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Blog 2: Acropolis & More

Blog #2: The Acropolis, The New Acropolis Museum, and Delphi

Our official first day in Athens began with an hour-long trip from the airport, surrounded by stunning views of the city and the surrounding landscape. Honestly, the heat I experienced while walking from the airport to the bus was quite the whiplash. I know I should be used to it because of the weather in Miami, but this is more of a dry heat. If it wasn’t for the nice gusts of wind every now and then, I don’t know how I would make it in the black sweatpants I wore on the plane. Besides that, our ride to the hotel was really nice- I enjoyed looking around and listening to our tour guide, Katarina, and our professor (Hi Dodge!) discuss our plans for the upcoming week and a half. Of all the plans, I would have to say I was the most excited for the Acropolis, Delphi, and the wine tasting class.

Day two was the hardest day so far, I would say. We took the metro to the surrounding areas of the Acropolis and then walked around twenty minutes (uphill at one point!) for the Acropolis. I’m definitely glad I wore my dry-fit clothes and my cap on this day, it was really necessary. The steep walk up and the beaming sun was definitely something I have never experienced before, even for someone who lives in Miami. With that being said, the views were quite spectacular. The Acropolis and its surrounding structures really were worth seeing up close in my opinion, especially as our tour guide explained the history of the land as we stood on it. It was very interesting about the fight between Poseidon and Athena, and how she inevitably won- resulting in the city being named “Athens.” I have always been a fan of Greek mythology so this was definitely a fun experience for me. Honestly, the Acropolis was an amazing experience- the only downfalls to it included the weather, which is under nobody’s control (Well I guess Zeus if you believe in all that.) Because of this, I would consider the Acropolis something that should be included in future trips, as it’s one of the main attractions in Athens. Now, would I make that trek up in such hot weather? Probably not. Still though, I would highly recommend to those who haven’t gone to check it out- just make sure you don’t forget a cap!

 

After the Acropolis, we made around a thirty-minute walk to a restaurant for some food. The food was amazing but definitely not worth the thirty-minute walk in scorching weather after just having been to the Acropolis. Because of this, I would suggest picking a restaurant closer to the Acropolis so students can rest a little after such harsh weather.

My favorite part about day two has to be the New Acropolis Museum. I absolutely adored it! Not only was it air conditioned (yay!), but it had an amazing gallery view of the Acropolis from the inside. With this, the Museum had various artifacts, statues, and even murals to explore. My personal favorite exhibit was the Five Caryatids, which are the statures of women said to hold up parts of the acropolis and its surrounding structures. I loved hearing the story behind this and also finding out how there is a sixth caryatid who was stolen and is now sitting in the British Museum in London. Thinking about this incomplete structure kind of made me feel bad, as it helped me realized how much history has been destroyed and stolen from Athens.

Day three was definitely a lot more relaxed. We had breakfast, met at the lobby of the hotel, and boarded the bus for a three-hour trip to Delphi, a town in Greece that shoulders the west. I really enjoyed this trip because the sun wasn’t as intense and everyone had a chance to rest on the bus. The stops we made included gorgeous views, adorable kittens, and Greek coffee! So, there’s nothing to complain about honestly. Then we made our way to the Temple of Apollo, which was amazing as well. I really liked the fact that our tour guide had pictures illustrating what the temple would have looked like if it was still complete, along with the walkway, the statues, and all of the offerings. With this, she also explained the cultural significance of the land, as it was considered to be the center (or “bellybutton” of the world.” The view of the mountains and the tour was just gorgeous.

After this we made our way to the accompanied museum in Delphi, where our tour guide also had many stories associated with the wall carvings, statues, and more. I loved the way she explained how historians figured out what the lost parts of the carvings were, based on the surroundings of the picture. For example: Zeus was at the center of one of the carvings, and there was a woman net to him with no head. Because no other god would be found fighting so close to Zeus, this woman was assumed to be Hera. With this, two warrior gods were shown with specific armor, so they were assumed to be Hades and Athena. After this we had some time to explore the museum which I really enjoyed as well, especially seeing all the offerings archeologists were able to dig up and preserve.

Lastly, we stopped at a little ski town for some food. The restaurant we stopped at was beautiful, with perfect views of the mountains and townscape. I ordered the most delicious, “burger,” which was just a beef patty (don’t know why they called it a burger!). The food, the vibes, and the service was amazing. I really enjoyed our stay at Delphi and would 100% recommend it to others! If you guys plan to do another study abroad in Greece, this is definitely a nice way to cool down after physically demanding days like the Acropolis. All in all, I’ve had an amazing time!

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