delphi, greece in photos

If you missed my post about Athens, Greece you can read about it here.

On our second day in Athens, we scheduled a sightseeing tour to Delphi. As we made our way down a street in the center of the city to a hotel pick-up spot, we noticed stray dogs lining the sidewalks. The dogs were all large breeds and looked well-fed and happy. At one point, we had two dog friends follow us for six blocks. Unlike dogs in the States (or Malcolm and Ollie, for that matter), these dogs were very careful and waited at the crosswalk until the light changed to scurry across the very busy street. I wanted to scoop them all up and take them to the tour bus but we kept walking.

Delphi, Greece

When we found our bus, we noticed how large it looked and wondered how it was going to maneuver up in the mountains of Greece. Even though the ride was slightly terrifying, we made it to Delphi and appreciated the views we were able to experience.

Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece

Delphi was an important worship site and the location of the sacred Temple of Apollo. The Greeks believed it to be the center of the world and you’ll see a photo of the Omphalos or “navel of the world”. Aren’t the ruins breathtaking? It’s hard to grasp just how old they are.

Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece

This is one of my favorite photographs because I look so small in the center of the Greek Theater. Can you imagine five thousand spectators listening to music and poetry readings, and watching plays here?

Delphi, Greece

Our day trip to Delphi also included a tour of the on-site museum. It was interesting to examine the sculptures and artifacts excavated from the Oracle.

Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece

Have you ever taken a trip to Greece? I’d love to hear about it!

       
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09377172483463942224 Meryl & Russell McLendon

    Very cool, Rachel! We went around Greece last summer, but didn’t make it to Delphi. It looks like it was very peaceful, not as many people crawling around it like at the Acropolis. I’m sure it was relaxing to just take it all in. Thank you for sharing these (and the Athens photos too!)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11227258025124298382 la petite lulu

    Delphi is a fascinating spot! When we traveled Greece with my sisters a few years ago, Delphi was our first stop when we got out of Athens. It looks like you had cooler weather? I wish we had’ve been there at a different time of year, it was SO stinking hot – climbing up that hill to explore the ruins was pretty exhausting in the sun, though well worth it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05052264800064704048 Madi I

    Greece is VERY high up on my wish destinations! I’m loving your pictures! I am ready for another adventure abroad… Maybe in the next year or two if I’m lucky. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14585681189196096870 Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes}

    What beautiful photos, I have never been here but I would love to go!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00338826107222660412 Just Another Shopaholic

    Greece is my favorite! I love that I am originally from there and so happy that you enjoyed this trip.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15491893490987800723 Kayli Schattner

    I would absolutely love to visit Greece- it’s on my “possibly” list for next summer! Your photos are all so beautiful, it looks like you guys had a great time. Glad you had a great time and that your tour bus made it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04611791484615889967 Allison

    I’m headed there next summer! These pics are beautiful and made me even more excited to go! Do you have any tips on what to see/what to skip?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07718785240496873133 Andrea Derr

    Love this post! It brings so many great memories to mind! I visited Athens and Santorini while I studied abroad and without a doubt will go back one day!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03340277403271465452 lost in travels

    most of the places that you write about i had never heard of before! it’s always good to see new places to add to my bucket list! greece is definitely one of them. and i can’t believe that about the dogs! i’m sure the airline wouldn’t mind an extra passenger on the way home….or five

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15602794470283962696 Ashley R

    Gorgeous photos, and I *love* your outfit. <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17564500072787127882 Amanda Bumgarner

    I took a bus tour to Delphi too! It was amazing! Your pictures make me want to go back.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09543798912886827648 Gesci

    So jealous you went to Delphi! We debated between it and Mikenes/Nafplio, and went for the latter, which was still fantastic. We took the public bus, though, which was an adventure in itself! Wasn’t too bad, though, and was dirt cheap, so that part was great.
    I did a post on the “urban free roaming strays”- http://www.peachandthistle.com/2011/03/cats-and-dogs-of-greece.html and did one specifically on the dogs who seem to follow the Evzones- http://www.peachandthistle.com/2011/03/dogs-of-unknown-soldier.html . I became rather obsessed with the dogs. We saw more in Bulgaria as well- from what I understand they’re in almost all Eastern European cities, and sadly often targeted. Athens got into a bit of public outrage before their most recent Olympics, which apparently helped spearhead the current practice of spaying/neutering and vaccinating.
    I’m dying to get back to Greece. Some friends of ours lived not far from Thessaloniki for two years and I am endlessly jealous!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06425245107783930386 Jodi

    I really want to visit Greece. Especially the beaches! :) I can’t believe you rode in that big bus on those little roads. That is so scary!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15478394514503451317 his_girl_friday

    It’s so cool you saw the navel of the world!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02990149857596642818 Rachel

    such incredible photos! I would love to visit Greece!!
    http://www.floralandfudge.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01079473916722620673 Erika from Chimerikal

    I looooove Greece and my trip to Athens was one of my most favorite trips of all time! I didn’t get to go to Delphi, but we did make a similar day trip. Ah, so much awesome history… and so much of Western civilization comes from here, so it’s cool to see it in person. Your pictures are really great, too! (Oh, and you mentioning the dogs reminds me of that aspect that I had completely forgotten! So many dogs just… out. Maybe that’s where the Baja Men came up with “Who Let the Dogs Out?” <– what a dated reference, haha!)

    –Erika
    http://www.chimerikal.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06678350593798042618 Hannah [Simplyy-Sernedipityy]

    Looks GORGEOUS! What kind of camera do you shoot with?!

    Simplyy-Serendipityy,
    Hannah

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13188959638292223788 Noor Unnahar

    Oh girl , this place is heaven like . I’m dying to visit Greece in coming years , perhaps I would need lots of guidance from you!
    Noor @ Noor’s Place

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09622585741595185328 Amanda @ Living in Another Language

    I keep seeing people posting things about Greece…It’s on my top five! Ask my husband, even he knows! I love all the colors and the ancient history.
    And…your boots are SO cute!

    -Amanda | Living in Another Language

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05759108740326481668 The Slow Pace

    I was in Delphi almost 15 years ago (oh my Gosh, I’m old!) and I remember it was breathtaking!
    Have a nice time in Greece!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06540561714323781169 Becky K

    GORGEOUS photos Rachel!! Now Greece is even higher on my top destinations list! When I was in England we were in this enormous car trying to maneuver the cliffs of Dover. I was completely terrified. I can’t even imagine being in that bus on little mountain roads, but wow how worth it!!

    <3becky
    http://www.loosefromthezoo.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

    Wow… so amazing how old some of those places are! Gorgeous!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01601428579244636008 whit | Black Little Button blog

    WOAH! simply gorgeous. I would love love love to visit there. I’d be in heaven, and never want to leave.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05022023043718407104 Bonnie Rose

    Love seeing more photographs from this trip as I remember that one photo of you both from before. Great photographs and glad you showed some from the museum too. :)

    Thank you for linking up with us for Travel Tuesdays x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06058056977783867772 Sara Louise

    I have always wanted to visit Greece, it is so full of history it’s amazing!
    P.S. in France the dogs crossed the roads at the crosswalk and when the lights change as well, it’s the cutest thing :)