Kavala and Phillipi

Trip Start Oct 14, 2013
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Trip End Oct 26, 2013


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Flag of Greece  , East Macedonia and Thrace,
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

We started our day by going to Kavala and stopping in the bank to change some US dollars for euros.  We had to go through two locked doors and had to be buzzed in before we got into the bank.  We got our euros and Tom promptly got himself another espresso. 

Kavala was Paul's first stop (it was called Neapolis at that time).  We went to St Nicholas Church, a mid 16th century Eastern Orthodox church.

It is estimated that Paul walked about 22 miles in a day on very primitive roads.  Paul travelled from Neapolis to Phillipi and so did we, but we took a bus.  Philippi, a Roman colony located on a major east-west route across Greece, was the first European city that Paul preached in.  It was in Philippi that Paul and Silas were beaten and put in prison (Acts 16:22-34).  Phillipi is where Paul baptized Lydia, a businesswoman, his first European convert to Christianity (Acts 16:13-15).

We saw the ruins of the Agora at Phillipi.  Turns out, The Agora is not just the name of a local club in Cleveland.  The Agora is the center of commerce in most ancient cities.  It was the market area where people bought and sold items, a gathering place for the people who lived in the community.  

We saw the ruins of Basilica churches built around the 5th century AD.  Then we hit the road once more and headed to Kalambaka.

Good Evening in Greek - Kali Spera
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Bonnie and John on

Hello! So interesting. I am keeping all the blogs so that I can read in the Bible what coincides with your travels. Thanks for sharing.

David on

Looks awesome. Keep'em comin!!!

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