We checked out slowly from our hotel and drove to Chora to see the museum with all the sculptures from Nestor’s palace was great. Especially the reconstructed water colours.
Stopped off for lunch in a lovely little town where the menu was hand written in a school notebook!
Drive upwards to Olympia, the original site of the Olympic Games. Created to honour Zeus and athletic prowess, and bring all Greek nations together in 776 BCE.
Every four years the entire Greek world would stop wars and call a truce for athletes and spectators to travel to the games safely. Like today the games brought people from all different areas together in the spirit of competition and togetherness.
There was also drug testing in the ancient world so drugs like animal blood wouldn't give unfair advantages, however the job fell to the urine tasters…..eww.
Olympia was a lovely site in the late afternoon, we saw the gymnasium where athletes trained nude, the swanky hotel where visiting dignitaries stayed, the huge temple of Zeus (pic of Greg standing next to 2 Tonne bases).
The stadium where all the races were run is still there, and spectators sat on the grassy hill to watch. Apparently women weren’t allowed except for a priestess (all those nude men!)
Driving onwards towards Patras we stopped by a tiny town to eat dinner. The locals were amazed we were there. We made friends with the daughter of the taverna owner, who collected tins from all over the world. She begged us to send her a metal tin from london - which we will do!
She was going to travel the world this year but because of the economic crisis her wages were cut in half, then medical expenses took most of her savings….so she’s not sure when she will be able to travel. I gave her a nice tip to help with savings…..I hope she gets to London one day.