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One of the places where they left their offerings to the temple at Delphi.  This was the only one standing that they had reconstructed.

One of the places where they left their offerings to the temple at Delphi. This was the only one standing that they had reconstructed.

Delphi.  Where the oracle can advise you and tell you the prophecies that will affect your life.  Or the place creepy old guys made women breathe in hallucinogenic fumes and then told people that the ladies said all sorts of stuff that they probably didn’t.  Either way it was a dramatic place to visit.  It was a bit hazy and the sun was behind the clouds with this awesome dark sky which made the place seem so much more mystical and mysterious.

What remains of the thora of Temple of Athena (apparently no one knows what a thora is for).

What remains of the thora of Temple of Athena (apparently no one knows what a thora is for).

When we first got to Greece our plan was to travel around on our own and book hotels and whatnot as we went along.  But we knew we needed to consult someone about the ferry schedules because in the winter they are more sporadic for island hopping.  The hostel we were in (Student and Travellers Inn) had a travel centre but it was closed when we went to see about the ferries.  So the lady at the desk recommended that we go down the block to the Majestic Travel Agency.  We are so glad that we went there.  They (Bill and Natasha) not only were able to help us with all the ferry connections but they were able to organize our hotels and transfers to all the places we wanted to go.  In the end we decided that it would be much simpler to have everything worked out a head of time.  It means that we can’t change our plans suddenly, but since we don’t speak Greek, this is ok because we don’t have to worry about doing things on the fly.  And Bill arranged to take us himself on a private tour up to Delphi.  So he drove us up to Delphi, we were able to look around ourselves at our leisure. And then he took us to monastery on the top of the hills where twelve nuns live in complete self sufficiency.  It was so peaceful.  And apparently you can go up there and stay for free. The nuns feed you and you just relax and unwind and contemplate life in the peace.  We finished off our evening with a dinner in the small town of Evangelistria at a small family run taverna. They don’t have a menu, you just choose from the meat that they have on hand from their own animals, so we tried their pork.  It was excellent.

The town of Evangelistria in the hills.

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2 thoughts on “Consulting the Oracle

  1. Great story and photos. Love the views you are taking and enjoy your interesting commentary. Thanks for keeping in touch.

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