Affichage des articles du août, 2009

Philopappou Hill

With the Acropolis and the Lykabettos, it is the third and the smallest hill of Athens. Located on the west of the Acropolis, it offers a great point of view on the Parthenon and all the city around (including the Lykabettos behind the Parthenon, and you can even see the huge new museum on the right side) :It is mostly wooden and the main landmark up there is a monument built in the 2nd century A.D. dedicated to the memory of Caius Julius Antiochos, a friend of Athens, says my guide, and whose nickname was “Philopappos”, which means : “loved by his grand-father.” It directly faces the Parthenon, as shown below.And it is quite damaged :Just for the fun, one last picture of the view :La colline de Philopappou est la troisième et la plus petite des collines d’Athènes. Elle est à l’ouest de l’Acropole, et son point d’attraction principal, en dehors de la vue, c’est le monument en mémoire dudit “Philopappos”, surnom de Caius Julius Antiochos, mécène d’Athènes. Construit au 2e siecle après …

Lykabettos Hill

The Acropolis is neither the only, nor the highest hill in Athens. Actually, you will probably have a better view of the whole town from the top of the Lykabettos hill (278 meters !) on which stands a little chapel – a better view especially if you want a graphic panorama of the Acropolis itself, with the sea as background. The steeps of the hill are planted of trees, inhabited by legions of cicadas (see the pic below) which are just waiting for you to walk by to fly into your face !A swimming-pool on the roof, that’s cool.L’Acropole n’est ni la seule, ni la plus haute des collines d’Athenes. En fait, la meilleure vue sur la ville est incontestablement celle du haut de la colline du Lycabette (278 m!), au sommet de laquelle se trouve une petite chapelle. Si vous souhaitez un panorama carte-postalesque avec Acropole et mer en arriere-plan, c’est ce qui se fait de mieux. Les pentes de la colline sont raides (il y a aussi un funiculaire) mais ombragées par des arbres qui sont le refuge d…


First visit to Syntagma Square and already a manifestation before the Parliament Building

The Parthenon ! seen from Zappio

The Roman Agora on the north side of the Acropolis



I left Belfast and Northern Ireland on Saturday 18th of July. All travel expenses paid by my future company, baggage limited to the amount of 20 kg. The first thing I noticed is that what kind of crap and stupid things one has the time to collect and burden himself in one year abroad. I have to say I gave up a lot of things, and the charity shops were probably delighted to see all the winter clothes I donated, and I mailed myself other things like books, but the worst thing was the sound of the crows telling me : you are not allowed to take two bags on hold in the plane, only one ! I spent a really bad night, wondering which bag a tyrannical check-in agent will oblige me to give up at the airport. And in the end… It went perfectly well ! All this crap about “you are allowed only one bag” is just BS ! I had 19,5 kg when leaving Belfast with two bags. On the other hand, my two colleagues travelling with me had one bag, which weighed 31 kg.

The curious thing is that in London Heathrow, w…