Published: June 19th 2011June 19th 2011
We were on the bus again today for another long drive. Our first stop was at Thermopyles, where the 300 Spartans made an incredible effort holding off the much bigger Persian army. The Spartans finally lost the battle, but it is one of the more famous battles in world history. It was difficult to see the mountain pass with all the tree growth, but you could see where the Persians didn’t have that many options due to the large mountain range on one side and the water on the other side.
Next it was on to our hotel for an early check-in and lunch. We had a little free time before going on to Delphi. Several of us walked into town, others went to the pool, and some just rested.
When the temperature cooled down, we made our way to Delphi. This site goes back several hundred years B.C. and is home to the Temple of Apollo and the oracle. Just like the other day with the monasteries, this site was unbelievable. The blend of nature and ancient history along with the saturation of knowledge that we are acquiring with every step is almost too much. Each day I
find myself trying to remember it all and trying to keep everything organized in my head, but it is almost impossible. I know I will be researching all of this again once I get home.
As we made our way up to the Temple, we had plenty of photo opportunities. The most impressive site was the Temple of Apollo. You’ll see plenty of pictures below. Tomorrow morning we will be visiting the Delphi museum and seeing the artifacts and learning even more about this incredible place.
Check out the video I’ll try to add to the blog. You’ll get to see the mountains that surrounded the Temple of Apollo. (if internet connection speed doesn't allow me to do this now, I'll do it another day.)
There are more photos below