Patrick wrote: I ended up cursing both the pavement ...I'll give Athens-on-wheels another chance.
Give Athens-on-wheels another chance definitely.
The pavements in the historical centre are inappropriate to skate on, but in the rest of the city centre they are not much different to London.
Plus they are always dry. Additionally, if u have to drive on the street for a while no police patrol car will come over to stop u, like they often do in London. Chaos can also have benefits...
Nevertheless, the city centre and the street along the coast dont offer a lot of variety. But the cycling rides do.
I posted only about the Friday night ride because it happens at a consistent time and place and you can locate it without speaking Greek, but there are several others in the summer.
This week only there are four.
* monday, critical mass ride (happens first Monday of the month) http://criticalmass.gr/
* wednesday northern Athens cyclists http://groups.google.com/group/podilato ... 021?hl=el#
* friday, freeday ride http://www.podilates.gr/node/4933
* saturday night ╬▒╬╗╬À¤ä¤î╬│╬▒¤ä╬┐╬╣(stray cats) almost full moon ride http://alitogatoi.blogspot.com/
Athens in the summer is becoming a paradise for long distance skating. Pity is that there are not so many skaters. In every ride there are only 3-5 skaters but as more people learn numbers might grow higher...
Well, I will not be checking the serpentine road forum. I just made a post to let you know.
If u r ever in Athens in the summer, and u have difficulty locating the events email me at gmournos AT yahoo DOT com to help.