Patras to Olympia

Patras is a very commercial port and we have had heard mixed reports.  We feel that although it isn’t a garden spot, the city is re-beautifying itself and there are some beautiful spots, but not close to the marina. There is a great ship chandler though and a few good restaurants nearby, there are plenty of cafe bars right at the marina.

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There were two delightful spaces near the marina, a small green dog park with some great dogs visiting every day and a small amphitheater,  which features dance classes in the evening with a view out to the mainland.

Patras dance class
Patras dance class

After much research, we decided to take a Ktel Bus from Patras to Pyrgos, a deluxe coach, for a circuitous trip of 1.5- 2 hours.  You get to see other sites on the way, but it isn’t a tourist bus.  You alight at a great bus terminal in Pyrgos and switch to a city bus to Olympia, the express bus goes in a slightly straighter line but takes almost as long as it seems to stop more often for passengers. Really cost effective, as a taxi would have cost about Euro125-150. The train does not seem to go into Olympia any longer and if you are going from Athens, it would be worthwhile to join a tour.  It is about four hours from Athens to Olympia.  It is beautiful and a worthwhile trip, with many rewards for those who visit. Next time I visit, I would like to spend the night

James at the Archaeological Museum, Olympia. A must see
James at the Archaeological Museum, Olympia. A must see

 

My expectations for Olympia were quite different.  It was a Sanctuary and there were many resplendent buildings.  Here are some photos and we have more for tomorrow.

Temple of Zeus
Temple of Zeus
Hermes holding baby
Hermes holding baby
James at the Stadium
James at the Stadium

 

From Zeus and Hera and all the gods and goddesses we visited at Olympia, we have birthday wishes to my sister, Linda Doubek.  James and I hope your day is wonderful.

More to come.