We will return to Athens, stopping en route at Farsala. The afternoon will be free for our own activities. After dinner we will enjoy a lecture and spend the night at the Divani Caravel in Athens.
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|Each morning, we get up and prepare for a full day. It's 6:00am, and Michael is up and ready. This isn't his normal routine. For some reason, he gets up much faster on vacation than at home on school days.|
|We left Thessalonica this morning and drove to Berea, 50 miles away. The trip took 1 hour. 2000 years ago, Paul escaped from Thessalonica in the middle of the night, and probably walked here in a few days.|
|This is a fresco at Berea, which celebrates Paul's visit to that town. It shows a heavenly messenger requesting Paul's mission extend into Macadonia. Paul had much success in Berea - the scriptures say that the people were "were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."|
|If you look closely, you will see people coming out of what appears to be a small tunnel in this mound of dirt. Actually, it is the burial place of King Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great. This burial tomb was discovered in 1977 - untouched and full of treasures. One find like this makes an Anthropologist's entire career.|
|On the way by bus to Athens, we passed through a small town that build platforms on top of their streeet lights to support nests for storks. Here is one of the storks sitting in the nest. There were many of these nests along the town mainstreet.|
|This is another view of Mount Olympus. It is much more impressive than the view yesterday. Linda recants her previous comments, and actually now sees much resemblance between this and the Salt Lake City version.|
|We've stopped at a roadside cafeteria, and Sara is enjoying a favorite Greek dessert: boclava (sp?). Two months ago, a speaker came to her school and shared this dessert with the students. Sara raved about it then, and now has tasted it in the native habitat.|
|In this valley was waged one of the most pivotal battles in world history - Octavius (who became Caesar Augustus) defeated Brutus (yes, the one who stabbed Julius Caesar: "Et tu Brutus"), which laid the groundwork for the Roman empire continuing a much longer time and establishing western civilization as we know it. The professor facing the camera in the picture got "goosebumps" seeing this area, which almost noone ever visits. (P.S. Sorry for the name misspellings - will correct later)|