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Athens- A too Short Break

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An August 2002 trip to Athens by Matwt

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Quote: Every-one I spoke to, when informed that we were going to Greece for summer, said the same thing. Get into Athens see the Acropolis and get out to the islands. Athens has much to offer though, and is more than just a transport hub for the islands.

Athens- A too Short Break

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Overview

Athens Photo, Athens, Greece
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Take some time. Give yourself a chance to wander a little. Athens is a warm child friendly city. It will come as no surprise that the Acropolis is a must see, every bit as awe inspiring as you would expect. The 'lesser' archeological sites like the roman and ancient agora and theatre of dionysus are also worth visiting though, and offer sufficent solitude for quiet contemplation. The Plaka, particularly in the evenings is a vibey, fun place to stroll and eat.Quick Tips: Greece is hot, Athens is very hot, and it is a dry baking heat. Take a hat, carry lots of water and consider taking in some of the exposed sights (like the Acropolis) in the evening. Greece is a very good place to tr...Read More
Phillipos Hotel Photo, Athens, Greece
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The above price is for a triple room, with Bed and Breakfast. The Location of this hotel is superb. Literally just down the hill from the Acropolis and maybe 800metres from the start of the Plaka, and about the same distance to the Temple of Olympian Zeuss. It is neverthless on a quiet street and traffic noise was not a problem. The rooms are well appointed with good firm beds, air conditioning and a well stocked (and reasonably priced) mini-bar. Our room on the fifth floor had a wide balcony and a view of the Acropolis. Unfortunately there is no restaurant (other than the basic buffet breakfast), but it is handy to the sights and staff are friendly and helpful. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2002

Phillipos Hotel
3 Mitseon Street
Athens, Greece
+301 9223611

The Acropolis of Athens

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Attraction | "Acropolis"

The Acropolis of Athens Photo, Athens, Greece
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I realise that this review is probably largely redundant. There would be very few visitors to Athens who would not intend to see the Acropolis for themselves. There would be even fewer who would be swayed one way or the other by a review of this type, but I still feel obliged to submit my thoughts. Nothing, you have seen or read or heard can really convey the majesty of this place. From the moment you see it from the base of the hill it inspires you. It is impossible to walk up the slick Marble steps of the Propylaia, and into the courtyard without wondering what feet have gone before you. Even with a skeleton of scaffolding the Parthenon is bigger, and more impressive ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2002

The Acropolis of Athens
Dionysiou Areopagitou St.
Athens, Greece
+30 210 32 14172

Plaka

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Attraction | "The Plaka"

Plaka Photo, Athens, Greece
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The Plaka is the name given to the tangle of narrow streets and pedestrian ways between the acropolis and Syntagma square. The Plaka is a tourist area, and like tourist areas anywhere in the world there is more than enough souvenir shops. T-shirts, calendars, postcards and dolls are available at almost every second store. This is Athens though and there are also any number of stores offering cheap reproduction of greek art, statues and pottery. Between the tourist shops though there are a few gems offering more substanbtial fair, including a number of original galleries, shops selling Flokati rugs and craft and antique stores. It is possible to wander and browse at your own pace too, without be...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 18, 2002

Plaka
Central Athens South
Athens, Greece

The Acropolis of Athens

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Attraction | "Other Historical Sites"

The Acropolis of Athens Photo, Athens, Greece
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Aside from the Parthenon and Erechtion on the top of the Acropolis, Athens has a number of Lesser know, and less spectacular Historical Sites that are well worth seeing. A muti site ticket to rhe acropolis and other sites costs 12 euro for adults. The Theatre of Dionysus is within the Grounds of the Acropolis at the bottom of the hill on the eastern side. It is a classic amphithatre, apparently the oldest theatre in Athens. The acrved reliefs behind the stage area are particularly interesting. Just North of the Acropolis and west of the Plaka is the Roman Agora. It is not as large or as evocative as the ancient agora but has the tower of the winds built in the 1st cebtury BC to house a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 20, 2002

The Acropolis of Athens
Dionysiou Areopagitou St.
Athens, Greece
+30 210 32 14172