We started early again today. We walked up the hill to the foot of the Acropolis and then started the climb to the top. All 201 steps NOT including inclines. I'm getting better at this. Maybe I should keep up this walking and climbing when I get home. We stood on Mars Hill where Paul talked to the great philosophers of Athens and it was an emotional moment. Cliff read from the book of Acts about the event and then John McLaughlin lead How Great Thou Art. It was hard to absorb the fact of where I was standing. We went on to the Parthenon and Temples and then made our way down to the Theater of Epidirus. We finished our walking tour with the new Acropolis Museum with all the antiquities found in the ruins.
We ate lunch in a charming restaurant in the Plaka where we had bread, greek salad, macaroni pie and fries, and finished it all off with ice cream. Then we shopped and spent the rest of the afternoon (only an hour or so) relaxing until we met Barbara, a guide, who took us to the tram and to the other side of Athens to meet with the Church of Christ that meets there. When we got there, we were met by the studies abroad group from Harding University that had friends and acquaintances of some of our students. And I met my college photography teacher and his wife who are now living here and managing the program for Harding. It was good to see Mike and Beth James again. The service was wonderful and we even sang two songs in Greek (poorly since we don't know Greek but we had the tune right!). It has been a long time since I have been so blessed by a service. They treated us to juice and chocolate cookies afterwards. Then we rode the tram back to the Plaka and everyone grabbed dinner and shopped until the stores closed orj went back to the hotel. What a great day! Tomorrow, Italy!