Jul 04, 2005
Jul 22, 2005
Probably one of our busiest days in Greece. We started out early to go see historic sights in the city. We see the Acropolis, the ancient market, the Roman Market, and the sight where St. Paul preached to the Athenians (there is a church built there and our chapel here at school is a replica of this church in Greece). No time for lunch! We meet the sister of one of the students here in Boston (the student here is Vasili Louros, his sister is Irini) who takes us to Nea Makri to see the monastery of St. Ephrem. After staying at the monastery for Vespers, we go back to Athens, drop Irini off and head back to the hotel. At the hotel we run into Fr. Joseph Strzelecki, his wife, and son who are staying two rooms down from us and had just checked in! After chatting with them for a bit, we go get dinner and then drive up to the highest point of the city where there is a chapel dedicated to St. George. We take a special trolley up the hill as it is very steep and would have taken a long time to walk up to it. By this time it is dark and we get a great view of the city. We say some prayers at the entrance of the chapel (the chapel was closed) and head back to our hotel around midnight.