Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The guy with the sour face really was having a good time.even though it doen't look like it.  We are sitting at an outdoor restruant on the hill top.
This a picture I took of the Parthanon on top of Acropoli.  It was taken from the top of Lykavittos Hill.  It is the highest spot in Athens.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

This is a little Greek Village hanging on a mountain side on the road to Delphi.  Delphi is one of our favorite places.  Mythology tells us that Zeus threw two huge eagles into the air and they flew in opposite directions.  They flew around the world and then when their paths crossed they called the spot the center or naval of the world.   DELPHI.......the village is quite quaint.  It has very narrow streets lined with shops and restaurants.  See some of our pictures of Delphi below!
This is Sister Ollerton at the base of upper Delphi.  Above her are treasuries, temples, an amphitheater, and an athletic stadium.  The stadium was closed while we were there because of the danger of falling rocks.  This area was a training area for athletes.  In the lower part of Delphi there are areas where they trained and baths where they soaked and bathed.  We spent all day in upper Delphi.   It is one of our favorite places.  It is high on a hill overlooking a large valley and off to the right you can see the sea,
This one of the highlights of Delphi.  It is the Temple of Apollo.  There are other pictures of this Temple below.

Delphi is famous for a couple of things. One is the Oracle of Delphi.  This was a woman in her fifties who was considered a prophetess.  She would be behind a rock with a hole in it and leaders from all over the world would come here and visit her.  They would ask questions and she would give them answers through the hole in the rock.  She became so famous that countries would build "treasuries" here in which they would put offerings and store money  and many valuable gifts for this oracle.  Some of the Treasuries are shown below.

Treasury of Athena
Another treasury
Go Sister Go!
Best Dancer to appear here in 2 or 3 Thousand years.  This one of the best preserved amphitheaters in the world.
Chris dancing in amphitheater in Delphi.  There were about 100 tourists watching, whistling, and clapping.  When she finished three Japanese Gentlemen in their late 60's or 70's stepped out of the crowd and sang a Japanese Chant of some sort.  Sister Ollerton really started something.
Chris at the amphitheater in Delphi
Temple of Apollo at Delphi
This is the Temple of Apollo from above.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ruins of the Temple of Apollo in Delphi
This is the lower part of upper Delphi.  Note teasury ahead of us
This is us with the office couple who were so kind to take us to Delphi.


This is Seth posting a test on Jerry and Chris' blog.