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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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!
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.
This was all very festive.
As we rounded a corner, Jeanette and I came across a band assembled on the street.
They milled around for a time and then off they went playing a march.
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.
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.
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.
The following morning we awoke in the harbor of Katakolon, a small Greek fishing village.
Prominent in our view was a row of waterside restaurants. We made a mental note for later in the day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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