IN ATHENS: (From «An Athenian’s Notes»): I think it was Kondylakis who once wrote that the best summer holiday for an Athenian is to be had in Syntagma Square. At the time he was writing, 40 or 50 years ago, travel within Greece was a major undertaking, and an excursion an even greater one. Nevertheless, many people today are of the same opinion. They prefer to spend their summers in Athens rather than go elsewhere. Swimming at a nearby Saronic Gulf beach, an afternoon siesta at home, and, in the evening, a visit to a suburb and then back home to bed. The best way to spend a summer holiday. KAPPODROMI: (More from «An Athenian’s Notes»): A reader has written to me about a recent excursion he took to a beach called «Vouliagmeni» (not the one on the Saronic Gulf, but near Loutraki on the Gulf of Corinth). The bus trip from Loutraki to Vouliagmeni was sheer torture due to the terrible state of the road. Two or three times on the way and again on the way back, the passengers had to get down so the bus could pass along the stony track. The rest of the road was a cart track of the worst kind.