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The Latest Addition to the Venizelos Airport

The Latest Addition to the Venizelos Airport April 30, 2011 | Food, Travel Tips | Read More
If your plans in Athens involve a hostel, apartment, camper, charter yacht or sailboat, you’re going to be happy about the new addition to the Arrivals level: a traditional “pandopoleion” stocked with locally made dry goods, American cereals, fresh fruit, cheeses, meat, olives, beer, wine, herbs,...

This Month’s Local Flavor in Athens: The Days leading to Πάσχα

This Month’s Local Flavor in Athens: The Days leading to Πάσχα April 1, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Easter is coming and Athens is getting ready. The almond trees are getting showy with their pink blossoms, the streets are perfumed with neroli and incense wafting from church windows, and the shops are putting up fairytale window displays: a rainbow of Easter candles called lambathes suspended from...

Important Athens Update: February 23rd Massive Strike

Important Athens Update: February 23rd Massive Strike February 21, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
It’s not that Athens is out to scare you away but workers all over the spectrum are fed up and have chosen February 23 to air their grievances. Expect flights to be interrupted, boats to stay in port, shops and banks to be dark, trains to stand still, and if all goes to plan, everyone who isn’t...

January 31st Transportation Strike or Everything You Need to Know About Hiring a Driver

January 31st Transportation Strike or Everything You Need to Know About Hiring a Driver January 30, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
An all-out Athens public transportation strike is coming up tomorrow, January 31st.  That means another day of hoofing it through the cold, that is unless you book yourself a private driver. I’ve listed in posts of late that it’s a good investment because not only are you enjoying the luxury of...

Halcyon Days in Athens

Halcyon Days in Athens January 15, 2011 | Local Flavor, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Alright boys and girls, now gather round. I have to tell you the story of why, for no apparent reason, Greece is granted a few days of perfect weather in the dead of winter- a phenomenon that has been occurring since ancient times. The daughter of the wind, Alcyone, was deeply in love with her husband,...

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: Athens Strike Updates and Advice on Getting Around

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: Athens Strike Updates and Advice on Getting Around December 30, 2010 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
The Bad and Ugly A 24 hour strike has been called by union workers of several divisions of transportation, including air traffic control and public transport. Banks, waste management, and mass media are also exercising their rights; a demonstration was held at the freshly renovated Pediou tou Areos Park...

Olympic Air’s Current Troubles and Triumphs

Olympic Air’s Current Troubles and Triumphs December 29, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Olympic Air, the one year-old, privatized revision of Greece’s national carrier, Olympic Airways/Airlines, has been in the news quite a lot lately. Pilots and handlers have been threatening to strike as a dense cloud of uncertainty forms around their future employment; an EU ruling on whether or...

What’s Up with Athens? A Look at the Current Situation and Tips that might Save Your Trip

What’s Up with Athens? A Look at the Current Situation and Tips that might Save Your Trip December 17, 2010 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Wednesday and Thursday  there were nationwide strikes and demonstrations in Athens. The local news is flush with photographs of street battles between police and demonstrators, the underlying stories filled with details about black-masked, gasoline bomb-throwing rioters and air thick with tear gas “sending...

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...

The Best Kept Secret of the Athens International Airport

The Best Kept Secret of the Athens International Airport November 20, 2010 | Off the Beaten Path, Travel Tips | Read More
I learned a few years back that when you’re sick of chaos of any airport, the best retreat is the airport’s prayer chapel. Maybe associated more with religious travelers it’s also a deep breath; an oasis of calm amidst the din of thousands of frustrated travelers and exasperated employees. Located...
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