Visiting the ruins
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Waking up to a new day, I quickly ran to the window to look for rain. To my surprise, it was still sunny! It was already warming up outside and looked to be a great day, our last one in Greece.
We had breakfast at the hotel and I printed out a map of the ancient site before we headed out to see it. I finally figured out that this was a good idea and I'll be sure to do it in the future, even if the place I am staying charges for print outs. We walked down to the site and purchased a ticket to see the ruins and the museum. We headed into the museum first, but quickly exited after seeing the number of people in there. The ruins were almost empty, so we instead started there.
The ancient site at Delphi is one for the books.
Anyway, there's no sign of this magical gas anywhere at the site, at least in present day. Today, there are ruins of the agora where business would happen, and a ruined temple of Apollo. Further up the mountain is an ancient theatre, and at the very top is a track that was used for the Sacred Games.
From the ruins on the hill, it's possible to walk to the other ruins at Delphi. These ruins are further down in the valley, and are quite small. There, you can find the ruins of the old gymnasium and a temple of Athena, with the ruins of the tholos temple, which stood at the sanctuary of Athena. This tholos is one of the most photographed ruins in Delphi.
When we were done walking through the ruins, we headed into the museum. Inside, it was neat to see many renditions of how the site looked back in the day. It looked like a spectacular place. The art and artifacts inside the museum revealed pieces of the culture as well. We left the museum and headed back to our car. We had plenty of time to kill, so we decided to drive as a reasonable speed toward Athens. When we got out of the city, we stopped at the base of a hill and took some pictures of the area before continuing on.