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Athenian Toilets: What to Expect When You “Gotta Go.”

Athenian Toilets: What to Expect When You “Gotta Go.” November 11, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
As it goes with most everything in Athens, the quality of toilets can run from looking like something that belongs in the archaeological museum to a sleek, streamlined contraption with lights and buttons, so complex you suspect it might score higher than you on an IQ test. Rest at peace knowing that...

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,...

How to Get Rich, Candid Photographs In Athens (and Live to Host the Slideshow)

How to Get Rich, Candid Photographs In Athens (and Live to Host the Slideshow) October 26, 2010 | Local Flavor, Travel Tips | Read More
APAGOREVETE. It means “forbidden.” And if I had a European nickel for every time a security guard has walked over, waggling his (or her) finger at me and said that word while I’m snapping a few harmless photographs, I could buy a kilo of Greek honey for all of the accordion players...

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...

Take Back the Tap! Drinking Water in Athens

Take Back the Tap! Drinking Water in Athens October 15, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
The “periptero” or kiosk in Athens is a dependable source for nearly everything when you’re on the go in Athens. On a hot day, you’re likely to see person after person taking a bottle of water from the cooler and chunking fifty cents toward the owner without even stopping to exchange...

DOs and DON’Ts of Bargaining in Athens

DOs and DON’Ts of Bargaining in Athens September 10, 2010 | Local Flavor, Travel Tips | Read More
I can’t tell you about the Ancient Greeks or the Byzantines, but the bargaining tradition of present day Greece certainly was influenced by four hundred years of Ottoman rule. It’s a nation with carpet-sellers, for sure, but since progress and a more European identity have been tossed into the...

The Wonderful, Marvelous, Metro of Athens

The Wonderful, Marvelous, Metro of Athens August 26, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
In her essence, Athens is an adventurous city that thrives on spontaneity. It is my sweet and loving way of pointing out that it can, on occasion, feel somewhat disorganized. Chaotic, even. But surprise! The Athens Metro is one of the cleanest, safest, cheapest, most beautiful and reliable metro systems...

Packing List: Athens, The Brings and the Bring-Nots.

Packing List: Athens, The Brings and the Bring-Nots. July 22, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Weee! You’re finally going to Athens! Now, what to pack. What to leave. My general advice for anyone is to just make sure everything that ends up in the case you can carry around by yourself, without assistance. If it’s too heavy, re-prioritize. Athens is a cosmopolitan city and most of the...