Tuesday, July 17, 2012

2012 SFC- Katakolon

Our first port of call of our 2012 Summer Family Cruise was Katakolon, Greece.

We headed a bit inland to see the ancient site of Olympia, home of the Olympic Games.

The Temple of Hera  dates to 600 BC.

The Temple of Zeus (456 BC) , though younger than the Temple of Hera,  has but a single column intact.

It is in this Temple of Zeus that the enormous gold and ebony statue of Zeus resided.  It was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Here,  in the Temple of Hera, the Olympic flame is lit before each of the Winter or Summer Games.

The entrance to the Stadium.

Real life statue of boy replaces missing statue of athlete.

The stadium was built in Roman times.  It could seat 45,000.

The start/finish line.

What athlete could resist being able to say they had run in the original Olympic stadium?

He IS an All-Star!!!

Finished in fine form (even in flats!)

Whose that big guy jumping in there?

Official Olympians!

Well, you see all sorts of things at Olympia.

Then, back to the ship, where it was time to use the pod thrusters to push us out to sea.

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