A heart-warming social media video that chronicles an 89-year-old Greek American pappou’s first-ever trip to Greece has gone viral on TikTok.
The elderly man’s parents were born in Greece before emigrating to the United States. He has never visited their Greek homeland until recently.
In the TikTok video posted by @AnnaMG24 (the elderly man’s granddaughter), he can be seen going through Greece’s cobblestone pavements with his walking stick in tow and looked to be overcome with feelings ranging from pride to happiness.
@annamg24 It took our Papou 89 years, but he finally got to Greece!!!! Can’t not cry at his pure joy and pride 🇬🇷🇬🇷 #greece #papou #santorini #mykonos #athens #greektiktok #grandpa #grandparentsoftiktok #greecetiktok #familyvacation ♬ De Ginetai – Elli Kokkinou & Foivos
The 89-year-old can also be seen driving around the countryside as dusk falls, touring Greece’s well-known historical landmarks, including the Acropolis, visiting Greek Orthodox churches, wandering on islands, and taking sips of ouzo.
The video has been viewed more than 900,000 since it was first shared on the social media platform on June 14.