Our departure day finally arrived. This “Footsteps of Paul” trip started out well, with everyone making their connecting flights. 14 of the 32 in the group flew out of Chicago, while others flew out of Dulles. After our night flight to Europe, we all arrived in Athens Thursday afternoon. Our agents were there to meet us. We boarded the bus and drove about an hour to the Titania Hotel in downtown Athens. The weather was perfect, with sun and clouds and temps in the 60s.
Once we arrived, we enjoyed a free late-afternoon. Some took a nap while others explored a bit of Athens. For a good few opening panoramic pictures of this city of 5 million people, Pastor John ran to the top of Mt. Lycabettus.
We gathered at 6:30 for an orientation meeting, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. An optional walk was enjoyed to end the evening. We walked to the “Constitution Square” and watched the guards of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers do their drills.