Happy 2nd anniversary..!

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Hi everyone! I just realised that Urbanzip is 2 years old..!

The past 6 months we didn’t post as frequently as in the past, but this “neverending” transitional period makes it almost impossible to dedicate the time we would have liked.. So today i’m posting some pics from a beautiful stroll two days ago in the center of Athens, while I was searching urban planning material for my thesis. Looking forward to my graduation, than i’ll have all the time to explore my colourful city!

Happy anniversary!

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

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Back to the future..

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Hi everyone!

Usually this time of year I get a nostalgic feeling, a desire to walk by the sea. I’ve already posted here some photos from my favorite walk in my hometown!

Before leaving Athens back in January, I visited the construction site of the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center designed by Renzo Piano! The project site is located 4.5 km south of the center of Athens, on the edge of Faliro Bay, and the SNFCC is designed as a multifunctional arts, education and entertainment complex which will house the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera. It’s been less than a year that the construction began and scheduled to be completed in 2015.

I really look forward to the realization of this project, when it will become the  finale for my favorite walk!

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View from Visitors Center, designed by Greek architecture students, Spyros Giotakis and Ayis-Panayiotis Mourelatos.

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Thanks to Nikos for the photo above!

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Georgios Averof armored cruiser.

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

Memories from Ios..

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Two years ago i visited the beautiful island of Ios and i had the best guide there, my friend Nadia!

Locals call it Nios, and except from her “party island” side that is known for, you can actually have the most relaxing vacations ever! I loved waking up in the morning and getting lost in the alleys that surround the picturesque and characteristic hill, ending at the highest point, Panagia Gkremniotissa, where any doubt about the beauty of the island is dissolved. The architecture of Ios is typically Cycladic, cubic houses with colorful windows and doors, which are separated by narrow streets with arches. Spectacular views, especially at sunset, you can enjoy from the Museum Gaitis-Simosis. The museum, dream life for the family of the great painter, though completed in 2008 still hasn’t functioned. A few steps down from the museum is situated an open theater dedicated to Odysseas Elytis, with spectacular views of the Mylopotas beach.

The beaches: The cosmopolitan Mylopotas, Magganari of the “Big Blue”, the natural harbor of Yialos, the beach of Valmas, the quiet Kalamos, the wonderful beach of Agia Theodoti, the deserted Plakes, Kolitsani with the unique golden sand and Koubara with an extraordinary sunset.

The churches: Tradition has it that the churches of Ios are 365, one for each day of the year. Island’s trademark is Panagia Gkremniotissa, and higher, following the course of the hill, the Agios Eleftherios, Agios Georgios and Agios Nikolaos.

For food and drinks : Gourmet dishes at Lord Byron, for fresh fish at Drakos on the sea of ​​Mylopota and Vilaeti at Pano Campos. Live traditional music at the kafeneio “Nios”, relaxing drinks at Click, magical atmosphere at Balsamo, rnb available in Coo, funky nights at Barmacy and mainstream music at Baru.

Tips: Don’t forget to put in your suitcase a cardigan and long pants.
A daytrip to Sikinos is highly recommended and if you have time, visit the grave of Homer in Plakoto and the traditional village in Skarkos.

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Καφενείο «Η Νιός»

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

Memories from Mykonos..

Hello people! Ιn Florence the weather has gone crazy, I desperately need a vacation or at least the proper temperature. So i remembered my trip to Mykonos exactly a year ago. Εven though it was brief it was highly refreshing!

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I’m sure all of you know the beautiful island of winds, as they call it in Greece! Definitely the most famous island in Greece and, with no doubt the most cosmopolitan in Cyclades. But Mykonos isn’t only entertainment, it has many unexplored places and unique beauties. How can you not be enchanted by the incredible beaches, the traditional architecture, the unique Little Venice and the church of Panagia Paraportiani?

What is being said about this island should not scare you, the truth is that it combines everything from parties, fuss and cosmopolitan life, to relax and privacy. I’ll certainly visit very very soon!

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photos © chrysoula papagianni.

The Antikythera Mechanism

«Το Ναυάγιο των Αντικυθήρων»

Το Πλοίο_οι Θησαυροί_ο Μηχανισμός

Antikythera mechanism

Πηγή: http://www.guardian.co.uk/

Από τον Απρίλιο του 2012 φιλοξενείται στο Εθνικό Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο η έκθεση για το Μηχανισμό των Αντικυθήρων, η οποία θα διαρκέσει (κατόπιν νέας παράτασης) μέχρι τις 31.08.2013.

«Ο μηχανισμός των Αντικυθήρων (γνωστός και ως αστρολάβος των Αντικυθήρων ή υπολογιστής των Αντικυθήρων) είναι ένα αρχαίο μηχάνημα που θεωρείται μηχανικός υπολογιστής και όργανο αστρονομικών παρατηρήσεων. Ανακαλύφθηκε σε ναυάγιο ανοικτά του νησιού Αντικύθηρα μεταξύ των Κυθήρων και της Κρήτης. Με βάση τη μορφή των ελληνικών επιγραφών που φέρει χρονολογείται μεταξύ του 150 π.Χ. και του 100 π.Χ., αρκετά πριν από την ημερομηνία του ναυαγίου, το οποίο ενδέχεται να συνέβη ανἀμεσα στο 87 π.Χ. και 63 π.Χ.. Θα μπορούσε να ήταν κατασκευασμένο μέχρι μισόν αιώνα πριν το ναυάγιο. Το ναυάγιο ανακαλύφθηκε το 1900 σε βάθος περίπου 40 με 64 μέτρων και πολλοί θησαυροί, αγάλματα και άλλα αντικείμενα, ανασύρθηκαν από σφουγγαράδες.από τη Σύμη» (πηγή: wikipedia.org)

«Είναι ο αρχαιότερος, πολυσύνθετος αστρονομικός φορητός υπολογιστής, με τον οποίον προσδιορίζονταν οι θέσεις του Ήλιου, της Σελήνης και, πιθανότατα, των πέντε γνωστών κατά την αρχαιότητα πλανητών του Ερμή, της Αφροδίτης, του Άρη, του Δία και του Κρόνου. Επίσης, χρησιμοποιούνταν για την πρόβλεψη των εκλείψεων του Ήλιου και της Σελήνης, για την τήρηση ενός πολυετούς ημερολογίου με μεγάλη ακρίβεια, καθώς και για τον προσδιορισμό του χρόνου τέλεσης των Πανελλήνιων Αγώνων που πραγματοποιούνταν στην Ολυμπία, στους Δελφούς, στη Νεμέα, στην Ισθμία και στη Δωδώνη.» (πηγή: ιστοσελίδα Εθνικού Αρχαιολογικού Μουσείου)

Αν βρεθείτε στην Αθήνα μέχρι τέλος Αυγούστου αξίζει τον κόπο να κάνετε μια βόλτα μέχρι το Μουσείο στην Πατησίων για μια ξενάγηση σε αυτό το τόσο ξεχωριστό αρχαιολογικό εύρημα. 😉

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The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient analog computerdesigned to calculate astronomical positions. It was recovered in 1900–1901 from the Antikythera wreck. The  mechanism is kept at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and is currently displayed at the temporary exhibition about the Antikythera Shipwreck.

The Antikythera Mechanism is the earliest preserved portable astronomical calculator. It displayed the positions of the Sun, the Moon and most probably the five planets known in antiquity, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. It was used to predict solar and lunar eclipses, it kept an accurate calendar of many years, and displayed the date of Pan-Hellenic games that took place at Nemea, at Isthmia, at Delphi, at Dodona and at Olympia. (http://www.namuseum.gr)

If you happen to visit Athens by the end of August 2013, do not forget to visit the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and have yourselves guided to this extraordinary ancient machine.

The video posted above presents information about the Antikythera Mechanism.

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