"Come closer, famous Odysseus, Achaea's pride and glory - moor your ship on our coast so you can hear our song." ... Island of the Sirens, The Odyssey
From the Rogue Tourist, Paolo
P.S. Our journey, far from epic, was for but 42 days, a handful of these on a Greek sea. It took Odysseus ten adventurous years to find his way home from Troy over these same waters with an Olympic challenge thrown in along the way for good measure. ... "Look here, friends, we ought to ask the stranger if he competes in something. ... At this, Alkinoos' tall son advanced to the center ground, and there addressed Odysseus: "Friend, Excellency, come join our competition, if you are practiced, as you seem to be. ... Enter our games, then; ease your heart of trouble. … He (Odysseus) leapt out, cloaked as he was, and picked a discus, a rounded stone, more ponderous than those already used by the Phaiakian throwers, and, whirling, let it fly from his great hand with a low hum. The crowd went flat on the ground - all those oar-pulling, seafaring Phaiakians - under the rushing noise. The spinning disk soared out, light as a bird, beyond all others. ... From "The Odyssey" by HomerFor related photos, click here on Eyes Over Italy. Then look for and click on a photo album entitled "Greek Odyssey".