TRAVEL | Athens & Corinth | Summer 2017

The ancient-ness of Greece is continuously astounding. Everywhere you go you see markers and ruins from multiple eras of ancient history, and it is hard to grasp. With the endurance of some of these sites in mind, I was discouraged by how dirty and ill-kept the modern city was (graffiti was everywhere). But only momentarily - I got to see the original location of the modern Olympics!

We spent pockets of time here and there in Athens, usually with the Acropolis (literally "high city") as the backdrop. We ate some incredible gyros, walked around the city, and explored museums full of archeological treasures. Perhaps one of the coolest experiences was walking up the ancient steps of Mars Hill, which remain in the same place they were 2000 years ago when Paul spoke with the Athenians. How cool to walk up those same steps, and put a place and context to the story!

Speaking of Paul, we also visited the ancient site of Corinth on our last day in Greece. Each step felt like a step, not forward physically, but backward in time. The museum we visited there also had some amazing mosaics. We spent the last night on a rooftop, enjoying a summer sunset, playing cards, and recollecting the memories of the trip.

All pictures by Karl Magnuson
Canon 60D

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L