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In Athens traffic

Thursday 14 September 2000 @ 11:44 - GMT

Elton joined the ranks of commuters making their way to and from Athens over the weekend -- though his daily journey was nearly 2,000 miles. Elton gave back-to-back Saturday and Sunday concerts at the 2,000-year-old Herod Atticus amphitheater at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens. But he did not stay in Athens overnight, preferring instead to shuttle to and from his home in Nice.

Despite his preference for home comforts, Elton had nothing but praise for the ancient marble venue dominated by the floodlit Parthenon Temple. "I don't think I have ever played in such a beautiful setting before," he told the audience before launching into the show.