Thursday May 14th
Sites Visited: Serres (Thraco-Greek museum and town), Amphipolis (off-again on-again Athenian colony)
Where did we stay tonight?: Thasos
Leaders: Ally Begly and Chris Johnson
Today we awoke (very early) and bid goodbye to the Hotel Vergina. After filling up on the rare real scrambled eggs, we boarded the bus and drove to Serres, a small town at the foot of a mountain. While in Serres, we visited the archaeological museum which was housed in an old covered Turkish marketplace, one of only two in all of Greece. Afterwards, Chris and Ally eschewed the use of maps and lead the group up the hill to the acropolis, which features some substantial Byzantine fortifications. After a serious attack by some nettles (a plant which stings really, really bad) we reached the top of the acropolis and also saw an old church. We walked back down into town, and sat in the square, listening to a band play while eating a delicious local specialty candy. Back on the bus, we headed to Amphipolis, where we ate lunch and Sarah treated us with a big watermelon. Everyone loved it except for Ben, who described it as “tasting like water, with fruity flavor.” We took a walk around the old city, and saw some impressive fortifications. The best part of the trip was when we saw an old bridge from antiquity, with wood that has been preserved for thousands of years through mineralization. After some creative thinking about how to actually get into the site, we were able to check out the bridge. Afterwards we walked up to the museum, where we checked out the artifacts. Then we got back on the bus and took the ferry over to Thasos, a small island off the mainland. We arrived at Hotel Pegasus and after some swimming in the pool (!) went to dinner. Tomorrow we explore the mines and head to the marble quarry for a swim!
Day 54 Photo Album: