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Europe » Greece » Central Greece » Delphi September 15th 2022

A truth spoken before its time is dangerous… ~ Greek Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling southeast from Kalambaka to Delphi. We woke early and headed down to Hotel Alexiou’s stark dining area, where I enjoyed a fairly basic breakfast of yoghurt and muesli, bread and jam, and tea and juice. We checked out around 9am and settled into a very comfy and roomy minibus for the four-hour southward journey to Delphi. In less than a minute we’d left the small township of Kalambaka behind, and we were driving through its outlying rural landscape that featured cotton, tobacco and corn fields. As we travelled further south, hay bales lay neatly in fields, man-made dams glistened in the sun and distant hazy mountain ranges shimmered on the horizon. At times we drove parallel to a railway ... read more
pleistos river valley
greek salad
baked tomatoes stuffed with herbed rice

Europe » Greece » Central Greece » Delphi June 22nd 2022

On day 3 of our road trip we had the good fortune to visit the Delphi ruins and see the temple of Apollo, the Olympic training area, and one of the best museums I've ever seen. The walk was hot, but so worth it. On the way to Kalamaka we stopped to see a monument to a battle between Sparta and the Persians. If you're interested in Greek history or you've seen the 300 you would find this site fascinating!... read more
fresh spring water
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Europe » Greece » Central Greece » Delphi November 3rd 2021

The next morning, we got our second delicious breakfast at our hotel. Honestly, I was very happy with the Grand Hyatt; it was not cheap, but the roof top restaurant and pool have incredible views and that alone was worth it, plus they were so friendly. The included breakfast had many options and all tables had a view of the acropolis somehow. Anyway, we made our way via the expensive hotel shuttle to the airport where I had booked two small rental cars with Enterprise. After checking in, we walked about 500m to the lot where we encountered seriously the most friendly Greek of our trip. He was so nice! I thought I was in a different country somehow. But the cars were small! Poor Tyler! We drove along the nice highways, with lots of tolls, ... read more
Kirra accommodation
Kirra beach
Delphi Ruins

Europe » Greece » Central Greece » Delphi September 24th 2019

On September 23rd we left Trizonia after a wonderful couple of days and headed to Itea. Our purpose of going there was we had heard that there was an inexpensive and safe place to stay and it would be easy to catch a bus to Delphi from there. It was a calm, clear day and only after 4 ½ hours we pulled into the marina at Itea. It was definitely rough around the edges as it appears to be mainly for local fishing boats, but the bulkhead was completely empty so we enjoyed a side tie again. Life is good. Even better we found out that we only had to pay the equivalent of $19.30 for the total of 2 nights. If we wanted water or electricity there was an additional charge of $5.60, but as ... read more
Daytime Views at Itea Marina
The "Main" Street of Itea
Like Numerous Other Places We Have Been

Europe » Greece » Central Greece » Delphi July 14th 2018

Day 20 - Delphi We decided to only take one tour outside of Athens on this trip. Delphi is one of the more important historic sites outside of Athens. We booked a tour with George’s Taxi for a full day private ride and tour to Delphi. The driver, Stratos, drove us to the sites, gave us a bit of history and tips for the locations, booked us lunch, and even let us sleep on the way back. The price was very reasonable and over all we think it was the best way to do the trip. It was about a 2 hour drive to Delphi so we started out at 7:25 AM. Stratos had a 30 min video to watch on the way that gave us a bit of background on the site. It was very ... read more
Storage for the (small) offerings
I spy a roman at Delphi
Theatre

Europe » Greece » Central Greece » Delphi May 25th 2018

I booked a tour to the ancient archeological site of Delphi today. With a 2 1/2 hour bus ride each way, I was really looking forward to learning more about the history behind the temples there, and how Zeus, Apollo, and Athena were associated with the site. It didn‘t quite work out that way. The famous Chef Julia Child had a very unique pitch to her voice and Robin Williams famously based his Mrs. Doubtfire character on it. It was a combination of her high pitch and heavy French accent that sometimes made it hard to understand what she was saying. Today, our Greek tour guide Ema had a very similar voice and heavy Greek accent and I don’t think that she had had much time speaking English. When she spoke English, she continually put the ... read more
Stoa of the Athenians
Temple of Apollo
Ancient Theater, 4th century BC

Europe » Greece » Central Greece » Delphi May 26th 2017

Thursday 18thMay The weather has got even worse. It is cold and wet. Yesterday we drove up to Korinthos and then round the Korinthos Gulf to Delphi high in the mountains. We are in the Parnassos ski area and there is still snow on the peak. We drove through a small town which wouldn’t have looked out of place in the french alps. The campsite is a couple of kilometres from Delphi and there is a touring group of cloggies (John’s affectionate name for the Dutch) taking up all the places with the coveted panoramic view down the valley to the sea. Not that you can see anything at the moment as the sky is black and the low clouds are obscuring any views. My knowledge of ancient / classical Greece is limited but my understanding ... read more
The Sanctuary
Temple of Athina
the charioteer

Europe » Greece » Central Greece » Delphi May 7th 2017

“ Bees suck nectar from many different flowers”. (Here they have a great choice it is like a supermarket full of flowers) “One drop of honey cannot claim to come from one flower or another “ Greece has been a real eye-opener for us. We were not sure what to expect. We had read blogs from folks who overwinter in Greece and they love it and the people. We had read about three books on Greece and each gave a different view of the place and of places to visit. Sometimes we find ourselves staying on in places in Greece that we like. Normally we only stay one night in one place but for some reason we are falling in love with the sites and staying longer than usual. Greece is having a strange effect on ... read more
Temple of Olympian Zeus
it was a long walk out

Europe » Greece » Central Greece » Delphi May 5th 2017

When the heart grieves over what is has lost , the spirit rejoices over what it has left. According to Greek legend Zeus (we have seen his home on Mount Olympus) released two eagles from opposite ends of the world . Where there paths crossed was considered to be the centre of the earth. The sky above Delphi was where that happened. We can understand looking at the place why the ancients considered it sacred. It was not hard to understand . Delphi was also known to be the home of the god Apollo. Thus making it the most sacred place in the classical world. Folks came to Delphi to worship and to consult the oracle to ask the gods what actions they should take in peacetime, in war. The power of Delphi just grew and ... read more
Plate in the museum
Delphi

Europe » Greece » Central Greece » Delphi December 14th 2016

Geo: 38.4814, 22.5066The hotel at Delphi is in a wonderful location, but could do with some soundproofing (we could hear the neighbours far too clearly!) with dogs barking outside through the night, and the beds were very very firm! So we didn't get moving until almost 9am, and didn't finish breakfast until 10am.Luckily, we are one kilometer to the archaeological site. We enjoyed the wonderful museum (again, a lot of European money has been spent developing this museum!) with its wonderful Kouri, carvings etc. We saw the silver bull - 2.5m long, made of silver and the gift of Croesus (hence the saying "rich as Croesus"). It was the first large-scale statue made all from forged metal - the bull is made of sheets of silver.We also saw the wonderful charioteer - his 4 horses (or ... read more
Kouri
Goddess
Tiny figurines




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