Greece
Distomo-Arachova-Antikyra

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  • Day10

    Delphi

    October 11, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Well, I know very little about Greek History, and only a little bit about Greek Mythology, but I LOVED walking around Delphi for nearly 6 hours today. Joe is now sleeping it off, but he walked every step too. The site is just incredible, going back thousands of years, and the museum has good models showing you what the place looked like in its glory day. So many things to knock your socks off — the stadium, the temples, the theater, the many treasuries built by cities around Greece to receive the offerings of their citizens to Apollo. The site is not huge, though there is a fair amount of up and down, so there was a lot of sit down and soak it in time. Sobering to think how entire cultures and regimes were destroyed and essentially disappeared.

    And p.s. I forgot to post this before we went out to dinner and it was our best meal yet. An effusive chef who came to talk to us about every course. Just terrific.
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  • Day11

    Galaxidi and Nafpatkos

    October 12, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    If you’ve never heard of them, don’t worry, neither had we. I always try to have an extra day at each of our stops, so since we had been to the monastery and to Delphi, we had a day to find something to do. The woman at the desk sent us to Galaxidi, about 40 minutes away on the Aegean. It’s a very cute little town with harbor, church on top of the hill, and a nice walk through pine forest out along the coast.

    As we were sitting there soaking it in, Joe looked at the guide book and said, hey, we are about an hour away from the site of the battle of Lepanto! So off we went along the coast to Nafpatkos, where the Spaniards with some help defeated the Turks in the late 1500s. Miguel Cervantes lost his arm in the great naval battle, and there is a statue of him in the harbor.

    What a great decision it was, it’s another very pretty little port town, this one crowned with a 17th century Venetian castle at the top of the hill. We had lunch in the harbor, walked along the beach, explored the castle area, and finished off the day with a coffee at a café looking down over the harbor, one of the prettiest café views anywhere. We didn’t get back to the hotel till almost 8, so since Joe is going to skip his nap, I will be a good sport and skip my exercise.

    Tomorrow we head north for a few hundred kms, to our last stop before Athens. Time is flying!
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  • Day9

    In Arachova

    October 10, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    I was not expecting today to be so easy and hassle-free. We had about a 20 minute flight to Athens, picked up the car and were on our way. Google maps offline worked perfectly and we made our way the 200 kms to the monastery of St. Luke (Ossios Loukas), a hermit. When he died in the 10th century, the monastery was built. It is in a gorgeous valley setting (the monks almost always picked beautiful spots to settle). Two churches in the monastic complex, which is still functioning, and the Byzantine moisaics from the 10th and 11th centuries were amazing. Can’t get enough of this ancient architecture! Either Joe is becoming more of a fan or he is just being more patient, because we both were happy to just sit at a lookout and soak in the architectural and natural beauty. No surprise that this is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    We are in the mountain town of Arachova, overlooking the Delphi Valley. That’s where we’ll head tomorrow!
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  • Day63

    Le Chat et le Renard

    August 18, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Rencontre inattendue à Arachova, à côté de Delphes...on n'est qu'à 2hrs de route d'Athènes..et déjà dans les montagnes...il y a même des stations de ski.

  • Day93

    Zum Orakel von Delphi

    December 12, 2018 in Greece

    Erster Punkt der Tagesordnung war die Reinigung unserer Körper und so schmiedeten wir noch im Schlafsack liegend einen Plan. Wir kochten direkt den größten vorhandenen Topf mit Wasser und füllten dieses in unsere Outdoordusche. Die Dusche stellten wir an die Seite von Freudolin und öffneten dessen Hecktür als weiteren Sichtschutz. So konnten wir beide relativ sicht- und windgeschützt duschen. Die Sonne half auch ein bisschen mit und Tobi rannte sogar nochmal ins Meer.

    Beim Frühstück am Strand entschieden wir, heute nach Delphi zu fahren um beim Orakel mehr über unsere Zukunft zu erfahren. ;-)
    Im Freien lassen sich zunächst die Überreste des Apollon-Heiligtums inklusive Tempel und Amphitheater besichtigen, die sich hauptsächlich als Grundmauern und Säulen zeigen. Im Tempel befand sich übrigens jenes Orakel. Pythia, welche das Medium des Gottes Apollon war, machte hier in Trance Weissagungen, welche natürlich nur vom obersten Priester gedeutet werden konnten.
    Neben den Überresten vor einer hohen Felskulisse hat man auch eine wunderbare Aussicht über das Tal, vor allem wenn, wie in unserem Fall, das Wetter mitspielt.
    Die meisten antiken Skulpturen und Statuen wurden ins schützende Museum umgezogen, welches wir als nächstes besichtigten. Schon irre wie alt manche Bronzen und Ausstellungsstücke sind.

    Da unser nächstes großes Ziel Athen werden sollte, suchten wir uns einen Übernachtungsplatz, der auf der Strecke lag und landeten bei einem wunderschönen Kloster, das ganz verlassen in einer herrlichen Landschaft liegt. Das Kloster des heiligen Lukas verfügt über einen tollen Innenhof, zwei Kirchen, eine Galerie, eine Olivenpresse etc. und strahlt eine richtig gemütliche Atmosphäre aus. Da wir auch kleine Häuser und einen Kräutergarten entdeckten vermuten wir, dass auch heute noch Nonnen dort leben.
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  • Day10

    Delphi

    October 11, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 0 °C

    Well, I know very little about Greek History, and only a little bit about Greek Mythology, but I LOVED walking around Delphi for nearly 6 hours today. Joe is now sleeping it off, but he walked every step too. The site is just incredible, going back thousands of years, and the museum has good models showing you what the place looked like in its glory day. So many things to knock your socks off — the stadium, the temples, the theater, the many treasuries built by cities around Greece to receive the offerings of their citizens to Apollo. The site is not huge, though there is a fair amount of up and down, so there was a lot of sit down and soak it in time. Sobering to think how entire cultures and regimes were destroyed and essentially disappeared.

    And p.s. I forgot to post this before we went out to dinner and it was our best meal yet. An effusive chef who came to talk to us about every course. Just terrific.
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