After a restless night and an early wake up call, we set off on an adventure with Athens’ public transportation. After a bumpy bus ride and a crowded metro ride, we made it to the historical Agora. We obtained a very protective dog guide that we dubbed Django (he was unchained). He passed us onto another dog when we entered the Agora.
We started in the Stoa of Attalus, where Professor Salowey jokingly revealed that it was built by the American School in the 1950s. They did incorporate the original plans and some original pieces into the reconstruction. Most of the buildings we saw in the Agora were in ruins or reconstructed but we did see the only remaining full standing temple in Greece, the Temple of Hephaistos. It has remained standing without any major renovations since 452 BCE.
After a somewhat slippery hike over the worn stones of the Panathenaic Way, we found ourselves on the Acropolis with a breathtaking view of Athens. The skies were clear and we could even see the Island of Aegina. There was a lot of construction, and but we were still able to enjoy the splendor of the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion.
We trekked back down to modern Athens to enjoy a traditional Greek lunch, complete with yogurt and honey.
We once again braved mass transit to return to Deree and relax!
We can’t wait to see what adventures await us tomorrow!
-Cassie and Stephanie