Forgotten accounts..

How was our life before all this social media and online communities?

At first there was Hi5 and Msn, then Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Trekearth, Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Foursquare etc.. At least those are the ones i’m subscribed!

And are we really using ALL of them..?? Personally i have all these accounts and lately i’m using two maximum three! And when i remember a media that i don’t follow that often, i understand that i’ve really lost track of what is happening there.. So how does it work? I already spend a lot of time in front of my computer, what happens if i’m using ALL of that stuff..?

Where are all these coming from..? Some days ago i remembered my twitter account! And while i was looking what’s new there i found Nikos Aliagas new page on Flickr (love his photos, already following him on instagram)!

And that’s how i remembered MY Flickr page, which i never used as i should be and i don’t even remember WHEN and WHY i created it.. And then i added some photos at my photostream.. And a new set! And you can check them if you want..!







My Athens..




Soooo…. Which social media are you using the most and which is your favorite??



ReThink Athens..

Is it possible to transform the centre of Athens?




Rethink Athens is a european architectural competition, launched on 21 May 21 2012, for the creation of a new city center in Athens..

Having covered all angles when discussing the problems and the discomfort caused by the current situation, what else is there to do? In a time of deep economic recession, Athens is called to find a different way to solve its problems and claim a place amongst today’s major European metropolises.

Within the framework of its public benefit activity, the Onassis Foundation responds to the present need for a reviving project by funding and organizing a European Architectural Competition for the creation of a new city centre for Athens, focusing on and around Panepistimiou Street. The objective of this initiative is to improve the everyday life of Athenian citizens, allowing the accomplishment of the vision for quality of life in the Greek capital.

The “Re-think-Athens” project is a multifaceted intervention centered on Panepistimiou street, extending from Amalias Avenue to Patission Street and ending at a brand new Omonoia Square. Its main objective is to stop the increasing downgrading and to revive the centre of Athens with multiple functions related to trade, services, housing, entertainment and culture while simultaneously encouraging several activities. The intervention at Amalias Avenue, Omonoia Square and Patission Street will form a ring that will link the pedestrian zone of Dionysius Areopagitus and the new Acropolis Museum with the Archaeological Museum and Omonoia Square with the areas of Monastiraki and Thisseio, thus connecting the liveliness of the modern city with the archaeological sites and tourism.

There is no better way to predict the future than to design it ourselves!!

The winner of Rethink Athens Martin Kluijt, from the dutch office OKRA architects with the architectural proposal titled “One step beyond”.. Waiting to see more of this proposal soon!!




All proposals in exhibition at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens from 28/2-6/3, 12 – 9pm, free entrance..

More info here..

Tuesday stroll + coffee..

Hi everyone!

Today it was a beautiful sunny day! So i went for a walk and then for a coffee by the Arno river.. 

Crossing via Ricasoli, where Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia di Belle Arti) is situated, i arrived at Duomo’s northern side.. In the photos below you can see a part of the cathedral and the Campanile (bell tower)..



Then i passed from Piazza Duomo with the famous Cathedral, Campanile and Battistero (baptistery)..



And then i arrived at Via Tornabuoni that houses high fashion boutiques.. Via Tornabuoni recently became pedestrian which is awesome! At the end of the street is situated Santa Trìnita square and then the homonymous bridge.. They are finishing now the pedestrianization of this final part of the street!






The Ponte Santa Trìnita (Holy Trinity Bridge, named for the ancient church in the nearest stretch of via de’Tornabuoni) is a Renaissance bridge, spanning the Arno river. The Ponte Santa Trìnita is the oldest elliptic arch bridge in the world. The outside spans measure each 29 m (95 ft) with the centre span being 32 m (105 ft) in length. The two neighbouring bridges are the Ponte Vecchio, to the east, and the Ponte alla Carraia to the west.

The bridge was constructed by the Florentine architect Bartolomeo Ammanati from 1567 to 1569. Its site, downstream of the equally remarkable Ponte Vecchio, is a major link in the mediæval street plan of Florence, which has been bridged at this site since the thirteenth century. Four ornamental statues of the Seasons were added to the bridge in 1608, as part of the wedding celebrations of Cosimo II de’Medici with Maria Magdalena of Austria: Spring by Pietro Francavilla, Summer and Autumn by Giovanni Caccini, and Winter by Taddeo Landini.

On 8 August 1944, the bridge was destroyed by retreating German troops, but reconstructed in 1958 with original stones raised from the Arno or taken from the same quarry, under the direction of architect Riccardo Gizdulich, and engineer Emilio Brizzi. The missing head of Primavera was recovered from the bed of the Arno in October 1961.

Here you can see the bridge in 360º view!









Then heading towards Ponte Vecchio..




Then i walked through one of my favorite alleys at Via Girolami and arrived at the Uffizi Gallery which is always under construction!









photos © chrysoula papagianni

Coffee by the river..


Coffee by the Arno river NOW!! The bridge is called “Ponte Santa Trinita”..

More photos soon..!

Green square in the city

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Περνούσα το πρωί από την Πλατεία Κλαυθμώνος και προσπαθούσα να θυμηθώ γιατί ακριβώς είχε ονομαστεί έτσι: είχα διαβάσει ότι συγκεντρώνονταν εκεί απεργοί και έκλαιγαν. Έψαξα ξανά την ιστορία για περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες. Δεν είχα πέσει πολύ έξω, τελικά. Σύμφωνα με την wikipedia το όνομα «Πλατεία Κλαυθμώνος» το πήρε μετά από χρονογράφημα του περιοδικού Εστία, επειδή εκεί, μπροστά από το υπουργείο Οικονομικών, μαζεύονταν οι απολυμένοι δημόσιοι υπάλληλοι μετά από κάθε εκλογική αναμέτρηση για να διαμαρτυρηθούν για την απόλυσή τους, δεδομένου ότι τότε δεν υπήρχε μονιμότητα των δημοσίων υπαλλήλων και η κάθε νέα κυβέρνηση απέλυε τους υπαλλήλους που είχε προσλάβει η προηγούμενη κυβέρνηση και προσλάμβανε τους δικούς της ψηφοφόρους. Πρώτη φορά την αποκάλεσε έτσι ο αρθρογράφος της Εστίας και συγγραφέας Δημήτριος Καμπούρογλου .


Στη μέση δεσπόζει το μπρούτζινο άγαλμα με τίτλο “Εθνική Συμφιλίωση”, το οποίο τοποθετήθηκε εκεί το 1989.

Σήμερα στην πλατεία Κλαυθμώνος στεγάζεται το Μουσείο της Πόλης των Αθηνών (βλ. σχετική ανάρτηση), γίνονται διάφορες εκδηλώσεις και ενδεχομένως προεκλογικές συγκεντρώσεις. Δεν είναι επιφορτισμένη με κάποια άλλη πολιτική πτυχή.  Ωστόσο, μπορεί να μην έχει πια την “επαναστατική” αίγλη της πλατείας Συντάγματος ή την ιδεολογική φόρτιση της πλατείας Εξαρχείων, αλλά όπως φαίνεται αποτέλεσε το “καταφύγιο” των διαμαρτυρόμενων απολυμένων δημοσίων υπαλλήλων του 19ου αιώνα, οι οποίοι μέχρι τη σταθεροποίηση του ελληνικού κράτους και για πολλά χρόνια αργότερα (μέχρι τα μέσα του 20ου αιώνα σίγουρα) τράβηξαν τα πάνδεινα.

Πολύ κοντά βρίσκεται το γραφικό εκκλησάκι των Αγ. Θεοδώρων, η πλατεία Καρύτση με την εκκλησία του Αγ. Γεωργίου, πάρα πολλά καφέ και μπαράκια, και μικρά στενάκια που σε βγάζουν στην Αιόλου και την Αθηνάς. Αν σταθείς στην πλευρά της Σταδίου προς την Κοραή, έχεις μια πολύ ωραία άποψη του Πανεπιστημίου.

Τέλος, διάβασα ότι είναι είναι ο πρώτος χώρος που δεντροφυτεύτηκε στην Αθήνα.  Μου έκανε εντύπωση σήμερα ότι έχει αρκετό πράσινο για πλατεία του κέντρου. Οι περισσότερες είναι τσιμεντωμένες συνήθως, αλλά η Κλαυθμώνος είναι αρκετά καλαίσθητη, ήσυχη και σου δίνει την ψευδαίσθηση ότι βρίσκεσαι για λίγο αλλού, όταν τη διασχίζεις.

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I walked through Klafthmonos Square this morning and I tried to remember why it was called like this (it’s name means “square of cries”); I once heard that strikers used to gather there, protest and cry. This was not totally wrong. I searched the history of the Square and according to wikipedia the name Klafthmonos was given to the square for the first time by the writer Dimitris Kampouroglou in his article that was published in Estia magazine, because of the fired civil servants who used to gather there after the elections in front of the Ministry of Finance and cry. This happened in the middle of 19th century, when the governments were not stable and elections were held very often. In that time, the civil servants were not hired permanently and I assume that each government would hire people of her favor.

Today, at Klafthmonos Square one can visit the Museum of the City of Athens, (see related post), several events take place and possibly gatherings and speeches before the elections. The square has no other political aspect, nowadays. It is not as “revolutionary” as the Syntagma or Exarcheia Squares but once upon a time it used to be the shelter of the fired civil servants, who suffered a lot until the middle of the 20th century for sure.

Nearby is the picturesque church of St. Theodore, Karytsi Square along with the church of St. George, many cafes and bars, and small alleys which can drive you straight to Aiolou and Athinas streets. If you stand on the side of Stadiou Str., you can have a very nice view of the building of the University of Athens.

Finally, I read that it is the first public space that was ever planted with trees  in Athens. I was surprised today that it is quite green compared to other squares in the center of the city. Most are usually cemented, but Klafthmonos is quite elegant, quiet and makes you believe that you are somewhere else, when you pass through it.

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Mushroom spaghetti..

Hi everyone!

Today urbanzip is one month old…! I had in mind a sweet recipe for today, but i couldn’t find an ingredient.. 😦

So i’m posting a simple spaghetti recipe with mushrooms! Simple and delicious!!


You will need (for 2):

1/2 package of spaghetti
250 g fresh mushrooms
2 cloves of garlic
1 bunch of parsley
a glass of white wine
olive oil





Cut the mushrooms into thin slices. Peel and finely chop the garlic. Put in casserole mushrooms and garlic with olive oil and stir over high heat for a few minutes. Then add the wine.


Finely chop the parsley and add it along with the cooked spaghetti to the mixture.




Stir in the Parmesan cheese and serve.. Βuon appetito!!


Lightning Bolts

Nick Cave’s song about Athens.

“And in the cradle of democracy the pigeons are wearing gas masks”.

Snowy Sunday walk..


These days it’s freezing outside and raining non stop.. So i’m stuck at home under the blankets drinking tea and watching movies.. This morning i woke up (late) and there were some sun rays outside.. I had to get out and enjoy it! When i was finally ready to leave the house the weather was rainy again.. 😦

So we decided to go out anyway and we headed towards Fiesole!

Fiesole is a town on a famously scenic height above Florence, 8 km (5 mi) NE of the city..







We stopped for a quick “panino”and a glass of wine at a tiny place called Vinandro, situated at Fiesole’s main square Piazza Mino..




Then we  walked to a higher point in the city with a breathtaking view!







photo of me taken by nikkn6..


Streets of Fiesole..








Some photos from Piazza Mino..





And another stop for photos to a lower point on the way back home..





And back to Florence..


photos © chrysoula papagianni

Snowy Aperitivo..

Finally after 3 weeks of studying I managed to go out with my friends N and E  for a relaxing aperitivo!

Aperitivo is a drink, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, that you drink before meals to whet your appetite. The drink is usually accompanied by savory snacks, or even by real starters. Popular appetizers are the Americano, the Pirlo, Spritz, Campari, Rossini and San Pellegrino.

My favorite is Spritz of course!

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On my way back home it was snowing a little bit! I really hope to see Florence dressed in white again!

Till then, some old photos from 3 years ago…

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Rainy Friday (again)..

Here i am again!

Here  you can see some photos of mine taken some weeks ago..

Now that the exam session is almost over i will FINALLY go out and take some new ones!!!


Have a nice evening everyone! 😀

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