Aug. 15, 2011
ATHENS, Greece - On the eighth day of the women's basketball team's historic trip to Turkey and Greece, the RedHawks spent the day touring Athens, both the main city and the ancient ruins. Miami learned about some of the world's most historic sites, with the help of its tour guide Fae, who also works as a professor at the University of Minnesota. To explain what the team saw today, here is the journal entry written by sophomore forward Kristin Judson.
Today we visited the Acropolis, the Parthenon and a few other Greek landmarks. We woke up and had a great breakfast at the hotel and then we checked out of our hotel to move on to our last hotel of the trip.
Our first stop was Panathinaiko Stadium. The stadium was restored, but it was awesome to see a visual of what the original looked like and the actual size of the stadium. The first international Olympic games in 1896 started at the Panathinaiko Stadium. It was also used for the 2004 Olympics.
Then we stopped at the Temple of Zeus for some history and pictures. It was amazing to see where the ancient Greeks worshipped their God of Zeus. Today the Temple of Zeus only has fifteen standing columns, but when it was first built it had one hundred and four columns. The columns were huge! So I could only imagine how big the temple must have been when it was still standing. We even took a picture of our team spelling out MIAMI in front of the temple.
After we saw those sites, it was finally time to go see the famous Acropolis and the Parthenon. Acropolis means "city upon a hill." So we had to walk a little ways to get to it, but when we did it was an incredible site to see. They were in the process of restoring it, so there was some construction going on. There were two main buildings at the Acropolis. One was the Parthenon and the other one was Erechtheum. The Parthenon was a temple for Athena and the Erechtheum was a temple for a number of Gods such as Athena, Poseidon, Erechtheus, Cecrops, Herse, Pandrosos and Aglauros. Even though a lot of the Acropolis is destroyed, it was a beautiful scene with all the limestone and marble. It's still hard for me to believe that we got the opportunity to see one of the world's most famous structures of civilization; I know none of us will forget seeing the sites we saw today.
After site seeing, we ate at a delicious Greek café. Then we checked into our new hotel and got a chance to go to the beach and pool. The beach was pretty rocky which is a lot different than American beaches. Greek beeches vary from sandy beaches to rock beaches. The water was clear and that made it even more beautiful. Later in the night we got a chance to walk around more and we found a place to eat dinner. Overall, it was a great day and one of my favorite days on this trip so far.
We would like to thank Dr. Boyer, the Larson family and Miami women's basketball alumnae Barb Smith for their financial donations and all of their support.