Ionian Sea, Olympia

Sep 17, 2018 - Sea Cloud

We woke up and admired the blue color of the Greek waters that were all around us. After an enjoyable breakfast on Sea Cloud, we gathered on the Lido deck for an interesting discussion on contemporary Greece with our local cultural experts that helped us understand what Greece is like today. What followed was a unique experience, we swam off Sea Cloud in the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea. A dream come true.

Refreshed and content, we had a buffet lunch before we disembarked for our visit to Olympia. And there we were, thirty minutes later, in the birthplace of the Olympic Games. With our cultural experts we walked through the sanctuary of Zeus, learning how the ancient Greeks connected with the games, felt the Olympian serenity and admired some of the highlights of Ancient Greek art and statues in the museum. 

But the day was not over yet, we continued on to Sea Cloud with a delicious Greek buffet dinner accompanied by the soft piano's music from Peter Czifra, leaving the port for our next destination, the famous island of Ithaca!

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About the Author

Roula Skoula

Cultural Specialist

Zafiria-Roula-Skoula was born on the island of Crete. She first studied journalism and worked as a print and radio journalist for many years in Athens. A lifetime lover of travel and history, she found the perfect combination in a career as a guide in Athens.

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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