Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Our tour of Athens

 Our day began with a lot of rain so we started off a little later in the morning and went to the museum first.

 Our friends Daren and Shawna

 I believe we were on the third story of the museum for this picture.  Yes, we did walk all the way up that hill!

 Sorry I have so many pictures of the city but I was amazed at how close these people lived to one another and how huge the city was.

 I had to take this picture because of the floor!  As you are walking on each level you can see below you.  Good thing we weren't wearing skirts!  I walked on the beams!


 Before we climbed to the top of the hill we ate a gyro.

 It was so amazing to see all this!


When we came down the hill we needed a little pick me up!  This was mine!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Mars Hill

 This picture was taken from up on the hill looking down onto Mars Hill.  
It was here that the Apostle Paul delivered his famous speech about the identity of "the Unknown God." According to the biblical account in Acts 17.

and then we prayed together.
It was neat to read that passage of scripture and then look up the hill probably much like Paul did!

 Kevin and Daren

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Trip to Hyrdra Island Greece

 We took this boat from Athens to Hydra Island for the day.  It took us about 1 1/2 hours to get there.

 The island was beautiful!

There were lots of boats in the port, clear water, quaint shops and places to eat. 
As you can see most of the houses were up the hills.

 see how clear the water was?

 About one week before we left I wrote some friends of ours just to see if they might be going to the same meeting that we were and if by chance they were going a couple of days early to do some sightseeing.  Our friends, Daren and Shawna, were going so we hooked up and spent these two days together.  One thing that was neat to me is that out of all of Athens we had each picked a hotel which was just a few blocks from one another which made it easy to meet up and share a taxi.

 It was a pretty hot day.

 We decided we wanted to walk up some of these hills and see more of how the people lived.  It was quite a trek but very interesting to see their homes.

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We saw these everywhere!  

 There are no cars on this island.  I think there is only one garbage truck on the whole island.  People either walk or ride a donkey or horse.


 me and Shawna

 After walking around the town for a couple of hours we took a boat taxi to another part of the island to enjoy the beach.

 We were able to enjoy this beach for a few hours before heading back to the town.

 All the beaches around the island were mostly pebble.  The water was pretty clear too so we could see fish.

 We had lots of fun with our friends!