Greece -- Athens and the Peloponnesos, September 2017
Nemea was a sanctuary dedicated to Zeus and the site of biennial games like those in Olympos.
The temple of Zeus lies in a green valley among olive groves and vineyards.
The grounds of Archaea Nemea are like a well-tended garden, with atmospheric columns in the background.
In these baths, the oil, sweat and dust on the tired athletes' skin was scraped off and later used for medicinal purposes. (Yuk!)
The Doric columns of the temple of Zeus, from the 4th c. BCE.
The columns were restored and erected by archaeologists from California.
Nearby lies the apodyterium, where the athletes undressed and prepared for the games. The opening in the hill at the back leads to ...
... this tunnel, through which the athletes entered ...
... the stadium, which is 100m long from the starting line.
This tourist doesn't look in shape for a race.
Oleander was blooming all over the Peloponnese, including alongside the Nemea stadium.
The tunnel as it opens into the stadium.