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Always On Sunday: Athens’ Famous Once Weekly Parade

Always On Sunday: Athens’ Famous Once Weekly Parade March 14, 2011 | Events, Things to Do | Read More
Last Sunday was gifted with the azure sky that makes this city a sometimes paradise. Families and tourists were outside to revel in the sun, ambling down the wide pedestrian pathways amidst balloon and roasted corn vendors.  At a quarter to eleven, as always, traffic through Syntagma stopped; distant...

Photo Friday: Football Feud

Photo Friday: Football Feud February 26, 2011 | Events, Local Flavor, Things to Do | Read More
The picture below might have you suspecting that Athens has been burned to the ground. No, no… it’s just the Olympiakos fans of legendary Thira 7, or Gate 7, doing their primeval war dance before a game against their hated rivals, Panathinaikos, the football club of Athens. The “Red...

A Most Romantic Day Trip: Athens to Aegina Island in Five Easy Steps

A Most Romantic Day Trip: Athens to Aegina Island in Five Easy Steps February 8, 2011 | Romantic, Things to Do | Read More
Aegina is an island in the Saronic Gulf which can be seen from the top of Lykavittos Hill. By that I mean it’s really, very close. In ancient times Aegina and Athens had a dysfunctional on/ off again relationship, but now it’s both home to a few thousand islanders and the playground of Athenians,...

Photo Friday: Onassis Cultural Centre

Photo Friday: Onassis Cultural Centre January 28, 2011 | Photo Friday, Things to Do | Read More
Syngrou Avenue is an unending chain of banks, car dealers, strip clubs, and as of December 2010, one of the most exciting additions to the Athens cultural scene in the last decade. The Onassis Cultural Centre is an exquisite building reflecting sky  by day and burning like an oil lamp at night allowing...

How to Ring in the New Year in Athens

How to Ring in the New Year in Athens December 31, 2010 | Nightlife, Romantic, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Rest in peace, 2010. Your last night has arrived. Those of us in Athens to see you off have many an option to celebrate your departure. Where the Party’s At Just beside the Academy of Arts and Sciences along Panepistimiou Ave is Omirou street. Turn in and go straight until you reach Cafe Boheme,...

Greek Revival: The Lesson of Madam Grece

Greek Revival: The Lesson of Madam Grece December 29, 2010 | Local Flavor, Things to Do | Read More
On December 18th, the esteemed Jacqueline de Romilly, age 97, crossed over in a Western suburb of Paris. Her ardent passion of ancient Greece resulted in her being awarded Greek citizenship in 1995 and the title of “Ambassador of Hellenism” by the Greek state in 2000. Her departure came...

Family-Friendly Holiday Activities in Athens

Family-Friendly Holiday Activities in Athens December 7, 2010 | Events, Local Flavor, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Funny fact about Athens: Christmas just wasn’t that big of a deal until King Otto came along in the nineteenth century, bringing a whole sackful of Bavarian customs and traditions along with him, like a Christmas tree just outside of the palace. It took! Every year the lighting of the Christmas...

If You Do Nothing Else in Athens, Take This Walk

If You Do Nothing Else in Athens, Take This Walk December 1, 2010 | Romantic, Things to Do | Read More
Along with planting the seeds for a new museum and protecting 18th-century architecture, Melina Mercouri (“the Last Greek Goddess”) commissioned the start of what was to be one of the world’s best open-air museums: a traffic-free, uninterrupted pathway encircling the most sacred ground...

Great Places to Pop the Question in Athens

Great Places to Pop the Question in Athens November 22, 2010 | Nightlife, Romantic, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Maybe you’re just on a romantic trip in Athens, Greece, or maybe you’ve met someone and have had a whirlwind romance, the kind written about in beach blanket paperbacks. Whatever the case, you’ve got something to say to someone you’re quite fond of and you want to do it in a way...

Don’t Worry! The Athenian Tradition of the Komboloi

Don’t Worry! The Athenian Tradition of the Komboloi November 13, 2010 | Local Flavor, Things to Do | Read More
Should your eyes rest on a gentleman in Athens of any age who is in a state of deep conversation, heavy thinking, sitting, waiting, or watching, (common activities for anyone in Greece) it’s likely that he’s complementing the activity with a long string of beads and a graceful flip of the...