Greece day 4

We woke up to a quick breakfast at Best Western Europa, and packed our bags in the bus for our short drive to Olympia. Our first stop in the actual site was the remains Temple of Zeus. Though the standing column was man made, the size of the column drums that’d fallen due to earthquakes showed us how big the column would’ve been. After walking around, we came to the altar where the Olympic torch is lit every four years for the Olympic games. We also learned that women were not allowed to play in the Olympic games for Zeus, but played in a much smaller event for the queen on the gods, Hera, every four years at a different time of year. We then each took pictures at the entrance to the Olympic track. Unlike the seats at the theater in Delphi, there was only a small section of seats that hadn’t been stolen for building material. After racing each other on the track, we left for for the small museum and snack bar.
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Once everyone was done buying water and taking a break, we drove about three and a half hours to a small beach town called Tolo. When everyone reluctantly woke up, we checked into a really pretty hotel on with its own beach and restaurant and relaxed until dinner. After dinner, most people played cards on a table outside until lights out.

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Greece Day 3

We woke up to a delicious breakfast made by George, our hotel keeper.

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After packing up the trucks we rode a few minutes to the ruins of the Oracle of Delphi.

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We climbed up a long, hilly, path surrounded by really cool ruins including the actual Oracle temple ruins, ruins of huge, ancient offerings, ruins of a large theater, and finally ruins of an ancient running track.

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We travelled back down to the museum where we learned even more about these famous ruins. After this we all piled back into the trucks and made our way to Olympia. We stopped for a really great lunch halfway to Olympia after passing a very cool, modern-looking bridge. On the other side of the bridge we stopped for our lunch at a seaside restaurant and finished off our rest stop time by skipping rocks to let off a little energy. Next, we crashed in the cars for an hour and a half before arriving at the Hotel Europa in Olympia. After our rooms, our next stop was the hotel pool where we played catch and categories.

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Today has been really fun and I think it’s only going to get better. 🙂
~written by Tory D.

Greece day 2

Today was the first night in The Pitho Hotel! We woke up to a fantastic breakfast in the hotel with George (who’s the man). After that we headed to the Monastery, Hosias Loukas. We learned much about religion and icons and how they made olive oil back then. We saw the interesting looking body of Saint Luke, and we saw the most amazing views of Delphi from there.

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On the way out, Mr. Anthony somehow managed to continuously ram into a stone wall with the van before being able to back up out of a vacant parking lot…
After we had some free time by ourselves for lunch, we went out to a decadent display of restaurants with spectacular views. The food was magnificent! Then we went back to the hotel to rest.
Thermopylae was next where 300 Spartans held off 300,000 Persians for quite some time before a cowardly traitor ruined their tactic of the phalanx by showing the Persians a back way through the mountains. The Persians then flanked the Spartans and killed everyone of them but two. Soon after that we jumped into the hot springs right next to the battle field. It smelled absolutely terrible. It was filled with sulfur because it was on volcanic grounds. Got back with more free time and ate a fabulous dinner at sunset. Then we went to bed and it was our last night with George.

– Mick and Mark

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Cape Town, South Africa

 

The next stop on our journey was Cape Town, South Africa.  We visited one of the newest wonders of the world, Table Mountain, stayed at Grand Daddy Long Legs (featured rooftop trailers), visited a penguin harbor, enjoyed shopping along the waterfront and got a tour of Robben Island by a former prisoner of the now famous place where Nelson Mandela spent over 20 years in prison with others who opposed Apartheid.

Tsitsikamma National Park and The Dolphin Trail

“This land lies between the sea and the Tsitsikamma Mountains and stretches from the Bloukrans River in the West to Clarkson in the East. Beautiful indigenous forest, protected by the State, is home to centuries old trees such as Yellowwood, Stinkwood, Hard Pear, Ironwood, Kamassi and many others.  Tsitsikamma is a khoi word meaning “place of abundant or sparkling water”. The region stretches from the Bloukrans River in the west to Eerste Rivier in the east, is bordered on the north by the imposing Tsitsikamma mountains and in the south by the Indian Ocean.”

We spent 3 days on the trail, enjoying the beauty along the trail and were fortunate to spot a few whales