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One of the last places we visited in Greece was the site of Ancient Olympia. We were in a bit of a hurry as we had to make a ferry to Italy but we did manage to see the site.P1040260

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It is spread over a fairly large area and typical of these sites it must have been amazing when it was new :) just joking! P1040236

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To be in a place where it all began was pretty special so we marked the occasion with a bit of Aussie flair and decided to have a plugger race in the Ancient stadium. True to form, the result wasn't without controversy. P1040242

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The favourite looked sharp and cocky on the line while the old hand decided that an early jump was probably the best way to win due to the fact that there was no instant replay in ancient Greece and the inexperienced rookie was there to make up the numbers. The starter gave the order and the old hand raced to a very early lead but was quickly gathered in by youth and inexperience due to hamstring tightness and dodgy ankles. The cocky upstart suffered equipment failure and blew a plugger leaving the rookie to finish the race in classic "Steve Bradbury" style streaking through the competition and claiming the gold. P1040243

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The worst part is he wanted to be chaired from the stadium. P1040257

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We hit Italy and for a few days stuck to the coast and then headed for Naples. Herculaneum was the draw card. Herculaneum was buried by volcanic ash in the same eruption of Mt Vesuvious that destroyed Pompeii however is a smaller site but better preserved and not as well known as Pompeii. It's known for the preserved frescos and the carbonised timber that still exists around the windows and doors of many of the buildings. We spent a day there and found it pretty interesting although after Greece i think the boys are over ruins. We stayed at a camp on the Amalfi coast and what promised to be jaw dropping beautiful was a bit of a disappointment. We are probably spoilt by our own beaches at home and after Croatia and Greece and the fact that nearly any beach on the Amalfi you have to pay to get on was a real head shaker. The scenery is nice but mass tourism has spoilt what was once a beautiful spot. Naples has the highest unemployment in Italy and the highest crime rate to match, couple that with a crime syndicate that is responsible for clearing the cities rubbish but doesn't do it all adds up to a dirty city with rubbish piled everywhere on the streets and a lot of men gathered on street corners with hands in their pockets. We were happy to move north.

Posted by mike1967 00:35 Archived in Greece

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