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Classical Trip to Greece, Easter 2009


20 Boys from C to E Blocks visited Greece for 8 days week, accompanied by TEWH, IH, JDM and (in his last ever Eton school trip) MJA.
We flew into Athens on 23rd March and spent the first four days there. Those of us who had visited previously, before Greece held the Olympics, found the sites much improved and glinting in the sunlight. Our plan of attack was to make early starts on most days and be at the sites when the gates opened. Thus we had the Acropolis, Delphi and Olympia to ourselves, and saw them at their best. We visited all the major sites in Athens, including the much-improved National Archaeological Museum, and even watched the Greek Air Force perform a fly-past on their Independence Day. From Athens we toured north of the Gulf of Corinth (via Eleusis to Delphi) and then crossed onto the Peloponnese, to Olympia and then to Tolon. This was our base for the final three days from where we struck out to Mycenae, Argos, Nemea, Epidaurus (where, in the famous theatre, MJA recited some of Iliad I to the rest of us) and Corinth. We flew back to Heathrow on 30th March with some exceptionally tired boys.
We were blessed with wonderful weather for all but one day and saw Greece at its most verdant. Our mix of boys was young (10 E, 7 D and only 3 C) yet they were enthusiastic, full of questions and very well behaved.
DATE POSTED: 16 April 2009

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