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The Best Bit of Culture in Athens for $5

The Best Bit of Culture in Athens for $5 November 9, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
There are more than a few ways to get a dose of culture in Athens. After all, it was dubbed the first cultural capital of the EU in 1985 and is considered the cradle of Western culture, the birthplace of art, oh, and rated one of the top 25 most expensive cities in the world in 2008. Are there any cheap...

Stuck in Athens International Airport? Enjoy It!

Stuck in Athens International Airport? Enjoy It! November 3, 2010 | Food, Local Flavor, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Ho-ho-ho-boy… you’re stuck in Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos for six hours. Well, lucky you. Born for the 2004 Olympic Games, this airport is modern, clean, and chock-full of ways to while away your layover. There’s so much, I’ve compiled an awards list to...

How to Get From the Airport to the Acropolis in One Hour

How to Get From the Airport to the Acropolis in One Hour November 1, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Have a minimum of time to spend in Athens and want to get to the point? Here’s how: The Athens International Airport has two terminals, A and B. If you are arriving from a Schengen country you’ll be coming out of terminal B. Flights from all other countries let out at Terminal A. As soon as you exit,...

70 year anniversary of “NO!” ~ Oxi Day in Athens

70 year anniversary of “NO!” ~ Oxi Day in Athens October 28, 2010 | Events, Local Flavor, Things to Do | Read More
This morning the cannons on Lycabettus served as an alarm clock for the whole city. October 28th is a special day in all of Greece because it signifies the neutral territory’s entrance into the Second World War. The legend goes like this: 70 years ago on October 28, 1940, the Greek Prime Minister,...

How to Laugh at Rainy Mondays While in Athens

How to Laugh at Rainy Mondays While in Athens October 25, 2010 | Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Oh no, it’s raining in a city that’s renowned for sunshine, with half of the most popular tourist attractions being outdoors. Might we throw in that it’s also Monday, meaning half of the museums are closed? What now? Touring in the Rain The best solution to seeing a city in spite of...

New Favorite: Makriyianni 3 Deli/Coffee

New Favorite: Makriyianni 3 Deli/Coffee October 21, 2010 | Food, Things to Do | Read More
My standard route from home to Athens city center leads me down scenic Makriyianni Street, a pedestrian road as of only last year. A few months ago I’d noticed one of the small shops being renovated and shortly after, Makriyianni 3 Deli and Coffee opened for business. The “coffee joint”...

How to Look Like a Local in Athens

How to Look Like a Local in Athens October 20, 2010 | Local Flavor, Things to Do | Read More
The temperature is in the 20’s Celsius (70 Fahrenheit) here in Athens, which means full-on Autumn. The mornings and evenings are crisp, rain comes on suddenly and without warning, and Greeks are dressed up in their Autumnal best. If you want to blend in, just follow these fashion guidelines which...

Photo Friday: Archaeology Under Foot

Photo Friday: Archaeology Under Foot October 1, 2010 | Photo Friday, Things to Do | Read More
Archaeology holds the throne of importance in Athens, and if it gets in the way of other things, well tough beans, buddy.  The long awaited New Acropolis Museum was no exception. When several layers of ancient cities were discovered during the early parts of construction, the rest of the world was asked...

Bubbles and Rose Colored Glasses: New Season at the Hellenic Children’s Museum

Bubbles and Rose Colored Glasses: New Season at the Hellenic Children’s Museum September 27, 2010 | Events, Things to Do | Read More
The Hellenic Children’s Museum started the new 2010/11 season up with a sidewalk party in Plaka. Kids were playing with candy-bright, plastic funnels and soapy water to make giant bubbles while their parents indulged in homemade treats, lovingly spread across a long table and manned -or more...

Photo Friday: Elefsina Archaeological Museum

Photo Friday: Elefsina Archaeological Museum September 24, 2010 | Off the Beaten Path, Photo Friday, Things to Do | Read More
20 km south of Athens lies the ghostly remains of the cult of Demeter in the ancient site of Elefsis. The miserable goddess of grain, desperate for the return of her daughter from the clutches of the god of the underworld left Mount Olympus and came here, posing as a common woman seeking common jobs...