Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Big Fat Greek Vacation! (Part Two: Delphi)

After our morning exploring the monasteries at Meteora, we found a quiet taverna to enjoy an outdoor lunch.  Mmmm...Greek food!  It was all so tasty and fresh!  My very favorite part of every meal was the Greek salad.  Fresh veggies, Greek olives, lots of olive oil and a big chunk of feta can you go wrong?  So delicious!

After lunch, we spent another afternoon on the road.  As we drove, we watched the sun set into a valley of olive trees.  Beautiful!  We arrived in Delphi in time for a later dinner and bed.

The next morning we visited the ruins of ancient Delphi.  Delphi was thought as the center of the world by the ancient Greeks. Legend has it that Zeus (the king of the gods) released two eagles to find the center of the world and their paths crossed above Delphi.

Delphi was also thought to be the sacred home of the god of the sun and the arts, Apollo. A large temple to Apollo was built here. A priestess called an "Oracle" would inhale vapors from a crack in the ground inside the Temple of Apollo and could then interpret for others the will of the gods and could tell the future.

Many Greek cities made donations to the city of Delphi to get in good graces with Apollo. Therefore, many treasuries were built in Delphi. 
An Athenian Treasury in Delphi

The Temple of Apollo

The Temple of Apollo where the Oracle was!

The Stadium at Delphi
Grandpa and Peter relax at a gas station on our drive from Delphi to Olympia.
  I love how Peter is holding TWO suckers from Grammy!  : )

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