Photographer's Note

"Sometimes the best things in life are free. Like a walk to the top of Mount Lycabettus in the center of Athens to see the view, one of the best ways to spend a morning or late afternoon in Athens." (Matt Barret, Athens Survival Guide)

Café Orizontes, Horizons in English, is located at the top of Mount Lykavittos (Lycabettus), a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens and a popular tourist destination. The hike to the top is rewarded by spectacular views over the city and the Saronic Gulf, but the hill can also be accessed by funicular railway. At 277 meters (908 feet) above sea level, the hill is the highest point in the city that surrounds it.

It is said that in Periclean Athens wolves roamed freely on Lykavittos, their last haven in the Attica basin, possibly the origin of its name, which translates to "roamed by wolves".

Mythologically, Lykavittos is credited to goddess Athena, who created it when she dropped a mountain she had been carrying from the Pallene headland of Chalkidiki, for the construction of the Acropolis.

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