On to Corfu and Katalon


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Today we are going to Muse about Greece, specifically Corfu, Katakolon and ancient Olympia.  If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Locator map of Corfu (Kerkyra) prefecture (Νομ...

Locator map of Corfu (Kerkyra) prefecture (Νομός Κέρκυρας) in Greece (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After Dubrovnik our trip took us to the Greek island of Corfu where we spent the day in the old town with the same name, Corfu.

Old Town of Corfu

Old Town of Corfu

What a picturesque town!  This is a world heritage site.

We were there on what turned out to be a local holiday.  The town was filled with people.  The crowds were especially intense around  Spianada Square:  another thousand of our closest friends!

Corfu crowd

Corfu crowd

On the right side of the street there were cafés and restaurants with not a seat vacant.  On the left side of the street was the square with outdoor eating areas served by the restaurants on the right.  The waiters would run the food across the street to their dining patrons.

Waiter taking food across the street

Waiter taking food across the street

This was all very festive.

As we rounded a corner, Jeanette and I came across a band assembled on the street.

Corfu  marching band

Corfu marching band

They milled around for a time and then off they went playing a march.

Corfu band preparing to march

Corfu band preparing to march

Marching away

Marching away

Little did we know that this was the program of the day.  A little further down the way we came across another band and then another.

another band

another band

 Band approaching

Band approaching

Around the square other bands were assembled, staging to march.  I think we counted seven.

I came away very impressed with the civic pride of the people of Corfu.  This music tradition is obviously an important part of their heritage.

After a leisurely lunch and some more sight seeing we went back to the ship preparing for our next leg of the trip.

 ferry

ferry

As the sun was low in the sky the pilot boat came along our side, ready to guide us out of the harbor.  A ferry came in and another went out.  And we said good bye to Corfu and a fun day.

Katakolon

The following morning we awoke in the harbor of Katakolon, a small Greek fishing village.

Katakolon

Katakolon

Prominent in our view was a row of waterside restaurants.  We made a mental note for later in the day.

Katakolon restaurants

Katakolon restaurants

Other than the restaurants and a few shops there really was not much to the town.  It was however, the gateway to the ruins of Olympia, about 17 miles away, the city where the Olympic games began.

Our companion, Mr. L, rented a car and zipped us through the countryside, mostly agricultural land, and several small towns, taking us to the ruins, near the town of modern Olympia.

English: Modern Olympia, Greece from near the ...

English: Modern Olympia, Greece from near the ancient Olympia archaeological site. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Olympia

Plan of the sanctuary of Olympia, Greece.

The ruins are extensive and cover a large area.  From what I have read, people inhabited Olympia as far back as 1000BC and as recent as 600AD.  Tradition dates the start of the Olympic games as 776BC.  The city was destroyed over time by earthquakes and mud slides.

Olympia Stadion 2004 Eigene Aufnahme vom 04.11...

Olympia Stadion 2004 Eigene Aufnahme vom 04.11.2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here you see the Olympic stadium.  It was a simple track for running events and the surrounding sloping hills are said to have held as many as 40,000 spectators.

Our happy group spent several hours exploring the fallen monuments.  Here you can see Jeanette and Mr. and. Mrs. L starting out, Jeanette leading the way.

Jeanette leading the parade

Jeanette leading the parade

Olympia Expansive ruins

Olympia Expansive ruins

Olympia extensive ruins

Olympia extensive ruins

Olympia

Olympia

Olympia  What no crowds

Olympia What no crowds

The area is quite large as you can see.  Unlike our other stops to date, Olympia was not crowded.  Often we were alone in our little section of the world.

But enough of that!  After seeing as much as we could absorb, the four of us loaded back into the car and sped off for the restaurants in Katakolon to pursue our true current interest:  Lunch.

Katakolon Lunch

Katakolon Lunch

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