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It’s time again to clear the streets of downtown Athens of cars and turn over the roads to bicyles! If you’ve ever imagined yourself zooming past Syntagma Square on two wheels, don’t miss this year’s Bike Around Athens – It’s Good for Your Heart, Sunday October 12, 2008.

The ride starts at Kalimarmaro Stadium, the Old Olympic Stadium, at 10 AM and the route ends at Zappeion, but not before you’ve traversed the city via Vas. Sophias and Leof. Alexandras, (passing around Lykavittos, not over it!), heading past Omonia Square and perhaps Plateia Kotzia, back through Syntagma ending at the Zappeion Gardens, just down the street from where you began.

Don’t have your own set of wheels? No problem! Acropolis Bikes, located right downtown, rents bikes by the hour, the half day and the full day. If by chance you miss this event, they also offer organized bike tours of the historical center. Visit them online at

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!