Colin's World Tour travel blog

Entering the original Olympic site in Olympia

Distant shot of the Temple of Zeus (originally housed a statue of...

The original Olympic stadium - 192 meters long (measured to 100 steps...

Me at the starting blocks...thankfully not naked like the ancient competitors

Looking down at the temple sites at the Olympic site

Original site of the Olympic Flame - where the flame is lit...

Nike of Paeonios (a sister sculpture to the Winged Victory of Samothrace...

Me and our tour manager, Sabrina, on our ferry across the strait...the...

Not a bad view of the Ionian Sea from my seat at...


I have always loved the Olympics so I was really excited about our trip to Olympia and the site of the original games this morning. Unlike a lot of the ruins that we've seen, however, these were relatively well-preserved due to volcanic activity that buried the site. Saw where the statue of Zeus was kept (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world) as well as where the original Olympic flame was housed. Really enjoyed this. Went next to the attached museum and saw another statue of Nike (the first was the Winged Victory - Nike - of Samothrace) as well as other statues and artifacts uncovered in recent centuries. Back on the bus and on to the ferry to mainland Greece. We finally stopped for a late lunch about 2:30. I'd like to say that the wait was worth it but, while the food was fine, I've found that I just can't wait that long to eat anymore. We hung out on the beach, where my roommate Dan decided to swim in the Ionian Sea without sandals. This wouldn't normally be such a big deal but he had been specifically warned about sea urchins. Unfortunately for him, he went in anyway and ended up extracting sea urchin spines from his foot for the better part of the next week. Stayed in this spot, relaxing on the beach just past the restaurant, until almost 5:00 when we headed to Delphi. This town is really cool. It is limited in size by being built right on side of the mountain and really exists today as a tourist center. Headed into town briefly before dinner, found a place to burn my memory cards to cd, and returned to the hotel for dinner. Had to go back to town after dinner (which involves quite a few steps) to pick up my cards and cd and then came back up the hill to hang out with Darren while he took some night pictures. He had my same camera so was gracious enough to try to show me how to use it.



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