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My March, 2012, trip to Greece with students and faculty from Washburn University, Topeka, fulfilled a decades-old dream.
The group focused on ancient and modern athletic games and the role of Art in promoting and honouring athletic games.
We were away for nine days, leaving from Kansas City, Missouri, and stopping at Dulles Airport, Washington, D.C. and Frankfurt, Germany, along the route to Athens, Greece.
We were met at the Athens airport and transported by bus to the centre of this huge city (population 6+ million). The tour guide and bus driver took excellent care of us.
Our exploration began with a walk in the shopping district of Athens, the Plaka, glimpsing ancient Greek ruins on Acropolis Hill.
Our hotel, the Amelia, was very near a city park and near the Greek Parliament Building, seat of Greek government and spot where an elaborate show is made of changing the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I did not see the guard changing, however, until the last day of our stay in Greece.
I was fascinated by all the stray dogs in our area of town. Our guide, Catiya, explained that the dogs are watched over, fed and watered by a group of volunteers who make sure the animals are kept comfortable and well.
Day 1 (Friday/Saturday): Travel Kansas City/Dulles/Frankfurt/Athens
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