Olympia, Greece

Sep 18, 2017 - Sea Cloud

The Sea Cloud docked early in the morning at the port of Katakolon. We boarded the buses for the short drive to the impressive site of Olympia, the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games. We started our visit with the gymnasium where the ancient athletes trained for the finals. We wandered around the extensive site and we studied the Temple of Zeus, where the great statue of him was created in the 5th century B.C. The statue was made of ivory and gold, and is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

The path led us to the stadium where we tried to imagine 4,500 spectators cheering their champions before passing by the Temple of Hera, and then on to the museum. This museum at Olympia houses masterpieces of Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman art such as, Hermes of Praxiteles, the statue of Nike, the incredible pediments of the temple of Zeus, and the handsome Hadrian.

We were back on the ship for lunch and a cool swim in the Ionian Sea. Stargazing with John our Expedition Leader was a great end to another amazing day.

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Erika Skogg

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Erika Skogg is a photographer, educator, and National Geographic Explorer with experience documenting cultural stories from the United States to Morocco, Greenland, Iceland, Colombia, and beyond. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Erika’s photographic research and storytelling ideas are driven by the desire to immerse, understand, and visually preserve the region’s local Nordic culture, and in 2018, Erika received a National Geographic Early Career Grant for her project “Scandinavian American.” Erika travels to Scandinavia regularly in search of the cultural connections to our emigrant history and promote an interest in one’s own genealogy to foster a respect for the continued immigration of today.

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