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This classic Greek electric railway line was first opened in 1869. Today, it connects the working port of Pireaus with the center of Athens and, at the other end, with the leafy northern suburb of Kifissia.

I have been riding this line since I was a little girl and, possibly because it runs mostly above ground through a variety of urban environments, I have always enjoyed the ride. As late as the 1990s, some of the cars still had dark blue leather seats and wooden paneling. I have ridden this train with my parents, grandparents, friends, lovers and now my young son. It has taken me to concerts and doctors’ appointments, to work and to the ferry boats, to bars and to shops. I never tire of looking out the window or at the faces of the other passengers going about their daily lives, as so many have done before.