Tess arrives, visit Olympia
22 August 2016 | Katakolon
Tess duly arrived the next day. We had texted her the name of the hotel opposite our berth, the taxi dropping her right at the boat. She hadn't even managed to pay the taxi driver before Jackie enveloped her in a big hug! Tess and Jackie sat down and worked out how Tess was to get back to Zakinthos as we were heading onto mainland Greece from Zakinthos and Tess needed to get back to the airport here a week later. Buses, Ferry, & Hotel sorted within two hours we were ready to sample the night life of Zakinthos town. The previous night we'd been so tired from the trek to Lidil that we'd just eaten on board and gone to sleep (– before the cramps).
Zakinthos is a major tourist town and with thousands of bars, Restaurants and trinket shops both girls were in their element. We ate late, as the place only seems to come to life after 9pm once the heat of the day has evaporated. So it was a late bed time but the next morning we were leaving for Katakolo with a 8am start. We got up untied the lines and left. Breakfasting once under way. As soon as we were out of the harbour (having had to circle a few times for one of the giant ferries to come in) the sails were up. We made a good 5knts down the east coast of Zakinthos. Eventually we left the island in our wake and started to see the mountains of the mainland appearing though the haze. As the day cleared and the mainland got closer we were making 6knts as we rounded the headland at Katakolon. Anchoring in the bay we took the dinghy ashore to explore the town and the quay. We stayed at anchor that night and having determined the time of the trains to Olympia decided to move into the harbour at 8am the next morning.
The train left at 09:00 we were told. Manoeuvring onto the dock was fine but sorting out the lines so that they did not snag took ages. Running to the train thinking we'd miss it,only to get on board and to be told by the conductor that we'd be leavening at 09:30! Still it was air conditioned and we relaxed knowing that we'd made it.
Olympia the birth place of the Olympics was fascinating and we wandered round through the ruins of the stadiums and temples,eventually the heat forced us to leave. Inside the complex there was nowhere to get a drink, not even a bottle of water (lesson for next time). At the museum next door we found a vending machine and each of us purchased a bottle of water which were very quickly consumed. The museum by contrast, was air conditioned and so taking our time wasn't a problem. Having had our fill of ancient Greek competitions, we introduced Tess to the pleasures of a pita Gyros, the modern Greece answer to a MacDonalds! Chicken or Pork with salad, Tzatziki & chips all wrapped up in a pita wrap.
The train took us back to Katakolon and following a short walk we were back on board Argonauta. We stayed on the quay that night and the following day the girls went and explored the town, now very busy with four cruise ships in at once. Later in the day we moved back out to anchor for a easy departure to Kyparisa the following morning.