After our stop in Albania, the ship set sail for Greece!
We woke up in the morning at the port town of Katakolo.
Love the flowers and colors.
Chris resting like the athletes used to in the Palaestra.
After exploring the original site, we walked across the way to the Olympia Archeological Museum. The statues from the pediment of the Temple of Zeus are displayed here.
The two facades, east and west, depict stories from Greek history and mythology.
The Nike of Paeonius from 421 B.C. once stood atop a huge pedestal next to the temple of Zeus. Under this statue was where the winners received their wreath of olive branches.
Also on display was the helmet of Miltiades, a Greek general who routed the Persians with a bold surprise attack. After this victory, a messenger carried the news to Athens by running the 26.219 miles from Marathon (the site of the battle). He announced the news and then dropped dead on the spot. This legend inspired the modern 26.219 mile race called a marathon. Fascinating! You learn something new every day :)
Next: a quick visit to the port city of Katakolo, Greece.