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Sailing Through History IX-Katakolon(Olympia) & Corfu Greece

The site of the first Olympics and a visit to the "Emerald Isle" of Greece

The last two ports of call in Greece on our Eastern Mediterranean Cruise were beautiful and picturesque as well as great opportunities to slow down and relax after 13 days of almost nonstop activity. The Port of Katakolon, or Olympia as it is more commonly known is where the first Olympics was ever held and where you can find a historical landmark anywhere in the seaside town. Guided tours of Ancient Olympia and the Olympia Museum were offered, but we elected to spend the day on our own and explore the small village on foot. Apparently we were not the only ones with that idea because as we walked away from the dock toward town we noticed hundreds of other passengers doing the same thing.

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We meandered in and out of the small shops along Main Street for a couple of hours before stopping at one of the seaside cafes for a light lunch.
After taking the waiter's suggestions on some yummy appetizers and beer, we spent the rest of the afternoon sitting at a table outside on the patio of the cafe, watching small boats drift in and out of port before making our way back to our ship. The weather was warm and sunny and the light salt in the sea air was very soothing. It was a lovely relaxing day.

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The next morning found us on the island of Corfu, Greece. Known as the "Emerald Island" because of its lush greenery and breathtaking beauty, Corfu is one of the hidden treasures of the Mediterranean. The second largest of the seven Ionian Islands, Corfu is just 368 square miles. Corfu is one of Greeceā€™s prettiest towns and has a unique charm that shows the influence of the Italian, French and English cultures in its architecture. I chose a half day "highlights" tour for this island that would leave us plenty of time to wander around on our own an do some shopping. The tour was great and our guide friendly and knowledgeable. She led us to some great picture taking spots and I tried to capture the feel of this lovely island with my camera.

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At the end of the tour, we found a cool spot to sit on Liston Square to sip some cool drinks before we spent the remainder of the day walking around the beautiful shopping area, purchasing some great leather gifts to take home.

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Heading back to the ship I felt that Corfu was definitely a place that I would like to return to someday because it was clear that we had only scratched the surface of what this lovely little island had to offer.

Next, we end our fabulous cruise in the romance capital of the world, Venice. To be continued....

Posted by Gerriv 09:12

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