Consulting the Oracle at Delphi

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Treasury of Athens

Scottie and I decided to take a bus trip up to Delphi today.  I kept telling everyone that we were going there to consult with the Oracle to see what laid ahead for us for the year, as that is what most people think of when they hear the word Delphi.  Delphi was the home of the major Temple of Apollo, and people came from all over Greece to his temple here to ask Apollo's advice on matters, hearing his words through temple's priests. 

We caught the tour bus down near the Syntagma.  As we were waiting for the bus to depart, we got to see the guards around the Parliament Building do their famous goose-step march.  It was most impressive!

We had a very nice bus for our tour, but a very annoying guide.

Columns of Temple of Apollo
  His voice would make a cat howl.  And he explains everything 7 different ways.  He continually called us all his "dear friends."  Ugh!  There were about 18 people on the tour, and it was a full day's excursion.  We departed Athens at 7:30am and got back around 6:30pm.  Delphi is north and west of Athens, up near Mount Parnassus.  Scottie and I both slept most of the way there.  We did stop for capuccino and baklava on the way -- and it was delicious.  Mount Parnassus is a beautiful granite peak with quite a bit of snow.  There is even a ski area there.

It was a cool day, temperature wise, but nontheless beautiful.  We had a good hike around Delphi and learned about the area, it's history and the Oracle.

Looking down at Ampitheatre at Delphi
  We saw Apollo's Temple, the Athenian Treasury, the ampitheatre and the sports stadium.  All these structures were perched high atop a hill over a striking valley of olive trees.  It was really quiet spectacular.  There was a nice museum here as well.

Many of the Greek city/states kept treasuries here -- where they stored riches and works of art.  Evidently they all tried to outdo each other, and Athens had the most impressive treasury here.  This area also had games which pre-dated the Olympics called the games of Pythia.   There was a system of aqueducts here as well used to move water to this area. 

One of the most famous pieces in the museum here is a large bronze is known as the Charioteer of Delphi.  We were told that it originally had four horses and a full chariot.

Aqueduct at Delphi
  The guide made a big deal about the eyelashes and the face of the subject -- particularly for works of art of this period.

We had a late lunch at a local hotel -- spinach pie, orzo pasta with beef, Greek salad and sliced apples.  I also had my first Mythos here, a local Greek beer.  We stopped at a local village near Mount Parnassus for a shopping excursion, but I did not buy anything other than a shotglass from Delphi for my collection.

We proved the "it's a small world" theory again today.  Two of the people on the tour were from Hastings, Nebraska.  I know one person from there and mentioned here name, and sure enough these folks knew her and her parents!  Even stranger, Scottie was talking with a husband and wife from a town in Michigan.

Close up of Charioteer of Delphi
  Scottie asked if they knew his ex-wife who formerly lived in that area of Michigan -- and sure enough, they did!  How bizarre to have both of those occurrences so far away from home!

We got back to the hotel around 6:30, took a quick shower and then met Stelios and Paul for dinner.  We went down to the Plaka area and were walking to the restaurnt amid the folks out for Carnivale -- people were definitely in a party mood.  One person in the crowd carried a huge plastic hammer, and hit Scottie over the head with it.  He wasn't sure how to react!  Paul wanted to take us to a place he had been before, but could not remember the name.  It turned out it was the same Tavern that Scottie and I had eaten at on the day of our Acropolis tour -- Psaras Taverna!  We even sat at the same table.

Mount Parnassus
  I had giant prawns -- and they were really wonderful. 

We went to the Hard Rock Cafe for a bit, but decided not to party too hard tonight.  We went back to the hotel around midnight and had a nightcap.  This was our farewell time with Stelios, as we departed for Santorini the next day.  It was so nice to meet him and to have him around to show us things from a native's perspective.  I really enjoyed meeting him.

I packed up my things in preparation for leaving the next night -- and did not get to bed until 2:30.  Short night ahead! 

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Treasury of Athens
Treasury of Athens
Columns of Temple of Apollo
Columns of Temple of Apollo
Looking down at Ampitheatre at Del…
Looking down at Ampitheatre at De…
Aqueduct at Delphi
Aqueduct at Delphi
Close up of Charioteer of Delphi
Close up of Charioteer of Delphi
Mount Parnassus
Mount Parnassus
Remains of columns at Delphi
Remains of columns at Delphi
Ionic Column at Delphi
Ionic Column at Delphi
Example of Gravestone at Delphi
Example of Gravestone at Delphi
Site of Temple of Apollo
Site of Temple of Apollo
Tower at Delphi
Tower at Delphi
View toward Apollos Temple
View toward Apollo's Temple
Ampitheatre at Delphi
Ampitheatre at Delphi
Delphi
Delphi
Overlooking valley from Delphi
Overlooking valley from Delphi
Olive tree grove below Delphi
Olive tree grove below Delphi
Ruins at Delphi
Ruins at Delphi
Toppled columns at Delphi
Toppled columns at Delphi
Sports Stadium at Delphi
Sports Stadium at Delphi
Special seating at Sports Stadium
Special seating at Sports Stadium
Aqueduct at Delphi
Aqueduct at Delphi
In front of the Treasury Building
In front of the Treasury Building
From Museum at Delphi
From Museum at Delphi
Classic Male Sculpture at Delphi
Classic Male Sculpture at Delphi
Famous bronze statue of charioteer…
Famous bronze statue of chariotee…
Scottie sleeping on Tour Bus to De…
Scottie sleeping on Tour Bus to D…
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