From HUGer Thomas:
Today we left our hotel by the beach in Tolo to head to Nafplion. Here we saw the fortress that was once used by the Venetians. Well actually it was inhabited by the Venetians and the Turks. Nafplion was the first capital of Greece until 1834 when it got changed to Athens. What I found to be most interesting about the fortress was that there were stairs that connected the fortress to the city. Some of us even descended the 999 steps down to the city. We then got back on the bus and headed to Mycenae.
We made it to Mycenae and started walking through the citadel. Mycenae was once the home of Agamemnon. There is even a mountain that looks like a man laying down that the people believe is him waiting to return when they need him most. I didn't see it at first but once we got to the top of the Acropolis I could. A lot of what we saw in Mycenae directly correlated with some of the things we saw in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. Once we left Mycenae we headed towards "the tomb of Agamemnon." We aren't sure if it is actually his tomb. This had to be, by far, my favorite thing we have seen on this trip. I liked it the most because we sang "Blessed Be the Name", "I Am a Sheep"(my favorite), and "The Greatest Command." When we were singing, I felt so close to God. It helped to remind me no matter what city, country, or even continent we are on, He is there. It can be hard to be away from home and our families but when I'm reminded that I have God by my side, I'm immediately comforted.
Once we left the tomb we headed to a pottery class. I've never been great at art(I have the proof to show). But it was nice to learn more about how the things we constantly see in museums and stores are made. We even each made our own dolls (traditional toy from ancient days) out of clay, the way they did back then. We then took a drive to our hotel for the night in another part of the country. After a swim in the beautiful pool, we ate a delicious dinner and explored the town.
Mom and dad (and all parents), I have been so blessed by this group and this trip. I know we all have. Thank you so much for making this happen. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Know that we love you and miss you but most of all know we are getting closer to each other and closer to God.
P.S. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY MOM
P.S.S. Don't worry I won't be bungee jumping in Corinth cause I'm not crazy!