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Visiting Athens

In Athens, some things never change—including tourist magnets like the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Other parts of Athens, however, would be unrecognizable to someone who’d visited a few years ago. Thanks to a pedestrian-friendly Olympic makeover in 2004, this formerly unattractive, congested city is golden once again.... Read More In Athens, some things never change—including tourist magnets like the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Other parts of Athens, however, would be unrecognizable to someone who’d visited a few years ago. Thanks to a pedestrian-friendly Olympic makeover in 2004, this formerly unattractive, congested city is golden once again.    Close

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Brush up on your Greek mythology - the Athens Archaeological Museum

Written by actonsteve on 20 Dec, 2006

Just how good is your Greek mythology?Do you know your Zeus from your Kronos? Do you know your Hera from your Thetis? Your Perseus from your Odysseus?It helps to have some background knowledge when visiting the Athens Archaeological Museum. One marble bust begins to resemble…Read More


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The most atmospheric ruins in Athens - the Ancient Agora and National Gardens

Written by actonsteve on 20 Dec, 2006

One thing I did not expect from Athens was the number of dogs on the streets.These were not the homeless canines I have seen in the cities of some countries. But genuine, acclimatised local dogs who spend their lives outside - sleeping wherever they can.…Read More


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Ruins? We've got ruins - Plaka, the most charming part of Athens

Written by actonsteve on 20 Dec, 2006

Do you think you will get close to the Evones?You remember the Evones? Those goosestepping soldiers that guard the Greek Parliament. Young men in tassled caps, kilts, and woolly leggings. They stride up and down with rifles over their shoulders wearing a costume taken from…Read More


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Omonia Square, Athinas and the earthy Central Market

Written by actonsteve on 20 Dec, 2006

Wandering back one evening down Athinas I chanced upon Platia Katzia. Opposite the 18th century Town Hall was a full square of people watching traditional Greek dancing. The sound of bazooki music floated through the air and none of the dancers were under sixty. They…Read More


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The Acropolis - Western Civilisations greatest treasure

Written by actonsteve on 20 Dec, 2006

The 'high city' of the Acropolis resembles the surface of an alien planet.When I was there, the ages old monument was being whipped by winds. Those same winds whipped the white gravel into swirling clouds that covered the camera wielding tourists. Doric columns lie around…Read More


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Athens Attractions

Written by jenandfrank on 14 Dec, 2005

We visited Athens on a Sunday, so all admissions were free, with the exception of Mount Lykkavittos Hill & Funicular. To keep within word count restrictions, I have separated some of the spots we managed to squeeze into one day, but for other attractions and…Read More


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Ferries in Greece

Written by beckyt on 26 Jan, 2004

I thought I better put in a small bit about ferries in Greece, since they are the main method of transport for the budget island hopper! There are many different ferry lines and the best way to book ferry tickets is to go into any…Read More


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The Ancient Stuff - Around the Acropolis

Written by lcampbell on 05 Mar, 2006

There is plenty more to see in a big circle around the base of the Acropolis. My friend and I started on the north/northwest side at Monastiraki because this is where our hostel was. Monastiraki is a commercial zone, with small shops and restaurants. The…Read More


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The Ancient Stuff - Acropolis

Written by lcampbell on 05 Mar, 2006

It is possible to see most of the Ancient Stuff around Athens in 1 day, but 2 days would be best. The AcropolisMost of the Ancient Stuff around Athens is clustered in one area—the Acropolis ("upper city") and surrounding land just below. The Acropolis is…Read More


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Day Trip to Napflio

Written by lcampbell on 05 Mar, 2006

I loved being in Athens with my friend Shannon. Earlier in the trip, we had almost missed our flight from Berlin to Athens. Our response? If we miss it, let's just take the next flight, regardless of where it goes.Needless to say, we made the…Read More


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