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Greek history isn’t just Athens, or the 5th century BC. It’s so much more. That’s why we embarked on a massive journey to the Peloponnese, a region strife with history, culture and natural beauty.

First short stop, the Corinth Canal. Built at the end of the 19th century, it was a hallmark of Greek vision and engineering, enabling shipping to become even more efficient in the region, bringing more people into contact, allowing for quicker travel. A monumental achievement, it’s an imposing sight.

Next on the trip was Ancient Olympia. It was quite a journey, but Joanna Alexis was very keen about it: “Greece’s landscapes and views are absolutely breathtaking. As we sat on the bus to Olympia today, I was in awe of the spectacular mountains and oceans bordering the quiet villages. I am so thankful to say I come from such a beautiful country that welcomes everyone with open arms and gorgeous sights.”

Ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics, still holds an important role, as the Olympic Flame is birthed here before it makes its global journey. Located in the province of Ilia in the western Peloponnese, it’s situated in a lush green forest next to a river, which lends to creating the mystic summer atmosphere one senses when entering the site. It’s an impressive place and, if one lets their imagination run free, they can imagine all the festivities that took place. Quinn Marquardt was particularly enthusiastic: “I was in disbelief about how beautiful it was and felt that we were connected to history. I could not believe we stood where the Olympics actually began. It was saddening of course to see how much had been destroyed but what remained was impressive.”

The participants even raced against each other! The ultimate prize? An olive reef.

To end it all off, we ate at a wonderful nearby restaurant called Bacchus, whilst the sun set in the most amazing colors.

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Everyone was amazed by all the natural beauty around.

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The ancient stadium, in which our participants even raced.

Blog editor and photographer: James (Dimitris) Voutsas

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