LIFE Olympics

Athens Games ‘flame girl’ talks about life after 2004


It’s been almost 13 years since that night at the Olympic Stadium in Athens on August 29, 2004, when Foteini Leonidopoulou, aged 10 at the time and dressed in a simple white shift, walked in front of a crowd of thousands and “blew out” the Olympic Flame. 

LIFE Lifestyle

The fearless pirate of the Aegean Sea


“The sea needs to be respected otherwise you will end up a loser. I’m not afraid of the sea because I respect it. The sea and I always communicate well together,” says Koufonisi native Captain Kostas Prasinos of a lifetime spent at sea. Now 76, he has no thoughts of retiring. 

LIFE Visual Arts

Canadian artists draw inspiration from crises


Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Greek-Canadian diplomatic relations, the Canadian Embassy in Athens has partnered with the Tinos Cultural Foundation for the exhibition “Open Horizons,” showing work by artists Ron Moppett, Allyson Glenn and Colleen Heslin through August 20.

LIFE Visual Arts

A jungle on the Hill of Nymphs


This summer, celebrated Argentinean artist Adrian Villar Rojas has transformed Athens’s Hill of the Nymphs into a “jungle,” posing questions to locals and foreign tourists about disappearance and extinction, as well as the passage and volatility of time.



Traffic peaks in holiday exodus from Athens

Passengers are seen boarding a ferry at Piraeus port on Saturday ahead of the August 15 national holiday, traditionally viewed as the peak of the Greek summer season. An estimated 23,760 passengers left the country’s main port for the Aegean islands on Friday. Another 8,648 and 3,150 reportedly departed from the ports of Rafina and Lavrio on the same day. Ferries are said to be operating at capacity. Meanwhile, tourism officials advise travelers to arrive at Piraeus port at least an hour before departure. Public works have caused major traffic delays on roads leading to the port. [ANA-MPA]