The secret of Penelopi Delta in Athens

Theodoros Zafeiropoulos
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The park of long tales. Few know it, very few have visited it but thousands are going around it everyday. Everytime i try to guide someone towards the square of "Penelopi Delta" he either gives up, or dreams of his GPS or calls me like a million times to get it right.

The interesting part of this park is the calm feeling you get and the sense of big space. In no part of this park, have you got the feeling of cars attacking you and the reason are the various narrow paths that circle it, which make it able to reduce your perception of traffic or urban noise. You will meet no stores or shop windows, only big trees, freshly cut grass, a tenis court (designed like in the 70s), a mini playground for children and mamas, a zen owner of a small market (small but with an amazing variety of stuff to buy), clean benches and well-behaved dogs (you poopies on the ground). This is the prefect scenery for me when i want to go for a walk or have my newspaper read during the day. 

All this nature will definitely make you hungry so i have some suggestions for you. The gastro-fun around the park is all about SOUVLAKI but in 3 different levels:

First, we have "Tzatsikokinisi", which is a souvlaki shop dedicated to Panathinaikos team, everybody is in a hurry, i always get dirty with all the juice, i see peculiar faces and for gods shake i never talk bad about Panathinaikos or else....

Second, the "Fat Salt", which is a modern souvlaki shop, run by fresh people, offering marinated tastes of souvlaki for a good price.

Third, comes the "Cantina". Things now get more complicated and the reason is the rural design of the souvlaki shop, where you get trees and plastic tables and chairs exactly like if you where in a rural area. The ordering process is an experience as you get to bargain for your food. For example if you desire a beer, the way to get it is: you raise high your previous bottle of beer, you say loud "Could i have one more please" and the response usually is "Heard you".

Every day i get out of my workshop around the corner i always observe the park to get a feeling of its motion. I don't usually get a lot of action but i always have the feeling something is going on.

The park of "Penepoli Delta" is a hidden secret of Athens.


About the Author

Theodoros Zafei...

Born in 1978. He graduated from the Department of Fine and Applied Arts School of Fine Arts AUTH the painting studio of G. Golfinos (1998-2003). Participated in the Erasmus program with scholarship SSF at Universidad de Barcelona, ​​Barcelona - Spain. (2000-2001). He graduated from the Master of Fine Arts in Fine Arts (2004-2006). He graduated and was awarded the Paula Rhodes memorial Award from the MFA School of Visual Arts, New York-USA with scholarships from foundations Fulbright, Gerondelis and Al. Onassis (2007-2009). Participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (summer 2009). Is a PhD candidate in the Department of Architecture at the University of Thessalia, Volos (2009). He has held four solo exhibitions. He has participated in numerous international group exhibitions, residencies and project. His work can be found in many public and private collections in Greece and abroad. Since 2009 he is member of the Group Filipappou. Since May 2013 he is a resident artist at Flux Factory in New York until June 2013 will attend USF residency program in Bergen, Norway. Lives and works in Athens and New York.

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