A “Life-Changing Experience”: Magic Johnson at the Acropolis

NBA legend Magic Johnson and his wife, Cookie, are on vacation in Greece this month, posting messages on social media in praise of the Acropolis monuments.

NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson is on vacation in Greece this month, posting photos and messages on his Twitter account showcasing some of the country’s most famous historical and cultural sites.

Together with his wife, Cookie, the 67-year-old former basketball player was recently in Santorini, where he made repeated dives into the sea from his luxury yacht.


Yesterday, the Johnson couple was in Athens, with the former Los Angeles Lakers ace in awe of the ancient monuments of the Acropolis, including the Propylaea and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

“Today I had an experience that changed my life, filled with so much biblical history. We visited the Acropolis of Athens, a fortified citadel located on the top of a hill with four temples. We saw historical landmarks, such as the Parthenon, which was dedicated to Athena Parthenos in 447 BC, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike built in 431 BC, the Erechtheion and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus built in 174 AD,” he wrote in his post.


In another photo, accompanied by friend and rapper, LL Cool J, the basketball player poses with a man dressed as an ancient Greek warrior.

Magic Johnson and his wife are now on their way to the Ionian Sea – which he visited last year – as he posted a photo of his luxury yacht passing through the Isthmus of Corinth.


“Cookie and I in the Corinth Canal. With a length of 4 miles, it was completed in the 1890s and connects the Corinthian Gulf with the Ionian Sea, the Saronic and the Aegean,” he wrote.

This article was previously published in Greek at kathimerini.gr.

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