This was new ground for this tour as over the years we have approached Delphi from over the Corinth Gulf. This year we approached from Livadia from the East. This was really good from the Military prospective for it was here at the small bridge shown on one of our pictures that Lt Col King CO 2/5 was detailed to hold as a safety to stop the German Force coming around and cutting off our withdrawing troops.
He had with him field artillery and a MG detachment and may have had a troop of anti tank. The position was never fought as the withdrawal went faster than envisaged.
We left the site of that delaying position and headed towards Delphi travelling through the beautiful mountains. We arrived at a beautiful Taberna for lunch just out of Delphi which is located in the area of the winter snowfields. The food was excellent but a couple of the girls could not resist the Baklava and huge scoop of ice cream. Being a gentleman I will not name them here but, they know who they are!!
After lunch we started our archaeological tour of the Delphi site. There has been much work done repairing the site since we were last here in 2014. When they replace parts of the columns etc, they use a different coloured stone so one knows what is the original.
We started at the Castalian Springs where in ancient times visitors to the Oracle used to wash themselves before moving onto the site. The group were taken through the history by Elena, our long time guide and then we moved off the site to the museum that has wonderful items retrieved from the site during the excavations at the end of the 19th Century.
Dinner in Delphi, tomorrow we head over the Brallos Pass to Domokos, Lamia and Kalambaka.