Monday, 26 September 2011

The Charioteer, Delphi

Photo: The charioteer, Delphi. This is a bronze statue from 474BC. The amazing part is that it has ceramic eyes and eyelashes. He seems to look at you.

Day 38: Delphi to Meteora

The day started with a short drive to the Delphi Museum. The museum houses the many artifacts found during the excavation of the Delphi site, and includes many impressive pieces, mostly from 600 - 400BC. The archeological site itself was again very interesting, but again, without a guide would have just been a pile of rocks. The location of the site in the mountains amazed me. Why here in such an unforgiving environment? The effort that these ancient people went to in the name of politics and religion is incredible.
Also in Delphi was an olive tree believed to be between 600 and 1000 years old – and still bearing fruit. Apparently olive trees can live indefinitely as long as they’re not burnt, and continue bearing fruit for their whole life. It took a chain of 7 people with outstretched arms to encircle the tree.
After we left Delphi we had a longish drive to Meteora, with a few stops, including a stop at a site commemorating the Trojan wars which just happened to have a geocache hidden.  The roads through the mountains in Greece are spectacular. Greece is a much more mountainous country than I was expecting with many hillside villages. As we approached Meteora we crossed a wide plain – the flattest area we’ve seen so far, then the rocks of Meteora rose in front of us. I can’t wait to get amongst it tomorrow when we visit the monasteries.

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