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Nov 14, 2014 - Greece November 2014 - part 7
Onto the road again and leaving Thessaloniki behind we take the coastal road around the Gulf toward Mount Olympus in search of Gods but all we could find was clouds. Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece and home to the twelve gods of Antiquity. Apparently the Twelve gods live in Ravines according to Homer! At the foot of the mountain and situated 5 Kilometres from the sea, lies the sacred Macedonian city of Dion, dedicated to Zeus and the twelve gods. On our way back from the gates into the National Park we passed a herd of goats...Jump to full entry
Jan 28, 2011 - Litóchoro - Jan 28
January 28, 2011 Ever heard the saying “what a difference a day makes”? Well, here in Kalambaka that difference is shown up in hours, not days. After heading to bed with clear skies and the prospect of another clear day, we awoke to find dull, grey skies and heavy rain. This put a dampener, literally, on our plans for the day as we weren’t going to be able to trek out to some of the monasteries in this horrible weather and we certainly wouldn’t be getting any more great views. For me, at least, the views from the monasteries and of the...Jump to full entry
Feb 17, 2009 - Mt. Olympus - Music School Performance
Today we got up early (again) and went to Mt. Olympus, the ancient site of the Olympic games. There was a museum with a tour of the ruins. The stadium was still mostly intact and you could make out what the building layout was as you walked through the ruins.
After that we made our way to the Music School where your kids were treated like rock stars. As the bus pulled up to this tiny school, the kids just poured out of the classrooms to greet the bus. They were SO EXCITED!!! As the band set up in this small room in the school, the kids...
Jan 29, 2009 - Home of the Gods
1/29/09 Our first stop was a small town called Litohoro, at the base of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and alleged home of the Greek gods. Christopher had written a story in Latin class about Mount Olympus and we just had to see the peak in real life. It is a beautiful place, and Fran and I took a lovely hike through a national park nearby. The town of Litohoro is also very quaint and our room sported a view of the main square with a fountain that lit up in fancy colors at night. Christopher has an interest in Greek and Roman...Jump to full entry
Oct 12, 2006 - Mt. Olympus
This was the first mountain climbing for me. Because of the unfortunate weather, we could not peak at Mt. olympus, but it was a great experience. The hike took us about 7 hours to get us to 1100 feet. The peak of Mt. Olympus is just over 1200 feet. We were so close. The mount hut we stayed was very nice and clean. I heard only transportation in the mountain was donkeys. MihoJump to full entry
May 22, 2006 - On the Road: Athens to Olympus
We're back on the road! After our unscheduled trip to Australia, we've revised our route to start from Athens rather than Thessaloniki, effectively doing a loop of Greece.
First stop: the ancient home of the Greek gods, Mt Olympus. We've got long days of driving ahead of us, so we've raided the discount shelves at Metropolis (Greece's equivalent of Virgin) and stocked up on driving music - everything from The Stooges to the Walker Brothers. With our tight deadline and word count we can't go wildly off course and we're determined to...
Mar 31, 2006 - The Universal Word
OK... that's it. OK is probably the only word that is known everywhere around the universe, and believe me, here in Greece it has been a good word to know! Nadia and I had to take an overnight train up to Thessoloniki to meet up with Vaso (my friend from class). We sat in the wrong seats (first class... didn't realize we had reservations) but decided to try and upgrade. The other man in our compartment couldn't understand English, but I asked if it was OK that we stayed there. He shook his head yes... so, thankfully, we got a sort of good...Jump to full entry
Apr 18, 2005 - Vergina
Up early this morning to have breakfast and then head to the car rental place. The plan was to hire a car go about 100km to Vergina (there are four tombs there) then head about another 250km to Delfi and then head back to Thesoloniki by 9pm to drop the car off. Lets see how it went. After having to go to 2 or 3 Car rental places and doing a bit of hagling we got our car and where out of the city by 10.30am. We arived in Vergina at about 11.30am and after taking 10 min to find the tombs (which included Phillip 2 and Alexander 4 tombs...Jump to full entry
May 18, 2004 - Athens/Olympia
Headed off after breakfast toward Mycenae. This was a kingdom allegedly founded by Perseus and then later ruled by Agamemnon (those of you who have read the Iliad or seen 'Troy' will know who he is). The ruins of the original palace are still there and overlook the entire valley. We exchanged bus drivers (apparently since Athens is the hub of Greece most of the striking drivers were making issues there so it was okay to drive outside of Athens) and dropped off Katarina before making our lunch stop. The food in Greece seems to be...Jump to full entry