Iera Odos – Following the sacred road of Ancient Athens

Iera Odos (Sacred Road / Ιερά Οδός in Greek) was in ancient times the road that connected the city of Athens with Eleusis / Elefsina (Ελευσίς / Ελευσίνα), where once a year the famous (but still unexplained about their exact character) Eleusinian Mysteries (Ελευσίνια Μυστήρια) were performed. Iera Odos was 22 km long, starting from…

Revealing more secrets sights in Athenian suburbs

The great acceptance of our article “Revealing secrets sights in Athenian suburbs“, gave us the inspiration to search even more and find new unknown (to most) sights in the suburbs of Athens. As we have mentioned and in our previous post although we sometimes know the existence of these places, we are not always aware…

Favourite record shops from our travels in Europe

During your travels, one of the things you always do is shop and buy special things that you can’t find in your country and are typical of the place you are visiting. For music lovers and especially those still buying vinyl and CDs, a visit to a new city is an opportunity to search and…

Vrysaki – The lost neighbourhood of Athens

The Ancient Agora of Athens (Αρχαία Αγορά Αθηνών) is perhaps the most famous and visited archaeological site of Athens apart from Acropolis. It was the centre of social, economic and political life of the ancient city. However, few of the thousands of Greeks and foreign visitors who come here every year know that until the…

Old Town of Xanthi – The Little Paris of Northern Greece

“I was born on October 23 in Xanthi, in the fairytale Old Town, the preserved” this is how Manos Hadjidakis described his birthplace in his autobiographical text. The Old Town of Xanthi (Η Παλιά Πόλη της Ξάνθης) is one of the largest urban traditional settlements in Greece, which has remained unaffected by time and preserves…

Αποκαλύπτοντας μυστικά αξιοθέατα στα προάστια της Αθήνας

Το πραγματικό ταξίδι της ανακάλυψης συνίσταται όχι στην αναζήτηση νέων τοπίων, αλλά στην κατοχή νέων ματιών Marcel Proust, La Prisonnière Επειδή πολλοί από τους αναγνώστες μας, μάς ζήτησαν και μια ελληνική έκδοση του συγκεκριμένου άρθρου, το επανακυκλοφορούμε μεταφρασμένο στα Ελληνικά. Μετά το επιτυχημένο άρθρο μας για τα Secret Sights of Athens, αποφασίσαμε να επεκτείνουμε την…

Revealing secrets sights in Athenian suburbs

The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes Marcel Proust, La Prisonnière After our successful article on the Secret Sights of Athens, we decided to expand our research to the suburbs of Athens and try to discover places few of us know exist. Sometimes, although we are aware of their…

The Canova Lions of Romvis Street

Did you think the lion was sleeping because he didn’t roar? Friedrich Schiller (Die Verschwörung des Fiesco zu Genua). In recent years, every time I go to the centre of Athens for a walk or for shopping, I will always remember to go to Romvis Street, in order to check if the lions are still in…