We decided to join the 4 days tour as both of us did not want to drive and we did not have enough time to do all the research ( everything is pre-arrange in a tour, and we love that). We left Athens early in the morning on the 1st day and headed to the Corinth canal. Then , we went to the ancient Epidaurus Theatre . When we were there, there were a few secondary students who were performing. We could hear it very clearly at every direction in the theater and the speakers did not even need to amplify their voices. It is really incredible for the ancient Greek to be able to design such a theatre with their technology at that time. Sometimes, i wonder are our ancestor smarter than us or is there really aliens who help in all the building up of all these magnificent buildings. After lunch, we went and visit the Mycenae archaelogical site - the lion gate, the cyclopean walls, the palace and the tomb of Agamemnon. Then, we stay overnight in Olympia.
|The tomb of Agamemnon|
|Mycenae archaelogical site A|
On the 2nd day, we visited the Olympia archaeological site with the temple of Zeus, temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame as well as the altar of the olympic flame and the stadium. The reasons why we were interested in visiting Olympia is because it is where the 1st Olympic game were held and secondly, it is where the god gathered. I am interested in reading the Greek myths and legends since young and was particarly become more interested after reading the Percy Jackson series. Later, we went to delphi and stay a night there. I bought a dolphin ring that s symbolized good luck there.
|Olympia archaeological site|
|Olympia archaeological site|
|Olympia archaeological site - museum|
On the 3rd day, we visited the Delphi archaeological site and its museum. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world in ancient time. In mythology, Delphi was the meeting points of 2 eagles released by Zeus in different direction. Also, Delphi was known as the center of worship of Apollo and as the reputation of the Delphi oracle grew, the sanctuary began to develop into an international center as the Greek city-states brought offerings.It was raining heavily while we visited the archaleogical site. we were force to speed up our pace in order not to get too wet. Thus, i think there might be imporatant site and information that i might miss out .( =p ) Then we went to Kalambaka and stay a night there.
On the last day, we visited one of the most amazing, unique and impressive site, meteora. One will certainly be amused by the monasteries perched on top of the enormous rock, i was certainly impressed and was wondering how all these monasteries were able to be built. The trip ended with the drive back to athens.
There are a lot of old buildings and archaeological site to visit in the mainland. However, I prefer island hopping when compare to the mainland tour as i am not a person who are very keen into the history of Greek and the different name of the numerous gods was making me dizzy and nauseated. However, it is fun and enjoyable to listen to the mythology and legend of ancient Greek as long as you do not take it too seriously.