The Athens Acropolis sightseeing tour and city tour is a combination of a city tour through the Syntagma area and Plaka, the old town of Athens, and a detailed visit trip to the Acropolis of Athens.
It is inside the Syntagma Metro Station, next to the ticket validating machines, beneath the hanging clock. Please make sure that you get there at 09:15 a.m. because this tour starts at 09:30 a.m.
The cost is 36 euros for adults, and 29 euros for students.
Equipment: A good quality walking shoes, a hat, a bottle of cold water, and a cream to protect you from the sun, probably an umbrella.
Of course a video camera or a digital camera.
Duration is 3hrs. 10 minutes.
Walking time 45 minutes.
"Stoa", "Agora" and a... sea were created outside the Olympic Stadium a few months before the beginning of the Olympic Games, according to the plans of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
The new "look" of that area is totally different than its old one, for our own good and luck...
They sure know the Dallas Mavericks and are big fans for both basketball and football, although their football is different than American football.
Emmit Smith is not well known in Greece and Dallas Cowboys just lost him from the team. No more Superbowls for Dallas.
Here is a picture of Greeces number one football team. (picture and permission to use is from gmadmax) Thanks George!
Equipment: Great picture and team!
I had taken this picture during an exhibition about the 100 years of the modern Olympic Games. It represents the finish of the marathon at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, which had been taken place in Athens, at Kallimarmaro Stadium.
The winner was a Greek man, named Spyros Louis. In honor of Louis, and because he comes from the region where is today the Olympic Stadium (Marousi), that stadium took his name.
It is near Zappeio (Zappeion) and the temple of Olympian Zeus. The stadium is located at the place of an ancient one, which had been built by Lykourgos in 330 BC. In roman times it was used as an arena. G. Averof, a rich Greek, gave a lot of money to be rebuilt with marble ("Kallimarmaro" means that it is made of fine marble), at the end of the 19th century, as it happened. It hosted the first modern Olympic Games.
Panathinaiko Stadio is used nowadays in special occasions (celebrations, ceremonies, concerts etc). About 70.000 people can be inside it, as in 1968 and its world record (for details, check the travelogue about AEK).
At the Olympic Games of 2004 the marathon race (finish) -the original one- and the sport of archestry surely gave more gold pages to the history of the stadium.
During the night there is illuminance of it, really nice...
These were the mascots of the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens, in front of the Panathinaiko Stadio. A brother and a sister (Phevos is Apollo, the brother of goddess Athena) are the symbols of participation, heritage and celebration...
The source of inspiration for Athena-Phevos was an ancient greek doll (7th c. BC), it is exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum.
Many Greeks wanted another type of mascot, they didn't like them, but we were soon got used with Athena and her brother... The mascot about the Paralympic Games was Proteas, rather more beautiful.
Marousi is a northern suburb 9 km of Athens (22 from the airport), where mainly lies the olympic era. Most of the stadiums are there, like the Olympic Stadium (athletics-football), the stadiums for basketball, aquatics (diving -like at the picture- water polo, swimming, synchronised swimming), cycling, tennis. You can go to Athens Olympic Sports Complex with a lot of ways, the best is by metro ("Eirini" station or "Nerantziotissa" station).
Athens has accommodated a lot of athletic events (at any kind of sport), especially after the development of the Olympic Stadium, which first housed the European Championship of athletics in 1982.
The picture is from the 5th World Championship of swimming (March 2000), at the Olympic Aquatic Centre.
It was built between 1981-1984 and is located in Neo Faliro, near to Piraeus ("Faliro" metro station). The stadium, with a strange shape, has already hosted many European and World Championships, in different sports - at the picture, the World Championship of weightlifting.
It is the stadium where maybe the bigger triumph of the greek athleticism took place, many years before the unexpected too triumph of greek football in Portugal (Euro 2004): on 14/6/1987 Greece won USSR 103-101 at the final of European Championship in basketball, a big surprise, and all over Greece people went out to the streets and were celebrating till the morning the big success of the team of Nikos Gallis, Panagiotis Giannakis, Fanis Christodoulou, Panagiotis Fasoulas and their company.
Its seating capacity is about 15.000. It is also used for concerts and commercial fairs. Volleyball was held there in 2004.
He was born in 1971, at Himarra of Northern Epirus (it belongs in Albania). He has managed to win three golden olympic medals, in Barcelona (1992), in Atlanta (1996) and in Sydney (2000). Athens was the place for the fourth one, this time bronze...
At the picture, Pyrros, already a myth and national hero, is lifting 180,5 kg -category of 84 kg- and making another world record (Athens, 26/11/1999, World Championship).
It was built in 1995 and first hosted the European Championship in basketball. It is the biggest closed stadium in Europe, almost 20.000 people can be inside, like at the game you see (9/8/1998, Yugoslavia-Russia 64-62, it was the final of World Championship). In 2004, gymnastics -artistic and trampoline- and basketball took place there.
It was built in 1982, with a capacity of 70.000. It has hosted 3 european finals (1983, 1994, 2007) and one cupwinners' cup final in 1987 -in football- European and World Championships in athletics too... It is owned by the Greek Olympic Committee.
At the picture, AEK and Olympiakos (2 greek teams) are coming inside the stadium, at the final of the Greek Cup. AEK, the team which I support (see my travelogue), won 2-1, on 27/4/2002, a happy night...
During the Olympic Games of 2004, this stadium -having the new impressive roof made by Santiago Calatrava- "lived" its most glorious moments of its own history...
According to their nature and the warm climate of the Mediterranean Sea, Greeks are "alive" in stadiums, especially if they watch their favorite team in football! Sometimes, there are violent actions in important games, so be careful where you go...
Generally, the spectators like sports, the successes of our teams or those of Greek athletes in many sports prove that... You all also saw on TV how crazy Greeks celebrated the 1st place of the national team in Euro 2004 in Portugal...
Athens is under feverous preparations for the 2004 Olympiad.Being the birthplace of the Olympics,Greece is determined to prove that it can also organise the best Games of modern times.Some ultra-modern facilities are being built and in 2004 Athens is going to have the most refined infrastructure,not only in sporting facilities but also in the field of transports.Facilities of premium quality combined with the authentic Olympic tradition that only Greece can offer are going to be the essential elements of this Olympiad...So,YOU SHOULD BE THERE!!!The Games come to their homeland once in a century!
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