A catch up blog! These are from Greece a couple of weeks ago:
We took the opportunity to get out of the city a couple of times during our stay in Athens. The city is huge, and even in the off season there are lots of people packed into a small space. We took day trips out to Sounio on the public buses and then hired a guide and driver to go out to Corinth. Pictures and stories below:
Temple to Poseidon (built around 440 BC)
Lord Byron visited Sounio (even scratching his name into one of the columns) and wrote this of it:
Place me on Sunium's marbled steep,
Where nothing, save the waves and I,
May hear our mutual murmurs sweep
I took a picnic lunch, dangled my feet off the edge and stared into the sea. (It was all fun and games until I saw a snake a little while later!)
These huge wildflowers were all over the area and are here in Cyprus too.
A shot at the temple of Zeus back in Athens. It's soooo big.
The Corinthian Canal (It's no Panama Canal...but it will do!)
Part of the old Corinthian road! They used to drag ships over the isthmus along this road. If you have ever read background material on 1st or 2nd Corinthians--you have probably read about this!
Inscription found at ancient Corinth which says that Erastus, a city officer, payed for this pavement. Likely this is the Erastus mentioned in the New Testament.
Lots of headless statues--to save time statue makers would have a bunch of statue bodies ready made. They would then carve up a head that looked like you and stick it down into the neck socket.
The Bema/judgement seat--or the place where they would hear cases/trials. It's one of the few places they know for sure that Paul was in.
Ancient starting blocks (you know you want to do it too!)
Roman toilets...or as I like to call them: Paul's Potties! (Because he probably would have used them while he was here.)
We drove and then hiked all the way up to Acrocorinth (the high old-old part of the city where the temple once stood).
It was breathtaking (both the view and the climb!)
A look back over the plains
It was very much what I think of when I think "castle."
Finally we stopped at Cenchreae on the coast. This is the ancient port city from which Paul would have sailed east from. (Also this is where, according to Acts 18:18, he shaved his head!). Phoebe was mentioned to be from here as well. The old port and church are all under water now, but you can climb out on it and have a look at it through the clear water.
Some of the group hopped across some rocks that were sticking out of the water to have a look at the ruins. Some of the rest of us talked Bobby into moving those rocks. I thought it was hilarious.
The end! Next up a couple more Cyprus blogs, and maybe even some more Nicaragua...We will see!