Air traffic control tower

Tuesday 30 November 2010

I had to go to the airport today to say Goodbye to a friend who was leaving for London. And I took the opportunity to take a photo of the air traffic control tower, overlooking the two runways at Athens International Airport... 


Austrian Alps....

Monday 29 November 2010

This is something you could see in the Alps, or on a mountain with a lot of snow. But here in Athens looks and is so different. But so beautiful in the same time!
Unfortunately, I don't see any snow coming. It's the end of November and although in the rest of Europe there is winter and snow, in Greece, temperature is well over 20 degrees and no sign of bad weather for the near future.... 


Looking high.....

Sunday 28 November 2010

Athens is a city that doesn't have many high buildings. There must be less than ten all together. This one is probably the smallest of these "skyscrapers". But I'd like to go to the last floor and see the vies from there!



Saturday 27 November 2010

In Athens we don't have a Chinatown as there are in other big cities. But we do have a lot of Chinese who open stores in every neighborhood. I came across a Chinese corner downtown today and I liked the banners and this yellow building....



  Friday 26 November 2010

This is how we let old and beautiful houses become ruins! This was an amazing neoclassical building, with a great terrace and great details at Monastiraki square. It's been left like this for years. What a pity!


One city, one team...

Thursday 25 November 2010

The city is Athens and the team is PANATHINAIKOS F.C.
This was taken after midnight, when the game against Barcelona for the Champions League was over. Unfortunately, we lost 0-3!

This is the Olympic stadium of Athens, know as "Spyros Louis", home of Panathinaikos F.C., which was built in 1982. It was renovated at 2004 for the Athens Olympic games from Spanish famous architect, Santiago Calatrava and hosts about 70.000 people. And it was all crowded today....

P.S. The photo was taken at 00.30, so it counts for Thursday, although the game was on Wednesday!


Athens Hilton

Wednesday 24 November 2010

This Athens Hilton first opened in 1963 and it was a miracle of  modern architecture at that time in the city. From the Galaxy bar and restaurant on the last floor, you have the best view of Acropolis. Especially at night, when the lights of Acropolis are turned on the sight is really amazing!
In front of the hotel at the park there is the glass statue of Dromeas (runner) made by the famous Greek sculptor, Kostas Varotsos, in 1988


Parking in Athens....

Tuesday 23 November 2010

This is a typical photo of a sidewalk in Athens. Cars and bikes parked everywhere, preventing pedestrians from an easy walk. Since the owners know they'll never get a parking ticket, they park their vehicles wherever they like. Total anarchy.....


Starbucks Athens

Monday 22 November 2010

A Starbucks Coffee at Mesogion Avenue at night.I just loved that orange - brown curtain from the leaves, in front of the store. This is my favorite one in Athens, and I relax there with a nice cup of coffee, when I have time to spent....



Sunday 21 November 2010

Most of the graffiti in the city are without any sense, just colored letters that don't mean anything. But this one, next to a metro station is really outstanding. It's Louis de Funes from the Fantomas trilogy.



Saturday 20 November 2010

This is the best place in downtown Athens, if you want to buy salami, pastrami, sausages, rare types of cheese or even garlic!.
It's been operated by the same family (Armenian) since 1922!

P.S. Click on photo to see it in larger size with better details!


Old and new...

Thursday 18 November 2010

Sometimes, they keep the old, beautiful, neoclassical houses and build modern buildings on top of them. Here, they kept the old one as the entrance and the main building with the offices is the new one. It is used as a bank, in a central Athens Avenue....


Another block of flats?

Wednesday 17 November 2010

As I often say, I find Athens an ugly city. It used to have charming houses, neoclassical, with beautiful gardens, but after the sixties, one after the other are becoming huge and almost identical blocks of flats.
I'm afraid, this is the story here as well....


Athens Metro

Tuesday 16 November 2010

It may not be as old and famous as the London Underground or the Paris Metro, but it's new, fast, useful and very-very clean! It started in January 2000, after so many problems with excavations, due to antiquities found under the ground. The Metro tunnels were constructed at a depth of 15 meters, a level which is much lower than usual. There are 31 stations and new lines are designed for the coming years.


Best view....

Monday 15 November 2010

Lycabettus Hill. The best place in Athens to have diner with a view. The city doesn't look so beautiful, it's rather ugly when you see it from up there, with all these blocks of flats and the absence of parks and green, but it's got some wonderful "corners" and a magical vibe....