As I mentioned in my last blog post about our voyage to Patras, we had arrived in this seaside town the day before May Day, which is a national holiday in Greece.
Next stop: Patras. This beach-side town is in the Peloponnese side of Greece, which is technically a very large island next to the mainland. Since the size of this island is so big, the Greeks still consider it to be part of the mainland. In between the Peloponnese and the rest of Greece are where the Ionian Sea and the Aegean Sea meet, which makes the water between the two difficult to navigate. Luckily for us, we didn’t need to get on another ferry because in the past few years, a major suspended bridge has been built where the seas meet, allowing us easy passage into the Peloponnese region.
After spending quite a few days in the mountains, we all were looking forward to some time on the beach, which came in the form of our trip to Corfu.
After touring the magical Temple of Apollo at Delphi and having dinner in the skiing village of Arachova, we headed out to the Meteora Region. The drive was through the mountains, and we got to see some great scenery while hyping ourselves up to see the crown jewels of Meteroa: the monasteries on the top of 10k foot tall rocks.
We were scheduled to stay one night in Delphi, so the next morning we packed up and got back in the bus for a five-hour journey to the town of Kalambaka and the Meteroa region. However, before we got too far out of Delphi, we had the opportunity to make an unscheduled stop at somewhere that I had read about many times in various books. We got off the bus where Battle of Thermopolis (aka Battle of Thermopylae) took place. Our tour guide stands by that this is another very important battle (second to the Battle of Marathon).
After our amazing day at the Temple of Apollo, we finished the day in the quaint skiing town of Arachova.
Okay, okay, sorry I talked so much about mountain towns in the last blog post and didn’t mention Delphi, but at this point in the journey we finally reached the historic Temple of Apollo!
On our second day in Greece, we drove from Athens to Delphi, which is about a 2.5/3-hour drive north, to see the Oracle of Delphi and the Temple of Apollo. For those counting, that is 3 gods’ temples in 2 days.
After our whirlwind half day touring Athens, we opted to join the group for an optional excursion to the lowest tip of the mainland, about an hour south of Athens.
And the trip begins! Our first stop: Athens.