On our third day in Athens, we got up early to take a bus to Delphi. We decided not to take a tour but rather take a public bus, which was really straightforward and comfortable, and saved us about 60 Euros each! We spent the day exploring the Sanctuary of Apollo and the Sanctuary of Athena, as well as exploring the museum of Delphi. Delphi is interesting as the Sanctuary of Apollo is perched on a hill just outside the modern city, and you can walk through and see the ruins of various treasure houses where offerings were held, the stadium where some early Olympic events were carried out, and the theatre where performances were held. The views were stunning!
On our last day in Athens, we visited some of the other famous ruins in town – the temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s library, the Roman Agora and the Ancient Agora. It was amazing to be strolling through town and come across one of these ruins.
We really liked the feel of Athens – we loved the little places where you can buy souvlaki, cappuccino freddo (a cold cappuccino), the local drinks Retsina and Ouzo, or the fresh grapes we picked up in the main square and then munched on for our afternoon adventure – taking the local bus right down the south coast to the Temple of Poseidon. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the ocean, this ruin was a stunning place to watch the sunset and admire the views.