Welcome to Athens

Yesterday evening we arrived in the capital, and largest city in Greece, Athens. A centre for the arts and birthplace of democracy, this is our final stop on our long journey through Rome and Greece!

After dinner last night we took students a few short subway stops away to the vibrant area of Plaka, filled with restaurants, cafes, shops and unmatched views of the well-lit acropolis. Students were given a couple hours to explore this lively part of town before heading back to the hotel and getting ready for bed. The next few days are important for students, as they will complete the finishing touches on final essays, projects and ultimately the final examination for their respective courses.

Today teachers and students made a trek to the rocky hill above Athens, the Acropolis. The Acropolis contains the remains of many significant ancient buildings including the most famous of all, The Parthenon.

After given time to explore the area, some students were given the opportunity to have a guided tour by our own Djordje Vulic, the Ancient Civilizations teacher, of such sites as the Temple of Athena Nike, Erectheion, Hadrians Gate, The Temple of Zeus, and a Roman bath house.

Finally, we finished the tour with a much-awaited visit to the Panathenaic Stadium, the site of the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and was the venue for 4 of the 9 contested sports. Willing students prepared themselves on the Olympic track for an electrifying race that would see finish times never seen before in Blyth racing history. It was an unforgettable day for all participants!

Tomorrow we will have a full day of classes and an available side excursion to the ancient agora of Athens. Happy studying all!

Kyle Girardo
Assistant Program manager/
Activity Coordinator