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Blog 3 – (6/21-6/22)

The Acropolis:

Today we got to visit the Acropolis, and it was quite an experience. I had all been looking forward to seeing this historic site, but I don’t think any of us really anticipated just how hot it would be. The temperature was intense, and it was also extremely windy. This combination of heat and wind made for quite the challenging hike. Despite being aware that Greece in the summer can be extremely hot, I definitely did not feel prepared for the intensity of the heat. I had packed sunscreen and water, but it still felt overwhelming at times.

As we made our way up the hill of the Acropolis, we were all excited to see the famous landmarks. When we got up there, the view was just amazing! The sight of the Parthenon, standing tall against the perfectly clear blue sky, was something really special. It’s one thing to see pictures online, but to witness it in person is an entirely different experience. After my visit, I could see why this place has brought visitors to Athens for centuries.

The heat, however, was relentless. Since this was our first real day doing excursions, the heat came as a surprise to most of us. Many of us were not yet adjusted to the intense summer temperatures. The wind provided a bit of relief, but it also made it difficult walk at times. Hats and sunglasses were essential, but even they could only do so much. We took frequent breaks in whatever shade we could find and made sure to stay hydrated. Some of us even used handheld fans to try and cool down.

Despite the heat, the visit was incredibly rewarding. One of the highlights was getting to take amazing pictures. The clear blue sky and the beautiful ancient structures provided the perfect backdrop for our photos. Each of us took turns capturing the Parthenon from different angles. The view from each corner of the Acropolis was breathtaking, and we were eager to capture these moments both in our pictures and in our memories. The photographs we took will serve as a beautiful reminder of this unforgettable experience.

The wind added an unexpected element to our visit. At times, it felt like we might be blown away, especially when we were standing on higher, more exposed areas. It was a bit of a struggle to keep our balance and hold onto our belongings, but it also made the experience more memorable. We got to laugh about almost falling!

By the end of our visit, we were absolutely exhausted but satisfied. We had managed to see one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, and it definitely was well worth it. On the way down from the Acropolis, we all agreed that despite the heat and the wind, it had been such a cool  experience.

The New Acropolis Museum

Museums aren’t really my thing, so I was nervous going into it. I wasn’t sure what to expect and was a bit worried that I might not find it interesting. However, it was a pleasant surprise, I actually got to see some really cool things which I was excited about.

The historical structures on display were especially cool and interesting to see. The museum had a wide variety of artifacts that offered a glimpse into the ancient times. One of the highlights for me was all of the cool sculptures. These were not just any sculptures, but beautifully detailed and well preserved pieces that we are so lucky to be able to look at. What honestly shocked me was how well these were preserved.

Another highlight of the visit was the breathtaking view of the Acropolis from the museum. The big windows made for a stunning view of the beautiful acropolis, which looked like a painting against the clear blue sky. It was a unique experience to be able to see the Acropolis from another angle while surrounded by such amazing and special artifacts. Seeing ancient history in a museum setting like this one made the visit even more special.

However, I must admit that I was still exhausted from the hike up to the Acropolis earlier in the day. The heat and physical activity had taken its toll, and I found myself wishing I could come back and go through the museum again when I was more rested. There was so much to see and appreciate, and I felt like I couldn’t fully absorb everything since I was so tired. Other than this, I did my best to take in as much as possible and enjoy the experience.

One of the biggest reliefs was being somewhere with air conditioning. After doing the Acropolis hike in the blazing sun and the crazy wind, stepping into the cool, air conditioned environment of the museum was so incredibly peaceful. It gave me a chance to relax and recharge while still looking at beautiful sculptures and history. The air conditioner definitely made it much easier to appreciate the artifacts without being distracted by the heat.

In the end, my visit to the museum turned out to be a lot more enjoyable than I had anticipated. It was a pleasant surprise to discover how much I appreciated looking at the historical artifacts, sculptures, and the breathtaking view of the Acropolis. Although I was tired, the experience was great and left me with a new appreciation for museums. I would love to visit again someday, when I’m more prepared and can take my time to explore all that it has to offer.

Delphi

Delphi was definitely one of my favorite spots! The town was so cute and charming that just driving through it made me feel like I was in a movie. The picture perfect streets, with their little shops and beautiful flowers, created a unreal postcard setting that was hard to look away from. The atmosphere in Delphi was both peaceful and magical, making it a great place to explore and soak in the local culture.

However, not everything was perfect. We had an experience with a waitress in a restaurant where she was acting rudely. This was disappointing, especially given how beautiful and inviting the town itself was. I think this is something a lot of Greeks could improve on. They have such beautiful places that everyone wants to visit, and it would be nice if they were more welcoming to foreigners. A little bit of friendliness and hospitality can go a long way in making visitors feel appreciated and interested in returning.

Despite this minor setback, the archaeological site of Delphi was incredibly interesting to see. Walking through the ruins, I felt as though I had stepped back in time. The site has lots of history, and hearing the Greek mythology behind it was fascinating. According to legend, Delphi was the center of the world, where the oracle of Apollo would deliver prophecies. Standing in such a historically significant place and learning about the myths that shaped ancient Greek culture was an unforgettable experience.

As we explored the site, we were amazed at the ancient temples, theaters, and other structures that have stood the test of time. The level of work and craftsmanship used by the ancient Greeks were truly impressive. It was easy to imagine the greatness and importance of Delphi in its time, filled with lots of visitors seeking guidance from the oracle.

Another delightful aspect of the town of Delphi was the abundance of adorable and sweet dogs and cats everywhere. Walking through the town, we ran into lots friendly animals laying in in the sun or wandering the streets. These sweet animals added to the town’s charm and made our walks through the town even more enjoyable. It was heartwarming to see how well the locals cared for them, and it added a sense of warmth and community to the overall experience.

In conclusion, Delphi was a highlight of my trip. The town’s enchanting atmosphere, paired with the rich history of the archaeological site made it a truly special place to visit. While there was a bit of a setback with the rude waitress, the overall experience was overwhelmingly positive. I left Delphi with great memories of its beauty and its history. It’s a place I would love to return to someday, hopefully with even more welcoming interactions from the locals.

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