On our way to Athens. We left Olympia at 0730 as we decided to take the cross country trip through the mountains dissecting the Peloponnese and what a great decision it was. The road through the mountains, twisting, turning and climbing took us through Arcadia, the mythical destination of ling ago. The views were spectacular to say the least as we travelled this way through an area that is not visited by tourists except Greeks in the winter to ski.
We stopped at the village of Lagadia for a coffee and would you believe some shopping! It was a lovely village at 1000metres high up in the mountains with many little quaint cottages serviced by Tavernas along the street. As always the people in the Taverna were very courteous and happy to see us, most probably the first Australian group to visit the village.
Continuing on our way, we finally left the mountains and made our way the Corinth where we stopped for lunch.
This was the first time I had ever been to the eastern end of the Corinth Canal and it was very interesting as there is a bridge, up to car level only, that goes across the canal. It is as sea level and when a vessel wants passage up the canal, the bridge is lowered to the bottom of the canal and the vessel passes over it. There is another of these bridges at the western end of the canal also.
Following that interesting interlude, lunch also, we continued on to Athens where firstly we had a tour of Athens and then visited the Acropolis Museum and then climbed the hill, the Acropolis and visited the Parthenon. Since my last visit in 2014 there has been much work done on the reconstruction, many years still left but it is looking good already.
Back to check in to our hotel then out for dinner before an early night as ANZAC Day tomorrow.