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Those of us who believe that life is full of “kismet” won’t be too surprised by the timing of a weekend event at the Museum of Cycladic Art in downtown Athens. The museum’s project asks the question, “What is social harmony?”  a question that has actually been on my mind a lot as my understanding of both the Greek language and Greek culture has deepened over the years that I have spent in Greece.

To encourage community participation, admission to the museum is free Saturday May 15, 2010 from 6 pm until midnight, as well as Sunday May 16, 2010 from 11 am to 5 pm.  There’ll be a series of lectures — I’m guessing mostly in Greek, but who knows, since the Social Harmony project is actually part of a larger, international collaboration, perhaps there’ll be some English (or other languages) included.  Either way, it is a chance to see a fabulous Athens museum, view the works of artists Sarah Lucas and Francois Bourgeois, listen to some music,  watch a film, shop and mingle. On Sunday there will be activities for children as well.

The Museum of Cycladic Art is located at 4, Neophytou Douka str. just off of Vas. Sophias street, although most of us make the mistake of using the “other” entrance at Vasilissis Sofias ave. & 1, Irodotou st. (That is actually not the “main” entrance, but   The Stathatos Mansion sure is beautiful and the fact that it is so stunning makes it really appealing to pay the museum a visit … Warning to those who enter from this side, take the funky glass tunnel to the other building, otherwise you may miss some important pieces of an exhibit, like the time our friends missed the entire beginning of the “Eros in Antiquity” exhibit because they didn’t start it at the beginning).

For those who are more visual and prefer a picture, here is a map:

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!