24-Mar-2001 -- The journey towards the 38N, 24E confluence point took place on March 24th, 2001 a spring Saturday afternoon. The team consisted of Diomidis and Eliza Spinellis. The point is about 40km from our home in Athens, near Artemis (Loutsa port). On the way to Artemis we were lucky to travel through the highway joining Athens with the new international airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" inaugurated only days ago.
Artemis is a small fisherman port and a windsurfing hangout place. As we neared Artemis (with Eliza doing the driving and Diomidis the navigation) we turned on the GPS to see that the waypoint marking the confluence point was 3km away. Fortunately, the main seaside road was bringing us nearer towards the point. Going through the houses of Artemis we became afraid that the point would be within the densely built area. Fortunately, while still approaching the degree confluence point, we exited the town and found ourselves within green fields and vineyards. After driving as far as a dirt road would take us we parked 680m away from our intended destination to continue walking. We entered a small pine-tree cluster and exited again to a vineyard and another field. The confluence point was within a large field of cultivated trees (probably pistachio trees). From the confluence point we could see the Artemis harbor, and the setting sun. Taking the photographs was a small challenge as the trees tended to obstruct the view; most photos are therefore taken from atop a tree. On our way back we could hear the church bells ringing for the lent vespers. A dinner by the sea with fresh squid, octopus, and fried courgettes with tzatziki was a perfect end for the first Greek degree confluence mark.