We visited Katakolon, Greece last year on the Noordam, thoroughly enjoying Holland Americaâ€™s â€œAncient Olympia & the Museumâ€ shore excursion, especially seeing the stadium where the original Olympic event, a 210 yard sprint run, occurred in 776 BC. The Museum is filled with artifacts from the ruins.
For this visit, we decided to sleep in and then stay in the small village of Katakolon, which has some good shops, an internet cafÃ©, and terrific waterfront restaurants very close to where the ship is docked.
After catching up on the internet and shopping, we returned to Thanasis Karousos CafÃ©/Bar/Restaurant to enjoy some of our favorite Greek dishes: salata horiatiki — Greek salad (fresh tomatoes & cucumbers are grown nearby Katakolon); bread and tzatziki (a spread/dip made of yogurt, cucumber, garlic & olive oil); fried cheese with fresh lemon, and souvlakia (kabobs, usually lamb). All went well with a cold Mythos beer.
Â This restaurant is near the end of the pier with one of the largest dining areas that juts out further into the water compared the others. Once again, it was fabulous! Â
Back on board, we learned that we missed a great wine-tasting shore excursion to Mercouriâ€™s Vineyard & Winery but our tablemates Fran and Jim brought back some of the wine for our dinner table to try.