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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:

View of Serres from the kastro.

View of Serres from the kastro.

Alex A. inspects the local flora.

Alex A. inspects the local flora.

Ablutements at Serres.

Ablutements at Serres.

Kathryn, Alex M. et al relaxing after the climb at Serres.

Kathryn, Alex M. et al relaxing after the climb at Serres.

Ben shows off his hard-won nettle stings.

Ben shows off his hard-won nettle stings.

Sarah brings forth the sweetmeats.

Sarah brings forth the sweetmeats.

Going for the ant farm food.

Going for the ant farm food.

Jason shows exemplary gusto.

Jason shows exemplary gusto.

Jerry and the church of Ayios Nikolaos at Serres.

Jerry and the church of Ayios Nikolaos at Serres.

MACEDONIA...

MACEDONIA...

...IS...

...IS...

...GREEK!!!

...GREEK!!!

Musicians jam in the plataea at Serres.

Musicians jam in the plataea at Serres.

The group takes a leisurely break to scope the scene.

The group takes a leisurely break to scope the scene.

And summer is officially here!

And summer is officially here!

Ben is perplexed by the strangely watery fruit.

Ben is perplexed by the strangely watery fruit.

Charlie has no such reservations.

Charlie has no such reservations.

Amphipolitan amphifauna.

Amphipolitan amphifauna.

Grim Romanian cookies.

Grim Romanian cookies.

Walls at Amphipolis

Walls at Amphipolis

Jason leads the mini-siege.

Jason leads the mini-siege.

Jerry inside the walls at Amphipolis.

Jerry inside the walls at Amphipolis.

The 5th century BCE wooden (!) bridge over the Strymon river at Amphipolis.

The 5th century BCE wooden (!) bridge over the Strymon river at Amphipolis.

Alex A. waits for a train at an abandoned train station in Amphipolis while using his Livestrong bracelet as a watch.

Alex A. waits for a train at an abandoned train station in Amphipolis while using his Livestrong bracelet as a watch.

Group at the Amphipolis lion.

Group at the Amphipolis lion.

Dallis, Alex A., KT, and Charlie on the ferry to Thasos.

Dallis, Alex A., KT, and Charlie on the ferry to Thasos.

Kate on the boat to Thasos.

Kate on the boat to Thasos.

Chris and Jason.

Chris and Jason.

Sarah chucks some cheetos at the gulls.

Sarah chucks some cheetos at the gulls.

Crunching and munching.

Crunching and munching.

Flocks of birds go fluttering under the suns rays - not all are fraught with meaning.

Flocks of birds go fluttering under the suns rays - not all are fraught with meaning.

Jason and Kait take some laps in the pool at the hotel on Thasos.

Jason and Kait take some laps in the pool at the hotel on Thasos.

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