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Greece 2013

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This morning we woke up in a very leisurely manner, having breakfast at ten o’clock and not leaving till noon were we boarded a caique, a traditional Greek boat for a day cruise. Initially we were going to be driven to the port to pick up our boat but to …

Early this morning, we loaded our bus for a trip to Philippi, which was a two hour bus ride south. The drive was spectacular. We drove through the breadbasket of Greece, with rolling hills of corn, wheat, rye, and gorgeous fields of sunflowers everywhere. All this was set against high, …

Today we explored the city of Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki was founded in 315 B.C.E. and during the Roman period, became the second largest and wealthiest city of the Byzantine Empire. A very important strategic port for commerce between the east and west, the modern city secretly houses ancient sites in the …

Today we hopped on the bus early to start our drive south. Our first stop was almost an hour away in Pella, which was the capital of ancient the Kingdom of Macedconia founded in 399 B.C.E. We drove through our first encounter with flat countryside in Greece! There were furtile …

One of the most dramatics sites we have seen on this tour are the monasteries near Meteora. As we’ve made our way south, we’re now face to face with all the mountains ranges of mainland Greece, which are magnificent, yet traveling through the switch-back road system has been a treat! …

We drove to Delphi today from the little ski town of Aracova that’s perched high in these mountain ranges. The road went straight up to Mt. Parnassus about ten minutes from our Hotel. Most of us knew that we had kind of a “hike” this morning but cleverly our guide, …

Today, after breakfast in our family-owned ski Hotel in Arachova (what’s really fun is that we actually found out the owner’s daughter was an Olympic skier, representing Greece in Utah in 2012!), we began our descent down the mountains heading for the more flatlands and plains of the Isthmus of …

Today we got up early, ate an early breakfast and drove through the orchards to the archaeological site of ancient Corinth. It was about an hour away from our Hotel, and we did avoid the heat this morning. Kristy gave a lovely talk on the Letters of Corinthians and Paul’s …

(Please note that even though this is posted July 17th, this post is for July 16th–this night we had an unexpected long drive to Poseidon’s Temple and didn’t get back to the hotel till 11:00 pm at night). This morning we drove for about an hour to the site of …

This morning we left the Hotel bright and early to walk around the corner up to the Acropolis (the home of the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena, and Mars Hill). Our first stop was the top of the huge marble hill, Mars Hill (or hill of Ares, named after the …