Today was the time that we finally came together prior to heading off tomorrow on this special commemorative tour of the Battlefields of the campaign fought by those sent to Greece to help in its time of need. The campaign was against the odds from the start but the subsequent withdrawal down the Greek Peninsula, escaping to Crete to fight again and then being forced to evacuate from there was an incredible success.
We will cover the same ground and as we move throughout the mainland and on to Crete we will get a perspective of the task that was before them. We do have family of those who were here in 1941 and fortunately that family member made it safely back to Australia but being here will certainly be very moving for those here.
As well as the history of the campaign we will be taken through the ancient history of Greece itself through the knowledge of our guide, Dr Elena Sulioti. But first we are here in Athens and enjoyed our day before we we head to Delphi in the morning.
It was a very nice clear day in Athens and we saw the guard at the Tomb of the unknown soldier, the Cathedral of Athens, had a coffee at the in the centre of the Plaka, the oldest part of Athens and finally visited the oldest bar in Athens before heading off to dinner. We are looking forward to our adventures together over the next few weeks.