When we got to here, we were met by our friends Aris and Erene who brought us to their beach house in Loutraki. We used Loutraki as a home base for our time in Greece.
We drove to Athens and went to the Acropolis. The Acropolis is 2,500 years old. They are doing a lot of restorations on it, but it is still cool. On top of the Acropolis is the Parthenon.
We went to another ancient city called Corinth. Ancient Greece was divided into separate states called city-states. Most city-states had their own government and honored a certain god. The coolest thing in Corinth was a temple for the god they honored, Apollo, who was a powerful god in ancient times. He was the god of oracles. Oracles were people that the gods spoke through and the ancient Greeks asked the oracles questions before making any important decisions.
In Corinth they had a marketplace that had collapsed many years ago, so we couldn't go inside. In Athens, the marketplace was intact and they turned it into a museum, so we got to see it. All big towns in ancient Greece had a marketplace, which was called an agora.
Greece has a lot, a lot, a lot of islands and one of the islands we went to was Santorini. Santorini was a huge volcano and when it erupted it was believed to be the biggest explosion ever on earth. Most of the island was blown away and now only the top of the caldera is above water. That's why Santorini is made of sheer cliffs of volcanic rock that plunges down into the sea.
Because of the volcanic eruptions, Santorini has all different color beaches. They have beaches with red sand, black sand and white sand. We went to red and black sand beaches. Santorini is no longer an active volcano, but it still has earthquake tremors, so it's not fully asleep. I didn't feel any tremors while we were there though.
We stayed in a cave in Santorini. It was a house built into the volcanic rock of the cliff. I thought it was really cool because it was a real cave without any windows, except on the door. And to get to the cave we had to go through a lot of steep alleyways, which was pretty neat.
Most of the towns in Santorini had houses that were white with blue shutters. You had to wear sunglasses because the sun reflecting off the white houses was really bright.
The shop-owners in Santorini were very nice. We even went to a pottery place and the sculptor let me and Ty each make a bowl out of clay. We also met a wood carver who let us watch him work.
That's all for now. Stay tuned for my next Greece blog.