|The zona archaelogica is huge - 1,700 hectares - it's a long, but lovely walk from the entrance to the ruins.|
|Yellow flowers and white almond blossom - how lovely is that?|
|The way the distant almond trees look pale and misty is magical;.|
The temples in the first area are dedicated to Demeter, mainly worshipped by women - as the information board explained.
|Next the gigantic remains of the Temple of Zeus - its monumental scale looks almost Egyptian.|
The information boards explained that the Temple frontage was decorated by sculptures of naked giants - this explains the somewhat startling ceramic plaqueon the side of the tourist office that we noticed yesterday!
|A 'visa sacra' leads uphill to the Temple of Concordia|
|Concordia is one of the best preserved Doric Temples, due to its use as a chuirch in the Middle Ages most of internal walls remain intact.|
|In 2011 someone decided to improve the view with a brand new sancient statue - it was proving very popular with young women from the Orient sporting selfie sticks - I can't imagine why.....|
|'tis a noble pile!|
|On the hill opposite are the remains of the Temple of Hera|
|From it you get a great view across the site towards Concordia.|