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Delphi, Greece

For this Wordless Wednesday: Delphi, Greece.

The Tholos, at Delphi.  More words to follow in a future post!

21 Comments

  1. Robin, thanks for stopping by my blog. YOU FIXED THE BUG! Good on you.
    As for your photography, I am drooling. Never been out of the States save gigs in Bermuda and Puerto Rico, and this sight of Greece makes me want to get a passport updated, hop a flight, and experience all the beauty Europe has to offer…

    Thanks so much for a feast for my weary eyes. I mean it! Peace, Amy

    • Do it, Amy, Do it</!
      And I’m glad you like the photo–thank you for your kind words.

  2. Ah Delphi! The story of my spectacular failure to get there on Greek buses :(

    • So sorry, Rough Seas! Have you put that story to paper?

      • No :( I tend to put my travel stories on my not-a-photo-blog, they are mainly scanned pix from a zillion years ago and as I never got to Delphi I don’t have a pic to write about (if you understand that).

        Here are a couple of short posts I did write though.

        http://everypicturetellsone.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/the-parthenon/

        http://everypicturetellsone.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/mycenae-gateway-of-the-lion/

        Still wish I had got there though :(

        • Sorry about that, RoughSeas! I think we all have our “one that got away” places. Mine is Bruges, Belgium. I was traveling with a bunch of other student friends (back in the day), and I got sick in Paris. So, they went on to Bruges while I groaned alone in a cheap hotel in Paris. I still hope to make it to Bruges one day, and I do hope you make it to Delphi, too!

          • Bruges is beautiful, a shame to have missed it, feel for you equally.

            • Thank you. It’s nice to have a few moments of shared regret. ;-) And now that we have each sighed mightily, we can straighten ourselves up and go on with our day. A happy weekend to you! :-)

  3. TBM

    Cool and I’m looking forward to the words part :)

    • Thanks, TBM. I’ll start working on it right after the Virtual Vegan Potluck. ;-)

  4. Can’t wait to hear more about it – this is simply stunning photo :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Betsy

    Robin, this is an amazing photo! When were you all there?

    • Thank you, Betsy! We were there during the preparations for the Athens Olympics, in 2003.

  6. Bert

    I’ve been on a bit of a Yeats kick the last few days, so the timing was perfect… this isn’t really my favorite, but I couldn’t really resist. I love the picture – !

    News For The Delphic Oracle
    (Yeats, clearly)

    THERE all the golden codgers lay,
    There the silver dew,
    And the great water sighed for love,
    And the wind sighed too.
    Man-picker Niamh leant and sighed
    By Oisin on the grass;
    There sighed amid his choir of love
    Tall pythagoras.
    plotinus came and looked about,
    The salt-flakes on his breast,
    And having stretched and yawned awhile
    Lay sighing like the rest.
    Straddling each a dolphin’s back
    And steadied by a fin,
    Those Innocents re-live their death,
    Their wounds open again.
    The ecstatic waters laugh because
    Their cries are sweet and strange,
    Through their ancestral patterns dance,
    And the brute dolphins plunge
    Until, in some cliff-sheltered bay
    Where wades the choir of love
    Proffering its sacred laurel crowns,
    They pitch their burdens off.

    • My goodness, Bert, I am extremely chuffed that my timing of this post coincided with your current penchant for Yeats and prompted you to share this remarkable verse with us all. My profound thanks for elevating this post with a touch of class.

  7. The pillars look as if they’re wearing camouflage gear. Looking forward to the words!

    • They do, don’t they? They actually have been reconstructed, for the benefit of the admiring public. ;-)

      • I didn’t know that. Robin! How obliging of them to create one of the most perfect vistas in the classical world:)

        • Those ancient Greeks sure knew how to choose their backdrops, didn’t they? Indeed, the resoration of those columns does make it one of the most photographed ruins at Delphi (according to Wikipedia, at least, and I am prone to agree, since our shots of the Tholos far outnumber any other photos we took there!)

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