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Efthimios Warlamis is a lucky guy.

Well, actually, he’s lucky because he is a guy.

A male.

And as such, the Greek artist was able to travel to Mount Athos, that northernmost peninsula in Greece where anyone or anything female is barred from visiting.

So if, like me, you are female and the closest you’ll ever get to Athos is either a Belgian beer or the  border fence where you’ll once more be reminded that you are at the border fence to Mount Athos (that’s me and Scruffy, though we aren’t at the actual entrance where arriving male visitors are admitted), then you’ll want to head over to the Byzantine Museum in Athens between November 8 – December 11, 2011 for an exhibit of 50 paintings by Warlamis offering a glimse into the landscape and monsteries of the Athos peninsula.

Byzantine Museum
22 Vas. Sofias Ave., 106 75 Athens
Metro: Evangelismos Station
Tel:(+30) 213 213 9572


General admission: 4 €
Discount: 2 €
Free admission: under 18 years old


Opening hours:
Tuesday to Thursday (08:30 am – 3:00 pm)
Friday to Sunday (08:30 am – 8:00 pm)
Mondays closed

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!