There isn’t only sunshine in Greece. Nevertheless we had a great trip from the northern coast through the mountains to Neméa, where an interesting archeological site has a well preserved stadium.
We had spent a night at a Camper Stop (38.223791, 22.146995) where we had our washing done by the owners and a special vegetarian dinner prepared too. A really nice place with a beautiful beach.
|At the beach of our Camping Stop
In the afternoon we left with direction to Neméa and finally Mykene, driving up into the mountains until we reached an altitude of 1000m. The scenery was great but the grey clouds got darker and darker and finally we decided we had to stop for the night. Thanks to Park4night we soon found a lovely spot.
|Driving up into the mountains
|Typical roadside chapel
|Parking for the night near a river (37.987499,22.362301)
|Another roadside chapel
|Wine area of Neméa
|Private chapel in a village
|As always narrow streets through the villages
|Coffee being prepared for us
|A treat to go with coffee and mountain tea
|It is cold!
|Locals wondering about the tourists with their big car
Finally we reached Archéa Neméa, where the archeological site had a museum, remains of a Temple of Zeus and the stadium with the passage for the participants still completely intact.
|Temple of Zeus in Neméa
|We were fascinated by the strong foundation of the Temple
|Some of the columns had been standing since Antiquity
At the stadium the remains of the rooms where the athletes prepared themselves by greasing their body with olive oil had been excavated. You still could see the columns of the inner court yard. From there a long tunnel led to the stadium through which we went.
|“Athlete” entering the stadium
|“Athlete” at the start
At the museum a video explained the starting device which had a similar technology to a catapult. It helped us to understand the stones at the stadium. You had to put your toes into the two lines at the start, and as soon as the ropes in front of you were lowered, off you went. Actually they did all their disciplines naked. Sadly at this time no women were allowed at the games. I would have liked to watch 😉
|Flower of the Day
|Parking for the night in the mountains