Last Sunday was the third ACG Study Abroad Excursion. I, and about 55 other students, made the trek by coach bus across southern Greece to a city named Nafplio.
Sounds just like it’s spelled.
Nafplio is a seaport town in the Peloponnese in Greece that has expanded up the hillsides near the north end of the Argolic Gulf.
Yes, that was quoted from Wiki.
The city of Nafplio was the first capital of the modern Greek state. Named after Nafplios, son of Poseidon, and home of Palamidis, their local hero of the Trojan war and supposedly the inventor of weights and measures, lighthouses, the first Greek alphabet and the father of the Sophists.
K, enough about history.
The bus ride to our final destination of Nafplio was quite eventful. Our first stop was in Corinth after a hour and a half drive.
Like the Corinthians from the Bible.
The Corinth Canal is a canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. While the canal was not completed until 1893, the first attempt in 67 A.D. by the Roman Emperor Nero.
Jk, more history.
Near the canal we had a quick stop to use the restrooms and grab coffee or a small snack. Then we were back on the road.
Only for about 20 mins this time.
Our next stop was to the:
Signs are incredibly useful.
This site, back in the B.C. period, was used for may purposes, such as social functions, shopping, politics, and religious gatherings.
This is the place of Paul’s missionary journey to bring Christianity to the people of Corinth.
The picture above is the only remaining original Greek building at this site, the rest were Roman. Apparently you could tell by the architectural arches.
There weren’t any here though. Guess it was only a Roman thing.
We spent a good hour listening to our tour guide point out some neat facts and chat about history.
Next we had a look around the museum. The courtyard was my favorite part.
With headless statues I might add.
And super cute cactus plants.
And a super cute puppy.
After the site in Corinth, we got back on the bus for about another hour or so. the next stop on our little adventure was a Venetian Fortress.
The Venetian fortress overlooked the sea and city of Nafplio and was mostly used as a lookout.
It was also a prison at one point.
Anyway, the day was a beautiful and sunny. And only slightly windy.
One might go as far to say, “The beauty blew us away.”
After the fortress tour, we hopped back on the bus to make our way downtown for lunch. Everyone was pretty excited at this point.
Okay, so maybe not Celina.
After lunch we had time to explore the city. All of which included eating Gelato, taking pictures of cute doors, and hiking up to another fortress.
The hike up to the tower was well worth it. Even if we were all left breath-less and heartbroken.
I’ll tell y’all about the heart break in a moment. Hold on.
I mean look at this view. How can you not. I mean, wow.
You should have seen it in person. Almost like it was straight from a storybook.
And the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the heartbreak. Here’s what happened:
Meet Chris. And his girlfriend (of 15 minutes), Athena.
Chris and Athena hit it off right away after meeting at the fortress, it was love at first sight. However, 15 minutes into our hike, we needed to leave to catch the bus home. Athena followed us part of the way back.
Wasn’t ready to give up on a good guy.
But, alas, the timing was not right and the split had to happen. The good-bye was long and devastating. Both parties cried during the breakup. In the end, both Chris and Athena knew it was for the best. Though their love will be remembered always.
And there you have it. Hope you enjoyed hearing about my adventurous day and stick around for updates on other travels abroad.
I’m actually pretty behind on posts, so be on the lookout for more soon. 🙂
Hasta la vista.
Oh, and as for the low battery part… I took so many picture my phone battery percentage dropped by tens every time I pulled it out of my purse. Well worth it though, even if my phone died on the bus ride home so I couldn’t listen to music which resulted in not being able to fall asleep which meant I had to listen to the people behind me tell confusing riddles and try to solve them which took over a hour of guessing random objects, emotions, nouns, and verbs. It was actually kind of amusing, until the girl in front of me started snoring.
But like I said earlier, good times.
No big deal. Rant over.