This is a blog about our holiday to Europe in 2014. We started off our travels in Venice, where we began a cruise of the Adriatic and Aegean seas, ending in Rome. We then travelled from Rome to the Netherlands by rail, stopping in various places along the way. We are: Me - Gill, my husband - Grant, my daughter - Paula; my father - Neil and his partner - Astrid. We are South Africans, from the lovely province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Our friends Lisa and Trevor joined us from the UK for the cruise portion of our holiday.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Katakolon, Greece

Soon after arrival in Katakolon we met up for our private tour with George of Taxi Katakolon.  We had two taxis, George driving the one and his colleague Alexandria the other.

We set off for Olympia and the site of the first Olympic games.  Olympia was really interesting, we wandered around the ruins for a lot longer than we had expected.  One of the things I love about private tours is that you can do this, there are no time constraints. 

George had given us a book to use that had pictures of the ruins, with overlays to show what the original buildings looked like, which made it all more real.  

Preparing for the 100m sprint....

It was interesting to see the Temple of Hera, where the Olympic Flame is ignited.  

After wandering around the ruins, we did a geocache before joining the others in the nearby archaeological museum.

Next stop was the actual town of Olympia, there were some lovely shops and street cafes, so we did some shopping and had a drink at a cafe... you gotta do what you gotta do!  

We asked George to take us somewhere for lunch that was not touristy and that didn't involve seafood (as we had had a Greek seafood lunch yesterday that was going to be hard to beat!)  So after an interesting drive through the city, we found ourselves at a restaurant supported by locals, with not a tourist in sight.  There were various dishes on offer and George described to us what each dish contained before we ordered a bunch of different things which we plonked in the middle of the table so that we could all sample each one.  It was all very delicious.  

After lunch we set off for Agios Andreas beach.  We sat at the cafe/restaurant with drinks while Paula had a quick swim.  A very pretty place.

And then it was time to head back to the boat.  We had another lovely evening on the boat before heading for bed.  One thing I have noticed on this cruise is that a lot of the entertainment that we would enjoy happens rather late at night, and with all the busy port days we need to be in bed fairly early, so we've missed out on a lot of fun things...pity.  It's just one of those things though, with so much on offer you have to figure out your priorities and stick with that.

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