The Games of the Ages


Today I visited a place that I have always wanted to see. Olympia, Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

Olympia, Greece

Olympia, Greece

The games were started thousands of years ago to honour the strongest people of both mind and body. I wandered the ruins, wondering what life might have been like 2,800 or so years ago. It was an amazing place and very important to my Greek heritage. If you have seen “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, you know how proud us Greeks are of everything Greek.

Ok, so history aside, it was a beautiful place. I was told that large bags were not allowed into the area as someone stole a large piece of limestone from the ruins a few months ago. I was also told that professional photographers needed a 1,600 Euro permit to photograph inside the confines of the park. This being said, I shoved as many lenses I could fit into my cargo pockets and left my Lowepro pack on the tour bus. I was not going to pass up the opportunity to have a mini engagement shoot in this historic and beautiful location. I waited patiently for our guide Ioanna to finish her fabulous tour of the ruins and then I led the couple away from the group. I produced some stunning work in a secluded area of the ruins amidst some columns that had toppled during the earthquake over a thousand years ago. I was just getting the creative juices flowing when I was approached by a ranger and asked if I was a professional photographer. I told him I was not, but who was I fooling. He saw me holding three L series lenses and I was down on my face shooting up at the couple. As he started to yell at me I started to speak to him in Greek and he totally changed his tune. He did not let me continue, but he was no longer screaming at me about 1,600 Euros.

Beautiful Backdrop... Olympia, Greece

Beautiful Backdrop... Olympia, Greece

Given the short period of time I was allowed, I still managed to produce some amazing work. You will have to check it out at the Boston Avenue website when the final edit is done! (www.bostonimages.com)

Thousands of Years of History

Thousands of Years of History

After the tour, I quickly found a local “Taverna” for a platter of fish and a Frappe. You can’t come all the way to Greece and not enjoy a cold Frappe in the blazing heat. It’s a shame I traveled all this way and only got to spend one day in Greece. I guess I will just have to come back here next summer!

Next stop… Izmir, Turkey!

"Frappe", a Greek Staple

"Frappe", a Greek Staple

Ocean Perch and Homemade Greek Trimmings

Ocean Perch and Homemade Greek Trimmings


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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