Olympia Greece: Running Naked for the Olive Crown

The Palaestra, exercise area for the competitors in Olympia

The first competition held at Olympia, Greece was nothing to do with going for the gold. In fact, it was a chariot race that would determine who would win the hand of a beautiful princess, and inherit her father’s kingdom. King Oionomaos of Elis, had a daughter who he loved very much, so he challenged each of her suitors to a chariot race. Thirteen of them died before a man named Pelops ... Read Full Article

Touring the Peloponnese, Olympia to Mycenae

The Palaestraof Olympia, a place devoted to the training of wrestlers and other athletes

You can’t travel in Greece without feeling awed by the history that surrounds you. Especially on the Peloponnesian peninsula, where the Olympics games began and the Mycenean culture thrived. On our way to see these ancient sites, John and I encountered quaint mountain villages, vineyards, tucked-away beaches, and friendly people who were happy to raise a glass of retsina with us. We started ... Read Full Article