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I may not have taken Classical Studies at school but the last four days I feel like I have been told enough to last a lifetime.
Once again we left our hotel in Delphi to drive up to the top of the mountain and check out an Archaeology site of the gymnasium which was destroyed by an earthquake. We drank from the sacred water of the mountain then drove down a little to the archaeology site ...
... it was a good way to see the town anyway. They let me check in at 10:45am, which was awesome, so I dropped my bags in my room and headed out to see the ruins at Delphi.
Delphi was another site on my "100 Things to See Before I Die" list so I was pretty excited to see it. It was pretty cool to see, but I have to say, it’s not on my list of Top Ruins I’ve seen ...
There were many things that were left at the treasuries or the Altar of Apollo. One significant thing was a tripod made of bronze - a three-legged pot, essentially - that was given as thanks after the defeat of the Persians. Later, the Byzantines took the base for the hippodrome in Constantinople.
The actual temple of Apollo is amazing. It was six columns wide by nine columns long, and open to the east to let in the natural ...
... they did was dedicated to them being the ultimate soldiers. There red capes were specifically so that if they were wounded, no-one could see the blood. No wonder everyone was scared of them - they were born and bred to be warriors.
Our next stop was at a road-side cafe for want of a better expression. Here we could sample something from their homemade selection of cakes and sweets, have some gelato ...
... place of beauty and wonder as to how the monks built these magnificent structures, clinging to the top of these pinnacles. We visited 4 of the monasteries before we encountered monastery fatigue. Well worth the time and highly recommended for any future travelers to Greece.
Recognizing we were getting a little road tired, we decided to extend our stay an additional night at ...