Athens Journals

My Big Fat Greek Easter

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An April 2003 trip to Athens by Re Carroll

Acropolis skyline Photo, Athens, Greece More Photos
Quote: Orthodox Easter is the biggest holiday in Greece and I got to be part of it while in Athens. The city had a softer, more relaxed feel, and thanks to the mega hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, I knew the correct Easter greetings. Who says movies aren’t educational?

My Big Fat Greek Easter

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Overview

Acropolis skyline Photo, Athens, Greece
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The majority of Greece’s population belongs to the Orthodox religion and Easter is the biggest holiday of the year. Many businesses and services close, except in touristy areas like Plaka, and Athenians leave their homes in droves to travel to their family village to celebrate the holiday. There are still millions of people remaining in Athens but traffic noise and congestion is greatly reduced and there is a softer, friendlier feel to the city.Like tiny villages tucked within the booming metropolis, each of the many churches conducts their own neighborhood ceremonies.My hotel was in an excellent location at the edge of Plaka and within a few blocks of three churches. The sounds of chu...Read More

Hotel Tempi

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Hotel

Hotel Tempi Photo, Athens, Greece
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Hotel Tempi is definitely a budget hotel but the good location, little extras and friendly staff make it a very good choice. It is located in a quiet area on pedestrian only St. Irini square. Plaka and the Monastiraki metro station are only a few blocks away. The main floor entrance has a small library for guest use and a fridge with reasonably priced drinks. Up a short flight of steps is the reception desk which is staffed 24 hours per day, a nice security feature. Reception has a number of Greek travel guides (Lonely Planet, Let’s Go, etc.)that they lend to guests during their stay. On the first floor is a large communal kitchen with fridge, stove, kettle, coffee maker, dishes, etc....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2003

Hotel Tempi
29 Eolou
Athens, Greece
210 3213175

Savvas

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Restaurant

Savvas Photo, Athens, Greece
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Savvas is located at the edge of the Plaka district, near the Monastiraki metro station and close to the Agora. It has the appearance of an old, authentic taverna - appropriate since it has been in business since 1925. It’s quite popular with locals and tourists alike and the waiters are continually scurrying between tables to keep their diners well fed and happy. Savvas is actually divided into two distinct parts - a small take away as well as the actual "sit down" restaurant. The restaurant’s interior is a bit dull with a dozen or so tables sharing space with the grill area and glass cases that contain pre made appetizers like tzatziki, taramosalata and plates of thickly sliced feta cheese. It’...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2003

Savvas
86-88 Mitropoleos
Athens, Greece
32 45 048

Easter in Greece

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Story/Tip

Easter in Athens Photo, Athens, Greece
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Easter I loved being in Greece in the spring – everything was green and fresh, wildflowers were scattered everywhere and people were friendly and much more relaxed than during the hectic summer months. On top of that spring meant Orthodox Easter, the biggest holiday in Greece, and I was able to experience some of the traditional celebrations while in Athens.For 2003, Orthodox Easter was 27 April. I arrived in Athens on 25 April, Good Friday. Tourist sights were open and Plaka was going strong but most other businesses made sure they closed at 5 or 6.Vendors set up outside churches to sell beeswax tapers and colored plastic shields that were supposed to help keep the candles lit. Inside...Read More

Making Sense of the Metro

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Story/Tip

Syntagma Metro Photo, Athens, Greece
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The metro is a great boon for travel in Athens. It has been expanded to three lines and covers most of the major points of interest in the city as well as the suburbs. Fares are less than 1 euro per trip. The metro runs 7 days a week from 5am to midnight although buses and trolleys operate 24 hours a day. A 24 hour pass, good for buses, trolleys and the metro, costs 2.90 euro and is a great deal, particularly if you are going to or from the airport. Passes must be purchased from the attendant at the station and individual tickets are purchased from a machine. Make sure to validate any ticket/pass or you could be subject to a large fine. Full metro route maps are displayed in each car and each stop i...Read More