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In Athens on Sunday morning, September 12? Did you know that it’s the anniversary of the Battle of Marathon? Did you know there’s an virtually “un-discovered” excavation with strong ties to this historical battle located right under your nose that no one ever talks about?
Have I peaked your curiousity? Ready for a peak into a site that Rick Steves and Matt Barrett aren’t talking about (yet!!) Join a group of locals as they kick-off a clean-up around the Ilisson riverbed next to the Temple of Zeus site. Riverbed in Athens, you say? I didn’t know there was a river in Athens. Come join a group of volunteers (a collaboration between several NGOs and local residents) and you’ll have a chance to learn more about the ancient river that still flows next to the Old Olympic Stadium, (yes, I know, it doesn’t look like that picture anymore, but wouldn’t it be great if someday it did? For now it flows mostly UNDER the road in front of the Stadium) and about a very special site nearby that’s finally being excavated.
Meet at Ag. Fotini church, at the corner of Ardittou street and Ath. Diakou Streets just over the “bridge” (yes, that’s a bridge, since there is a river under it!).
Don’t speak Greek? Don’t worry, there will be plenty of folks around during this event who can bring you up to speed in English about the little known about, very special temple above the Ilissos.

Not in Athens on Sunday September 12, 2010? Don’t worry, this is an ongoing initiative, so plan as your plan your visit to Athens, consider giving a bit of your time to this amazing ancient city and seize the chance to be a part of something hugely important, both enviornmentally as well as historically (come on, I know each of us has a little repressed archeologist inside … one who wishes we could check out of our lives and head off to participate in some important archeological dig somewhere. Well, in a sense, this is your chance, without having to check out of “real life” for more than a few hours. 

For more details, in English, contact the Hellenic American Union, one of the sponsors of the initiative: 210-368-0900 (G. Petropoulos)

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!