Delphi which was built by the greeks in 510 to 323 BC, home to the ancient Delphi Oracle. Here we visited the Delphi Museum with some excellent sculptures of the era. We then walked to the ruins, which were on the slopes of the mountain. On the way up through the site you could look down in the valley and see the Temple of Athena. There were many ruins of different treasury buildings with one...

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Meteora, Greece

We docked in Piraeus, Greece on April 10, 2015, and started our 3 day overland adventure during the Greek Orthodox Easter weekend. We drove over 5 hours to reach our first days destination, Meteora. The journey went through small towns, valleys and over mountains. The mountains were still capped with snow and were beautiful. We reached the town of Kalambaka at the base of an area called the Rocks which were used by monks to live in the caves that were in theses cliffs and later to build their monasteries  on top of the steep rock pillars. Today only 6 monestaries remain and are occupied. We...

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