Our tour guide Maria took us to the Acropolis Museum, where we saw several models of ancient Athens, beautiful pottery, magnificent sculptures, and a stunning view of the Acropolis. Under the museum were the archaeological remains of what is believed to have been the house of a bishop in the Byzantine era.
After that we made our way to Mars Hill, observing the unique sights and sounds of Greek culture along the way. Mars Hill had an incredible view, but the historical significance was even more incredible because Paul had spoken there almost 2,000 years ago. Also on the hill we experienced part of the Greek Independence Day celebration as we watched fighter jets and helicopters fly over the Acropolis.
A key aspect of experiencing Greek culture is to visit the Plakka, Athen’s main marketplace, which includes shops, restaurants, and cafés. As we walked through the crowded area, we each branched off into groups with our chaperones and enjoyed the tastes of Athens. We were also able to barter with shopkeepers in getting some sweet souvenirs.
Last but not least we made our way to the 1896 Olympic Stadium. It was amazing to see a site where many athletes from hundreds of different countries competed over a hundred years ago. In fact some of us even took a lap around the track or stood on the podium to get a feel for the history that was evident there. Overall, it was a fantastic day full of sights that made us appreciate the history and culture of Greece. -Lansing Brown & Ben Creech