runs from the latter place, provided there be a sufflci'
of passengers. Parties of more than two should tak
which accomplishes the journey in l4/4 hr. (p. 115).
on the road from Athens to Skala Oropou and Tanagra t.
p. 177), which is joined to the N. of Koukouvaones by a bra..
road from Kephisia; beyond this point the road runs over the
wooded slopes of the Parnes.
Tat6i (Taroioi), the unpretentious summer-residence of the
royal family, is noted for its beautiful park and gardens, its exten¬
sive vineyards, and the shady oak-woods in its vicinity. Those who
wish to enjoy the sylvan pleasures of Greece should not omit a visit
to this place. Refreshments and beds are to be obtained at a fairly
good Xenodochion. The following pleasant walk may be easily
accomplished in iy2 hr. with a boy (paedi) as guide. We proceed
through the wood, passing a mill, to the (V4 hr.) Royal Palace,
which is built on the model of the Peterhof Palace at St. Peters¬
burg. [In the absence of the royal family, the traveller may obtain
admission by sending in his card to the steward, Mr. Miinter, who
also shows the small collection of antiquities and natural history
kept in a round tower.] We return by a more circuitous route.
Beautiful views are obtained of the Attic plain, the Pentelikon, and
the coast near Marathon.
The ruins of an old fortress, now called Kastro , on a rounded
summit to the S. of the chateau of Tatoi, are supposed to mark the
centre of the Attic deme of Dekaleia. The last period of the Pelo¬
ponnesian War began in B.C. 413 with the seizure of this spot by
the Spartans, acting on the advice of Alkibiades. Its commanding
position enabled them to intercept the convoys of grain from Eu-
bcea to Athens, and in B.C. 404 it formed the base of operations for
the army that co-operated with the fleet of Lysander in completely
investing Athens and starving it into surrender.
This excursion is easily accomplished in 8-10 hrs., by driving in l'/a-
2 hrs. (carr. 25 fr.) to the convent of Mendili and ascending thence on
foot to the (2!/2-3 hrs.) top of the hill. Or we may take the first train to
Kephisia (p. 115), and either ride thence (horse 8 fr.) to the (3-3'/-i hrs.)
top (in the reverse direction 2 hrs.), or go on foot (with a guide) to
(IV2 hr.) the old quarries, and thence to (1 hr.) the top. — Luncheon
should be brought from Athens.
We leave Athens by the Kephisia road, which runs to the E.
from the Place de la Constitution (see PI. H, 5), then turns to the
N.E. and passes the Rizarion, or priests' seminary, on the right,
and the Convent of the Angels (tujv 'AaojAoiTouv) on the left. A
little farther on is the village of Ampelokipi, which corresponds
with tolerable exactness to the ancient deme of Alopeke, the birth¬
place of Aristides and Socrates. Beyond the village the road forks.
the branch to the right leading to Marathon (p. 119) and Laurion
(p. 126\ while ours ksprw tn the loft To the left rise the rounded