We started the tour by climbing up from Dion.-Aeropagitou to Anafiotika
What’s this plant?
Do you know how Lecabettus Hill was made?
How a 1870 building can host modern art.
Old Greek ads and posters.
Spice and herbs kingdom
A touch of red!
Dried pepper kingdom
A small chapel with fantastic icons.
Reaching the Central Market.
The fishmonger of our hearts is recommending fish that…
“Barba-Mitsos” grilled for us.
“No diet” day!
PLEASE NOTE THAT: The itinerary is never prefabricated as flexibility is our motto !
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Thank you again and again for your time.” Juliana
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Our next event will give you a new perspective of Guided Tours:
“Asclepieion of Epidaurus:
a timeless journey to health”
(The theater and entertainment as means of the healing process)
In ancient times the sanctuary of Asclepius was an organized medical – treatment center that signaled the transition from magic to real medicine, namely the healing of any disease by diagnosing and implementing tailor-made treatment or surgery, which was believed to be guided by God.
In our continuous efforts to enrich our knowledge of the Ancient Greek history and culture, and offer you the very best we are proud and honoured to announce our cooperation with Diazoma, one of the most prestigious organizations dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of Ancient Greek Theatres.
A few words about Diazoma from its founder S. Benos:
…”At once I found myself surrounded by an enthusiastic and dynamic group of people, which widened in the blink of an eye. All of them, ‘as one long prepared…’ Scholars, intellectuals, artists, people in local government and pro-active citizens embraced ‘DIAZOMA’. Fellow-citizens who have decided that the research, study, protection, enhancement and, wherever feasible, the use of ancient theatres and other venues for spectators and listeners, such as ancient odeia and stadia, are also their concern. And they are resolved to take these monuments’ fortunes into their own hands, to work together dynamically, as helpers of the State and the services responsible, in the major task of including ancient theatres in modern life”.
…”And it is my hope that ‘DIAZOMA’ will be an Association that expresses a new way of thinking, of dealing with and managing affairs that concern us all. An Association that mobilizes both Citizens and State”
Yesterday evening, as we were driving back home, we received an urgent call from a client and friend, who had to pick up his daughter from the airport (supposed to land in 10′ minutes!), but his car wouldn’t start.
Thanks to our taxi driver – partner Kalyvas Dionisis, the problem was solved in 20′ minutes !!!
So happy and proud of our partners. #makingAdifference
#expats #expatliving #expatlife #livingabroad
On Saturday 17/10 we had the privilege of sharing the dream of this man with him.
Professor Miller, the archaeologist who has dedicated his whole life on the excavation first and the revival of the Games then, met us at the Museum and gave us a long tour of the museum, the site, and then told us stories about his early days there. We also saw the trailer of the film that has been made by Yiannis Lapatas about the previous games in 2012.
We didn’t want him to stop talking, but eventually he did. It’s always an experience to become part of such an exceptional person’s dream !
As always, after that we went eating at a small taverna in a village nearby, where the food was great, the company was great, the wine was great, – we didn’t visit a winery this time, but we are already working on it, we promise !
Now guess what our next plan is ! We will organise our support and participation in the Nemean Games of June 2016, so stay tuned.
Heading to OUR “Passage into History”
After a quick stop at the Corinth Canal for a coffee and some photos…
… we arrive at the village of Ancient Nemea
In the museum, fascinated by Pr. Miller’s stories,
At the archaeological site
The Baths of the athletes
The Temple of Nemean Zeus
Pr. Miller talking to us about the restoration of the columns of the temple
The “undressing room” (apodyterion)
Passing through the entrance Tunnel to the Stadium
Inscriptions inside the entrance tunnel
entering the stadium…
Pr. Miller explaining us about the mechanism of the starting line (balbis)
and the winner is …
In Pr. Miller’s office
The documentary about his dream of reviving the ancient Nemean Games
As always we finished our trip eating at a small taverna in a village nearby.
St George the Mandilas, the origins of a 300 years old Meteora tradition
photos source: infotouristmeteora.gr
Saint George was a Greek who became an officer in the Roman army. His father was the Greek Gerondios from Cappadocia Asia Minor and his mother was the Greek Polychronia from the city Lyda. Lyda was a Greek city from the times of the conquest of Alexander the Great (333 BC), now in Israel. He became an officer in the Roman army in the Guard of Diocletian. He is venerated as a Christian martyr.
There are many different customs around Greece honoring Saint George’s memory, but only one that we know of to involve colorful head scarfs, climbing and dancing on the cliffs very edge all at the same time. It takes place on an old ruined monastery dedicated to Saint that was build inside a cave some 40 meters above ground on the north side of a Meteora rock.
There is an old story circulating from mouth to mouth mainly in Kastraki village about the origins of the custom.
In the early 17th century Meteora area like the rest of the Thessaly and most of Greece was under the Ottoman rule. A Muslim landowner and his wife were cutting down some trees next to Saint George’s hermitage. While the Muslim man was chopping down the woods he had an awful accident. The tree he was cutting down fell over him and as a consequence he was badly wounded. His wife immediately upon realizing her husband’s accident she rushed to help him, but she couldn’t do much.
The man lay there on the ground with his wife crying over him when people from the nearby village of Kastraki heard the hopeless screams for help of the injured man’s wife, and so they rushed there to check out what exactly has happened.
Upon seeing the seriously wounded man on the ground they immediately realized that the Muslim man had slim chances to win the day. So all they could do was to advice his wife to turn to Saint George and prey on him for help…
An online survey helping you get the most out of living in Greece.
Two years ago, we ran an online survey to find out more about Brits in Greece and their information needs. More than 900 people replied and we used the results to design a series of outreach events, updates to the Living-in-Greece page and a digital awareness campaign.
We want to continue our work on improving our communications and we would like to invite British Citizens to answer a new survey.
In the framework of its regular outreach to British Nationals living in Greece, the British Embassy in Athens has just launched a short online survey to find out more about Brits in Greece and their information needs and to enhance and improve the way we communicate with them. The survey is available here.http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/1NHCT/
For any further information or clarification, please contact Consular Section, Athens on tel 210 7272 600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The old (paper) tickets will be valid until the 6th of November * From the 6th of November you will also be able to buy one way tickets (1,40 euros), valid for 90′ minutes * The Monthly Card holders of October will be able to use them until the 10th of November.
Text & photos via: www.athenstransport.com
Athens Transport e-Tickets and e-Cards
During 2017 the Athens transport ticket system transitions from paper tickets to modern electronic tickets.
With the new system, the paper tickets which were in use until today are being replaced by paper and plastic smartcards (similar to London’s Oyster cards). Riders of the metro system have to go through turnstiles which have been installed in all stations.
This page was updated with information about the new system in October 2017. In the following weeks there will be extra information and improvement of the content.
1. What are the different types of tickets and card for Athens public transport?
From 2017 a new electronic ticketing system is being introduced for the Athens public transport network, replacing the older paper tickets and cards.
Fare prices will remain the same for now, however, the way you pay and use the tickets changes.
There are 3 new types of Athens Transport tickets:
The Ath.ena Ticket
The personalized Ath.ena Card
The anonymous Ath.ena Card
The Ath.ena Ticket at a glance:
Paper rechargeable ticket that can be used again and again as long as it remains in good condition.
Ath.ena Ticket can be charged and recharged with products varying from “One 90-minute ticket for all modes” to 5-day tickets.
Airport transfer tickets and 3-day tourist tickets are available as well.
When a new Ath.ena Ticket is bought, it has to be charged with a bundle of five 90-minute tickets for all modes, or any other ticket product costing at least €4.5.
Ath.ena Ticket can be bought from and recharged at all Athens transport ticket offices as well as automatic ticket issuing machines.
Half-priced Ath.ena Tickets are available but only from Athens transport ticket offices.
The anonymous Ath.ena Card at a glance:
Plastic rechargeable card that can be used again and again.
The anonymous Ath.ena Card can be charged and recharged with products varying from “One 90-minute ticket for all modes to 5-day tickets.
Airport transfer tickets and 3-day tourist tickets available as well.
When a new anonymous Ath.ena Card is bought, it has to be charged with a bundle of five 90-minute tickets for all modes, or any other ticket product costing at least €4.5.
The anonymous Ath.ena Card can be bought only from Athens Transport ticket offices. It can be recharged at the Athens Transport Ticket offices as well as the automatic ticket issuing machines.
There are no half-priced ticket products available through the anonymous Ath.ena Card.
All of the above types of tickets:
Can be bought regardless of when they are going to be used. Any ticket product is valid with the first “touch in” of the card.
Ticket products that aren’t used remain indefinitely inside the Ath.ena Card or Ath.ena Ticketand can be used in the future as long as the ticket or card remains in a good condition.
All types of tickets can’t be bought online at the moment. However, personalized Ath.ena Cardscan be charged and recharged online.
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2. What ticket products can I charge my Ath.ena Ticket or Ath.ena Card with?
short term & long term tickets/excluding/including the Athens airport
3. What kind of ticket do I need to travel from/to the Athens airport?
4. I’m flying to Athens for a few days. Any advice on which ticket I should use?
5. Who can use a Reduced Ticket or travel Free of Charge?
6. How and where can I buy and recharge an Ath.ena Ticket?
7. How and where can I buy an anonymous Ath.ena Card?
8. How and where can I buy a personalized Ath.ena Card?
9. How do I use an Ath.ena Ticket or Ath.ena Card?
10. How about Athens Suburban Railway and other Railway tickets?