Thursday, September 16, 2010

Central Greece

These past few days have been an incredible whirlwind of activity. God has been VERY good to us in getting us everywhere we have needed to be. I wish I had time to go into the whole story. At this point though I'll have to summarize. We took a train from Thessaloniki to a bus to a bus to Thermopylae. It was really cool there. We even got to stop at the hot springs. We had a while there to explore not just the monument, but also where the Spartan's held their last stand after Leonidas death (atop a little hill near by).

After Thermopylae God enabled us to get to Delphi for the night (practically a miracle), to a hostel that we had booked . Delphi is a really cool little town. We woke up early, had a little breakfast, and then decided to climb a massive mountain overlooking the massive mountains Delphi is already on. It was so cool to climb higher than I have ever been before. Everywhere there seemed to be massive drops. It was so neat to feel like Joshua, Caleb, and I were conquering a place that has been such a part of ancient history and the books we have always been reading. We have always heard about the Oracle of Delphi and felt unbelievably blessed to actually go there.

After hiking up the mountain, we went and explored all the monuments and ruins around. They were cool, but to be honest, after we climbed the mountain and saw the natural beauty, the man made stuff just didn't seem as interesting. We did take some sweet photo's though.

Then we took a bus here to Athens where I am now (in a hostel) until Saturday. I got to shower and there's AC in my room.

Here's some of the photos from the past day or two.

Me standing in front of the statue. Sorry for Leonidas' lack of decency.

The statue of Leonidas at Thermopylae. I messed with the exposure a bit to capture the sun setting behind it. This is my favorite picture of the trip so far.

Overlooking the port city of Itea from the city of Delphi. In case you didn't know, Delphi is REALLY high up.

Me looking at the incredible expanse of God's creation.

The valley below Delphi.

The mountain we climbed at Delphi, we did go to the top of that.

Me overlooking ITEA from the top of the mountain.

The remains of the temple to Athena at Delphi.

Me at the Temple to Athena (a little tired at this point).

Our dinner for today (cost us 3.45 euro's).

Thanks for following along!


  1. This is TOO amazing for words. THe pictures are
    remarkable-to think you are walking the same
    paths and more-that elevation was impressive.
    On the mom side Please EAT some more!

  2. this is such a great blog daniel! youre doing a great job of recording it all as you go. its fun to read and im learning alot from your trip! praying for you!