Olympia, Greece

Sep 02, 2017 - Sea Cloud


Our day starts beautifully with a stop for a swim off Sea Cloud in the Ionian Sea. The water was perfect and the sea was calm. Afterwards, Jose gave a lecture on the basics of photography and we spent the rest of the morning reading and relaxing. We eventually came along side in the port of Katakolon on the western coast of the Peloponnese and after lunch we set off for our visit to Olympia.

After a short ride though the lush green landscape we reached the area where the great sanctuary of Zeus was. There, every four years, they had a great festival and the Greeks from all over came to worship. It was a great opportunity for them to come together (no matter where they lived) to be reminded that they belonged to the same race, had the same ancestors, spoke the same language, worshipped the same gods and shared a common ethnic Identity. This was a celebration of unity and peace. During this festival they also held athletic contests, the Olympic Games, which were held in this area from 776 B.C. to 394 A.D.

We visited the beautiful archeological museum which houses wonderful finds from the site of Olympia. Some of the best works of classical art are the pediments of the Temple of Zeus.

Our wonderful day ended with a delicious Greek buffet dinner and star-gazing with John on the Spanker deck.

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About the Author

Stella Galani

Cultural Specialist

A native of Athens, Stella Galani is a Greek scholar with extensive experience leading groups through her native country and revealing the rich history and culture of her homeland. Stella earned a master's degree in cultural anthropology from SUNY Albany and is completing her doctorate degree in anthropology at University College in London. Stella looks forward to bringing the ancient sites and civilizations of her country to life for travelers.

About the Photographer

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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