Hotel El Greco
Ag. Andrea 145, Patras, 262 21, Greece
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carnival in the streets
the old Lithografeio
Agios Dionysios church
I've been trying to get ahold of train schedules from patras to athens and athens to other parts of Greece as well. Since, I don't speak Greek, Greece's national railway company's website (www.ose.gr) is difficult to use. How can I find this information? Any tips? Thanks
Re: train schedule
I can see your problem - even in the English version the stations are written in Greek. I'm learning Greek and can probably help you with the translations. If you want me to help, please email me via VT and I'll try my best. Anne-Marie
Forget about trains in Greece, the railway network is terrible!
There are every day several trains from Athens to Patras and vice-versa, but the trip is long (around 5 hours) and in Kiato you have to change trains.Big fuss!
From Patras, you can not go anywhere, maybe to some neighbouring cities or back to Athens.Patras is a kind of a terminal station (to nowhere!).
The best and only solution (as all of us Greeks do):to take the KTEL interurban buses.They take you everywhere in Greece, they are confortable, they are reliable and will get you to Patras in 3 hours.
I hope I have been of assistance.
Re: train schedule
Yes, KETL is the best solution indeed.
athens to skopelos
Thanks for the tip. I really appreciate it. I found the schedule of both the trains and the buses from Patras to Athens and back. Now, I'm looking for bus and ferry schedules from Athens to Skopelos via Agios Constantinos. Any advice?
Re: train schedule
www.openseas.gr and click on the English flag for English. for all ferry scedules. maria
Travel Tips for Patras
Dubbed Greece's Gate to the West, Patras is a commercial hub, while its busy port is a nodal point for trade and communication with Italy and the rest of Western Europe. The city has two public universities and one Technological Institute, hosting a large student population and rendering Patras.
Every spring the city hosts one of Europe's largest and most colorful carnivals; notable features of the Patras Carnival include its mammoth-sized satirical floats and extravagant balls and parades.
Patras was the European Capital of Culture in 2006. You may watch my high resolution photo of Patras on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 38º 14' 33.04" N 21º 43' 40.32" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Patras St Andrew Tower.
Patras’ Carnival (Patrino Karnavali in greek) is the most famous in Greece. Many people (especially young ones) from all over Greece go there and drink, have fun, drink, watch the colorful carnival, drink, pay prices from outerspace, drink and did I tell you that they drink? :)
Patras carnival is based on the local customs of the bourgeoisie during the 19th century. After the Ionian islands reunited with Greece many customs from there were added and it was the beginning of the 20th century that the first groups were made, music for the carnival was written etc There are several different events like parades, a game called hunting of hidden treasure etc The big parade on the last Sunday (before Clean Monday that the orthodox start to prepare for the Easter) is the big event of course with the ritual burn of the King Carnavalos at the end (near the harbour) while fireworks fill the sky (pic 2). It’s that day that all the visitors come, the hotels are fully booked but the young people don’t care because they drink all night and just return the morning after :)
The parade goes through the streets of the city (pic 3), this year (2010) was very difficult to watch due to heavy rains that spoiled the atmosphere, that’s why I don’t have good pictures, the old ones are really old but I promise to have better ones next year :)
weird street race
It was a weird weekend for the locals.
The first Patras International Circuit Kart took place on September 19-20, 2009 and I noticed many people staring at the strange tiny cars that was going in circle around Vas.Georgiou square (3 blocks from east to west, from Ag.Nikolaou>Maizonos>Patron>Korinthou).
Some main streets like Korinthou and Maizonos were closed at that part and it was nice to see the race (the other days it’s full of cars anyway). Of course, as usual some local old ladies were at their balconies screaming about the noise of the cars :)
About 100 drivers from all over Greece came and transferred the city into a small Monaco for a while :) By the way, the local authorites gave 75,000 for putting new asphalt on the streets.
A few Kilometers from Patras...
A few Kilometers from Patras is Rion suburb. Rion is an important transport junction (it connectes the 'Peloponnese' with the 'Sterea Hellas').
Rion has also a beautiful castle, and a lot of summer bars, disco-clubs and Cafes, you can visit them and drink a coffee or a coctail. It has also a lot of restaurants, you can visit them and eat tradional and others food.
Near Patras, there are many great beaches, excellent villages next to the sea. Swimming, surfing,fun, drinking ...!
Try 'Kalogria Beach'. You dont'n know what you 're missing.
Exterior of the church
Walk around the exterior & wonder who is the architect! I do that quite a bit especially when I come a cross a building I like. Even if it's an office building in the middle of the city anywhere in the world. I see the shapes, I see the texture & I see life... the life of an architect! The infinity of one's thought... think the Pyramid, the Great Wall, Sagrada Familia...
I once saw a movie... the main character said this while teaching an architectural subject: "Even a brick wants to be something..." Anyone remember which movie it is? Yes!!! Even a brick wants to be something. What do you want to be???
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