Sunday, August 23, 2015

Katakolon: The Last Port of Call

On day 6 we docked in Katakolon, the port that serves as the gateway to Olympia, the site where the original Olympics were held.

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Just outside of the port.

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We found the meeting point.

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Katakolon itself was pretty nice. Small town vibe, coastal views, lots of shopping and dining and friendly locals.

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We rented a car and drove to Olympia. The road was straight, easy to follow and very clear. It took about an hour

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We arrived into town, found street parking and stumbled upon what looked like the city hall with what appear to be an Olympic flame holder in front of the building.

From here it was a short walk to the Olympic site. The weather was temperamental. It was blue skies when we docked in Katakolon but in Olympia it was overcast and as we neared the site, the rain fell; making it an easy decision for us to visit the museum first before the ruins.

The Archeological Museum of Olympia is comprised of I believe 12 exhibition rooms, every room showcasing different finds. It is one of the most impressive museum of artifacts that I have seen. I was more blown away by the exhibits here than the ones at the museum in Acropolis in Athens. The sheer number of exhibits made it tougher to spend more time with each room. Well, there's the crowd too. Some rooms are jampacked with people, it made me wish that I was there on my own to fully grasp the enormity of what I was seeing, instead of making sure that I took a picture before someone's head get in the way.

I wanted to photograph all. I probably did. Don't worry I won't subject you to too many photos. But some of the wonderful things in the museum are here:

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18 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this fantastic trip!

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  2. what an experience, all that artwork is making me drool!

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  3. What a fantastic museum. I would love to wander around there.

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  4. Amazing Maria! Beautiful pictures and I am leased but surprised that they were allowed. You do such a great job, it looks as if you ere n a riveted tour!

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  5. Stupid IPAD can't spell worth a darn. I hit send before proofreading. Sorry for all the errors!

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  6. Even in ruins and broken this art is heart wrenchingly beautiful, especially the draped fabrics on the human form. You must have taken a thousand pictures … each worth a thousand words. :)

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  7. What a history they have in that part of the world, and very exciting to explore it.

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  8. The artifacts on display at the museum are amazing.

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  9. The statues are extraordinary.
    Thanks for the lovely tour!
    Have a Beautiful Week!
    Peace :)

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  10. A lovely selection of photos from your visit. That statues and artifacts are wonderful. I can't wait for my trip to Greece in September.

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  11. Thanks for sharing these impressive objects. A very interesting post.

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  12. Wow, quite the trip!!! The museum is so interesting. I could spend the whole day there (I think)
    Was that a cruise you went to?
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a message, so nice of you...
    320 Steps | Rome

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  13. Another great trip! Wonderful photos you have shared ~ Love horse and buggy!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  14. interesting post about your trip !

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  15. Hi! Nice captures. You traveled all over the world. I envy you. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Thank you for taking the photos and sharing them. The displays were amazing from your photos. I think I would be overwhelmed if I were there in person. To think that they were created hundreds upon hundreds of years ago.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  17. Wow! Great post with wonderful pictures!
    You are so lucky to traveled all over the world!!
    Love seeing your trip photos and your words about those amazing places!

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  18. I haven't been to Olympia, I should drag the Greek Mister there soon. :)

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