4th Route

Adrianou street - Agion Asomaton street -Thiseio Metro - Thiseio.

 
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From Agiou Fillipou turn right to Adrianou street. At the begging you will see restaurants and cafeterias and later street vendors selling used goods. At the end of Adrianou street is the Thissio metro station. Video Actually it is no Metro station but an urban electric railway station. panorama Metro has two lines and it is created in 2000 before the olympic games. The Urban electric railway has a history of 150 years.  . Nowadays it operates the same way like Metro. For legal reasons it is called differently. Before Olympic Games its appearance was renovated. A few years ago a new structural renovation made. Now it is a little faster and more comfortable. Because of  the stations proximity faster speeds are impossible to be achieved.  Turn left and walk at the big pedestrianized Agion Asomaton street. Video Many street vendors sell nice things from earrings, paintings to ornaments etc.

After 150 meters Agion Asomaton street is renamed Apostolou Pavlou street. Apostolou Pavlou is a huge pedestrianized street.  It was pedestrianized before the olympic games, during the unification program of archeological places in Athens. This program was very beneficial for the tourism of Athens. The only bad thing is that in Athens like in Rome ( before Berlusconi ) the pedestrianized streets are not respected by the motorcyclists and car drivers. The pedestrianized street Agion Asomaton, Apostolou Pavlou and Dionisiou Aeropagitou are used as by pass roads daily by cunning drivers to avoid congestion. This is awful for pedestrians, since they can not find a pavement. Police shows no real interest for this phenomenon. 

Big cafeterias  at the right of Apostolou Pavlou street have the best view in Athens. It is a very trendy area for drinking you coffee or having a snack. It is ideal during summer nights. The area is open and the summer night  breeze cools down the regular customers.


4th Route 1st Deviation.


If you love youthful haunts try this. From Apostolou Pavlou street turn  right to Nileos Street. After 20 meters again to the right at the pedestrianized Iraklidon street.

Iraklidon street is a narrow peaceful street that use to have a tram. The tram lines still exist today. Hundreds of students hang around into the big cafeterias. The area is different from the Aposolou Pavlou street and Thiseio. Iraklidon street is an area to see and to be seeing, full off young and vibrant people. Video


Retrace your steps back to the Apostolou Paulou street. The numerous cafeterias continue until the road becomes quite uphill. The area lacks any building and is mysterious how it survived from being exploited all these decades.   At the far right you will see the old National Observatory of Athens. It is an indication that the place was scarcely populated in the past, ideal for night observations. Nowadays does not operate due to the immense inevitable city light pollution. Follow the Apostolou Paulou uphill and you will reach at the right the entrance to Acropolis and Parthenon. Video


4th Route 2nd Deviation.


This deviation will sent you nearly back to the beginning of our walking trip. As you enter the dirt road don’t worry about getting lost. Just keep following the road. The road a dirt and unpaved one. Is not long, nearly 10 minutes at a slow pace. Right and left there are guardrails. Video It cuts the archeological region in two parts.. I suggest to prefer weekends during midday hours. This time is full off people and very safe. Be aware during weekdays, especially when the archeological area left and right is closed to the public, before 10 AM and after 2 PM. The road is isolated, seldom surveyed by police. No buildings or roads with vehicles nearby. Groups of young male adults enjoy their “unusual activities” and they are not friendly to indiscreet tourists. Video At the right of the road is the spectacular view of Acropolis and at the right side the view of Archea Agora and Stoa Atallou .  At the end you will meet the paved Polignotou street. You will see at the right the Mellina Mercouri Foundation. During her administration in culture ministry, she really transformed the historical center of Athens. A little further you see the remnants of  Roman Agora and Aerides monument. Video

Now we are in the upper part of Plaka area. We are plunged into 19th century Athens. Is the most picturesque and less spoiled part of Athens. Plenty of little beautiful cafes and taverns. A cool place for wandering around during the scorching summer sun. Video

Lissiou street is painted during the olympics games to resemble the track lines. It still survives without any care. Climb the stairs at right to reach the Anafiotika Area with its insular houses. Follow tripodon street and we are back to Vironos street and close to Acropolis museum.



Back to 3rd Route .

Agias filotheis street -Pandrosou street- Mitropoleos square -Monastiraki Metro-Ifaistou - Ag.Filipou street-Adrianou street.


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Mobile internet tips


Mobile internet roaming is notoriously expensive. All of us we have a second mobile phone. Just before visiting Athens don’t forget to take it with you. In Greece the three mobile network operators offers prepaid SIM without contract. They charge around 5 euros and sometimes they give them for free. All you need to have is a passport and 10 minutes of your time. After the purchase ask the employee to activate you a mobile internet data packet. Don’t forget do ask instructions about how to check the remain amount of data. In general the cost of 500 Mbytes of data is around 5 euros. Not bad at all. All the newspaper kiosks in Athens give recharging cards in order to put money into your mobile phone number. So you can activate mobile data packets as many times you need it.

The three central mobile carriers shops in Athens are these :


Vodafone

Stadiou street 3 very close to syntama square

www.vodafone.gr


Wind

Stadiou street 7 very close to syntama square

www.wind.gr


Cosmote

Eleftheriou Venizelou (Panepistimiou) 39

www.cosmote.gr


Websites in english (may the link change in future)

Cosmote

Cosmote offer

Vodafone

Vodafone offer

Wind

Wind offer


About this website.


That mainly travel website differs from others. Printed and online travel guides show and describes each sightseeing separately. The only dedicate two to six pages for walks. That is only good if you intend to stay for many days.

Athens is not prime target for tourists. The majority of them stays for one or two days.


So I ended creating this site. The walking is something that is overlooked. Walking helps to see the details of Athens. Marvelous or awful ones. Relax in a coffee-shop, check this website on your mobile phone while enjoying your beverage. See sightseeings in a row and between them discover new  parts of the city . Have a small meal, try to speak with the local citizen beside you. Don’t be shy. Athenians are not Parisians. They are openhearted. With a little luck he will give you unique tips. Leave the anxiety at home. In this website I don’t try to include everything. IT IS BORING. Sometimes less is more. If you try to visit all the main sightseeings with metro, taxi or bus you’ll spent more time in transportation and you’ll be exhausted and fed up. Ok! You will take plenty of photos, some videos and you will inform your friends that you saw many many things. So What ? You won’t see the real Athens. I admit that I used to do the same for years. I finally realized that I was a part of the tourist industry. Standardized work, standardized food, standardized traveling, standardized life. It’s better to blend into the city life by walking.


For me is very important to know beforehand what you are going to see. The factor of surprise is important. On the other hand a foreign country poses dilemmas. Nearly all the similar website are spartan to the use of photos and videos. These days web hosting is generous and that permits me to submit thousands of  photos and hundreds of videos. I describe most of them as far as possible. That helps the visitor to decide what route to choose. Something else that separates this website is the cultural events I include. Even if you don’t understand the greek language, music is understood by all. Summers are full of concerts in Athens.


   

The http://www.walkathens.net website is created with iWeb 3.0.4 application.

iWeb is part of Apple’s iLife ’11 suit. iWeb’s development has been stopped since 2011. However I think it is a very useful , friendly and powerful website creation tool for persons who don't want to dive into the HTML coding.

All the photos are automatically optimized by the iWeb. Their maximum resolution is 1920 x 1080 and their jpeg compression is rather high. The  row of photos is set accordingly to main Athens Walk routes and deviations routes. They have not been shoot during  peak hours. So the streets are not overcrowded. They were taken with the compact SLR Sony NEX-3 . Photos are resized by iWeb and iPhoto automatically. This page contains thousands of photos. Users with fast internet connection, please wait a few seconds for photos to appear. Mobile internet users may wait a little bit longer. If you like specific photos in their original 14 megapixels 4592 X 3056 pixels raw format, visit the extra webpage .


This webpage is obviously amateurish. Somehow I want it to be like that. Every webmaster struggles to give a professional look, according to the modern website’s trends. I prefer to focus on functionality than beauty. I dislike the use of Adobe’s flash technology because it isn’t compatible with mobile phones and tablets. I use extensively the iWeb’s javascript and the  flash as less as possible.  I believe that athenswalk.net  is not inferior than similar professional looking websites.

The word amateur derives from the french word amateur,  " lover of " .  I just show my love about Athens in a humble way. I avoid as much as possible to point at specific shops, restaurants and other commercial points. I haven’t put advertisement neither I intend in the future.

The structure of the site is simple. That helps a lot first time visitors. I’m trying to balance the amount of text, image and videos. I admit that I have a tendency to firstly enrich the site with more images and videos and much later support it with text.

I agree with the philosophy that “ Less is more “ and “ simple is better ” .



Web references


Most of my references are in the greek language. But this is not a real problem. Download and install, if you haven’t done it yet, the Google Chrome browser. Chrome have a function that efficiently  automatically translates greek pages to the english language. Be careful thought if you select the option ( never translate greek ). If you do it, is a little tricky to reenable greek translation.

If you dislike Google Chrome, install google toolbar for Internet Explorer. Its translate button give the option for webpages translation from greek to english.




http://anakaluptontas-thn-athina.blogspot.gr In greek .

A great amateur job. This blog is made from 54th Athens high school student. Informations that can’t be found into ordinary tourist guides. If you spent more than the three typical days in Athens, visit this site. Behind every old building, every street there is history.


http://www.hellenicaworld.com/Greece/Geo/en/GreeceOldImages.html in english.

Old fashioned website with many very old photos of Athens and Greece and general informations of ancient Greece.


http://www.citylink.gr/istoriko     in greek.

Information about the voukourestiou street.


http://www.360cities.net/area/athens in english.

Many panoramic photos from Athens. They are really good.


http://athinapisovitrina.blogspot.gr   in greek.

Amateur blog ,very well described. Many rare information even to the old athenias. Its title in english is  Athens behind the vitrine .


http://www.eie.gr/archaeologia/gr/chapters.aspx   in greek.

Official website created by archeologist. Serious descriptions of Athens. Detailed history of buildings and streets. Very good photos. Is a proper website for any serious visitor of Athens.


http://www.in2life.gr   in greek.

Many photos with good description. This site isn’t only about Athens. Click at the right to the relevant articles.


http://perierga.gr in greek.

Webpage from a general greek portal that informs about the old names of regions, districts and street of Athens. After the greek war of independence , there were many names that were considered turkish , vulgar and in general, political incorrect. Some of these names are still used unofficially by natives.


http://ksipnistere.blogspot.gr   in greek.

A webpage about Avissinias square.


http://plakadiadromes.webnode.gr    in greek.

An amateur job of the 1st experimental high school of Plaka district in Athens. The website’s name in english is :  Plaka the neighborhood of dreams. Many articles offers excellent informations about the most ancient part of modern Athens.


http://ellines-albanoi.blogspot.gr          

A webpage about the origins of the Plaka district’s name.


https://www.facebook.com/pages/ΑΡΧΑΙΑ-ΑΓΟΡΑ-ΘΗΣΕΙΟΝ/153959421291236     in greek.

Many very old photos with explanations from Archea Agora and Thiseio.


http://odysseus.culture.gr   in greek and in english.

An official site with information from the greek ministry of culture. You can spent much time learning about the archeological sites of Athens. You can select the english language. However articles written in english are fewer and poorer. Try the greek language for deep analysis with the help of Google chrome’s automatic translation.


http://alexanderchalkidis.com/hva/?cat=198   in greek.

That site is a treasure of very old greek photos. Spent some time to view them.


http://akrokerama.blogspot.gr/2012/12/blog-post_8.html    in greek.

This site is about ornamental edge tiles. The specific webpage has got unique old photos just before the demolition of many athenians districts due to the excavations of Archea Agora. It sorrowful that so many picturesque districts were vanished.


http://synnefaoneira.blogspot.gr  in greek.

Amateurish very well written blog. It is  about Athens and many other cities the blog’s creator has visited.   


http://www.eie.gr/byzantineattica/    in greek.

Official website about byzantine monuments of  Attica and very old byzantine churches of Athens.


http://www.eie.gr/archaeologia/En/Index.aspx  in greek and in english.

Official archeological site about Athens. The specific webpage describes the early history of modern Athens after greek war of independence.


http://www.agathe.gr in English.

The website of American School of Classical Studies gives unique informations and images of its excavations and history of greek archeological sites.


http://www.hellinon.net/AthensTopography2.htm   in greek.

Good looking site with historical informations about Greece.


http://plakadiadromes.webnode.gr/   

Excellent webpage about the Bouats mini music scenes during the 60’s and early 70’s .





Friendly Links

These website were an inspiration for me and showed their interest to athenswalk.net .


Peanuts or Pretzels

A blog from a married couple who loves traveling. Very romantic website.


Down the Wrabbit Hole

A blog written by a teacher and computer savvy who enjoys traveling.


Enjoy The Journey

Beth & Gaz from England put amazing photos from their trip into their blog.


Claire Newell

A professional website from Claire Newell and is a travel consultant.


STYLEWALKS

A fashion blog inspired by the  traveling.


truenomads.com/about-me/

Justin is addicted to travel. He gather donation and travels all over the world


meltedstories.com

A group of young adults share the  stories of their trips.


whereintheworldismeganclaire.tumblr.com/

Mike and Magie love to travel and the photography. They are australians travel-a-holic .


theworldwanderer.net

Erin is a young woman who have create a very well designed website full of traveling memories.


  


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4th Route Adrianou street Athens.

Route Adrianou street Athens. Left upwards is the temple of Hephaestus. Left downwards is the railroad of the urban electric railway. It is intergraded into the Athens metro system. After 2008 extensive repairs made it safer more comfortable but not faster as was supposed to be. Station are too close to each other and speed is a little difficult to be achieved.

The first who intensely excavated archea agora, were german archeologists at the beginnings of the 20th century. Their discoveries where spectacular. Many ancient findings were sent to Germany and never returned. No doubt why not a single bomb was dropped, around this area during the german invasion in 1941.

Temple of Hephaestus. Its is situated upon Agoraios Kolonos hill. It was dedicated to Hephaestus and Athena. It was build around 450 BC. It was wrongly named Temple of Theseus and the area around took the name Theseion. Still today the area is named Theseion.

4th Route Adrianou street Athens. During summertime night the street is lively with thousands walker who enjoy their beverage with a view to the well lighted  Acropolis and temple of Hephaestus.

4th Route Adrianou street Athens  Left Archea Agora.

4th Route Adrianou street Athens  Street vendors with old items  may find something but pleased try not to get fooled.


4th Route Adrianou street Athens  Street vendors.

4th Route Adrianou street Athens in front Agion Asomaton street  Right a little further Agion Asomaton and church. Agion Asomaton church was built in 11th century. It has arabic and oriental elements because of the arabic community, who lived in this area, during its construction period. It was renovated in 1960.

4th Route Adrianou street Athens  In front Agion Asomaton street.

4th Route  Agion Asomaton Street Athens In front Thissio metro station  Is called urban electric railway station for legal reasons. Also this area is the terminal of KTEL buses. Semi nationalized buses that link Athens with other city in Attica.

4th Route  Agion Asomaton Street Athens Right Thissio metro station.  Is called urban electric railway station for legal reasons.

Right Thissio metro station. Thiseio station is a very old station. It was the terminal of the first urban railway line in Greece  in 1869. The line connected Piraeus port with Athens. It was a private railway owned to the english Edward Pickering In 1904 it became electric. It is considered the second oldest urban railway line after London.

The first years the railway was single line the public acceptance was huge and a few years later it became double line. In 1889 the line reached Omonoia station. The stations of Piraeus , Thisio , Monastiraki nice examples of old stations architecture.

4th Route  Agion Asomaton Street Athens Right Thissio metro station.

Thissio.

4th Route  Agion Asomaton Street Athens. The usual motorbike annoying riders

4th Route  Agion Asomaton Street Athens Right Thissio metro station. The usual motorbike annoying riders

Every Friday mostly during wintertime hundreds of cyclists are gathering around this station for their trip around Athens. The last five years there is a cycling movement in Athens.

Metro supports the transport of bicycles inside trains. Typically car and bus drivers  give no respect to cyclists. So a large number of cyclist every Friday inform them that streets are made for bicycles too. On other hand, is certain that you will face cyclists that look down on pedestrians and abuse the use of pavements.

4th Route  Agion Asomaton Street Athens Street vendors selling cheap cute things.

4th Route  Agion Asomaton Street Athens.  Street Vendors.   Who needs his feet today?  Who need smelly noisy trains? The technology has solved the problem.

4th Route  Agion Asomaton Street Athens. Street vendors.

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street Athens The  start of the Thissio coffee shops.

Apostle Paul in his second missionary journey preached to greeks in the nearby Areopagus (Areios Pagos). The street leads close to Areopagus. Areopagus was  an ancient court for crimes below Acropolis.

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street Athens

The street was paved during the unification of archeological sites program with cobblestones from Naxos island and marble from Tinos island.

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street Athens.

In 1857 started the construction of Dionisiou Aeropagitou street and Apostolou Pavlou street around the Acropolis. From old photos the area was rangeland and there was scarcely any trees.

The plant of trees upgraded this area but many archeologist are afraid of the the tree roots. Even today the most part of the Athens historical center isn’t excavated at all. So the tree roots cause very slowly but constantly damage to the buried archeological remnants.

Far in front is Acropolis. During the start of the greek war of Independence from ottomans , Athens had four thousands inhabitants. 

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street Athens  In front Nileos street

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street Athens  In front Nielos street.

4th Route 1st Deviation Nileos Street Athens.

4th Route 1st Deviation Nileos Street  Right Iraklidon street  Path for some of the best hidden coffee shops.

4th Route 1st Deviation Iraklidon street Athens Path for some of the best hidden coffee shops  Watch the old tram lines.

Beggars is a problem in Thiseio district. However the Iraklidon street is narrow and beggars are prevented by coffee-shops and bars staff.

4th Route 1st Deviation Iraklidon street Athens.

During winter time the place is full of students.

4th Route 1st Deviation Iraklidon street Athens.

4th Route 1st Deviation Iraklidon street Athens  Colorfull coffee shops.

4th Route 1st Deviation Iraklidon street Athens .

Before the greek economic crisis Iraklidon street became a very trendy place for local athenians. Many applied for bank  loans and opened coffee shops , small restaurants and bars. Unfortunately most of them were not directly visible by foreign tourists and the native athenians couldn’t support them.

4th Route 1st Deviation Iraklidon street Athens  BMW motorcycle union.

4th Route 1st Deviation Iraklidon street Athens  This street leads to Gazi area with its amazing bars and night life.

Back to 4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street Soup Kitchen for the poors due the greek financial crisis.

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street.

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street.

Illegal street vendors mostly from Africa. At the approach of police, they can vanish in seconds. It’s a game that is played for years.

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street.

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street.

In front Acropolis.

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street Athens  In front Acropolis Coffee shops with the beat view in Athens.

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street Athens.  Fleet of motorbikes. The pedestrianized road is not respected at all.

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street Athens.  Right an outdoor summer cinema with the best view in Athens.

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street Athens.  Right an outdoor summer cinema with the best view in Athens.

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street Athens  Right an outdoor summer cinema .

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street Athens.

This road leads to the entrance of Acropolis.

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street Athens.

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street Athens.   Police Presence . Intense during weekends. Not the same during weekdays. So be aware.

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street Athens.  The usual suspect. Tourist train.  You do not need it.

4th Route  Apostolou Pavlou street Athens.  The road leads to the entrance of Acropolis and Parthenon at the left side .

4th Route 2nd Deviation Pedestrian dirt road entrance.  Prefer weekends during midday between 10 AM to 2 PM, when the archeological area left and right is open to the public and surveilled. The road is isolated and can’t be seeing from nearby houses and cars.

4th Route 2nd Deviation Pedestrian dirt road. Left Archea Agora . Be aware during weekdays, especially when the archeological area left and right is closed to the public before 10 AM and after 2 PM. The road is isolated, seldom surveyed by police. No buildings or roads with vehicles nearby. Groups of young male adults enjoy their “unusual activities” and they are not friendly to indiscreet tourists.

4th Route 2nd Deviation Pedestrian dirt road . Right Areopagus hill.

4th Route 2nd Deviation Pedestrian dirt road. Right Acropolis.

4th Route 2nd Deviation Pedestrian dirt road. In front Stoa Attalos.

4th Route 2nd Deviation Pedestrian dirt road . In front Acropolis.

4th Route 2nd Deviation Pedestrian dirt road. Right Agιon Apostolon Solaki church (Saint Apostles church) It was build around 1000 AD and has many arabic symbols ( koufika patterns of early arabic letters) because of the arabic minority during that time. Solaki family contributed to the construction costs.

Agion Apostolon church during excavations. The church was in Vrisaki district near Vlassarous settlement which was demolish during the excavations the today’s archea agora. Other little churches and all the buildings were demolished in archea agora.  Miraculously  that church survived.

4th Route 2nd Deviation. Last meters of  pedestrian dirt road.

The church of Agion Apostolon. was restored by the architect Gianni Travlo and the economic support of the american foundation S.H. Kress.

4th Route 2nd Deviation. Last meters of  pedestrian dirt road.

The entrance of the upper part of archea agora.

4th Route 2nd Deviation. Last meters of  pedestrian dirt road.

The entrance of the lower part of archea agora.

4th Route 2nd Deviation Polygnotou street Athens. (Polygnotus street).

Polygnotus was an an ancient greek painter of fifth century BC from Thasos island. Some of his works have survived in the entrance of Acropolis.

4th Route 2nd Deviation  Polignotou street Athens  Right Melina Merkouri foundation.

4th Route 2nd Deviation  Polignotou street Athens.  Disoskouron street.

4th Route 2nd Deviation  Polignotou street Athens  In Front Roman Agora (Roman Forum).

Roman agora was built during 19 and 11 BC with the support of Julius Caesar and Augustus. It was invaid and destroyed by invasion of the germanic tribe Heruli in A.D. 267. Germans still influence Greece.

4th Route 2nd Deviation  Polignotou street Athens  Left Roman agora (Roman Forum).

During the excavations only the Fethiye mosque surveyed. Everything non ancient was demolished.

Left is the Roman Agora (Roman Forum) and the Tower of the Winds.

It was build by Andronicus Cyrrhestes around 50 BC. It is an octagonal clock tower built with pentelic marble. Its side depicts eight principal winds. On its summit there was a bronze weather vane statue of Triton ( the son of Poseidon) which was turning by the wind. 

4th Route 2nd Deviation  Roman Agora (Roman Forum) Right The tower of winds.

Inside the tower of wind there was a water clock . In Byzantium it was used as a bell tower. During Ottoman era it was converted to Teke (Dervish muslim kind of monastery).

Fethiye Mosque. ( The mosque of the conquer)

It was build in 1456 on the ruins of a Byzantine church. After greek war of independence was use as a bakery and a repository for the findings of the Roman Agora excavations. It has never undergone any serious restoration. It is not open to the public because is considered unsafe.

Far in front is the Gate of Athena Archegetis .

It is made in 11 BC with Pentelic Marble.

Is dedicated to the patron Goddess of Athens Athena.

Fethiye Mosque.

Since the recent turkish restorations works of Sumela monastery, there are greek intentions for the Fethiye mosque restoration. Recently the mosque was emptied from the archeological findings. However the greek economic crisis prevents many archeological projects.

4th Route 2nd Deviation.  Lisiou street Athens.

The district in named Aerides. It took its name from the Tower of WInds ( Aerides are  the Winds in english). Lysiou street Athens (Dionysus Lysios street)

Lysios is one of the many nicknames of Dionysus God.

During the 60’s the greek archaeological society prohibited the construction of new buildings and the unsupervised demolish of old ones in the Plaka area. Adding the lack of free car parking areas, and comforts of modern apartment houses, the area became  unfavorable.

The 60’s the rents in this area were the lowest in Athens. Some new music artists exploit that and create tiny night  music scenes which were named “bouat” ( from the french word boîte meaning box, tin, can and informal small nightclub). “Bouat” tiny music scenes in plaka, started without any audio power amplifiers since they were not necessary.

There wasn’t comfortable seats, only small stools and small low tables for two or three persons.  Low lights and congestion created an intimacy between the regular customers. Bouat” didn’t have dress code. Male singers didn’t wear suits and female singers wore mostly trousers and turtleneck sweaters. Only affordable drinks were served like vermouth, no whiskey neither champagne.

For food only dried nuts and sometimes fruit salad. The decoration was artistic and exquisite.The songs in “Bouat” ware sentimentally and during the dictatorship period social and political. “Bouat” music scenes were never mainstream. Nevertheless many of the most prominent artist began their carriers there. Some well known names are (Dalaras, Poulopoulos, Chatzis, Violaris, Chomata, Microutsikos, Koch, Dimitriadi, Arleta, Asteriadi).


The names of “Bouats” were poetic ( Esperides with Mariza Koch, Zigos, Skorpios with Kostas Chatzis , Mikrosmos later Neos Rigas, Lidra with Jimi Panousis and music brigades, Nostradamos). During the dictatorship “Boats” where centers for university students organized in  anti-dictatorship movement. The artist of Neo Kima ( Influenced by the Nouvelle Vague in France) were singing in Plaka’s “Bouat” . During the Dictatorship the popularity of “Bouats” was at its peak.

The censorship was strict but many political songs were sung with hidden messages in their lyrics. “Bouat” were the center of left-wing artists. Orchestras in “Boat” were small due to the space and budget restriction. One guitar and a piano were more than enough. The Bouzouki instrument didn’t have a place in “Bouat” and “Neo Kima” artists. Bouzouki was used in mainstream and large music scenes.


4th Route 2nd Deviation  Lisiou street Athens.   TRight Agias Zonis - Agiou Spiridona church. It was build during the Ottoman rule. It has survived without serious damages. It is inside the courtyard of a 19th century traditional house.

4th Route 2nd Deviation  Lisiou street Athens  The uphill part of Plaka is the best of Athens. Plaka is cat’s heaven in Athens. Is the only part of Athens where they can find gardens, open spaces and no traffic. Many habitants give them shelter an feed them regularly. Plaka has many abandoned house and cats are a solution to rats problem. The accustomed with tourist who feed them occasionally.

4th Route 2nd Deviation  Lisiou street Athens   This part of Plaka area is full of romantic little restaurant full of young people. Every weekends and especially during wintertime young athenians gather in Plaka ( In summertime there are many tourists and prefer the beaches of Attica). They come for a romantic walk and chat in the coffee shops.

4th Route 2nd Deviation  Lisiou street Athens   This part of Plaka area is full of romantic little restaurant full of young people.

At the left to the parallel Kiristou street is the Loutro Aeridon (Turkish bath).t is one of the few relics from the Ottoman era survived in modern Athens. At the beginning it  was build towards Lysiou street and it was named Abid efenti hamam. During the greek war for independence the turkish bath was destroyed. Soon afterwards was repaired by the greek and was extended towards Kiristou street.

The new extensions are neoclassical and its new entrance is at Kiristou street. It continued to operate as a bath until the first half of the 20th century.During 1994-1998 it was completly restored by the greek ministry of culture. Since then it is an cultural exhibition space. Visitors can see the old turkish bath an exhibits of greek folklore art. See the slideshow upwards for photos.

The illegal parking in Plaka is popular during weekends. There is a huge tolerance by the municipal police, since the visitors help the economic growth off the historical center. Nevertheless Plaka has many private affordable parking areas for temporary or permanent use.

4th Route 2nd Deviation  Lisiou street Athens   This part of Plaka area is full of romantic little restaurants and coffee shops. Every Sunday mostly during wintertime athenias bring their children in Plaka. Plaka is a safe and peaceful place without many cars. Due to the greek economic crisis, athenians avoid taking their cars and visit the historical with its good public transportation.

4th Route 2nd Deviation  Lisiou street Athens.   The road is painted with track lines during the olympic games of Athens 2004.

4th Route 2nd Deviation.  Flessa street Athens.  It leads to Adrianou street.

4th Route 2nd Deviation. Flessa street Athens.

4th Route 2nd Deviation.  Tripodon street Athens.  Tripodon leads to Vironos street and back to 1st route.

4th Route 2nd Deviation.  Tripodon street Athens.  Tripodon leads to Vironos street and back to 1st route.

 
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