Saturday, 18 April 2015


The drive from Delphi to Olympia was stunning, as was the bridge from the mainland to the Peloponnese. 

Olympia was another really fun site to visit. There are not a lot of buildings intact there, but enough to get a feel for the size of the place. The marble starting blocks are still in the stadium, so of course Gail and Wayne ran a race, one we're officially calling a tie.  We also visited the Olympia archaeological museum, also quite small, but with a model of the site, statues from the pediments of the Temple of Zeus (I loved the portrayal of the battle of the Lapiths and centaurs), and the statue of Hermes. We ate dinner at a "Thea," which had good reviews online; we were unimpressed. Gail summed it up nicely when she said, "I knew I was in trouble when the menu went straight from meat to beer." The town of Olympia seems to exist just for tourists. The shops remind me of those you see in any beach town.
Olympia Palaestra
Olympia Temple of Zeus

Entrance to the Olympic Stadium

On the starting blocks of the Olympic Stadium
For the record, it was a tie

Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs

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