Ilia Prefecture

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  • Day5

    Lunch in Olympia

    March 14, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Cooking class/lunch. Making Tzatziki, Tiropita (cheese pie), Kolokithokeftedes ( veggie zuccchini balls). See video. Also two ladies teaching the art of Greek Dancing, complete with dancing on tabletops and smashing dishes. Quite an event after being stuffed full of what everyone made and that was only the beginning! Followed up with a huge buffet (see pic below) - everyone was groaning before attempting to follow those crazy Greek dance steps!Read more

  • Day8

    Katakolon: The Port We Missed

    November 12, 2013 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Katakolon is the gateway to Mount Olympus. The day we were to visit the weather was rainy and stormy with heavy winds. Our captain wanted a particular berth. He was advised that to get it he must go out of the port and loiter for a few hours. He did so. When he returned to Katakolon, the harbor master refused to give him the only berth the captain thought safe, so we skipped Katakolon and Olympus, and sailed on up the coast.Read more

  • Day5

    Olympia - visit

    March 14, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Great dinner last night (huge buffet) - nice hotel - comfortable beds. Enjoyed dining with Julie and Michael - new friends on our tour! All liberals - so a happy bunch. :) Huge buffet breakfast. Making new friends - large assortment of ages on this tour which is nice. The group seems very compatible. Sun is shining again today. Got slightly torched yesterday and of course had forgotten my sunscreen , hat, etc. borrowed some 50 from s fellow traveler which will save my butt today, no doubt.

    Olympia (Greek: Ὀλυμπία; Ancient Greek: [olympía]; Modern Greek: [oli(m)ˈbia] Olymbía), a sanctuary of ancient Greece in Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula, is known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times.

    The Olympic Games were held every four years throughout Classical antiquity, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD.[2],_Greece (for those of you curious enough to want to know more!). Spent a few hours wandering slowly through here with Effie giving us great commentary as usual. Had some fun at the track with people racing down it, especially the ladies who were feeling in a defiant spirit, since women weren't allow to participate or even observe the Games! Picture of Jan and I in front of the Phillippeion.
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  • Day128

    Am Ende der Überfahrt wartet der Sommer

    October 24, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Gemein für Euch: Hier ist es noch richtig warm und das Wasser auch. Peleponnes Ende Oktober. Toll.

    Mean for you: It's still warm here and the water too. Peleponnes at the end of October. Great.

  • Day592

    Day 593: Ancient Olympia

    September 30, 2018 in Greece ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    Today's site was the ruins of ancient Olympia, home of the Olympic Games. These ran from around 800 BC right through until around 400 AD, so the modern era games have quite a bit of catching up to do!

    We spent a few hours wandering through the site - it's mostly dedicated to Zeus who was the patron saint of warriors, so there were temples and statues and the like. Also a large administration building which I thought was quite interesting!

    Highlight was probably the stadium which is still there, and where most of the events were held. The running track is about 180m long, though some events would have competitors doing laps. No seats, it was standing room only aside from a royal box of course!

    Finished off our video around lunchtime, grabbed a gyros in town and then headed home for the afternoon!
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  • Day6

    Arkoudi und Umgebung

    October 6, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Wir haben mit dem Auto die Umgebung erkundet und sind in Arkoudi hängen geblieben. Ein kleiner Ort mit wenigen, einfachen Unterkünften. In einer kleinen Taverne direkt über dem Meer ließen wir uns ein kühles Gläschen Rosé schmecken. Da das Fisch-Angebot im Hotel zu wünschen übrig lässt, werden wir hierher auf jeden Fall zurückkehren. Die kleine Taverne ist einfach, aber das Essen soll günstig und sehr gut sein.Read more

  • Day5


    December 19, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    A turbulent night on the ship - a very windy night made the ship roll substantially. Nonetheless by morning, the sky was clear and the sun was blazing. We jumped on the only excursion booked through the ship - a €15 transfer from Katakolon to Olympia for the UNESCO ruins. Extortionately, if we'd booked transfer and entry tickets (without a guide) through the ship, it cost €40 each...entry to the whole site only costs €6!

    Anyway, a simple 40 minute bus ride took us to the archaeological ruins and museum of ancient Olympia, home of the olympics. We wandered the columns and foundation walls of the site in glorious sunshine. A few buildings remain remarkably well preserved, but much of the site is ruined blocks which have been moved into uniform lines, somewhat obscuring the original floorplan.

    Across the road is the archaeological museum which houses a model of the original site and many statues, pottery and bronze artefacts. Like a sauna inside, the cabinets house information on the different periods of Olympia with some reasonable information, but it is not extensively large. Having had a couple of hours in site, we transferred back to post for a little time shopping before an early 2.30pm all aboard. A late arrival in Kotor tomorrow, so a chance for a lie in. I have also never been more grateful for having visited a place before then I am with Kotor - so there's no need or expectation of climbing up the bloody great hill to the fort tomorrow!
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  • Day3

    Olympia, Griechenland

    September 25, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Das archäologische Museum in Olympia ist eines der bedeutendsten Museen Griechenlands.
    -Nike des Paionios Bild 2
    -Darstellung eines Delphine Bild 4
    -Der Stier aus dem Nymphäum des Herodes Atticus Bild 6

You might also know this place by the following names:

Nomós Ileías, Nomos Ileias, Elis, Ilia Prefecture, Ileia, Ηλεία, Elide, Ilia, Ἠλεῖα, イリア, Elea

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