Athens, Eleusis, Corinth, & Nafplio
After two smooth flights, we landed in Athens on Monday afternoon and, with the help of our guides Mitch and Ilias, made our way to the Hotel Attalos in Athens. After a delicious dinner and a good night’s sleep, we set out for the Acropolis.
On Tuesday, we saw the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, the Parthenon, the Theatre of Dionysus, and a later Roman theatre. We read some passages in Greek and Latin that related to the sites we saw, and were treated to a dramatic reading by one of our students in front of the Erechtheion (the first of many dramatic readings on the trip, we would soon find out). After exploring around the Acropolis, we grabbed some lunch before heading to the Acropolis Museum.
On Tuesday morning, we left the Hotel Attalos for Nafplio, a seaside town southwest of Athens. On our way to Nafplio, we stopped at Eleusis and Corinth. In Eleusis, we were able to see the site where the Eleusinian Mysteries would have happened, and stop by the fountain where Demeter mourned the loss of her daughter Persephone, after Persephone was taken down to the Underworld by Hades.
Before we left Eleusis, we stopped by the Archaeological Museum, which was small, but packed full of interesting monuments and relics.
After a quick lunch we drove to Corinth, where we climbed the hill of Acrocorinth, saw the ruins of the Temple of Apollo and the Pirene Fountain, and stood by the place where St. Paul preached to the Corinthians. It was an amazing afternoon, and we all agreed that the hike to the top of Acrocorinth was pretty spectacular.
After visiting Corinth, we drove to Nafplio, where we’ve settled in for the night after dinner (and gelato). Tomorrow morning we head to Mycenae!