Wow! I am so glad that we decided almost on a whim to turn left and visit Delphi today. This morning we were bound directly for the Corinth Canal, but as we read more and more about Delphi, we decided that we had to slow down and visit this special place.
My family will tell you that I am not a lover of historical tourist attractions. Growing up in New England, I visited way too many places with my parents where I was told that I should be absolutely amazed by the layers of paint on the walls of old houses, etc. Williamsburg is a highlight on so many peoples Summer vacation agenda, but for me it was my worst nightmare.
Today however, I was absolutely blown away by Delphi, the temple of Apollo, the amphitheater, the stadium that ran the games that led to the Olympics that we know today, etc. Everywhere I looked I was looking at things that were at least 2,000 years old. That’s pretty hard to process, but its certainly far more impressive than 15 layers of paint on a 200 year old house!!
Now this looks interesting!
Definition: “Pelting each other with colored bags of flour.”
One of the established customs of Galixidi is the custom of Clean Monday , It is the custom “alevromoutzouromata”.
On Clean Monday, the Galakseidi don’t play with streamers and confetti , but play “alevropolemo” ( flour war) with basic material flour. This custom is maintained from 1801 .
In those years , even though Galaxeidi was under Turkish occupation, all the people were waiting for Halloween to have fun and dance in circles . One circle for women , one for men. They were wearing masks or simply were painting their faces with charcoal.
Then, added flour, indigo , shoe polish and ocher as well. All participate in the smearings, independent of age.
As it is said, the idea for the establishment of “alevromountzouromata” came from sailors who were traveling to Sicily and had seen similar customs.
According to another version, the tradition of “alevromoutzouromata” has its roots in Byzantium , where jesters painted their faces .
We are heading to Delphi to visit the Oracle!
The pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the site of the omphalos, the ‘navel of the world’. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and charged with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century B.C. was indeed the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world.
It’s time for a bit of history!
We will pull into the famous old naval town of Galaxidi.
Here is a summary that I found online. It Looks like an interesting little town.
Galaxidi is a town with a feel of posh, tradition, and naval history: the picturesque pride and joy of the southern coasts of central Greece.
Brave seamen used to sail around the Mediterranean Sea to seek refuge in the two natural ports of the little town, Agora and Chirolakas. The naval and the folklore museums bear witness to the history of Galaxidi.
Captains’ mansions and cobbled narrow streets call for and guarantee a relaxing stroll. Traditional architectural elements conjure up narrations of the old times: colourful facades, marble arches around the gates, yards with flowers and pebbles, and stone balconies decorated with figureheads.
As for ancient monuments, you will find them at the park of the town: the tomb of king Locros and the remnants of the walls of ancient Oianthi.