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#6

THE BACK YARDS

aka: The Athenian time machine!

3… 2… 1. Counting down to our own, personal, Athenian space trip.

Alleys like Einstein’s wormholes, pulling everyone into another space and time, to the big bang, to our roots: a walk in Anafiotika.

Unlock a secret Athenian  world on the other side of the urban closet; not a lush Narnia, nor a Middle World, just a white-house utopia on the cliffs of the Acropolis, unbothered by time, evolution, the trends, or the news. An island of serenity amidst a buzzing metropolis; created by islanders who moved here 150 years ago to  build King Otto’s palace. 

They brought along their architectural minimalism and a spell: how to remain untouched by time. And the magic still works. Into the space-time capsule, and off you go, into a time warp just two blocks away from hip brunch spots, Snapchat filters, reality. 

Let your imagination flow:  you’re on a Greek Island, getting lost in narrow alleys. Next turn, you find yourself in 1965, and you can hear a phone ringing like real phones used to ring, loud and piercing.. Now you’re a kid, as you rest on the white steps of the alley, stroking a stray kitten, purring with joy. 

You look up: in a snap, you’re 2,500 years back. You admire the Parthenon; you may not believe in the twelve gods; you may not believe that 2,500 years in the future someone will stare at it from this very same spot, one of the world’s greatest symbols of civilization, and wish they were you.

 “You” is anything you choose to be in Anafiotika, as long as it’s Athenian all the way to the roots.


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