16th November 2014
Hare: Pussy Basher
Trail length: 6.5 km
Altitude range: 40m to 145m
Photos & web page: Mad Dog
The trail proceeded counter-clockwise from the Observatory car park...
the first section being a street run and the second section a run around on the hill.
The hill is surrounded by a sea of apartment and office buildings that is the modern city of Athens
And they are away!
Chalk arrows have been used for marking the trail on the streets
Cutting through a small wooded area before we reach the road.
Fair Cop charges up the path.
A view over the ancient Keramikos cemetery
The trail crosses several railway bridges with most being false trails.
Knob Goblin shows us the ISAP railway tracks
Frosty Nuts runs up yet another set of footbridge steps. Mountain Goat lets him go by.
Captain Sumo with Rear Entry
Hare Pussy Basher with Fair Cop
Crossing another bridge over the railway lines
Continuing along the streets
The hare poses by one of his checks while Fair Cop kicks him in the nuts
The hare at the first flour check leading into the hill area
Frosty Nuts enters one of the gates to Filopappou hill
The hare's special trail mark
Mountain Goat 'on the rocks'
Mad Dog on a paved section
Fair Cop energetically heading up hill
Group photo at the monument and highest point on the hill - with the Acropolis in the background
Group photo with the monument dedicated to Filopappos in the background
The side with reliefs
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Rear Entry & Mountain Goat set off down the hill
Knob Goblin & the hare heading for the beer stop
Ahh! Nearly there!
Beer stop at the hare's pad. Jo helpfully hands the beers through the window.
After a refreshing beer, off running again
We come across Socrates prison (almost opposite the church - below)
A plan-view diagram showing the internal construction of the prison
Mountain Goat & Rear Entry pose outside the prison
Also Mad Dog
A few metres down from the prison's location in the woods is the little church..
This is a popular venue for weddings
View of the Acropolis and Parthanon still under restoration
View of Lekavitos hill (left) and the Acropolis
We pass the Pnyx area on the way down to the National Observatory car park
The hare Pussy Basher's down down
They are having fun with Mad Dog's stuffed rats
Aussie ex-AH3'er Pop-Up visiting from Switzerland
Ex-RA Strawberry4Skin takes the circle and awards some down-downs
Coke dealer gets called. Leanover and Doggie Style are amused.
Pop Up is wearing new trainers & so is made to drink from one
Clitoria strains the beer through his sock
There you go!
Luckily Pop Up is a good sport
Ah! that had some real flavour!
Fair Cop with Captain Sumo
After the Taverna
Some more beers were ordered of course -
The directions to the hash - for the record
Sunday November 16TH – 11am
Hare: P+ssy Basher
Venue: National Observatory in Thission
On Inn: A local very good Καφε Μεζεδοπωλειο called Γενομαι & Μαγευομαι on Νηλεως 11 (Nileos 11).
By Metro: Get off at Thesio metro (green line) and walk up the hill on the pedestrian road Apostolou Pavlou. Turn right towards Aghia Marina church. To the right of the square in front of the church there's a path that goes up to the National Observatory. Meet outside the Observatory by the steps that next to Phillappou Hill.
By car: I don't drive in Athens so make your way to Pireous Street, central Athens. Driving south towards Piraeus, take a left turn to Thesio on Iraklion Street which turns onto Nileos. Be careful at the top of Nileos next to loads of cafes - do not follow the road around a sharp hairpin bend (on to Akamentos), but carry on (leftish) to what looks like a pedestrian walkway (cars are allow on this stretch) and take the second right turn. Follow this road uphill as far as it will go. Carry on for about 1km and turn right on Bikos which will take you up to the National Observatory. There are plenty of places to park there.
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Car park at the observatory
Showing the extensive parking area and steps leading up to the hill (Left)