I knew going in that there would be little time for myself during this trip. There are 2 main priorities for this type of education tour for kids : 1. Teach them something. 2. Tire them out. I'm pretty sure we succeeded with #1 and I know we succeeded with #2 for the adults - but maybe not all of the kids.
I've had people ask me if I'd do this again. The easy answer is that I probably would. However, as a paying adult, probably not to somewhere I've already been (Mike's group is going to England & Scotland next year). But possibly to somewhere that would be difficult for me to travel to by myself. I've gotta say, traveling with a bus full of kids and adults is definitely different from what I'm used to. It's not bad - just different.
What was the best part of our trip? Seeing these ancient sites through the eyes of 12-14 year old boys & girls. The students had just learned about a lot of the places we were seeing in school this year. I got to watch them experience the awe and excitement of standing next to the Parthenon and walking along the pathways where ancient Olympians had walked. That experience alone was worth the early wake-up calls and frustrating kid moments.
Since I didn't have time to post anything during the trip, I'm going to just post some of my favorite pictures from the trip so you can get a glimpse into the amazing sights we saw during our 12 day trip to Greece. I didn't get to see everything on my Greece bucket list but we certainly got to most.
I hope you enjoy this photographic blog. The pictures just don't do it justice. I highly suggest you find a way to get there and see it for yourself!
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Statues from the Erechtheum in the Acropolis Museum/i]
[i]The Roman Agora with the Acropolis in the background
Detail from the Hephaesteion in the Agora
Overlooking Athens from Mount Lycabettus
Statue of Athena in the National Archaeological Museum
Socrates with Apollo behind - At the Academy of Athens
Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
Nighttime view of the Acropolis from our hotel roof
The Greek theater at Epidaurus. The acoustics are still amazing.
Mycenae - the Palace of Agamemnon
The countryside from atop Agamemnon's Palace
Olympia - the home of the ancient Olympic games
Entrance to the Olympic Stadium
Temple of Apollo at Delphi
The Athenian Treasury at Delphi
Ancient writing at Delphi
Sunset on Mykonos
Traditional dances on Samos
Remains of the castle on Samos
Monastery of St. John on Patmos
Frescoes along the entrance to the church in the Monastery of St. John
At the Minoan palace at Knossos
Frescoes on the walls in the Queen's Chambers in the Minoan palace