Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009 – Katakolon, Greece

     Knowing we wouldn’t be catching the train to Olympia, we had a nice leisurely breakfast before heading down the pier to town.


There was a duty free shop at our end of the pier, but no Internet.  We walked down the pier to the shops and saw a sign for the Internet but it was up a little hill.  Ray waited at the bottom for me.  It was a very tiny Internet place and it was very slow.  After quite a while and when one of the blogs was being posted, I went to the corner to see how he was doing.  Poor Ray, I had left him with no Euros to go shopping.  I gave him some and he said he was going to go back to the ship.  I think it was a good 1 1/2 hours to publish the blogs.  My computer kept shutting down.  By the time I finished I didn’t even check out the ships and walked back to the Jade. 

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We went to the dining room for lunch and had Croque Monsieur. (toasted ham and cheese sandwich)  We went to the cabin and had a good nap.  We really weren’t too hungry for dinner but went anyway because of the pills Ray is taking.  Bob came over and told us about Olympia.  It was free to get in today because of Greek Tourist Day.  He said the museum was great.  Maybe we’ll have to take another cruise.  Tonight’s show was the Jade International Crew Show.  I finally got a video of ‘Fountains’.  Tonight is the chocoholic buffet but I didn’t go up for photos.

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     Katakolon is a seaside town in western Ilia in the municipality of Pyrgos.  The town center is within a gulf overlooking the Ionian Sea.  Katakolon is situated on a peninsula and has a lighthouse found in the southwest.  The Lighthouse of Katakolon was first opened in 1865 and the town has a population of approximately 612 inhabitants.  Katakolon is the gateway to Olympia, where the ancient Greeks flocked every four years for more than a millennium to celebrate the sacred games dedicated to Zeus. 

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