Ancient Olympia, Greece

Home of the Olympics

New Post on my YouTube Channel “Travel Guide and Photography”

In today’s video we travel to ancient Olympia, Greece the home of the Olympics and where they started at the Olympia Archeological Site. We will walk through the well-preserved ruins that date back to the 8th Century BC. We will explore the training grounds, the Olympic stadium and the temples of Hera and Zeus.

What really surprised me was its size covering 550 square kilometers that housed approximately 70 buildings. Much of the grounds are shaded and covered with fallen temples, alters and pathways lines with towering stone columns.

For me the highlights were the temples of Hera and Zeus. Another favorite was the Olympic Stadium where the running events took place. It was not an oval track like in today’s running events rather a 192 meter flat surface that is surrounded by a gentle slope on all sides that held 40,000 spectators. I found the excursion to the Olympia Archaeological Site highly enjoyable and well worth taking especially for those interest in history of the Olympics.

Author: larry pannell

I started my career in photography as a professional photojournalist in 1979 at the time working with several newspapers and magazines in Southern California. What I loved most about photojournalism was its diversity and over my career I covered professional sports, concerts and travel. As life would have it mine took yet another turn and in 1988 I developed an interest in holistic medicine. I became a professional massage therapist specializing in sports medicine. In 1991 I decided to go to medical school and obtained a medical degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine and stared my career as a licensed acupuncture physician. After medical school I moved my practice to northern Idaho for a year before settling in the resort area of Sun Valley, Idaho. I’ve always been an outdoor person and hiking and backpacking the Rockies and fishing the pristine river waters and high altitude lakes offered me a wonderful photographic opportunity. In 2010 I left Sun Valley and I once again found myself on a cruise ship, this time working as an “Acupuncturist at Sea”. For the past seven years I have traveled to 85 countries, which has allowed me to photograph much of the world.

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