Athens Journals

Athens - Ancient Splendor Meets Modern City

A September 2004 trip to Athens by Stasi

The Coral Athens Hotel Photo, Athens, Greece More Photos
Quote: We only spent 4 days in Athens, which wasn't enough time. This was our first trip, and aside from all the historical sites, we had tons of family and friends to visit. The highlight of the trip was seeing the Parthenon.

The Coral Athens Hotel

Hotel | "Best Western Premier Coral Hotel"

The Coral Athens Hotel Photo, Athens, Greece
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This four-star hotel is located along the beach of Paleo Faliro. Our room had a beautiful view of the Saronic Gulf, and everyone was very friendly and gracious. The world-famous Greek hospitality holds true and will make you want to return. The hotel has been recently remodeled and is only 20 minutes from downtown. The complimentary breakfast buffet is the best I’ve ever had in a hotel; it goes far beyond the normal US continental breakfast.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 23, 2005

The Coral Athens Hotel
35 Possidonos Avenue, Paleo Faliro
Athens, Greece 17561
30 (210) 981-6441

The Acropolis of Athens

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Attraction | "Acropolis and Parthenon"

The Acropolis of Athens Photo, Athens, Greece
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The Acropolis is the one historical site you must see while in Athens. I consider it the greatest of all archaeological sites. You can take a tour or just guide yourself. It is best to either go early or later in the day, as it can get very warm. The monuments that are still visible today date from the Classical Period (450-330 BC) and include the architecturally complex Erechtheion temple and the most architecturally sophisticated temple of its time, the Parthenon. Wear sturdy shoes, because it’s a hike to the top and the marble steps near the monuments are slippery. The term "acropolis" means upper city, and many of the city-states of ancient Greece are built around an acropolis that the i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 27, 2005

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

Syntagma Square

Attraction

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Syntagma Square, aka Constitution Square, is the heart of the city. It is surrounded by hotels and cafes. The famous Grande Bretagna Hotel, a prestigious hotel known for hosting dignitaries, is across from the square. On another corner sits the majestic parliament building, with the tomb of the unknown soldier, guarded by evzones dressed in the traditional Greek uniform. There's a changing of the guard ceremony daily, at different times, but the most elaborate ceremony takes place on Sunday. It's on Sunday that the young guards don their foustanellas (kilts), which have 400 pleats, one for each year of the Ottoman occupation. A band accompanies the procession, which begins at the barracks at 10:45a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 27, 2005

Syntagma Square
Center of Athens
Athens, Greece