|Friday, August 20 - Itea & Delphi Greece - Today, we went on an excursion to Delphi. I didn’t realize it was so far up in the hills. We had a tour guide who was very knowledgeable on Greek Mythology and history, however, we missed half of what he said as his accent was so heavy. It’s a shame, as he had so much information - I suspect he is a professor of Greek History, just based on how he presented his material. There are many stairs in Delphi. Delphi was an amazing city. The ancient ruins are among some of the most poplar and interesting in all of Greece. Delphi was not built for people to inhabit, rather it was built primarily as a site for the worship of the Greek god Apollo. Among the many other things Apollo was the god of prophecy and it would be this aspect of his mythical persona that would lead to Delphi’s influence, power and wealth. This explains why the layout of the city didn’t make sense to me as I felt the residents of this city must have needed to keep fit to climb from one place to the next. It is a huge dig and we didn’t get to see all of it. We did however, get to go through the Archeological Museum where the original pieces are displayed. This was a very interesting stop especially with the explanation from our guide. I’m beginning to understand a little more clearly the path of ancient history from my time spent here in Greece. The town of Delphi is very sweet and when our tour bus drove through it, I wanted to stop, however, we went on to the ancient city a short distance ahead. Our guide did allow us time in the village after our completion of the ancient Delphi tour, but only enough time for a gelato or caffe.