Exploring Εξάρχεια

Today Polyvios and I left Lagonissi to the center of Athens. We wanted to do a little bit of sightseeing and so we went to Εξάρχεια. This suburb of Athens is well known for its anarchist inhabitants.  One of the houses still is occupied by anarchists.

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Polyvios thinks this is one of the best suburbs to live in: Anarchists, students (The Πολυτεχνείο were the riot took place in 1973 is also located here!) and intellectuals living next to you and you are spending your afternoons in one of those little backyard cafes deep in conversation about the ongoings in Greece.

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After some refreshments in one of those little cafes we went to the mentioned Πολυτεχνείο. After the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos by a police guard, the students rioted against the junta dictators in November, 1973. On the 14th of November the students occupied the university and  barricaded themselves in its buildings. They installed a radio station from which they broadcasted their claims for democracy in Greece. On the morning of the17th of November the junta officials switched of all public lights and with a tank they drove down the entrance of the campus. Soldiers entered the Πολυτεχνείο and fighting started. Many people died for a democratic Greece.

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After getting deep in Greek history, Polyvios wanted to show me some other kind of his(s)tory. We went to Κρινος, where you can get the best Λουκουμάδες in towns. He paid this little cafe many visits when he was a child and which still looks the same after all these years!

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Lucky me, eating λουκουμάδες was on my list for this years visit in Athens.

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