When we checked into our hotel she asked if we had a nice drive. It was windy I replied. Did you come up the mountains? Mmm. I think so. Ah, there is a highway that is much easier. Well at lest Lindsay had fun. We had a diesel Peugeot 308, an auto which is unusual for Europe as they are usually manual, but he could drive it in manual, which of course he did, zipping along the narrow windy roads. After driving a truck and a 35’ 5th Wheel for the last six months, he loved it. He had asked the people at Avis if the Greeks were polite drivers, they didn’t quite understand him, so he had to rephrase his question. Aggressive they said but the Italians are worse. No problem. We’ve driven in Italy, so it couldn't be any worse.
|View from our room|
With only one night planned here we needed to grab some lunch and go and see the sights straight away.
Olympic Archeological SiteTickets are at the gate, cash only and it gets you into the site and the museum. The site where the first Olympic games were held is enormous. Of course now, a few centuries later, most of it is in ruins and the best pieces have been taken into the museum. The buildings here range in time from C1 to C5 BC. Some are made from marble while others seem to be made of a compound that shows sea shells.
There were lots of Plane trees with their huge canopy for shade. They lined our street at home when I was growing up and drop their huge leaves in autumn.
|Entrance to the Olympic Track|
|Palaistra C3 BC - Training area for wrestling, boxing and jumping|
|The Baths had underfloor heating|
|Sea shells in the building blocks|
|Not much is left of the Temple of Zeus|
|Some of the buildings were gyms, baths....|
|An unusual wall|
|This shows how they restore pieces, the rail track would be used to move the blocks of marble|
This museum is absolutely amazing. Obviously they have taken what they found at Olympia and have preserved it by keeping it under cover or we wouldn't be able to see them today.
|Did you know that all these buildings were not only decorated with paint, but statues?|
|These statues adorned the west pediment of the Temple of Zeus|
|Bronze Corinthian Helmets|
|Farm tools - hoes, mattocks, hammers, tongs|
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