Athens Journals

Greek Adventures in Athens

A May 2007 trip to Athens by pointofnoreturn

The Acropolis of Athens Photo, Athens, Greece More Photos
Quote: We spent 3 (+1) nights in Athens to explore its rich history before heading to the islands.

Greek Adventures in Athens

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Overview

The Acropolis of Athens Photo, Athens, Greece
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Athens is one of the world's oldest cities and home to many important archaeological discoveries. It is a multi-cultural city with a rich, thriving metropolis. Athens is very dense and compact, that you can easily visit all of the major attractions in 3 days. If you have a passion for Greek culture, history, art and archeology, Athens is the place to go. The highlights of Athens is most notably the huge Acropolis that sits on top of the city. The National Archaeological Museum is home to some of the finest works of art. There are many worthwhile restaurants and cafe to savour the taste of Greek cuisine that Athens is simply a place not to be missed!Quick Tips: The one thing I learned about At...Read More

Dioskouros

Hotel

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Dioskouros is a small hostel located in the Plaka neighborhood of Athens near Hadrian's Arch. Despite being in the Plaka neighborhood, the hostel is difficult to find and located on the edges of Plaka. We booked a few months ahead of time for a twin room with a shared bathroom. We were appalled to find that upon arrival (after a lengthy walk from the Syntagma metro station), that our room was in the basement! There was one small window that was covered in dirt and spider webs. Our beds were unmade although they provided us with sheets and some weird blankets. The room was dirty and the carpet and ceiling looked mouldy but we were too afraid to look closer!We were too tired to compl...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 14, 2008

Dioskouros
Pittakou 6
Athens, Greece
324 8165

Hotel Neos Olympos

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Hotel

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Hotel Neos Olympos is a budget hotel located 5 minutes' walk of Larissa Train Station in Athens. There are rooms designed for 1, 2, 3 or 4 people and most of them have private balcony. Some rooms have private bathrooms and some must opt for a shared hall bathroom. We booked several months ahead and got a fabulous rate for a private twin room for $20 CAD per person but opted for a shared bathroom. Upon check-in, the attendant was absolutely friendly and gave us lots of helpful information on Athens and how to get around the city. There are no elevators in the building so you are resorted to lugging bags up several flights of stairs. The hotel, despite being a budget hotel, was pretty and tast...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2008

Hotel Neos Olympos
38, Diligianni Str.
Athens, Greece
+30 2105223433

The Acropolis of Athens

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Attraction | "Acropolis"

The Acropolis of Athens Photo, Athens, Greece
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If you're visiting Athens, there is no doubt that you'll be popping round the Acropolis which is the city's most popular sight. Built long before A.D., the Acropolis of Athens is made up of several notable sights with the Parthenon being its most famous. One of the reasons why I love the Parthenon is that when you're standing right next to it, you can see a nearly 360 panoramic view of Athens. It is also at that point where you can truly see how dense Athens is. Many people go to Acropolis to see the Parthenon but there are several notable sights you should check out. The Temple of Athena Nike and the Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus are just as spectacular. There are several smaller but wort...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2008

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

Acropolis Museum

Attraction

Acropolis Museum Photo, Athens, Greece
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The museum is right next to the Parthenon on the site of the Acropolis. It's a relatively small museum that is home to an exquisite collection of artifacts excavated on site. The museum closed down temporarily just after we visited and is due to re-open in early 2008.Admission to the museum is limited and you will probably find yourself waiting in line with other people due to the small size of the building. I believe that no photography is allowed whatsoever despite seeing quite a few people taking flash photography.The museum should definitely be part of your visit to the Acropolis. The highlight of my visit was the beautiful Caryatids which were originally part of the Erechtheio...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 14, 2008

Acropolis Museum

Athens, Greece
+30 210-3214172

Ancient Agora of Athens/Forum of Athens

Attraction | "Ancient Agora"

Ancient Agora of Athens/Forum of Athens Photo, Athens, Greece
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The Ancient Agora lies below the Acropolis and is the ancient marketplace of Athens. There are few complete structures left standing however it's still worthwhile and can make for a nice relaxing walk after a busy morning at the Acropolis. There are two things that I enjoyed the most about the Agora: The beautiful church, Ayii Apostoloi, and the Temple of Hephaestus (Hephastion) which has beautiful friezes.During our walk along the Agora, we encountered several turtles which we found fascinating. There's beautiful gardens and at the end of the Agora, the Stoa of Attalos houses artifacts collected from the grounds. The Agora shares the same hours as Acropolis (High Season: 8-7:30 PM...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2008

Ancient Agora of Athens/Forum of Athens
Northwest of the Acropolis
Athens, Greece

Monastiraki Flea Market Photo, Athens, Greece
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If you're in Athens for a short stay and you're in the city on a Sunday, visiting the Monastiraki Flea Market is an experience in itself. The flea market is huge and spans over a number of streets that border Syntagma and Plaka neighborhoods. There are many different shops - jewelry, fashion, books, food, wines, souvenirs, accessories and the odd strange thing! There are several worthwhile jewelry stores that specialize in Greek jewelry at a decent price. There are several illegal practices that occur on a daily basis. Near Syntagma Square metro station, there is a group of African men that sell leather bags and wallets that are fakes... please do not attempt to buy anything from them. The p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2008

Monastiraki Flea Market
Avissynias Square
Athens, Greece 105 55

National Archaeological Museum

Attraction | "National Archaelogical Museum"

National Archaeological Museum Photo, Athens, Greece
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This museum is a must-see if you're planning to visit Athens, whether it's only for a day or not! The museum is home to some of the most important Greek artifacts. The most famous is the mask of Agamemnon which is a 16th century B.C. gold mask that was excavated in Mycenae. There are beautiful marble statues of Greek gods and goddeses, bronze works, ornate jewerley, beautiful murals and pottery. In the museum, there are helpful guides posted on the walls that describe the major eras in Greece and the notable events that helped influence the art and architecture. The museum is open from 8 AM to 7:30 PM from Tuesday to Sundays. On Mondays, it is only open from 1 to 7:30 PM....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2008

National Archaeological Museum
44 Patission St
Athens, Greece 106 82
+30 210 821 7717

National Gardens

Attraction

National Gardens Photo, Athens, Greece
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The National Gardens, which is located next to Syntagma Square off Amalias, is one of Athens' hidden treasures. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist crowds, just slip away into the Gardens and find yourself surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees. There's a small zoo with a variety of domestic animals, an exotic fish pond and a turtle pond. There's a botanical museum in the gardens but it was closed indefinitely. There's a beautiful arbour with vines covering them and quite a few bird species to enjoy listening to.I found it extremely relaxing and a way to beat the hot sun for most of the gardens are shaded. It's also another hotspot for amateur photo...Read More

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National Gardens
off Amalias St.
Athens, Greece

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The Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) was opened in time for the 2004 Olympic Games. It is clean, modern and up to date.The cheapest way to get to the airport is by bus. There are several buses:X95 - To Syntagma Square (runs 24 hours a day)X94 - To Pentagon Metro StationX96 - To Piraeus (ferry port)Tickets cost just slighty over €3 per person if you're taking the bus.At the moment, the metro/train line (blue line) to the airport is closed till close to the end of 2008. When it re-opens, it costs €6 for 1 person or €10 for 2 persons to get into Athens. You'll likely have to transfer to either Syntagma or Monastiraki to get to your hotel. T...Read More