The Climb up of the Lycabettus Hill
Trip Start May 08, 2010
39Trip End Jan 23, 2011
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Lycabettus hill is one of the most beautiful hills in Athens and I am climbing it up today taking one of the paths that leads up to the church of Agios Georgios. Indeed a popular getaway for the romantics and nature lovers. It combines great views and it is an indispensable part of every city tour in Athens. The view of this sprawling city is even better as you move upwards until you reach the peak.
Being fit it is very easy for me to climb up here. I could have taken the funicular, (cable car) that ascends the hill from Aristippou and Ploutarchou Street with just 6 euro, but I don't want to miss the magic of this walk. The cable car leaves every 30 minutes and the ride takes only 3 minutes
I have climbed up the hill several times years back. I remember how it used to be just limestone rock and it was slippery and dangerous back then. Now the slopes are wooded, more beautiful and easier to climb.
After a cup of coffee on the terrace of the hotel next to the swimming pool bar I am off for my afternoon stroll. I am to meet Yiani later on after this stroll. He was busy the whole of this day and we are having dinner with friends at their place tonight. I take the leading pathway which is close to the St. George Lycabettus Hotel I am staying at and start climbing.
The view is better as I get higher up but I find it strange that I am already walking for 10 minutes and have not come across a single person. Suddenly I notice a young man on top of the stairs, and another one following much behind me. For seconds I got scared. I stopped to take a picture and I noticed the person behind me doing the same. We are very close and it is obvious that he is a tourist so I ask if he wants me to take a picture of him with his camera. This is how I got to know Kaveh from Iran.
Kaveh is a bright young man talking with enthusiasm of Athens, the Greek islands he and his group have already visited and he is telling me that they are flying to Spain tomorrow. He decided to climb the Lycabettus hill instead of going shopping with the rest. We walk all the way up together from that point on talking throughout the way. He is a University student full of energy and excitement and loves traveling. He wants to get to the city centre, probably meet the others after this walk up here, so I show him on his map the easiest way to reach the centre on foot from another pathway.
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