Thursday, November 30, 2006

Ready, steady, go!

At Rafina port, these two vessels seem ready to compete each other.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Archaeological Museum

It is the most important archaeological museum in Greece and one of the richest in the world concerning ancient Greek art. Its collections are representative of all the cultures that flourished in Greece.
These statuettes are from Cyclades civilizations. In the museum you can also see prehistoric items, sculpture, pottery and minor art, bronzes and Egyptian Art.

It's very close to Omonoia Square, accessible from the red or green metro line.

Virtual Visit
The Museum in Google Maps

P.S. Many thanks to my friend Jois who took the photos.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Monday, November 27, 2006

Made in USSR

How many items that bear the sign "CCCP" can you find these days in western Europe? This machine was made in Leningrad and is a "Polygrafiyetchki Mahshin".
This polygraph copy machine (nothing to do with lie detector machines) is something like a typewriter which types multiple copies. After serving for many years in a publishing company it now adorns the "Books Arcade" in central Athens.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Grooming by brooming

It seems that knowledge produces waste and that temples of science need some cleaning too. At University propylaea, the grooming business has begun.
Athens University in ADP
Athens University in Google Maps

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Olympic Memories

This is the north entrance of the Olympic Stadium. Two years ago this place was full of spectators, ready to join the Games. I like to pass by sometimes and remember those days.
The place on Google maps
2004 Summer Olympic

Friday, November 24, 2006


After today´s photo and that one, it seems that every major Athens attraction goes with a dog. I think I 'm beginning to have a theme here :-)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Mexican Embassy

It seems that America has some other United States too. To this day, I never knew that Mexico's official name is "Estados Unidos Mexicanos". The embassy is an apartment in a residential building just behind the Prime Ministers office and near the Greek Presidential Palace.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Just opposite the Prime Minister's office, a 6-door limo awaits for its VIP passengers.
On the map

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Shooting the shooter

I like very much to take photos of people taking photos. After this and this, here is another one.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Monastiraki metro station

The "green" line with the silver-red trains is almost 100 years old (these particular trains only about 15). The line started operations in 1869 and this station was one of its first. (Click here and go to the photo gallery).
The station is at Plaka. As you can see from the houses up there, it's one of the oldest neighborhoods in Athens and one of the main tourist attractions, very close to Acropolis.
Panoramic view of Monastiraki and Plaka
Where is it on the map?

Friday, November 17, 2006

Karaiskaki Stadium and Karaiskakis himself

Remember this post about Karaiskaki stadium, home field of Olympiacos FC? Here is the man who the stadium is named after. He is a hero of the Greek 1821 Revolution. Read more about him
The stadium is built exactly on the site of a crucial battle, in which Karaiskakis died. The only fight today there is by the hooligans (yes, we have many of them).

A girl and an old lady

There are so many beautiful sights to shoot a photo in Athens that you can easily turn your back even to Acropolis.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Lancia Centenary

Lancia, the Italian Car manufacturer, is celebrating its centenary and presents the Lancia Tour Italian Design. Famous cars built by the italian company were exhibited alongside objects of distinctive italian design at Zappeion between the 7 th and 12th of November.
The Flaminia Coupé (1965) attracted many visitors with its aggressive but stylish looks.

The Delta HF 4WD (1989) looking angry at the photographer.

And an aspect of the future

(All photos and captions by George)

Lancia 100 years

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Books' Arcade

Not so glorious as some other European arcades (e.g. Milan's Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele) but the Books' Arcade (you can see the sign in greek), just beside the Arsakeion building hosts some of the most intellectual events in the city. All major Greek publishers have premises here while there is a specially designed gallery on the basement level for exhibitions, presentations and events, all associated with books.
Info taken from Athens Info Guide
See the exact place on the map

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Marathon Dam

This magnificent piece of work is unique in the world because its external cladding of white pentelikon marble is the same marble used in construction of the Parthenon and the other buildings in the Acropolis. Works for the dam started in 1929. The man-made lake was the main water supply for Athens from 1931 to 1959. Now it serves as a secondary supply.
It's 5 minutes drive from Marathon village and the site of the historic battle of Marathon where the Greeks defeated the Persians. The Marathon Race name originates from that battle. See here why.
Cars can drive through the top of the dam.
In greek, Marathon means fennel.
See the site on the map

100th post

I want to thank you all for every visit, every comment and every kind word. And, of course, for creating the vast and truly global community of city photo bloggers.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Fast and Furious

Not really in Athens but it's a scene from "Acropolis Rally", therefore it qualifies as Athens, doesn't it? :-)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

In...plane view

A fighter plane right beside a busy avenue and just in front of cars and buses is not something you see every day. This F-104 Starfighter used to fly for Hellenic Air Force and now retires in the backyard of Athens War Museum. Not really a glorious ending for a fighter career but much better than turning into scrap metal anyway.
See it on the map (the smallest rectangle)
Athens War Museum
Hellenic Air Force
F-104 Starfighter

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

To protect and reserve

This is what happens when restoration and preservation goes along with modern needs. The office building on the background was erected behind the face of this old mansion. The front side of the mansion was restored and now serves as part of the larger structure, so everyone is happy.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Holding hands

This is the statue of National Reconciliation, a monument erected in 1989 to celebrate the 40 years from the end of the 1945-49 civil war.

The statue stands in Klafthmonos Square (means: square of grief), the square took its name from the civil servants of 19th century who were fired from their state jobs every time the government was changing and were gathering there to cry for their fate.
See the exact place on the map
More about Greek civil war

Friday, November 03, 2006

Where is my cart?

Wrong place, buddy. Only shopping carts here.
Where was this photo taken?

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Run, Stewie, run!

"Woman! Bring me my milk and change me already. I need some service heeere!"

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Holy Commuters

Early morning in "Evangelismos" station, named after the "Hospital of Immaculate Conception" which is exactly above the station. Many neighborhoods, stations, streets and towns are named after christian saints. In the metro lines only, eight stations are named Saint This and Saint That (Agios is the greek name for Saint). The Red Line runs from Agios Antonios to Agios Dimitrios.
Evangelismos station is just near Hilton Hotel, National Gallery and Kolonaki shopping district.
Where exactly is it?