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Four days in Athens

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A May 2001 trip to Athens by Illion

Brettos Photo, Athens, Greece More Photos
Quote: Four days is more than sufficient to see the main attractions of Athens. The ancient city, that is the remains of it, is the most interesting. Highlights are the famous Acropolis with the Ancient Agora and the Plaka at its feet. The view from the beautiful and peaceful Filopappos Hill is mesmerizing. Find a nice spot overlooking Athens and have a picnic Modern Athens is much less a treat. The architecture reflects the incredible rate in which the city has grown in the past 150 years. Without inspiration the vast plain around the old and strong heart has been clogged up with plain, dull buildings as far as the eye can see. After seeing the highlights, don’t linger. As charming and impressive as the old city is, as uninviting is the vast modern part.

Four days in Athens

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Overview

The Acropolis  Photo, Athens, Greece
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The Greek agora is one of the main attractions for a person with a little imagination. When you walk around the dusty remains of what was once the worldly heart of this ancient city you can still almost feel the pulse of a time long gone. Especially when you realise you are walking across Plato's turf, just down from the still very well preserved Doric temple of Hephaestos. Use the map you receive well and you can picture the bustling centre of what once was the birthplace of democracy (well, more like plutocracy, but still...). When you look up you see the gods looking down on you from the majestic Acropolis. This hill is still very impressive, but is unfortunately shown so often in school and...Read More

Dioskouros

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Hotel

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When travelling on a small budget, go to the small and friendly hotel Dioskouros. At first we went to the Festos Youth and Student Guesthouse, Filellinon 18, but is was completely full. Fortunately they had a room available in Dioskouros, run by the same people. It was lucky for us Festos was fully booked. Dioskouros proved to be an oasis of tranquillity in this madhouse city and it had a real convivial atmosphere. For just 9500 drachmas, about € 29, you have a pleasant double with an immensely high ceiling. Be sure to keep your windows shut when you turn on the light, or else the mosquitos have a great hiding place where you can’t reach them. We had to throw a newspaper at them to finally find...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 9, 2002

Dioskouros
Pittakou 6
Athens, Greece
324 8165

Archeon Gevsis

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Restaurant | "Arxeion Gefsis"

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What better way to end a day filled with visiting ancient historical sites than to indulge yourself in an ancient historical meal? Arxaion Gefsis, located at the end of an obscure alley, very near to the Metro station Metaxourghio, offers just that. Arxaion Gefsis, which means ‘Ancient Tastes’, tries to make you relive ancient times. This means there aren’t any glasses, just earthenware cups, dinner is served on earthenware plates and you can’t get a fork, you have to manage with just a knife and a spoon. In the spacious garden the tables are made of solid wood, as are the chairs and the staff walks around in flowing red tunics. But this is just the start of it. ‘Modern’ ingredients like...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 12, 2002

Archeon Gevsis
22 Kodratou Street (off Karaiskaki Square)
Athens, Greece 104 36
+30 210 523 9661

Ouzeri Kouklis

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Restaurant

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Walking across the Plaka around dinnertime is a feat. All the restaurant owners are trying to get you inside their place when you look at the menu. One of these places didn't need this: Ouzeri Kouklis. It is a bit hard to find, as it is not in one of the many very touristy streets of the Plaka. Using a map it shouldn’t be too difficult though. Ouzeri Kouklis, much frequented by locals, is a charming tavern-like bistro/restaurant where you can eat beneath wooden beams on one of the two floors or outside on one of the tiny balconies, barely big enough for two. From this balcony you overlook the Ancient Agora and a small part of the Acropolis. Sitting on that balcony we witnessed a wedding i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 12, 2002

Ouzeri Kouklis
Tripodon 14
Athens, Greece
Athens

Brettos

Attraction

Brettos Photo, Athens, Greece
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Right in the heart of the Plaka, on one of the main streets, there is a small bar and liquor store. Brettos is nice to have a few drinks after a good meal, just before you go to sleep. This very old-fashioned bar has beautifully lit bottles on the back wall, huge old barrels on one side and a prime choice of liquors from all over the world on the other. But when in Greece, do as the Greeks do: order Ouzo. The home brand is excellent. So much so that I didn't find a better one during the following week while travelling across the Peleponnese. Visited by many locals, it is also very inviting for the tourists. Open until one o' clock, it's a perfect old place for a nightcap.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 9, 2002

Brettos
Kydathineon 41
Athens, Greece

Ancient Agora of Athens/Forum of Athens

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Attraction | "Ancient Agora"

Ancient Agora of Athens/Forum of Athens Photo, Athens, Greece
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As I already wrote in the overview: I found the Ancient Agora stunning. On these few acres so much history took place. Here Socrates and Plato asked their questions, here democracy was first tested, here the first ancient modern society developed. For the casual visitor it may just be a dusty field filled with rocks. The ones with a little imagination can see the greatness of this place in the shadow of the majestic Acropolis, especially when using the little map you receive upon entering well. The best-preserved building is the Doric temple of Hephaestos, the god-blacksmith, placed on the top of a small hill. This temple solely survived the rage of the barbarians and Christians because it was ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 9, 2002

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

The Acropolis of Athens

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Attraction | "The Acropolis"

The Acropolis of Athens Photo, Athens, Greece
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It was unfortunate to have seen so many pictures of the Acropolis before I came to Athens. Instead of being overwhelmed, I was just awed when being first confronted with this brilliant and intriguing, but strangely familiar, landmark. It deserves to be more than overwhelming. Walking around Athens time and time again the Acropolis emerges and presents you with yet another wonderful view of its beauty. Take your time when you are going to pay your respects to Pallas Athena. Stroll around the foot of the hill, through the Plaka. Take a route no one else is taking. There are lots of picturesque small stepped alleys leading to the summit. Often you will be rewarded with a magnificent vista on this gl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 12, 2002

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