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Getting there

On Friday 18 May 2007 Jürgen Nirschl and I set off for Athens, to participate on the figure competition of the “Star Club Athens”. After a 2,75 hour flight from Germany we were met at Athens airport by some of our Greek friends. From this first moment we were made to feel the special warmth of the Athenians, which stretched through the whole weekend.

On reaching the city limits, our driver humorously said "Welcome to the Hell". For us tourists the Athenian city traffic appeared to be really chaotic, but our driver was completely calm and drove us to our first destination: the hotel.

After a two-hour respite we, along with the other international guests, were taken by coach the exhibition. The competition took place on the first floor of a local gallery. In the ground floor there is a cafe where one can buy drinks and snacks.

On arrival we were warmly welcomed by close friends in the traditional Greek manner (three kisses), we put our figures on the shelves. This took us a bit longer than expected - one of us was permanently involved in conversations!

Once all the figures had been entered, the competition was officially opened in the backyard of the gallery, which coincidentally featured a very generous refreshment bar. After chatting to many, many people we were eventually driven back to the hotel for some very welcome sleep at about midnight.

Markus and Jürgen set off for Athens

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    The Hotel
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    Jürgen takes a break
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    The entrance to the exhibition hall
  • galerie2
    The restaurant at the exhibition hall
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About the Author

About Markus Eckmann (MarkusE)

Hello Friends, here are my Bio/Backround: Born 16.11.1968 in Ingolstadt/Bavaria/Germany. I´m married since 1998 and I live in Roßhaupten - that is near Castle Neuschwanstein - about ten minutes by car. I have a son (7 years old) and a daughter (4 years old). I´m a Physiotherapist and a profess...


Really nice review my friend . I am glad you and all international guests had a nice time in Athens. I hope we will see you next year again !!!!!! Best regards to all friends in Germany , and thanks for the review !!!!
JUN 11, 2007 - 03:58 PM
Excellent feature, really enjoyed it. Besides the great figures, I enjoyed seeing the photos of one of my favorite ports. Brought back fond memories of a much younger, and carefree time in my life. Totally amazed by the beauty and cleanliness of the Metro. Nice to see people proud of their history, city, art, and country.
JUN 11, 2007 - 11:29 PM
Thanks for the comments guys. I'm sure Markus, Jürgen and the Star Club all appreciate them. I have some further good news... over the next few days we'll be updating this feature with the official show pictures! So.... watch this space! Rudi
JUN 11, 2007 - 11:47 PM
Wow, those cityscapes are amazinly spectacular. I bet shots of the cities like at twilight/ early evenin' would make totally beautiful images. Wonderful work on display here too.
JUN 12, 2007 - 12:17 AM
brother... you know how sad i am not to be in athens this year but you made me feel better with the details of your trip.i wish to be together there in 2008. no photos for night life in athens??
JUN 12, 2007 - 09:50 AM