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We set off early the next morning for Delphi, a well preserved archeological site most famous for its ancient oracle. Along the way we passed by a very picturesque town called Arahova, built on the slopes of a mountain. We were to discover later through conversations with other tourists in Santorini that aside from its pretty location, this town is also famous for its colourful traditional rugs and carpets
We reached the ruins of Delphi around ten in the morning, on Christmas eve. Despite it being the winter season the sun was beating down on the ruins as if it were a sunny summer day. The temperature was a cool ten degrees, pretty mild for winter temperatures in the region, and there was a slight haze that hung over over the site.
The ancient city is spread over 2 main areas - the main section of the city on the upper side of the mountain where the Doric temples, stadium, amphitheatre and former homes are located, and a second section just across the street and down the slope where the gymnasium and oracle are located. The entrance was free for that day as it was a Sunday, though thankfully the place was still relatively peaceful unlike during the height of the summer season. We were able to wander around at ease, without feeling perturbed by camera toting tourists and loud tour groups with flag waving guides herding people around like sheep. This allowed us ample time to appreciate the layout of the city and the effort that had gone into preserving this legacy.