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17 pictures from my bike ride in Athens – and an abandoned airport

It’s one of the oldest cities in the world, home of the Olympic games, proper maths and pretty much everything. Athens is one cool city…

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Filopappou Hill, right in the middle of the city – this view was a complete surprise

I’ve been in here for the past week. I’ve parked the van in a pretty luxurious free-camping spot at the marina with the big boats and yachts – it’s perfect – security, WiFi and toilets.

This may be one of a few Athens related posts, there is a lot to this city, but I’ll start with some pictures I took from a couple of my bikes rides.

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Exploring Athens on my bike – 17 photos:

I hope these photographs show just a bit of huge contrast of what’s on offer in this city.

They’ve gone to a lot of effort with the graffiti. Some is crap, some is genius
They’ve gone to a lot of effort with the graffiti. Some is crap, some is genius
Areopagus Hill aka Mars Hill. Looking West-ish
Areopagus Hill aka Mars Hill. Looking West-ish
There’s a lot of this In Athens.
There’s a lot of this In Athens
I liked this guys paintings (and his glasses). I don’t remember what the shop was called though. Was in the Plaka or Psirri area maybe
I liked this guys paintings (and his glasses). I don’t remember what the shop was called though. Was in the Plaka or Psirri area maybe
Mount Lykavitos – the highest point in the city at 277m above sea level. The view is from Areopagus Hill, looking North-ish
Mount Lykavitos – the highest point in the city at 277m above sea level. The view is from Areopagus Hill, looking North-ish
I’ve wanted a bouzouki ever since I got my hands on that bouzouki instrumentals cassette tape when I was 10
I’ve wanted a bouzouki ever since I got my hands on that bouzouki instrumentals cassette tape when I was 10
Avissynias Square, in the flea-market neighbourhood of Monastiraki
Avissynias Square, in the flea-market neighbourhood of Monastiraki
Man playing a music box on Mitropoleos Street
Man playing a music box on Mitropoleos Street
Syntagma Square, looking towards the parliament building
Syntagma Square, looking towards the parliament building
View of the Acropolis from Filopappou Hill
View of the Acropolis from Filopappou Hill
This just sums Athens up; inked yet beautiful.
This just sums Athens up; inked yet beautiful
The Gate of Athena Archegetis in the Roman Forum. I know what a Doric column is now. The Acropolis is in the background
The Gate of Athena Archegetis in the Roman Forum. I know what a Doric column is now. The Acropolis is in the background
Roman forum, with a view of the back of the gate of Athena Archegetis.
Roman forum, with a view of the back of the gate of Athena Archegetis
Interesting place to play music
A man standing and another man playing music. Interesting

…And then I found a derelict airport

I’m staying right near here. I think someone could be squatting the 727

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Ellinikon International Airport closed in 2001 after the new airport was built for the Olympics
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They left everything here – even planes

See my post on what camera do I use?

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