Starting-off up Solomou street (passing Lefko's taverna on the right)





The runners and walkers entered the hillside on Olimpou street


The walkers miss the path up (despite instuctions and map) and have to make their way through the bushes



Runners and walkers briefly meet on the hillside



Tender Vittles on the path around the base of the Melissia cemetary (zoom-in view)


Fair Cop about to head down to (and cross) the dry river bed


The path skirting around the base of the hill


Bag Lady entering the edge of Kefalari Grove


Kefalari Grove area - having entered from Tompazi street


Fair Cop just entering the wooded area


Approaching the theatre area from TERPSITHEAS street


Walkers Leanover with Eleni in front



RA Tender Vittles calls Mad Dog into the circle for the traditional hare's down-down




View of the Circle in the Ano Melissia outdoor theatre


A returnee who had attended once before (from Meetup.com)








Bag Lady, having completed the run over rocky ground without a problem
-falls outside the taverna entrance and cuts her chin.
A well earned flying club award.





Coke Alone receives a down-down (from dad)




Doggy Style only arrived for the circle and receives the Oxymoron award.


Eleni is wearing brand new trainers



Who's going to the taverna? Olympia must have been starving and is the first to raise her hand.


Concluding the circle with "swing low"


After the Hash at the Magginas Taverna
(Next to the theatre)


Coke Alone with his Coca Cola (a Sunday treat)


Tasty sheeps head (L) and chicken (R)


Yummy Kokoretsi with some tsatziki

(The bill came to 18 euros each for plenty to eat and drink)













Date: Sunday 6th March 2020 @ 11am aka 11.00hrs
Run: 2148-ish
Hare: Mad Dog
Venue: Ano Melissia - Open Air Theatre - At the Northern end of Iroon Polytechniou Street.
On Inn: Magginas [also known as Mageenas..] Taverna….

This Sunday is the last day of Carnival and traditionally the big celebration.
So try to wear something carnivally like a hat, a wig or a mask (or a costume if you like).
(Hint: Available in stores like Sklavanitis or Jumbo)
Those with caricature faces come as they are :-)
We will have a run / walk round Melissia and amuse the locals.
The ON-INN will be at Mageenas Taverna - right next to the Open Air Theatre.
We will distribute some Mardi Gras beads as before.

Ano Melissia - Open Air Theatre - At the Northern end of Iroon Polytechniou Street. (Next to the well known Mageenas Taverna)
From the South:
Follow Kifissias Ave northwards towards Maroussi and at the Maroussi square & Germanos building on the left, turn RIGHT for Melissia, (see small sign for Melissia in Greek). Carry on up this road (Odos Pendelis ...changing to Democratias further up) until you come to a hairpin bend. After the bend, the shop (right) and kiosk (left) continue on up until you see a large BP petrol station on your left (just before you enter the centre of Melissia). You need to turn LEFT here but you can't (legally). You must turn Right and go round the grass island (as the sign indicates) in order to turn left. Continue on up the hill (this is 25th March street), passing the Amelia Fleming hospital on your right and continue STRAIGHT on, through the traffic lights at the cross roads (when green!).
Continued Directions for all routes >>>>>
Continue straight and pass the big Eleftherias square (Ano Melissia) on your right and then St. George's church on your right (Note: the road has now become 17th November street).
After passing the church just continue on this road (after a while it will curve to the right) and shortly you will come to the taverna area (you will see a bus stop on the left). Park around here or turn right and go down and park around or behind the Theatre / playground area.
From Kifissia / Ekali / Politia etc:
Come the back way on Harilaou Trikoupi street towards Ano Melissia, passing Kefalari square on your right. Continue on straight, then round the Left, Right and Left bends and continue straight again (sign posted for Melissia, Stavros, Airport, etc). When you arrive at the (usually busy) T-junction in Ano Melissia, turn LEFT onto 17th November street (NOTE: At this junction, most of the traffic will be turning right). Now see Continued Directions ABOVE.

GPS location: 38° 03' 54.05" N, 23° 50' 31.47" E

-or- easier 38.064787, 23.842081

PLUS CODE Blah blah blah
LINK Lalalalaaaaaaaaaa……

Lost? Directionally Challenged??
GPS not working or you don’t know even what it is? Just plain stupid???
Call: the Hare: Mad Dog 6932 511339








And for this week's YouTube MUSIC VIDEO - Carnival theme:













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