Sunday, May 15, 2016

Baklava Babymoon: the Oracle of Delphi

Next on our Baklava Babymoon, Laure and I went to consult the Oracle of Delphi about the sex of the baby that Laure was carrying. To our dismay, we found out that the oracle had been out of commission for nearly 2000 years.
The Temple of Apollo housed the Oracle of Delphi.

As with many ancient ruins, we had to use our imagination to mentally reconstruct the grandness of Delphi at an attempt to appreciate its value. For a few hundred years, many people from commoners to great generals visited the oracle to listen to her prophecies. These visitors presented Delphi with gifts and monuments in order to please the gods and improve their chances of a positive prophecy.
This painting I ripped off the internet is a guess of what Delphi might have looked in its heyday.
Above the Temple of Apollo is an amphitheater that's worth checking out.

We stayed a night in the modern day city of Delphi that is located down the hill from the temple. This turned out to be a nice place to rest after the hustle and bustle of the big city of Athens. We took the opportunity to check out a small family owned restaurant for some traditional Greek food.
At Gargadua Grill, we ate moussaka, which is sort of like an eggplant lasagna.
Telescope café offers good mountain views, the friendliest of services, and a good Greek coffee.
If you're wondering, Greek coffee is the same as Turkish coffee, although many Greeks refuse to acknowledge it.

After Delphi, we were back on the road and decided to take a long way to our next destination in the Peloponnese peninsula. On the way, we stopped at a sleepy town named Nafpaktos for lunch, where it was amazingly difficult to find an open restaurant because it was still "too early" for them to open at 12:30pm. We eventually stumbled upon an old bar-like establishment that served a single option of food: souvlaki.
Souvlaki is a deliciously simple snack: grilled skewered meat; sometimes with veggies.
This seems to be by far the most popular Greek fast food; more so than gyro sandwiches.
This nameless establishment was the only place we found serving food at 12:30pm.
Maybe people eat lunch at home in the small town of Nafpaktos.

After our quick lunch, we were back on the road to our next destination in the Peloponnese peninsula.
Crossing the Rion-Antirion bridge to the Peloponnese peninsula.