So I know I am super, super later with posting about the trip I took...in NOVEMBER! With the holiday madness, and work starting the year in full force its been hard to keep up! Needless to say, here is post number one from our trip to Greece.
Cris and I have a habit now of renting cars where ever we travel and driving to the cities that we want to see the most. We did this in Morocco, which was not the greatest idea on earth, bit it definitely shed some light on how easy it was to travel by car in country like Greece versus a country like Morocco. We had our four cities marked on the map, Athens >> Delphi >> Nafplion >> Mycenae >> Athens. At the end in Athens, we would spend two days touring the major city to then catch a RyanAir flight to Santorini for the last five days of our trip. We decided to rent the car right when we got to the Airport and drive straight to Delphi (about a 2-2.5 hour drive) We had rented a room at a small Bed and Breakfast there and could not wait to have a traditional Greek dinner and see the town that had so much history.
The town of Delphi is very small, but full of archaic treasures. The town itself was said to be considered the center of the earth, where heaven and earth meet and one could be closest to god. It was known to be the town that worshipped Apollo, the son of Zeus, and the god of clarity and moral discipline. The ruins are truly unbelievable. You cannot even fathom how every single column, grandiose walls and arenas were built on such a high mountain. The views are out of this world which we got to experience during our stay at the Kastalia Hotel. The family that ran the hotel were so sweet and welcomed us with huge smiles and fresh orange juice.
Most tours guides in Athens will offer a day trip to Delphi, however I really enjoyed the drive there and spending a night overlooking these gorgeous views and eating incredibly fresh food. Since the town is so small, you really only need a day & night here, so this is what I would recommend!
WHAT TO DO:
– Hike up to the Temple of Apollo to see all of the ancient ruins, and wear sneakers!
– Visit the Delphi Museum to really put what you see in perspective
– Shop through the little streets for Greek treasures like olive oil, worry beads, ceramic busts and more!