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I decided to go with a photo from Athens, the city where I live in, for my 400th post.

Athens is a "dificult" place to live in, especially for someone like me, who grew up in the Greek countryside. I came to Athens in 1990 (18 y/o back then) for studies as a civil engineer in the Technical University of Athens (Ethniko Metsoveio Polytexneio). The first years I was blinded by the lights of the big city, and the wild nightlife. Remember the blues classic by Jimmy Reed "Bright lights, big city" and the great version by Them and Van Morrison?

Anyway, as the years went passing by ("As the years go passing by" another one of my blues favorites by Albert King "the real king of the blues guitar")and started working in this monster-city, I saw its real face.

Once it was a beautiful city, but since the '60s and the '70s it became a concrete jungle. No space for leisure and recreation, almost no parks, no space for parking, horrible traffic. I miss my hometown, Ierapetra, the Libyan sea and the Cretan mountains.

On the other hand, there are still some beautiful neighborhoods and most important, the feeling that you are walking hand in hand with history. Historical signs and monuments, like the Arch of Hadrian (in greek "Πύλη του Ανδριανού- Pyli tou Andrianou)in the photo are present everywhere.

Some info for the Arch of Hadrian from WIKIPEDIA:
"The Arch of Hadrian is a monumental gateway resembling – in some respects - a Roman triumphal arch. It spanned an ancient road from the center of Athens to the complex of structures on the eastern side of the city that included the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It has been proposed that the arch was built to celebrate the adventus (arrival) of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and to honor him for his many benefactions to the city, on the occasion of the dedication of the nearby temple complex in 131 or 132 AD. [1] It is not certain who commissioned the arch, although it is probable that the citizens of Athens or another Greek group were responsible for its construction and design. There were two inscriptions on the arch, facing in opposite directions, naming both Theseus and Hadrian as founders of Athens. While it is clear that the inscriptions honor Hadrian, it is uncertain whether they refer to the city as a whole or to the city in two parts: one old and one new. The early idea, however, that the arch marked the line of the ancient city wall, and thus the division between the old and the new regions of the city, has been shown to be false by further excavation. The arch is located 325m southeast of the Acropolis."

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