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the venture continued in Greece

Port: Katakalon, Greece

While most were off walking in the heat visiting the ruins of Olympia, we hopped on a bus and had such a memorable experience visiting an olive farm. The Magna Grecia Farm (Agriturismo Magna Grecia) is a family owned olive farm where we met some of the locals and enjoyed authentic Greek cuisine, with most ingredients grown right on the farm.

We feasted on a wide variety of delicious mezes along with their own wine while watching a Syrtaki dance, which we were invited to join in. This was one of the highly memorable days on the entire trip. I highly recommend a visit (look it up on TripAdvisor as, Agriturismo Magna Grecia).

olive trees at Magna Grecia farm

olives and copper pots at Magna Grecia

kegs of grappa ©Diane M Schuller

mezes at Magna Grecia farm ©Diane M Schuller

grappa kegs ©Diane M Schuller
A group of Greek men enjoying the afternoon in Katakolon, Greece:

Greek men in Katakolon, Greece
Beautiful hand woven rugs (most likely Turkish) hung on many of the balconies in Katakolon.

beautiful rugs on balcony in Katakolon, Greece

That clear mediterranean water — ahh. That’s the Koningsdam, our cruise ship in the background. In this part of Greece, fishing is done by hand and not by huge trawlers. The men come in and sort, clean, and carry their day’s catch to the local restaurants and some to a small fish market. Then they return to their boats and spend hours cleaning and untwisting, then rewinding their nets, doing repairs as necessary.

fishing boat with Koningsdam in background

Once back on the Koningsdam, we were regaled by a talented belly dancer.

belly dancer on the MS Koningsdam

Until next Monday may you dream of adventures near or far but most especially may you go to Nature to be soothed.

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DIANE J PATMORE - June 20, 2016 - 12:35 pm

Looks lovely! This morning? I wouldn’t mind a little Mediterranean sunshine.

Lisa Gordon - June 20, 2016 - 4:13 pm

This looks wonderful Diane.
Forever memories, for sure.
Have a wonderful week, my friend!

Andi - June 26, 2016 - 7:12 am

Such beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing these with us.
Those rugs…oh my. What a treasure to have in one’s home.

Sherry G. - June 26, 2016 - 7:44 am

I thoroughly enjoyed your fabulous images and story telling! No snapshots these! Such a great eye you have, Diane. I’m guessing this was a Holland America cruise? I’ve been on their ships and they’re wonderful. Love the image contrasting the fishing boat and the cruise ship. So perfect.

Candace - June 29, 2016 - 4:40 pm

Looks like a great time! Huge, huge cruise ship!