An employee of the Athens metro directs tourists outside central Syntagma station Wednesday afternoon after a power cut paralyzed parts of the metro system. The blackout, which started just after 2 p.m. and lasted for several hours, knocked out traffic lights in several parts of the capital, while the fire service received dozens of calls for help from people trapped in elevators.
Having become much better acquainted with Athens since 2012, one thing I've come to appreciate most is its transit system - particularly its metro. Clean (almost gleaming in some stations) and generally efficient, with generous hours and clear verbal and written announcements in Greek and English, it gets me where I need to go with relative ease.
Police in Athens have cordoned off the area around the Interior Ministry on Vassilissis Sofias Avenue near central Syntagma Square as experts investigate a bomb threat.
Anonymous callers on Friday morning told staff at Efimerida ton Syntakton newspaper that two bombs had been planted in the ministry and were timed to go off at 10.30 a.m. and at 12 noon.
Circus performers will be at different locations of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center from 6.30 p.m. every day from Sunday, June 17, to Sunday, June 24, entertaining visitors with weird and wonderful tricks and stunts. Admission to the park is free of charge and there's a free shuttle bus that runs between the SNFCC and Syntagma Square via the Fix metro station.