Athens, Greece: Day TwelveDecember 28, 2011
Posted by Kanga.
Today we hit the road. We arranged a day trip to Delphi with George, the Famous Taxi Driver. It started with pick up at our apartment at 8 am (and ended back at the same spot around 5 pm). Costas was our driver for the day.
We stopped briefly in Arachova, a mountain town that serves as the happening winter vacation spot for Greeks. Quite beautiful and amazing to see it clinging to the side of the mountain.
A short distance beyond Arachova, we reached the ancient site of Delphi, where the Oracle of Delphi presided at the Temple to Apollo.
Stairs. Why must there always be stairs?
Seeing Mount Parnassus and the view of the valley from the temple site, I was beginning to see why someone might choose this location.
More stairs! There was plenty of stair climbing involved, but the views were worth it all.
This is the central attraction, the Temple of Apollos.
Above the Temple is an amphitheater. DaddyBird gave an impromptu performance.
There was even more up the hill, the stadium, but time was slipping through our fingers and we wanted to make it to the museum as well, so back down the hill it was.
My personal favorite was the bull. This was originally a three dimensional, life-size bull sculpture. The center was partially wooden and clay/wax. The metal was forged and then fitted onto the form. It must have been magnificent in its day.
This model shows how the buildings would have looked in their prime.
Just down the road is the gymnasium and the bath house. This bath house was the first round colonnaded building. (Notice the olives in the tree?)
Then we were off to the current village of Delphi for a hearty lunch (earned by much climbing of stairs.)
The water in the distance is the Corinthian Gulf. We had a marvelous day. The weather was perfect. Costas was a great driver and very informative about the history and the area. The food at lunch was terrific, as we have come to expect here.
For the rest of the pictures taken, click here.