The Authentic Marathon Athens Photos that touched my heart

The Athens Marathon, the Authentic Marathon, is not just a sporting event, a hard race, a tough course of 42,195m. Beyond that, the Athens Marathon, the Authentic Marathon, is a bridge that incorporate legend into history; it showcases the strength of human will; it is a fountain of values, of social liability, environmental sensitivity, friendship and solidarity. These are the photos that touched my heart, during the 37th Authentic Marathon, on the 9th and 10th of November 2019 in Athens, Greece

Behind the Greek Flag

The national flag of Greece consists of a white cross on a blue background in the upper left corner, with nine equal horizontal stripes of blue alternating with white. The cross represents the Eastern Orthodox Christianity of the Greeks.

It is traditionally believed that the nine stripes represent the nine syllables of the phrase ‘Ελευθερία ή Θάνατος’ (‘Eleftheria I Thanatos’), meaning (Freedom or Death). But some believe that are meant to symbolise the nine letters of the Greek word ‘freedom’ (ελευθερία or eleftheria).

The colours White and Blue, symbolise the colours of the Greek sky and the sea.

The Greek flag dates back to 1822, just after Greece declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821.

Valia Calda Waterfall in Pindus National Park

Valia Calda is one of the most beautiful, unspoiled and unexplored places in Greece. It is in the Northern part of Pindus mountain range. The ideal season to visit the place is in the summer, away from the crowded beaches, this turns to be a natural air-conditioning. The highest peak is over 2000m. From the main asphalt road near the villages Perivoli and Milia you drive some dirty roads, in bad condition and with almost no signs. The best way to get there is a 4X4. Arkoudorema river runs through the length of the valley. At the end of the rough road, you park the car there and start walking following the E6 trekking signs. The whole path is magical in the dense greenery and it is worth the effort to get to see the Waterfalls or even swim in its frozen cold waters.