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The Oracle of Delphi was the most important shrine in all of ancient Greece, where people came from all over to have their questions answered by the priestess of the Temple of Apollo.  We had originally planned to see Delphi on our trip down from the north, but since that plan got scrapped we had to find a new way.  After doing a bit of research and asking around, we learning that the most cost efficient (but still not very cheap) way to make the 3 hour trip to the Oracle of Delphi from Athens was to go on an organized bus tour.    This was new territory for us, and we were a bit hesitant, but we really wanted to see Delphi so we went for it…and we were reminded why we try to avoid organized tours as much as possible.

The bus was nice enough but I think we had the world’s most boring tour guide.  He spoke in a soft mumble and constantly gave the impression that he would rather be anywhere in the world except for on that tour.  Naturally, we stopped at a souvenir shop on the way up so everyone could amble off of the bus and browse for 30 minutes.  Next we headed off to the ruins of the Oracle which were really cool and situated under a beautiful mountain, but we were frustrated at being shuffled along with groups at a brisk pace, and at not being allowed to go to the nearby Temple of Athena due to lack of time.  We stopped for a nice lunch on the way back then stopped at the SAME souvenir shop just in case anybody missed anything first time.

We were happy that we got to see it, but I think it would have been way cooler if way had found a way to do it at our own pace.  Happy to be back in Athens, we went out to an awesome souvlaki place called Thanasis and had a great night out (with lots more Retsina of course)!

  • Temple of Athena in the Distance
  • Charioteer
  • Delphi Twins
  • Delphi Sphynx
  • Delphi
  • Stadium
  • Athletic Field at Delphi
  • Delphi
  • Delphi

Posted: October 14, 2012

Author: Adam and Amanda

Category: Blog, Continents, Europe, Greece


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