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"Princess Cruise - Venice to Rome, Katakalon"
Posted by russ  Nov 13 2006, 12:50 AM    (View all contributions by russ)
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Oct 9, 2006

Today we ported at Katakalon, which is a very small port town in Western Peloponnesus in Greece. The town is quite small, and essentially consists of one main street and some side cafes and shops. The town isn't the actual atraction, though it was quite nice. It is really the gateway to the ancient city of Olympia. Visiting Olympia was pretty cool, but if we did it again we would probaby not opt for the tour provided by Princess, rather we would go for a taxi or rent a car on our own. We got to see the ruins of Olympia and also the museum which houses many of the restored statues.

Upon arriving back in Katakalon, we did some shopping and also stopped for what has become our daily ritual of Ouzo and some food. It seems one of the best ways to pass an afternoon is sitting at a restaurant waterside with a drink and a snack. Also walking distance from the port is a beach, but we didn't have to time to make it over there. However tomorrow is Mykonos, so it will be a priority to spend some time sunbathing and taking a swim in the Aegean. So far each of the Greek stops have not been what I've pictured, but by the end of each day we've be fully at ease would be ready to spend another week if we could. During the drive to Olympia, we saw many local residences, and I had the same thought that I had in Corfu - that Greece seems a little run down and dumpy in places. More so than I would have expected, but it's been great none the less. And again the people have been wonderful, and the shopping here was even cheaper that Corfu. I even got a bottle of Ouzo that would have cost $20 in the States for 5 Euros. Next stop is Mykonos, and I don't imagine I'll be disappointed. And by the way, all of the ocean water here is the same deep brilliant blue that you would picture.

Waterside cafe in Katakalon
Waterside cafe in Katakalon