DAY 5 – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13:
This morning we enjoyed a later start. The sunrise here in the classic city of Athens really is something to see (a few pictures are included from Mt. Lycabetus looking down to the city and the Acropolis/Parthenon as the sun came up)! The day was once again filled with magnificent sun and warm temps in the 70s.
We all enjoyed another great Greek breakfast before loading the bus for a 9:45 start. As we departed from Piraeus, the primary the port of Athens, we read from 2 Timothy 3 and Paul’s encouraging words to this fellow servant of Christ and young missionary companion.
Arriving at Piraeus, Tasos (our Expedition & Tours agent) accompanied us through the usual cruise ship procedures. He will be our escort for the next three days on board the Olympus cruise-line boat. After boarding, we all found our rooms, went through the life-jacket check and orientation meeting before enjoying lunch. There are about 1,400 on board the ship.
Leaving the port, we “sailed” towards the beautiful Greek island of Mykonos. Upon arriving there around 6 p.m., we disembarked and enjoyed a walking tour of the “island of windmills.” We just barely caught the sunset. Spectacular! We also enjoyed exploring on our own and some shopping. By the water’s edge, many stopped in one of the many cafes for a bite to eat and/or coffee, taking in the culture and beauty.
We all boarded back onto the ship between 8:30-9:30 for dinner. It is amazing to think that Paul sailed these same waters. As we retired for the night, the ship kept course through the night and early morning hours towards Kusadasi on the western coastline of Turkey. We arrive their tomorrow morning prior to breakfast.