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April 4, 2016

 When I visited Delphi 50 years ago my parents were wandering around and I was feeling badly- I was hot  with a fever. I lay down between the columns in the photo with my face against the stone floor to cool off.   Eventually my parents reappeared; this was before parents never let their kids out of sight.
My mother quoted scripture (1 Timothy 5:23) and gave me some wine and let me lay down on the backseat of the car. We stayed in a guesthouse that night (we always camped) in a nearby village in which we had one room on the second floor and the commode was up on the roof.   I was better the next day.

Delphi is a wild and crazy story.

We also were able to visit the site of the death of Leonidas and the Spartan 300. Outnumbered by the Persians at least 100 to 1, if not 1,000 to one (estimates vary widely) King Xerxes suggested that the Greeks lay down their weapons. King Leonidas response?

“Come and take it.”

 Thermopylae battle site

King Leonidas

From → Writing Fiction

  1. Adele permalink

    The “guesthouse” where we stayed that night was someone’s home…we stayed on the 2nd floor in the living quarters, and the family of the homeowner stayed on the 1st floor where the sheep slept at night.

  2. It is hard to find such accommodating hosts as those now.

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