The Greek capital of Athens and the US city of Boston are set to become “twin cities” after Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu made the decision over the weekend.
Bakoyannis and Wu agreed on this during an official visit by the mayor of Athens to Boston, where he presented the Boston Athletic Association with four gilded wreaths intended for the winners of the Boston Marathon.
Four wreaths of gilded olive branches were donated to the Boston Athletic Association by Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis during the official opening ceremony of the Boston Marathon on Friday.
The wreaths are made in Greece and sent to Boston every year. They will name the first four winners (women and men) of the 126th Boston Marathon next Monday.
Bakoyannis invited the mayor of Boston to visit Athens in November to watch the 39th authentic marathon in the Greek capital. In the announcement, the City of Athens stressed that the sister city agreement with Boston includes a series of actions and initiatives to promote Athens as an ideal tourist destination for Bostonians, given the launch of a direct flight linking the two cities for the first time in 25 years.