Olympia and other ancient places

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in the museum

Having just read somewhere that Greece has the highest accident rate in the European Union, I leave the ferry very cautiously and as I try to leave through the gates of the port there is a very large truck and an Alfa Romeo wedged against each other, after both trying to leave through one gate at the same time. Great confidence booster! Not!

Fuel up the diesel and note it is cheaper than where we have just been.  Our first stop is to be the ancient ruins of Olympia, where the Games first took place and where the flame is ignited every four years.  Weather is sunny and 26 o C.  It is a wonderfully peaceful place with large grassy areas and ruins scattered throughout.  Temples, burial places and the huge arena and the entry where atheletes walked in to do their thing.

at Olympia
  In the walk up cheats were named in stone and their punishments displayed for all to see.  Should be more of this in this modern world of sport I feel.  The museum had a large collection of statues from the site that mostly pre-date Leonardo's David by 17 centuries.  One of the statues even had an intact penis!  We notice that someone has spent ages travelling around Europe knocking them (penis's) off great statues and I have a feeling it was a group somewhat like a temperance society!!

We find a camping spot nearby which is full of shady orange trees (with their ripe fruit dropping off ), eucalypts and pines.  Tonight's dinner I concoct out of pasta, pepper encrusted salami, tomatoes, olives, oregano and olive oil.  Andrew sets out to search for wine and comes back ages later with 2 x 1.5 litre bottles of retsina and red and a carefully rehearsed speil about what drinking this stuff might lead to as promised to him by the godess of grapes!  It sounded to me that the god of seduction was putting in his share of suggestions too.  As it gets dark in the camp I suddenly see fire flies dancing around.  Enchanting.  The first I have ever,ever seen!

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in the museum
in the museum
at Olympia
at Olympia
genarating the flame for the torch…
genarating the flame for the torc…
only a few competitors out today
only a few competitors out today
the huge area housed temples, trai…
the huge area housed temples, tra…
holding an imaginary torch I am re…
holding an imaginary torch I am r…
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