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Weekly supplement by Insider Publications • • No 9 • Friday, May 09, 2014 BALLET CHOPIN IN LOVE



Inspired by Goethe’s ‘The Sorrows of Young Werther’, this poetic ballet tells the tragic love story of Werther and Lotte using piano pieces by Frederic Chopin as its score. May 9 to 13 at 8 pm at the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus, Iroon Polytechneiou Ave. 32. Tel. 210.414.3310

A group exhibition of Greek and Dutch artists on the basis of a very specific emotional condition. The creators are asked to reach their own personal ‘Ground Zero’ and deliver whatever comes next for each one of them personally. From May 9 at CAMP. Contemporary Art Meeting Point, Kotzia Square. Tel. 210.324.7679,

The exhibition of Cypriot painter George Koumouros is dedicated to Homer’s chronicle and consists of photographic reproductions of pencil-to-paper designs created by the artist, referring to 10 episodes of the classic saga. From May 9 at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Manoli Andronikou 6. Tel. 2310.830.538,

Fave Five


SPORTS by Graham Wood

Spring getaways


by Cordelia Madden-Kanellopoulou

Spring has sprung and there’s no better time to see Greece at its most breathtaking. Poppies and wild grasses stud summer’s barren landscapes; the turquoise bays are clear of serried ranks of sunloungers and other high-season detritus, and the sea tempts for a circulation-zinging plunge. Pack everything from swimsuit and sandals to woollies for chilly evenings, and take your pick from the following weekend getaways. 1) Poseidonion, Spetses. A shortish hop from Athens, among this Saronic isle’s numerous stately mansions none are statelier than the Poseidonion Grand Hotel. This belle époque gem has a prime seafront location, idyllic swimming pool in a lavender-scented garden, beautiful tiling, and an alluring menu for drinks and bites on the verandah. Rent a bike to circulate the pine-studded island (passing the longempty Anargyrios School of The Magus fame), dip in the crystal-clear coves, and feast at Orloff in the old harbour. 2) Oniropetra, Karpenisi. It’s on the main road to Karpenisi, but nevertheless manages a bucolic setting, with a stream tinkling through the chestnut-fringed valley beyond and a neighbouring field of deer. If you can leave the comfort of the hotel – fireplaces and cosy rugs abound, alongside statement pieces from Love It decor shop – further along the valley you’ll find a tempting trail run around the derelict Athletic Centre (a pre-Olympics white elephant); or visit Koryschades, a picturesque renovated village. 3) Notos, Kardamyli. Thanks to the new highway which slashes trip times to Kalamata, the heart of Outer Mani is now less



Celini Suites, Evia

than three hours from Athens. Just before reaching Kardamyli, a right turn will take you to Notos, a hamlet of simple Scandistyled houses, all serene white linen and bougainvillea-draped sea-view terraces. Breakfast in the village, then wander up to explore the tower houses in the old town, before heading out to peer at Patrick Leigh Fermor’s splendid coastal abode, as featured (fleetingly) in the film Before Midnight. 4) Celini Suites, Marmari, Evia. Just an hour from Rafina, Marmari features some of the capital’s closest crowd-free beaches. High in the hills above one such sandy stretch is Celini Suites, an unobtrusive haven of Cocomat furnishings, infinity pool, distant sheep-bells, and owner Vaso’s delectable homemade pies. Once ensconced by the pool, with the Petalioi gulf sparkling below, it’s hard to find an incentive to move, but the whirling kite-surfers at Megali Ammos beach and the memorable meze at seafront Akrogiali tavern might just do the trick.

5) Lost Unicorn, Tsagarada, Pelio. Behind the vast plane tree in Agia Paraskevi village square, a 19th century Pelio mansion facade hides an English country house within, complete with Blue Willow crockery, library and rose garden. This charming hotel is a labour of love for Greek-English owners Christos (the chef) and Claire, who are welcoming, attentive yet discreet hosts. After breakfasting on free-range scrambled eggs, hike down to Damouhari through glorious chestnut forests, then head back for a G&T in the conservatory followed by dinner in the dining room where a piano tinkles through hushed conversation. Poseidonion, Spetses




Athens Does Brunch by Georgia Papaioannou

New York-style brunching has become increasingly popular in Athens and the city’s trendiest crowd choose to end the week indulging in a languorous brunch that stretches from 10 to 3. More and more restaurants, cafés and bars have started serving eggs and pancakes but here is an insider’s guide to some of the more authentic brunch experiences in the city. Nixon. The place that first introduced brunch to Athenians. Considered by many as the best in town, its Sunday menu includes eggs benedict, eggs florentine, pancakes, burgers, BLT sandwiches, salads and many desserts, as well as Mimozas and the ever-popular Bloody Mary, for those who want to get over Saturday’s hangover in style. Insider tip: Don’t forget to ask about the soup of the day. Agisilaou 61, Kerameikos. Tel. 210.346.2077, New York Sandwiches. As its name implies, this is the place to enjoy the best sandwiches with the best-seller being the one with pastrami, mustard and pickles in rustic bread. There is also a large selection of bagels, omelettes, French toast and fresh juice. Let’s not forget the pancakes – the bacon, fried egg and maple syrup combo is a must-try. Sinopis 3, Ambelokipoi. Tel. 210.777.8475, To Tsai. A rich buffet with many options for those who are on a budget but nevertheless enjoy all classic brunch dishes. Homemade jams, scrambled eggs, sausages, soups, salads, pies and cheesecakes are just a few of the treats you can enjoy. Likavittou & Al. Soutsou 19, Kolonaki. Tel. 210.338.8941, Mama Roux. A trendy hang-out with multi-ethnic cuisine and interesting brunch

The city will be awash with spokes and spandex on Saturday, May 10 as it hosts cyclists from all over the world for the second edition of Athens’ premiere track and fixed gear street race: The 1896 Classic Marathon Race Revival. Organised by 48×17, a project space based in central Athens devoted to urban cycling, the race is an 87-kilometre route from the Acropolis to the village of Marathon and back again. A total of 40 international riders will compete so if you are out and about in the city check where you can cheer them on. The race is designed to pay homage to the only road race of the first modern Olympic Games which took place on April 12, 1896. At that time the bicycle was quite a novice idea people were not familiar with. Gears, brakes and deralleurs were not yet even invented and all bicycles were fixed

Pontus Euxinus Postcards, photographs and documents from the Black Sea region, dating from 1890 to 1920 from the private collection of Stergios P. Theodorides. Until May 25 at Benaki Museum Pireos Annexe, Pireos Ave. 138. Tel. 210.367.1000,

menu with poached eggs, sautéed mushrooms and hollandaise sauce, omelettes, pancakes with maple syrup and praline and refreshing smoothies to boost you up. A selection of soups is also available. Aiolou 48, Athens. Tel. 213.004.8382 Le Grand Balcon. The restaurant of St. George Lycabettus Hotel is the perfect choice for those seeking a more refined brunch whilst taking in a panoramic view of the city. Croissants, cheese and cold cut platters, salmon, quiches, salads and fruit kebabs ready to be dunked in a chocolate fountain can be found when visiting the hotel’s large buffet. Newspapers are in supply and there is a separate play area for children. Kleomenous 2, Kolonaki. Tel. 210.729.0711, Byzantino. Sunday brunch at the Hilton’s Byzantino is a classic choice and a favourite haunt for Athenians. Its extensive menu includes croissants, scrambled eggs, salads, filling appetizers and also Greek staples such as moussaka and baked grouper. There is also a live cooking station from where you can taste the daily special prepared by the chef right in front of you. Vasilissis Sofias Ave. 46. Tel. 210.728.1400, New Taste. New Hotel’s restaurant offers one of the best Sunday brunches in town. Mini burgers, eggs florentine, croissants,

gear and brakeless. Five Greeks registered for the race, one of them Aristides Konstantinides, and a few foreign cyclists including the German August von Gödrich and the Briton Edward Battel. Konstantinidis, one of the first bicycle enthusiasts in the country and a member of the first Greek cycling club, won the race despite his bicycle breaking down on the way back to Athens. Legend has it that he borrowed a bicycle from a spectator to finish the race. A first revival was held after 116 years in 2012 and aims to bring together athletes, city riders and track bike enthusiasts in an endurance race using a fair yet quirky street cycling set-up. There will be music and drinks for spectators at 48×17 Cycles which is the finishing point. *For further details check the 48×17 Cycles website:

©ABC Studios Irresistible TV

One bar. One night. Ten single people. Welcome to Mix, a high-end Manhattan bar, where recently dumped Tom is thrown back into the dating pool by his two best friends whether he likes it or not. Tune in for episode 2, Friday May 9 @ 21.00



Written and directed by Lena Dunham, four 20-something women living in New York try to figure out what they want from life, boys, themselves and each other, in Girls. The answers aren’t always clear, but the search is profoundly relatable and infinitely amusing. Saturdays @ 23.00

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‘Purr’fect Pampering! Nine Lives organises a Ladies Day on Sunday, May 11 from noon to 6 pm at Etage Litteraire (above Booze Cooperativa), Kolokotroni 59 in central Athens. Get primped and preened in style, with every cent of proceeds going straight into veterinary care and feeding of stray cats! Attractions and activities include hairstyling, manicures, Thai massages, fashion rail of pre-loved, vintage and new clothing and accessories and Nine Lives Merchandise.


Schiniathlon Schiniathlon, a contraction of Schinias, (the bay where it all started) and Triathlon, holds its annual race on Sunday, May 11. From its modest beginnings in 2007, it has grown to become a hugely popular event attracting around 350 determined participants per race. If you’re not Iron-Man material, try and combine a picnic with the family by the beach and some cheer-leading. For more info, visit

Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner.


Shaken, not stirred Pink Martini, one of the most successful bands of the lounge-jazz scene worldwide come to Athens on 16 and 17 May at 9pm for two concerts at Gazi Live. Tickets sales from 25 to 200 euros at Public,, Papasotiriou, Seven Spots, 11876 and www.

Exhibition Gastronomy Days A pioneer, multi-dimensional culinary festival highlighting the best of Greek gastronomy with cooking demonstrations, workshops, live cooking sessions, tastings and much more. May 9 to 11 at Benaki Museum Pireos Annexe, Pireos Ave. 138. Tel. 210.367.1000,

City Lives A multimedia musical production deconstructing the fabric of our daily lives in the city with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. May 9 and 10 at Megaron, Vasilissis Sofias Ave. & Kokkali. Tel. 210.728.2333,

Watch again the two-episode premiere and follow Jack Bauer, now an exile, as he willingly risks his life and freedom to avert yet another global catastrophe. Sunday May 11 @ 21.50 and new episodes Tuesdays @ 7.15, same time as the US broadcast on Fox.

In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off all life on the planet except for a lucky few that boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system evolves.

Music Almodovar Project A musical tribute to the eccentric Spanish director and film-maker Pedro Almodovar based on the soundtrack from his films spanning from ‘Pepi Lucy Bom’ to ‘Los Amantes Pasajeros’. May 11 at Chytirio Theatre, Iera Odos 44. Tel. 210.341.2313,

pies and quiches make your decision difficult as the options seem to never end. A special reference to the extensive selection of desserts needs to be made as there is large window full of delicious goods that will surely make you drool. Cheesecakes, millefeuilles, puddings, sweet galletes, lemon pies and an in-house oven that bakes fresh bread and pastry goodies are just some of the hotel’s strong cards when it comes to brunch. Filellinon 16, Syntagma. Tel. 210.327.3170, So get brunching. The weekend is just around the corner so pick up the phone, make a brunch reservation, arm yourself with newspapers and glossies - it’s the perfect way to end your week and prepare for the next.

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Athens Insider Weekly / 9 May  
Athens Insider Weekly / 9 May