Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Different Athens

On my way home from South Asia, I stopped by Athens, Greece, to visit my dear friend Roslyn (also a former Journeyman) who is now married and living there. It was so fun to see my sweet friend there, meet her awesome new husband Amir, explore Athens and just enjoy a little bit of down time before the transition to Tha-Merica.

Ros and Amir

In Athens, I went at sunset to Mars Hill where the Apostle Paul preached to the Athenians. I saw it again in the daytime as well. From Mars Hill, you get a great view of the city.

Sign in Greek that talks about Apostle Paul speaking there (see Acts 17:16-34)

Mars Hill from above

Me and Ros and the beautiful sunset behind us

I also went to Acropolis, went to the Acropolis Museum and saw many ruins including the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Roman Gate, Olympia and the Hadrian Library.

The Parthenon

The Propylaia

Daytime view of the city

We went to see the tomb of the Marathon Soldier, who ran all the way from the last battle (the Battle of Marathon) between the Greeks and the Persians to announce that the Greeks had one (by betrayal, according to Amir—a Persian). The soldier died of exhaustion right after he delivered the news of victory. This tomb is guarded by soldiers dressed in traditional clothing all day, every day—much like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

The tomb is right in front of the Parliament building.

The soldiers that guard the tomb are really tall.

We also went to a beautiful park and saw lots of neat little animals and even spent at day at the Mediterranean Sea on the beach.

Roslyn cooked a delicious Iranian meal for the first time! Go Ros!

I had so much fun with Ros and her new family. Love you, girl!

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