Meeting at McNeese to give info on Leisure Series trip to Greece

By By Alex Onken / American Press

The McNeese State University Alumni Center will host a preview 6-7:15 p.m. tonight for the Leisure Series’ 10-day spring trip

to Greece. The meeting is open to the public at no charge.

The trip will be helmed by Dr. Cheryl Ware, a retired McNeese professor who’s had her own apartment in Greece for years.

“It’s an amazing experience,” Ware

said. “You’re in a city, or country, that is the basis of western

culture in so many ways.

The homeland of where democracy originated. You might think of the

philosophers that you might have studied in college, you’ll

be where Socrates or Aristotle was, and where some of the most

important drama was produced.”

The trip itself will take place from April 26 to May 7.

Travelers will visit such locations as the Acropolis, the Agora, the Argolid, Meteora and much more. A unique feature of this

trip will include visiting local tavernas (coffee shops/restaurants) instead of dining at one central location.

“When you’re talking about restaurants, they’re going to sit you down and charge you a whole lot of money,” Ware said. “If

you go to the taverna where all the Greeks go, you’ll get a more authentic feel of what Greece is like. We’ll be eating at

all kinds of different places.”

Aside from visiting historic sites,

travelers will get a chance to see modern Athens, and have a chance to

go shopping in

Plaka and Monastraki. The trip is cocoordinated with The Athens

Center, which will also host some lectures and events on the

trip.

Starting in January, Leisure learning will hold meetings for the trip.

“In the spring, there will be a

symposium for four months that we’ll talk about things we’re going to

see, the history, the

architecture, the mythology, and that’s open not just for people

going on the trip, but anyone, including arm-chair travelers.

“I think that if people are interested

in getting information that they wouldn’t necessarily get on a packaged

tour, because

we have experts, such as, archeologist who’s worked in Greece for

most of his career. That kind of expertise isn’t what you

would get in most tours. If people are interested in one certain

thing, we’ll try to work it in.”

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For more information on McNeese Leisure Learning visit www.mcneese.edu/leisure or call 475-5130.