Photographer's Note

I had the pleasure to visit Athens in August 2000, but having just a cheap compact camera with me then, I didn’t manage to take very impressive photos. Last week I had a chance to re-visit this magical place. I appreciated the fact that so many people gave up on their holidays this year and I felt lucky to have visited several beautiful places already. In everything I did, of course, I strictly followed government advice. In fact, when I went to Athens, Greece was almost the only country which we were allowed to visit from the UK on the half term break.

This picture was taken from the top of the Lycabettus/Lykavittos/Λυκαβηττού Hill. It is the highest viewpoint in Athens and offers stunning 360 degrees views over the town, including Acropolis and the sea.

Arriving in Athens at the end of October you have to prepare for an uncertain weather. We had a beautiful first day, the second day was raining with thunderstorms all day long. The third day was promised to be great again. Sadly, quite heavy clouds covered the sky tightly in the morning. I had a choice either to go to Acropolis or to Lykavittos and I decided that visiting Acropolis on such terrible weather would be too bad. I decided to go to Lykavittos. At the very top of this extraordinary hill I experienced dark clouds and no good light at all. My wife and daughter wanted to leave since the cold wind made staying there a bit unpleasant. Somebody desecrated the little church (it was behind my back when I took this photo) with excrements writing on it the acronym of Greek Communist Party, so the place smelled terribly as well. I really wanted to stay, I pushed for a couple of more minutes, again and again and suddenly the blue sky appeared… it was worth to wait.

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