I have enjoyed getting to know a bit more of a Greece in the leisurely manner of a resident, rather than in the mad rushing style of a tourist trying to squeeze in all the top sites in a few days. Once a week or so, we go downtown or out into the countryside to see something new—a museum, an archaeological site, a seaside town with its fish restaurants and tavernes, or a winery (of which there are a couple hundred within an hour or so drive of our home.) We recently drove up to the ancient site of Delphi, where the priestess Pythia made her oracular pronunciations that determined much of the course of ancient Greek geopolitics. It is a magical place at the top of the mountain—no wonder the ancients selected it as the oracle site and considered it the navel of the earth. Several of the buildings are remarkably well-preserved and the site’s museum is spectacular.
Delphi is also the subject of a number of my mother-in-law’s works of art. In her younger days, she produced a large body of wonderful collagraphs–a kind of collage and painting hybrid. In this one she features Pythia, the oracle of Delphi, who was one of her favorite subjects.