The broken Oracle of Delphi

Delphi is one of the attractions of Greece, with one day guided trips organized everyday. I for one arrived there on December 31st. It was a sunny day and it was (a step in ) the realization of a dream : being able to wear short sleeves on NYE. There is still more to go in this direction, but I’m satisfied with this beginning:

12degrees@NYE
12degrees@NYE

The Delphi archaeological site is very well kept:

Delphi - Former Oracle Home
Delphi - Former Oracle Home
Delphi - Former Oracle Home
Delphi - Former Oracle Home

and geographically placed in a impressive location, overseeing a valley:

Delphi - Former Oracle Home
Delphi - Former Oracle Home

The museum has some interesting treats including this statue of Apollo , which to me looks kinda Buddhist

Phytian (indian??) Apollo
Phytian (indian??) Apollo

as well as this incredible display of imagination.  Imagine that you find these pieces of rock and then you say to yourself: ooh, I see, these 8 small pieces of rock are actually a two-horse drawn chariot steered by a victorious athlete…

Incredible Imagination
Incredible Imagination

An important part of the site (of the original town) were the public display / show areas, like the stadium and the amphitheater:

Delphi Stadium
Delphi Stadium
Delphi Amphitheater
Delphi Amphitheater (HD)

In the vicinity of Delphi one can find a lively touristic village, Arahova. Guided tours will always make a stop for you there. Like everything else in Greece it is small, cramped, narrow but with a certain charm:

Arahova
Arahova
Arahova
Arahova

I will conclude this post  with this HD panorama from Delphi to end with a bang:

Delphi Panorama
Delphi Panorama (HD)

This post belongs to the Greece series, shot in December 2010, on a New Years Eve trip to Athens and Greece. Check out more posts from the series and be sure to subscribe via RSS feed or email to get new posts automatically delivered to you.

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