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“If I get up, I will go …”

Of course, in my case, I will be going. To Stavros tou Notou to have a chance to see the person behind the voice on my very first (and only) Greek LP (yes, remember vinyl?) I was about 16 when someone noticed my guitar playing combined with my teenage girl obsession with American singer songerwriter Carole King so they gave me the Greek equivalent, Arleta (ok, I don’t think Arleta ever wrote any of her songs, but she did play the guitar and sing ballads). Anyway, I don’t know whatver happened to the LP, but I’ve always wondered what happened to Arleta. I hear her music on Greek radio and this fall I’ll venture out to once of Athens best folk / rock clubs to see her in person.

Arleta, Greek folk singer, guitar player, and gifted with a really lovely voice for sharing some of Lakis Papadopoulos’ greatest ballads with us.

Arleta & Lakis Papadopoulos, Mondays & Tuesdays in October at Stavros tou Notou
Frantzi & Tharipou 37, Ν. Kosmos, 210-92 26 975, 210-92 39 031.
Mondays & Tuesdays

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!