|The lighthouse at Cape Tainaron|
We visited Olympia first - walking to the ancient site from our hotel in the countryside a couple of miles away, through olive groves and orange orchards, and fording the River Kladeos (with the help of a pick-up truck from the hotel).
The museum at Olympia is excellent, and full of amazing treasures.
|Olympia Museum: from the Temple of Zeus|
|Sunset at Pylos|
|A church in Areopolis.|
|A tower house in Vathia|
From Vathia, we went even further south, and finally walked to the Cape and its lighthouse from the nearest habitation (a taverna, handily, where we had lunch).
After the Mani, we headed back towards Athens for our flight home, visiting Mistra, an amazing deserted mediaeval city, on the way.
All the week, we were seeing interesting birds, though I didn't manage to take many good photos. Birds tend to move too fast - the little owl was easy because it was having a rest.
And some birds were actually chimney cowls (also easy to photograph).
We saw many lizards, but often just glimpses of them disappearing. I found one that was enjoying the sun, and stayed put, before diving back into its hole in the wall.
|A lizard on a wall at Mistra|
|Star of Bethlehem growing in steps at Mistra|
A really wonderful holiday - we'd like to go back to Greece another year in spring.