We started our Thursday with a nice tour around the archaelogical site of Dion, the holy city of the Macedonians. The Greek students were our guides in this tour. We saw the Hellenistic Theater of the era of Philip the E, the Sanctuary of Demeter, the sanctuary of the Egyptian goddess Isis, the mansion of God Dionysus with the lovely mosaic, the Sanctuary of Zeus, the shops and the baths. And in the Museum of Dion we saw the Hydraulis of Dion, the oldest musical instrument of that type, the predecessor of the modern church Organ.
|The Hellenistic theatre of Dion|
|We tested the accoustics of the theatre|
|Walking on the streets of the city of ancient Dion|
|The sanctuary of Zeus|
|ancient public toilets|
|The thermes (the baths)|
|Outside the museum of Dion|
After Dion we headed to Litohoro, a small town at the foot of Mt. Olympus. So we hiked on a local path by Enipeas Gorge. We saw the beginning of the European long distance path E4, which crosses Olympus mountain, and we admired the view of the summits of Olympus and the flora of the area.
And after all this hiking it was time to eat. We had luch altogether at a beautiful seaside taverna in the area of Gritsa. There we had the chance to cook ourselves, too. The Basque girls prepared a tortilla (a spanish omelette) for us to try. We enjoyed the fish dishes prepared by the chef and his helpers (Greek and Basque students) and we had fun by the sea.
|Our chefs are ready to cook|
|Basque students preparing a torilla|
|Greek students preparing stuffed squid|
|making the salads|
Note: The activities of the day were carried out according to the plan as they were in open-air places, which is Olympus Mountain, the archaeological site of Dion and cooking in a tavern which is by the sea and is safe. The only activity cancelled was the visit to the Centre of National Park of Olympus as it was held in a Hall.