We were sorry to leave the beautiful valley of Olympia, but leave we must as we have appointments in Athens. This trip back to Athens was our last travelling through the magnificent mountainous countryside that is Greece and particularly as we traverse from one side of the Peloponnese to the other. Our selected route took us through the mountains of Arcadia which was a wonderful scenic drive. We stopped at Lagardia, one of the most picturesque villages in the Peloponnese where we had a coffee break overlooking the huge gorge that sits adjacent to the village. The village is located on a hillside with the bottom of the village being 500 metres above sea level and the top being 1000 metres above sea level. We have surely covered much ground and most probably have been to more areas of Greece than those who live here. From up at the border with Northern Macedonia to Sfakia on the southern shore of Crete and from the Ionian Sea to the Aegean Sea and much in between.
Corinth was our lunch stop at a restaurant alongside the famous canal and we were fortunate to see the bridge slip down into the water to allow some boats to pass by. Most bridges lift up to allow boats to pass, this one goes under the water to do so, very different, but interesting. On our way after lunch we arrived at our hotel, we booked in and then Tassos dropped us near Acropolis Museum. As usual, this visit was enjoyed by all but only a few ventured up onto the Acropolis to see the Parthenon as rain seemed imminent. Much restoration has been completed since last year and the Parthenon is coming to life once again. We were glad that the rain held off long enough for us to appreciate that restoration work. Over the next few years the change will be significant. We returned to our hotel and as Elena has a special tour tomorrow, we said goodbye to her and thanked her for being part of this adventure. Dinner followed and an early night as ANZAC Day tomorrow.