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charioteer: 470 BC

Itea is a cute little town....  We walked across the railroad tracks from the wharf into downtown.  As we walked to the bus station we saw a nice church.   I took a picture of the top of it...  quite a few people were outside and from their sad demeaner we could tell it was a funeral.  I felt bad that I hadn't realized it before I took a photo...  we  moved on quickly.     Coffee was calling to us... while we waited for the bus we got a cup of cappucino.  I drew a little face in the foam....  Hooray I'm a coffee artist! 

We caught the morning bus from Itea and rode to Delphi.

Antinoos
  ( When you ride the bus do not get off at the first stop... Delphi is at the far end and the bus stops at the parking area.)  Almost as soon as we got off we saw a young boy trying to befriend two thin kittens.  I remembered my pita bread from the night before.   I tossed some down and David said are you sure they'll eat it... the two kitten pounced on it and began devouring it....  out of nowhere about 8 other cats appeared like magic.   I handed the rest of the bread to the boy who was really happy to get it....  Stray cats and dogs are a huge problem.  They are at many of the sites ....  none of them are diseased or sick but it seems like they would be happier if a parking lot weren't their home. 

We hadn't had breakfast so we decided to eat before we went to the Delphi area.

Lion Rain spout with Roof trim
  Yikes..... the coffee shop on the ground was priced very, very high.   We ate a sandwich, got coffee and split a bag of chips.  We bought a couple of waters to carry with us... this set us back a small fortune.  We should have eaten in town or brought a lunch.  We went to the museum gift shop also.  It didn't have very much.  We felt that the modern blobby jewelry they carried had little to do with the site... nor did the unattractive scarves.   It seemed that many of the museums carry the same line of scarves and jewelry. .. we really wonder why. 

We decided to visit the museum first because it closed at 2:30 PM and we wanted to see it at our leisure instead of hurrying through.  We spent almost three hours taking pictures, looking at the displays and reading.

Temple of Athena...
  Heaven.    We next went into Delphi  grounds proper.   We wandered the upper grounds for 2 hours then went down to the lower area to the Temple of Athena.  We finished just as the sun was setting. 

We walked to the downtown area .....  A shop keeper recommended a place to eat at the other end of town.  (about a 10 minute walk)  We shopped after we ate.  We felt very fortunate to speak to quite a few of the shopkeepers ... business is down about 40% with the Euro hitting the American's and with the gas prices.  We were delighted to see the motel owner from our visit 2 years ago.  He recognized and remembered us and we had a wonderful talk.

David and Sylvia in front of the Treasury of Athenians
  We were finally finished shopping and talking our way through Delphi at 11:00 PM.    We were ready to go back to Itea but were not able to find a taxi driver.   We found a Taxi but no driver.  We went back to the same shop keeper and he called the taxi driver at home to see if he could take us down the mountain.  The driver wouldn't talk to us and charged us an additional $10 because of the late hour.  I started to argue and he pointed to his watch.  He did have a point there....   I let it go and told him Kali Niefta (good night) and he smiled and said good night.  All in all ...  it was a perfect day.....    

Vikram says:
Very nice trip report!
Posted on: Jan 14, 2009
tj1777 says:
hmm doubling the prices before midnight - thats kind of steep
Posted on: Dec 23, 2008
lovely_lori88 says:
aww that makes me sad about the stray kittens...but i know what you mean, there were tons of stray dogs at zeus temple in athens when we were there :(
Posted on: Nov 17, 2008
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charioteer: 470 BC
charioteer: 470 BC
Antinoos
Antinoos
Lion Rain spout with Roof trim
Lion Rain spout with Roof trim
Temple of Athena...
Temple of Athena...
David and Sylvia in front of the T…
David and Sylvia in front of the …
Apollo: crowned with myrtle leaves…
Apollo: crowned with myrtle leave…
Treasury of Siphnos:chariots
Treasury of Siphnos:chariots
Looking back at the buses as we wa…
Looking back at the buses as we w…
Railroad sign down by the wharf
Railroad sign down by the wharf
Tables by the bus station
Tables by the bus station
detail above the door of the church
detail above the door of the church
Coffee Art
Coffee Art
rugged hill by Delphi
rugged hill by Delphi
Claoy figures: 1400-1050 BC: neckl…
Claoy figures: 1400-1050 BC: neck…
cult figures... bronz soldiers: 8t…
cult figures... bronz soldiers: 8…
sketch
sketch
David by a bronze tripod: 7th C BC…
David by a bronze tripod: 7th C B…
Bronze Shield 725 BC
Bronze Shield 725 BC
Bronze Pig... (seriously out of fo…
Bronze Pig... (seriously out of f…
3 Kouri: stand for a basin for rit…
3 Kouri: stand for a basin for ri…
close up of the basin: 615 BC
close up of the basin: 615 BC
Bronze Pendants: 8th century BC
Bronze Pendants: 8th century BC
Bronze bracelet & buttons:  8th Ce…
Bronze bracelet & buttons: 8th C…
Kouri: 2 heros from Argine mytholo…
Kouri: 2 heros from Argine mythol…
carved 580 BC
carved 580 BC
From the workshop of Argos
From the workshop of Argos
Bronze Kouri
Bronze Kouri
Treasury of Siphnos: Caryatides
Treasury of Siphnos: Caryatides
caratides..550 BC
caratides..550 BC
caryatides .. treasury of Siphania…
caryatides .. treasury of Siphani…
Caryatides.... (like the ones in A…
Caryatides.... (like the ones in …
side of the Treasury of Siphanos d…
side of the Treasury of Siphanos …
top of door frame: treasury of Sip…
top of door frame: treasury of Si…
Side of Treasury of Siphnos
Side of Treasury of Siphnos
Side view of Caryatides
Side view of Caryatides
Treasury of Siphnos
Treasury of Siphnos
Treasury of Siphnos
Treasury of Siphnos
Treasury of Siphnos
Treasury of Siphnos
Caryatides
Caryatides
Caryatides
Caryatides
Rain spout...
Rain spout...
Rain spout
Rain spout
Treasury of Siphnos:525 BC
Treasury of Siphnos:525 BC
Treasury of Siphnos:chariot horses
Treasury of Siphnos:chariot horses
Treasury of Siphnos
Treasury of Siphnos
treasury of Siphnos
treasury of Siphnos
Treasury of Siphnos:
Treasury of Siphnos:
Treasury of Siphnos
Treasury of Siphnos
Detail of North Frieze showing the…
Detail of North Frieze showing th…
Treasury of Siphnos: Hera and Athe…
Treasury of Siphnos: Hera and Ath…
Treasury of Siphnos: Hera and athe…
Treasury of Siphnos: Hera and ath…
Treasury of Siphnos: battling a gi…
Treasury of Siphnos: battling a g…
Treasury of Siphnos
Treasury of Siphnos
A lion seizes a giant, from the fr…
A lion seizes a giant, from the f…
Treasury of Siphnos: this scene pr…
Treasury of Siphnos: this scene p…
Treasury of Siphnos
Treasury of Siphnos
Treasury of Siphnos
Treasury of Siphnos
Treasury of Siphnos...Detail of Ea…
Treasury of Siphnos...Detail of E…
Treasury of Siphnos...East Frieze …
Treasury of Siphnos...East Frieze…
Athena, Hera and Thetis Treasury o…
Athena, Hera and Thetis Treasury …
Treasury of Siphnos:525 BC: assemb…
Treasury of Siphnos:525 BC: assem…
Treasury of SiphnosEast pediment o…
Treasury of SiphnosEast pediment …
sphinx 570 BC
sphinx 570 BC
Sphinx 570 bc
Sphinx 570 bc
Sphinx 570 bc
Sphinx 570 bc
Sphinx - Delphi museum
Sphinx - Delphi museum
Detail of Sphinx platform..
Detail of Sphinx platform..
Sphnix: up close on upper arm
Sphnix: up close on upper arm
Silver Bull... 6th century BC
Silver Bull... 6th century BC
golden figures...
golden figures...
gold headband: diadem with rosettes
gold headband: diadem with rosettes
gold rosette
gold rosette
A piece of wood from the rare chry…
A piece of wood from the rare chr…
gold
gold
gold rosette
gold rosette
Chryselphantine work: offering by …
Chryselphantine work: offering by…
gold
gold
sculpture
sculpture
Man carrying a pig... I have no id…
Man carrying a pig... I have no i…
man carrying pig to guy in amphora
man carrying pig to guy in amphora
marble pediment belonging to temple
marble pediment belonging to temple
pediment~ temple of Apollo
pediment~ temple of Apollo
Horse being attacked by lion: temp…
Horse being attacked by lion: tem…
temple of Apollo
temple of Apollo
Lion
Lion
caryatides
caryatides
caryatides
caryatides
lion rain spout: 6th century BC
lion rain spout: 6th century BC
temple of Appolo: rain spout
temple of Appolo: rain spout
West Pediment: temple: work of Ath…
West Pediment: temple: work of At…
Apollo: crowned with myrtle leaves…
Apollo: crowned with myrtle leave…
Apollo: crowned with myrtle leaves…
Apollo: crowned with myrtle leave…
Delphi museum
Delphi museum
Delphi museum
Delphi museum
Delphi museum,
Delphi museum,
Athenian treasury
Athenian treasury
Ancient Greek Tablet
Ancient Greek Tablet
Ancient greek writing
Ancient greek writing
Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek
Palmette shaped antifix 450 BC
Palmette shaped antifix 450 BC
Palmette shaped antifix 450 BC
Palmette shaped antifix 450 BC
Lion Rain Spout
Lion Rain Spout
Palmetta stylized paintings
Palmetta stylized paintings
paintings of temples
paintings of temples
Lion Rainspout
Lion Rainspout
Lion Rain spout:  painted eyes
Lion Rain spout: painted eyes
Poros Temple of Athena: 500 BC
Poros Temple of Athena: 500 BC
Woman: delphi museum
Woman: delphi museum
this was 6 inches long... amazing …
this was 6 inches long... amazing…
400 BC
400 BC
400 BC
400 BC
flute player: 490  BC: out of focu…
flute player: 490 BC: out of foc…
Olympians: bronze: 450 bc
Olympians: bronze: 450 bc
bronze Olympian
bronze Olympian
running woman: 400 BC
running woman: 400 BC
torso of woman: 470 bc
torso of woman: 470 bc
Lion Rainspout
Lion Rainspout
Lion Rainspout
Lion Rainspout
Marble figures: 4th century BC
Marble figures: 4th century BC
side of temple
side of temple
marble head
marble head
marble head
marble head
side of the temple
side of the temple
shoe: Aknois son of Aparos: dress …
shoe: Aknois son of Aparos: dress…
Aghias son of Aknomios
Aghias son of Aknomios
Agelanos son of Aknios
Agelanos son of Aknios
Daoches: son of Aghias (military l…
Daoches: son of Aghias (military …
Pillar of dancers 330 BC
Pillar of dancers 330 BC
Pillar of dancers...On top of them…
Pillar of dancers...On top of the…
Navel.. in front of the pillar of …
Navel.. in front of the pillar of…
Delphi navel
Delphi navel
Delphi navel detail
Delphi navel detail
Delphi navel
Delphi navel
Delphi Navel
Delphi Navel
detail of the bottom of the pillar
detail of the bottom of the pillar
pillar of dancers
pillar of dancers
bottom of pillar
bottom of pillar
smiling girl... very unusual to ha…
smiling girl... very unusual to h…
smiling girl: 3rd century BC
smiling girl: 3rd century BC
Smiling girl 3rd century BC: Delphi
Smiling girl 3rd century BC: Delphi
Pillar with 12 girls dancing: from…
Pillar with 12 girls dancing: fro…
detail of 12 girls dancing
detail of 12 girls dancing
Titus Quentius Flamniuis: 197 BC
Titus Quentius Flamniuis: 197 BC
Titus: coins of same period looked…
Titus: coins of same period looke…
Antinoos: Companion to Hadrian: dr…
Antinoos: Companion to Hadrian: d…
Worshiped as a demi-god
Worshiped as a demi-god
134 BC
134 BC
Antinoos
Antinoos
Antinoos
Antinoos
The Charioteer: garment is called …
The Charioteer: garment is called…
The back of charioteer: the x stra…
The back of charioteer: the x str…
Chiton x strap detail
Chiton x strap detail
traditional headband.. it is impre…
traditional headband.. it is impr…
sleeve
sleeve
sleeve...
sleeve...
Another view of sleeve... I have n…
Another view of sleeve... I have …
head of charioteer... eyelashes an…
head of charioteer... eyelashes a…
Charioteer head: cast in bronze: w…
Charioteer head: cast in bronze: …
charioteer: bronze, copper, silver…
charioteer: bronze, copper, silve…
face of charioteer
face of charioteer
David at the Charioteer area... th…
David at the Charioteer area... t…
David waiting for the room to clear
David waiting for the room to clear
Charioteer holding the reins ...
Charioteer holding the reins ...
Delphi model... as it was ...
Delphi model... as it was ...
bearded Hercules
bearded Hercules
On the road to Delphi
On the road to Delphi
A small grave marker
A small grave marker
I imagine this says: Dont throw l…
I imagine this says: Don't throw …
a fish integrated into a wall
a fish integrated into a wall
The steps up to Delphi
The steps up to Delphi
Walking on the sacred way towards …
Walking on the sacred way towards…
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
David at Delphi
David at Delphi
Temple of Athena through the trees
Temple of Athena through the trees
A temple cat...this one looks like…
A temple cat...this one looks lik…
A tabby temple cat
A tabby temple cat
the sacred way
the sacred way
Delphi: sacred way
Delphi: sacred way
Delphi
Delphi
Delphi...along the sacred way
Delphi...along the sacred way
Delphi
Delphi
Delphi
Delphi
Sacred way...pillar tops
Sacred way...pillar tops
cross at Delphi: christian roman l…
cross at Delphi: christian roman …
Delphi
Delphi
Christian crosses: Delphi
Christian crosses: Delphi
Delphi : sacred way
Delphi : sacred way
Delphi... to the right side of the…
Delphi... to the right side of th…
Curved area with stones in front w…
Curved area with stones in front …
Structures to right of sacred way
Structures to right of sacred way
Treasury of the Boeotians
Treasury of the Boeotians
beside the sacred way
beside the sacred way
Marble sign
Marble sign
Treasury of the Athenians
Treasury of the Athenians
Treasury of the Athenians
Treasury of the Athenians
Treasury of the Athenians
Treasury of the Athenians
Yeah, We are loving it... Cant st…
Yeah, We are loving it... Can't s…
Looking back at the treasury of th…
Looking back at the treasury of t…
Pillar...
Pillar...
Pillar looking down the Pleistos V…
Pillar looking down the Pleistos …
Delphi: pillar: Pleistos valley
Delphi: pillar: Pleistos valley
Sacred way... looking back at the …
Sacred way... looking back at the…
Stoa of Attalos: (next to sacred w…
Stoa of Attalos: (next to sacred …
Stoa of Attalos
Stoa of Attalos
Delph: next to sacred way
Delph: next to sacred way
Stoa of Attalos
Stoa of Attalos
Pillar with Athenian Treasury
Pillar with Athenian Treasury
Pillar with Athenian Treasury
Pillar with Athenian Treasury
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
Pillar pieces
Pillar pieces
Next to Temple of Apollo
Next to Temple of Apollo
inscribed
inscribed
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
Ramp leading to Temple of Apollo
Ramp leading to Temple of Apollo
monument: by Temple
monument: by Temple
top of monument
top of monument
templt of apollo
templt of apollo
bottom of the tall monument
bottom of the tall monument
temple of Apollo
temple of Apollo
Offering of the Crateros:
Offering of the Crateros:
monument footings stacked... looki…
monument footings stacked... look…
Treasury of the Athenians... looki…
Treasury of the Athenians... look…
Delphi
Delphi
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
The ancient theater
The ancient theater
ancient theater
ancient theater
ancient theater: Delphi
ancient theater: Delphi
See the odd bumps at the front of …
See the odd bumps at the front of…
looking up the theater
looking up the theater
down the path past theater...we co…
down the path past theater...we c…
looking down hill from delphi trail
looking down hill from delphi trail
Across the roof of the museum... o…
Across the roof of the museum... …
looking across the theater
looking across the theater
Ancient steps of theater.... I lov…
Ancient steps of theater.... I lo…
Pomagranate tree by the old theater
Pomagranate tree by the old theater
pomagranate tree at the back of th…
pomagranate tree at the back of t…
Looking past the ancient theater t…
Looking past the ancient theater …
temple of Apollo
temple of Apollo
Delphi site...
Delphi site...
floor of ancient theater
floor of ancient theater
pomagranate tree near the top of t…
pomagranate tree near the top of …
temple of Apollo
temple of Apollo
painting of Sylvia ...
painting of Sylvia ...
David making sure he has himself c…
David making sure he has himself …
David trying to shove me out of th…
David trying to shove me out of t…
I sneaked behind him and changed s…
I sneaked behind him and changed …
not for long... he shoved me out a…
not for long... he shoved me out …
David with the Temple of Apollo
David with the Temple of Apollo
Sylvia in front of the temple of A…
Sylvia in front of the temple of …
Another shot! Sweet! We are here!
Another shot! Sweet! We are here!
Me... sitting and enjoying the sig…
Me... sitting and enjoying the si…
Uh huh... me again...
Uh huh... me again...
David: down by the Temple of Apollo
David: down by the Temple of Apollo
sylvia by the Temple of Apollo
sylvia by the Temple of Apollo
David and Sylvia...
David and Sylvia...
Isnt this pitious?... I had to st…
Isn't this pitious?... I had to s…
The wall with inscriptions
The wall with inscriptions
I think this is a caper plant
I think this is a caper plant
Pillar
Pillar
Pillar with the Treasury of the At…
Pillar with the Treasury of the A…
Pillars ... waiting to be stacked
Pillars ... waiting to be stacked
The temple of Apollo
The temple of Apollo
The Stoa of the Athenians
The Stoa of the Athenians
wall inscriptions
wall inscriptions
a sign on the sidewalk ... I belie…
a sign on the sidewalk ... I beli…
Athena Pronaia sanctuary
Athena Pronaia sanctuary
Ancient Gymnasium... across the ro…
Ancient Gymnasium... across the r…
Olives up by the road
Olives up by the road
olives
olives
Olive trees
Olive trees
Olive trees with the temple of Ath…
Olive trees with the temple of At…
David...hes looking for falling r…
David...he's looking for falling …
leaving Delphi... There is a littl…
leaving Delphi... There is a litt…
The beautiful sanctuary of Athena …
The beautiful sanctuary of Athena…
Sanctuary of Athena
Sanctuary of Athena
Athena Sanctuary: Delphi
Athena Sanctuary: Delphi
Sanctuary of athena... the back
Sanctuary of athena... the back
Temple of Athena...
Temple of Athena...
Temple of Athena....
Temple of Athena....
Temple of Athena
Temple of Athena
flowers next to the temple of Athe…
flowers next to the temple of Ath…
Past this and up the hill is the a…
Past this and up the hill is the …
Tholos (round building) of Athena
Tholos (round building) of Athena
Tholos of Athena
Tholos of Athena
front of the sanctuary... carving
front of the sanctuary... carving
The Treasury of Massilia.the Massi…
The Treasury of Massilia.the Mass…
Treasury of Massilia
Treasury of Massilia
The top of the Athena temple
The top of the Athena temple
Front carved details
Front carved details
David and Sylvia at the temple of …
David and Sylvia at the temple of…
The back of the temple... the inne…
The back of the temple... the inn…
Temple of Athena: delphi
Temple of Athena: delphi
Temple of Athena
Temple of Athena
The Parnassas mountain
The Parnassas mountain
A nice little shrine outside of th…
A nice little shrine outside of t…
A Shrine overlooking the valley...
A Shrine overlooking the valley...
The lights just outside of the tow…
The lights just outside of the to…
some old doors at the Delphi town
some old doors at the Delphi town
The little restaurant we ate: To P…
The little restaurant we ate: To …
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