18.08.2009 - 19.08.2009 34 °C
Good morning from Katakolon and Olympia. Glad to hear the weather is improving for you. Thanks for the blog posts and Facebook updates on the weather. We haven't had a Canadian newspaper in a few days so it is nice to hear that we won't freeze when we return. We are in the Peleponesus area of Greece. It is 33 degrees and VERY humid. We haven't sweat so much EVER!
This morning we journeyed with half of our ship to Olympia - the site of the old Olympics. In addition to looking around the ruins (most of the site has been washed away or destroyted in an earthquake) we saw the site where the Olympic flame will be lit in just a few short months.
This is a very lush part of the country. We continue to be amazed at the lush countryside, complete with olive trees, lemon, orange and lime trees and bamboo! There are more chakcha shops per person than most other places. Lots of Olympic (non authorized) t-shirts and greek vases. What we have enjoyed most though is sitting in the cafes, drinking iced Greek coffee or drinking local beer, Mythos.
I must tell you about our afternoon in Navplion yesterday. After Marty climbed the 999 steps (round trip only took him about an hour) we hit the cafe. He, of course, needed a much deserved beer.
We ordered a Greek salad and what I hoped would have been saganaki (my favorite fried cheese). We got the Greek salad and I must say it was the best I have ever tasted - almost orgasmic......We didn't quite get the saganaki like at Satorinis in Calgary but a blue cheese version - it was interesting. Navplion is a beautiful city with marble streets and sidewalks - even the 999 stairs were all lmarble.
Well, I will close off so Marty can check his e-mails and we can get on to our favorite part of the day - beer and finding another great Greek
salad and perhaps some saganaki.
P.S. It was good to recieve a video message from Calin and Carmen. I am not sure if they sent it to everyone. It was shot at the Heineken brewery in Amsterdam. He will be home Thursday, hopefully with lots of stories of his adventure. We can't wait to be home to share these stories!