Posted by: Megan | February 25, 2009

Δελφοί (Delphi!)

Delphiviewtraveling to Delphi was a little like traveling back in time… the city in southern Greece was once revered as the “center of the world” and was the home of the ancient Greeks’ most important oracle. now, it’s a quaint little city made up of about 3 streets lined with cafes, tavernas, hotels and souvenir shops. there are apartments and houses, of course, too – many overlooking the scenic valleys below the city. residences are just adorable – houses made of stucco and terra cotta – it was like walking through a village in Disney World or something, but that doesn’t do it justice. i was told that the bus trip was something of a thrill ride, too, but i was unconscious for it, due to the lack of sleep the train ride offered.

into the valley...

into the valley...

after all of our travels – train to athens, ripoff taxi to bus station, bus to delphi – about 12 hours total, we arrived and got to our hotel. the lady who opened the door for us (at 1030 am, the door wasn’t open!) was a sweet little old lady, and there was terrific hospitality.

luckily it was a beautiful day – probably about 14* C, and we went to see what the town had to offer. after eating at Agora, a wonderful cafe that offered coffee, crepes and spanicopita, we left to check out the ruins.

statue first we traveled to delphi’s archaeological museum, which is famous in Greece. they were very strict about pictures, and wouldn’t allow people to be photographed with the statues! we were told to have “more respect” for the ancient artifacts.

the real treat was outside, though, where we enjoyed the theater, track, and columns from Greek relics. there was a bit of a hike to get to the top, but it was a gorgeous day, and we actually worked up a sweat!

temple of apollo ruins

temple of apollo ruins

after seeing all there was at the museum, we went down the road about to Tholos. “thelo Tholos!” was our catchphrase as we journeyed to the Temple of Athena. i couldn’t stop taking pictures of the wonderful architecture against the azure sky, which has been rare enough lately that i could really appreciate it.

when we finished walking through the ruins, taking note of the gym (where ancient athletes would train naked) and the lovely greenery which surrounded it. it only took a few minutes to get back to the center of town, where we purchased souvenirs and postcards, and asked where we could possibly find the “oracle.” unfortunately, we were brutally rebuffed – asked kindly if we were aware

temple of athena

temple of athena

that the oracle does not still exist. yes, thank you, we’re aware.
“well, have you been to the ruins?”
“yeah, we did that earlier”
“then you have seen the oracle”
oh….

therefore, the bulk of our sightseeing in delphi was contained in a single afternoon. we were satisfied, however, because it was a relief to just relax in this charming town. that afternoon, most of us took a nap, then three of us searched for a cafe to drink frappes, read and skype (for the other two).

where we ate dinner

where we ate dinner

we had dinner that night at a taverna with all glass walls – perfect, again, for viewing the scenery… but when we got there it was too dark to really see anything outside. i really canNOT wait until we can eat outside at the different restaurants through Greece! most places have outside seating, which will be wonderful!

that night we finished by stopping at the famous “downtown club,” aka the only club in delphi – where we were joined by about 5 other people – also tourists. needless to say, since

downtown club!

downtown club!

we were half the population of the club, we didn’t stay long. we decided to have some caramel ice cream and call it a night.

the next day was reserved just to chill out. we went back to Agora to play Skip Bo and eat lunch before we left on the 6-hour bus ride to Thessaloniki. thankfully we were able to cut out the entire train experience. so much easier and more direct!

Agora

Agora

it was nice to get out of Thessaloniki for a weekend and see some Greek history. until next time… φιλάκια!

at an overlook

at an overlook

 

 

housing in Delphi

housing in Delphi

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