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#GreekSmell: The thousands fruit trees that bloom in the streets of Athens

Posted by moodhacker on March 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Approximately 2200 km of sidewalks and walkways. Close to 80,000 trees planted therein WITH Sour orange, mulberry, some lemon and mandarin, many sofores or giakArantes, olives and pines, it smaller or larger in size plane. The trees, and mainly, not surprisingly, several fruit trees of Athens are not only found in the National Gardens, Pedion Areos and other parks, or hills as the Lycabettus Hill . Many of them either produce edible fruit or maintain urban


According to the City of Athens Greenery service, the sidewalks, the separators of the avenues, the islets, the footpaths and the thickets of the center are counting an appoximate 80,000 of those trees of many different species, with some common features and traits.

"The selection of afforestation since the early years of the 20th century and especially during the interwar period, when it was formed the urban landscape of the capital, was based on the biological resistance of the tree species and variations to the climate of Athens, and the minimum possible water need , to survive in Attica climate region, that would be the lowest or close to zero the honorary president of the Greek Society for the Protection of Nature Mr. George Sfikas, explained talking to the Greek Vima newspaper


Visiting the sights can also create an aroma-experience, Matt  Barret writes in his article "Smells like Athens"

Surrounding the Acropolis are caves where earth, wind and fire meet and share a gentle sleep. The smell is dark and dank. Standing below the Parthenon may be an experience itself, you may be able to smell the silent presence of the past in earth, air and marble. Lykabbettus Hill, however, smells fresh and vibrant, possibly owing to the valley hidden behind it.

Extensive research has proven that whether we are attracted or repelled by others is pre-conditioned by smell.  Surely this must be true for cities as well, Barret notes

",,, And like a lover whose odour lingers in the nostrils even days after an intimate clinch, the originality, familiarity and beauty of that smell becomes all the more addictive. You can acquire a distinctly ageless sense of Athens at the National Gardens, which, being a place I also visited as a child, I can reassure always smells the same - deliciously musky and moist vegetation, animal excrement, feathers, fur, stale water, earth and trees...."

"....Walking along the bottom half of Vas Sofias Ave, you're bound to experience the fresh zingy zest of flowers from the cluster of dimly-lit little florists. Gusts of jasmine, roses, tulips, carnations and other lovelies are a magnificent refreshment from the traffic smell beyond. 

If your nose is in need of a little work out, head towards the spices and herbs, which pierce the nostrils with their exquisite poignancy can be visited on Athinas St or on Evripidou street , where there is a market and little shops selling huge varieties of these, as well as coffee.

The sea, however, is the best part of Athens you can possibly get a good smell of. No sea in Athens ? Take the train down to Paleo Faliro (jasmine, dust-bins and, at a certain point, roast chicken) and walk down to Bati Beach . Smell the sand and the water, and there you have it, sea! ..."

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