Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Athens From Space

Athens viewed from space is a sea of concrete with no or little green areas. This picture was taken in 12 June 2004 from the International Space Station (IIS). One can notice the city limits squeezed between Mount Imitos (lower half) and Mount Egaleo (upper half).

Athens from space

A 3D image of Athens from space.

Athens from space

Greece by night from space. Athens is the highly illuminated area on the left half. Thessaloniki is at the near center of the picture.

Athens from space

Greece and Southern Italy seen from Space with the International Space Station (ISS) in the foreground.

Athens from space

Picture taken by astronaut Chris Hadfield aboard the ISS.

Athens from space
source: chrishadfield.ca

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

A visit to Vouliagmeni Lake

Location: Limni Vouliagmeni
Bus Lines: #114 #115 #149 #E22

This is a small lake located in the Southern suburbs of Athens in Voulaigmeni. It is a brakish water lake with an average temperature of 24 °Celsius (75.2 °F) all over year. The water is well known by Athenians for its therapeutic virtues. Indeed, it is very rich in minerals, making it ideal to treat conditions such as arthritis and backache. The environment is very calm and appealing with a well maintained infrastructure. The coffee shop on the site has a nice view of the lake. In the evening, during the summer, after the lake is closed for swimmers, the coffee shop tables extends to the swimmers area.

 Vouliagmeni Lake

The source of water that supplies the lake come from the underground through a complex labyrinth that has never been fully explored till our days. It is also considered very dangerous among cave divers for the strong currents that reside inside. The following article [in Greek], describes the divers attempts to explore the underground caves of the lake and the location of what is believed to be the entrance of the labyrinth from the sea side.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

A Day at Cape Sounion

Location: Cape Sounion, Lavrio [37° 39' 1.040" N - 24° 1' 28.474" E ]
Temple of Poseidon opening hours: 10 am till sunset.

Cap sounion is located about 70 km (43 mi) from Athens in the southernmost tip of the Attika peninsula. There lies on the top of the hill the twenty-four hundred years old temple of Poseidon. Legend says that it is at Cap Sounion, the tragic story of Theseus took place. Coming back from Crete, victorious Theseus over the Minotaur, forgets to switch the black sail of his ship to a white one. King of Athens, Aegeus, seeing the black sail believes his son Thesus dead and leaps over the hill into the sea, named Aegean after him.

To reach Sounion, the seaside route is recommended. On your way, you'll enjoy splendid views of the Saronic Gulf and its offshore islands, passing through Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, Lagonisi, Saronida and Anavisos towns.

Cap Sounion is very well known for its beautiful sunset, sunrise and moonrise. Making it an inspiration place for photographers and astronomers. Below are links to pictures taken by astronomer Anthony Ayiomamitis with the temple in the foreground:

Near the temple there is a restaurant where you can eat or drink a coffee with a view of the sea and the temple.  An alternative, is the Cape Sounio Resort  for those who want a more luxurious environment.

In summer, you can combine your visit of the temple of Poseidon with a swim at the nearby beaches. 

Bus Lines to Sounion

Two KTEL (ΚΤΕΛ) bus lines are available to Sounion, these are:

  • The 'Paraliakos' line which is the seaside route to Sounion (Athens - Glifada - Agia Marina - Saronida - Anavisos - Sounion). This is the recommended route to Sounion. The one way trip is about 2 hours.
  • The 'Mesogiakos' line which is the interior route to Sounion (Athens - Paiania - Koropi - Markopoulo - Lavrio - Sounion)

The bus terminal in Athens is located at Mavrommateon Street, Pedion tou Areos (map).
Further information and timetables can be found at the KTEL Attikis website ([pdf] Greek only).

Buses Timetable from Athens to Sounion (seaside route):

  • 06:30 - 07:30 - 08:30 - 09:30 - 10:30 - 11:30 - 12:30 - 13:30 - 14:30 - 15:30 - 16:30 - 17:30 - 18:30 - 19:30(*)
  • 21:00 to Anavisos only

Buses Timetable from Sounion to Athens (seaside route):

  • 08:00 - 09:00 - 10:00 - 11:00 - 12:00 - 13:00 - 14:00 - 15:00 - 16:00 - 17:00 - 18:00 - 19:00 - 20:00 - 21:00(*)

(*) The above timetable is subject to changes, further information is available at Sounion Bus Information phone number: +30 210 880 8081 (extension 1)

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