The highlight was the archaeological site where ancient Delphi stood. A winding stone trail takes you up the various buildings that once stood on the slopes - from small shrines to the once-magnificent Temple of Apollo, as well as the Theater (see picture below). All of these ancient monuments have their own interesting tales - involving gods, earthquakes, Roman invaders, and a 2500-year old Sphinx that is still intact, kept in the Delphi Museum.
By the time we finished visiting the ruins and exploring the town, we had walked for over four hours in inclined footpaths. I'm sure without our background with mountains we wouldn't have gone that far. Which makes me reflect that being a hiker is more than being able to climb mountains. It is also having an open mind to explore new places and try new things. Having said thus, I'm glad I decided to go to Delphi. There is no Oracle that can tell me if I would be able to come back, but I certainly hope I can. Meanwhile, I will take the injunction in the Temple: "Know Thyself", to heart.
|The Temple of Athena in Delphi|
GLIMPSES OF GREECE: ATHENS AND DELPHI
Hiking matters #381: Delphi at the slopes of Mt. Parnassos