Saturday, March 31, 2007

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Grand Dog Hotel

A few meters from my home...

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A King's yard

These stairs lead to the room where the King's office used to be. Many photos in Greek magazines featuring "family" moments of the royals in the 50's and '60s had the family sitting on them.
(See also previous posts)

Saturday, March 24, 2007

..ante portas

This gate was the official entrance to the palace proper in Tatoi (see previous posts). On the right (not visible) is what remains from the guard's outpost. From this gate would pass every official visitor and on this spot stood the tanks which blocked the palace during the coup d' etat in 1967. (That is, until the moment when the King accepted their "government").

Today the estate is completely accessible to the public (except from any building) and is recommended trip for everyone visiting Athens.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Swimming pool for Kings

I wonder how many royals had dived in this swimming pool in the former royal palace in Tatoi. Now it's full of leaves and some graffiti.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Tatoi former Royal palace

This is where the ousted Greek royal family lived from 1871 to 1968. The palace is part of a large property, now confiscated by the state. The building is empty. Most objects, artifacts and precious items were taken by the former King over the years and many of them were auctioned in London some weeks ago.

The place is more than 15km out of Athens and is now part of Parnitha National Park and the whole area is open to the public. I, actually, met many tourists walking the area and many families trekking. The palace and all the other buildings are closed though.

More pictures to follow.

Read more in Wikipedia
See the area in Wikimapia

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The automobile fields

This is Attiki Odos, the newest and fastest freeway in Athens. Today, it was just a an endless queue of cars due to Vladimir Putin´s visit. This road leads to the airport so the authorities saw it proper to close it entirely for 30 minutes till the motorcade of the departing Russian president reaches Athens Intl.
Well, it was an opportunity for the drivers to have a little socializing under the sun.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

"300" World Premiere

Two days before the official release in Greece, the movie about the battle of Thermopylae was screened in a grand premiere in Athens. A whole multiplex (14 cinemas, about 2700 seats) was dedicated to Leonidas and his 300 men who fought the Persians in 480 B.C.

Of course, the movie is based on the "300" comic book which is loosely based on the actual battle. Some in Greece will yell against the "distorted history" but, well, it's just a movie.

In the movie, King Xerxes of Persia is pronounced with a "Z". Please, it's X like X-box, not Z like in Xena. :-)

P.S. 2
Look how King Xerxes looked like and how he is depicted in the movie. Good thing this will never be released in Iran. :-)

Sunday, March 04, 2007

A ride on the mountain

This is the teleferique of the Parnitha mountain. It lifts people to the Regency Casino (former Mont Parnes Hotel, alt. 1055m). It is brand new. The previous lift that was there for over 40 years was dismantled. Parnitha is the tallest mountain in Athens and is a protected forest and wild life area.
See the area in Wikimapia

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Say goodbye to winter

First day of spring today. For scenes like this, we 'll have to wait till next winter (at least in this part of the world).