Greece 2016

In June, Mr. Christopher Ayers, Foreign Language Faculty, accompanied Olivia Venuto, Aingea Venuto, Emily Happeny, Anastasia Mastrocola, and Stephanie Gratiano to Greece for a cultural trip. The group explored all of the country's magnificent wonders, from the ancient to the modern. Below is their travel blog. Enjoy!

Cooking Class

 

Our departure from Athens, as Olivia, Emily, Anastasia and Dawn (Venuto) chat with our Tour Director Alexandra Balafa. A former third-grade teacher, Alexandra always delighted us with stories of her country, her family, and what makes travel so important for students. “Travel allows us…

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Monday June 27, 2016
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Ancient Olympia

 

This is the start of the footrace in the stadium at Ancient Olympia. Chase (fourth from left), a senior at Porter Ridge High School near Charlotte, NC, was the winner, while Magister Ayers (in blue) came in second and Anastasia (in green) was third. We also traveled with school groups …

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Sunday June 26, 2016
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Santorini

Approaching the island of Santorini by boat! This crescent-shaped island used to be a giant volcano. About 2,500 years ago, a Plinian eruption took place, vaporizing most of the island and causing earthquakes and a tsunami that led to the destruction of the Minoan civilization in nearby Crete. You…

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Saturday June 25, 2016
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Mycenae

We’re inside the Treasury of Atreus at Ancient Mycenae, called a tholos, the beehive-shaped tomb supposedly of King Agamemnon. There’s a triangular window above a monolithic lintel that weighs 120 tons and is the largest of its kind in the world! The ceiling is stained with soot from …

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Friday June 24, 2016
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Athens

A surprise guest joined us for dinner & traditional Greek dancing in Athens: Alexia Andrikopoulos, whose family was in town on vacation. Emily and Anastasia were super excited to see her, and by the end of the night, our entire group was up on the dance floor and moving our feet to the …

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Thursday June 23, 2016
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Epidauros

Traveling west into the Peloponnese from Athens, Aingea (in the center of the stage below) ponders singing at the Ancient Theater at Epidauros, the most well-preserved of its kind in all of Greece. We missed the beginning of their summer performances by one week! Performances of the works of …

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Wednesday June 22, 2016
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Sounion

After the cruise, our next stop was the famous Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. Its columns still have graffiti carved into them from famous Europeans, including Lord Byron from the early 1800s. The strong winds threatened to blow us into the Aegean Sea! According to the myth, when Theseus …

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Tuesday June 21, 2016
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Patmos

After a tour of the monastery and grotto where St. John wrote the “Book of Revelation,” we were treated to the picturesque beaches that dot the coast of the island of Patmos. So far we’ve visited the islands of Mykonos and Samos, and we have Crete and Santorini left to …
Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Monday June 20, 2016
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Delphi

 

From left, our group of Olivia Venuto, Aingea Venuto, Emily Happeny, Anastasia Mastrocola, and Stephanie Gratiano is overlooking Arachova before reaching the famous Delphi and its ancient oracle. Despite the 100-degree weather, we climbed to the summit of the site to see the stadium where …

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Saturday June 18, 2016
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Starting our journey

We've just discovered the movie selection onboard! We are very excited to take off!

Posted by Ms. Julianne Bloise on Thursday June 16, 2016
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