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Greece Is the Word: Part 1 - Athens

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A September 2007 trip to Athens by Carmen

The Acropolis of Athens Photo, Athens, Greece More Photos
Quote: Athens can be a frustrating mix of old and new, but it still manages to fascinate.

Greece Is the Word: Part 1 - Athens

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Overview

The Acropolis of Athens Photo, Athens, Greece
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Athens is a surprising city. There are things to love and things to hate (sprawl, anyone?). While the lowlight was probably the hotel we stayed in, but that was our own fault for trying to pinch a penny or two. The best parts of Athens would of course be visiting the Acropolis. How these buildings have survived their moronic occupants over 3000 years and still maintain their grandness I’ll never know. But even covered in scaffolding, the Parthenon is a sight to see. The view out over the city from atop...Read More

Hotel Plaza

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Hotel | "Rough and Ready City Plaza Hotel "

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Located near Victoria Square in Athens, this budget hotel (less than 200 euros) was what it was – a budget hotel. The best part of the hotel was probably its location – only a few blocks from the Victoria Square metro line, only a block from an Internet café, only a block from a bank, (but not within reasonable walking distance to any of the major tourist locations). Its drawback was its no-frills approach – for me anyway. Admittedly, when on vacation, I don’t spend a lot of time in my hotel room. Although when I do spend time in my hotel room, I like to think that a good night’s sleep is in my future. The beds in this hotel were so rock-hard that I had sore hips from sleeping on my side (...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 26, 2007

Hotel Plaza
78 Acharnon & Katrivanou Street
Athens, Greece
00 3 010 822 5111

After Ouzo Photo, Athens, Greece
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Recommended to us because of the Greek music played nightly, we decided to try and find the Old Taverna Stamatopoulos. It’s on the corner of Flessa Street and Lissiou streets, which didn’t help us one bit. (We had to rely on a friendly Greek citizen who felt sorry for the two tourists holding the map upside down.)From the outside, the taverna looks like a quaint place to get some good Greek food and listen to some traditional Greek music and have some strong Greek ouzo. We were seated quickly (it wasn’t a weekend night), and our table was surrounded by ivy and smokers. (Darn those smokers!) The waiter was prompt (they all are to TAKE your order, but not so much after) and the menu was varied a...Read More

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Hani Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Hani Restaurant: Come on In"

Hani Restaurant Photo, Athens, Greece
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Most of the restaurants in the Plaka district’s pedestrian areas spend the majority of their energies not into cooking, but into tempting you into their establishment. I’d been told to avoid these if I wanted good food, but after several hours of walking in the heat, I didn’t really care and I just wanted to sit down. We got lucky, because the host that tempted to weary travelers into his restaurant did us a favor.There are three eating options: the street tables outside, air-conditioned dining room, and then a gard...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2007

Hani Restaurant
Syngrou and Zisimopoulou 24
Athens, Greece
+30 (210) 9403660

Mount Lycabettus/Lykavittos

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Attraction | "I Found My Thrill, on Lycabettus Hill"

Mount Lycabettus/Lykavittos Photo, Athens, Greece
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There are two main hills in Athens, one being the very popular Acropolis and the other being Lycabettus Hill. Greek myth tells us that Athena was bringing land back to her beloved Acropolis when something angered her and she dropped it, creating the hill. But as with most vantage points, when you see them, you want to climb them.Here’s my tip of the century. If you want to go to the top, first, take a cab to the base. We were on a mission to save money. So we took the Metro and then walked up. First a VERY steep hil...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2007

Mount Lycabettus/Lykavittos

Athens, Greece 999-20
01-722-7065

The Acropolis of Athens

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Attraction | "The Acropolis Slip and Slide"

The Acropolis of Athens Photo, Athens, Greece
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If ever there was a tourist trap that was hardest to get to, I think the Acropolis may win hands down. For the faintest travelers, you can take a cab to the base (but Acropolis taxis are more expensive than the regular ones), but even so, you’ve got quite a climb awaiting you. From either of the two closest Metro stops, expect a long walk and often not as cut-and-dry as the map would make it seem. Once you arrive, buy your ticket for 12 euros (which has tickets to the Forum, Theater of Dionysus, etc., so you don’t have to buy more tickets for those. However, from all I’d read, it made it seem like your ticket was good for a week at these attractions and the Acropolis. That’s not the case. If y...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2007

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

Plaka

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Attraction | "The Plaka and the Hole in Your Wallet"

Plaka Photo, Athens, Greece
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If you want to walk around and stop, the Plaka district is going to be your mecca. Here you can find more tourist shops, jewelry shops, T-shirt shops, and restaurants than you could possibly ever need or want. My advice is that if you find something you want, make note of where you found the item and how much it was. It’s quite likely that you’ll find the exact same item somewhere else and for a different price. Now, I’d been told that negotiation is key in the Plaka. Either I’m crappy at negotiating, or that’s not true these days. Items you may want to look for in the Plaka include the blue evil-eye protectors, T-shirts, ouzo and Greek olive oil, ceramic things for your wall, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2007

Plaka
Central Athens South
Athens, Greece

Temple of Olympian Zeus

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Attraction | "Zeus’s Temple and Hadrian’s Arch"

Temple of Olympian Zeus Photo, Athens, Greece
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I honestly think that if Greeks were allowed, they’d build apartment buildings on the Acropolis, and probably right on top of the Parthenon. Perhaps that’s the downfall for a country that can’t spit without hitting a ruin, but when viewing Hadrian’s Arch and Zues’s Temple across a busy road and through some telephone wires, you’ll probably feel a little less about the site than you normally would.You can see the site from atop the Acropolis, and perhaps you think it’s not worth the walk to get there, using the ticke...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2007

Temple of Olympian Zeus
Vassilissis Olgas Avenue
Athens, Greece 105 57
+30 210 922 6330