The annual Bluett Tour with 29 girls and five adults set off for Athens on 6 October for a week packed with culture, sun and delicious Greek food. Highlights included the temple of Athena on the Acropolis, the temple of Poseidon at Sounion, the five thousand seat theatre at Epidaurus, the original Olympic village, and the seat of the Pythian oracle at Delphi. One day was spent on a cruise of the Saronic Gulf visiting the islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina. The highlight of the cruise was the traditional Greek dancing lesson to the immortal tunes from Zorba the Greek. The sun shone on a deep blue sea every day, much to the delight of the girls who were even able to swim at Tolon.
In amongst the many and varied blocks of stone and pillars that make up archeological sites, the girls managed to distinguish between Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns (helped by a tour of Corinth) with the expert aid of our two Greek guides, Dora and Maria. The hotel in Athens was next door to a 24 hour bakery which offered an on tap supply of delicious pastries, cakes, ice-creams and biscuits, and the quarter of Plaka provided an abundance of irresistible touristic shopping. All in all, there was truly something for everyone and we all learnt at least to say Good Morning in Greek: Kalimera!!