Friday, June 13, 2014

Coming to You from Samos

Today began with a leisurely morning doing optional activities. Some students went to the Temple of Zeus built by Hadrian. Some students walked to the top of a hill across from the acropolis to the Tomb of Philopappos a benefactor of Greece during Roman times. All of the students walked the Plaka (some even had their toes cleaned by tiny fish - you will have to ask them about that). 

It was a beautiful and wonderful morning. 

On the way out of Athens we made a quick stop at the original Olympic Stadium which was built for the first modern Olympic Games held at the end of the 19th century in Athens. 

We then flew to the Island of Samos. Samos is the home of philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras. It's main harbor bears his name. This island is one of the most beautiful of the over 3000 Greek Islands. Our hotel is a quaint and lovely place directly off of the beach. Turkey is .9 of a mile from our hotel across the Aegean Sea. The students wasted no time in jumping into the crystal blue waters of the Aegean. 

Our evening wrapped up with a massive buffet dinner at Doryssa Bay Resport. As Tyler Wolfcale might say, "If you couldn't find something to eat there you are doing it wrong." It was a great way to cap off a great day. 

Tomorrow we take a ferry to Patmos, the mysterious island of St. John. 

Thank you for your prayers. 

With full bellies and thankful hearts we bid you goodnight from Samos. 

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