Monday, March 12, 2012

Europe 2011 day 12: Ancient Olympia, Greece

Our next stop on day 12 (Sept. 24) was the last one of the cruise - Ancient Olympia, the site of the first Olympics!

We actually docked in a small town of Katakolon, Greece. We didn't really spend much time in the town and went straight to Olympia, about 30 minutes away. Rick Steves (of course) had a really good tour in his book of the area. It was all very interesting and really neat to think about the first Olympics taking place there.


there were lots of olive trees in the area
 
  

My favorite part was the original Olympic track and we of course posed at the starting line.





The entrance to the track had an arch where the player would walk through with the crowd looking on.  Kinda like football games.


Every year the Olympic touch is lit here


Hanging out in the athletes locker room


And an ancient "lazy river," minus the water but that's really what it was


At the museum they had a model of what Olympia used to look like.  The track is on the far right.


This was actually the last stop on our cruise!  We spent the next day at sea, it was really nice having a relaxing day on the ship.  We had be going non-stop for the past few days and it was great to relax by the pool and just rest.

After our day at sea, it was time to return to Venice!

14 comments:

This is Belgium said...
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This is Belgium said...

what a trip !!

Erikizzle said...

how cool! and just before the modern day olympics in London :)

Andrea said...

Love you in your grey Toms! Best travel shoe ever! Great pictures as usual...you are fueling my travel itch!

poptartyogini said...

I love the Olympics and am thrillEd that it is an Olympic year. My husband has a countdown on his phone. How cool to see where it all began!

Carrie {Living It Up in U.P.} said...

That is so cool! It would be so amazing to see that. I love your runners pose!

Nicole-Lynn said...

So nice there! I love the olive tree! So neat!

Megan {Tales of an HBS Wife} said...

So jealous you got to go to Greece! It looks like an amazing time!

Amy {Fresh and Fancy} said...

Love seeing all of your beautiful pictures!!!

Meg {henninglove} said...

wow so so gorgeous!! i want to see actual olives on a tree one day. what a terrific trip carol! thanks for sharing!

Erika Peterson said...

Rick Steves does know best :)

Punctuation Mark said...

i love that olive branch... very cool!

Kelly said...

How beautiful!! I've always wanted to go to Greece!! Love the pictures ;)

Holly said...

have loved these recaps!

also, here is the cobb salad recipe i used!
http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2011/06/07/classic-cobb-salad-with-red-wine-lemon-vinaigrette/

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