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BEST THINGS TO DO IN ATHENS – Temple of Olympian Zeus – A former colossal temple dedicated to the Olympian Zeus, head of the Olympian Gods. – Located in the city center, about a 350 meter walk from the Acropolis museum and a 750 meter walk from Syntagma Square. – Construction began in 6th century BC by Peisistratos, an Athenian Ruler during 561 and 527 BC. – The build was abandoned due to lack of funds or because the ruler was forced into exile during his reign. – Several leaders attempted to finish construction, but Roman Emperor, Hadrian was able to complete the temple in 131 AD, about 700 years later. He also built a colossal statue of Zeus, the largest cult statues of the ancient world. – The temple was known as the largest ever to be built in Greece and had 104 colossal columns. Of those, only 16 remain today. They’re 17 meters high and have a base diameter of 1.7 meters. – There is a fallen column among them, it was blown down by gale force winds in 1852. – Nothing remains of the inner chamber of the temple or of the colossal statue of Zeus that it once housed. – After the fall of the Roman Empire, the temple was picked apart for building materials to supply other building projects in the city. – On April 27, 1759, during the Ottoman Empire, Athens governor Mustapha Agha Tzistarakis destroyed one of the columns in order to re-use the marble to make plaster for the Tzistarakis Mosque that he was building. This mosque is located on Monastiraki Square. – Open daily 8am to 5pm, closes later during the summer months. Last entrance at 4:40pm. – General entrance fee April to October 8€ and November to March 4€. – For 30€, you can purchase a combo ticket for this and 6 additional sites: Acropolis, Ancient Agora of Athens, Hadrian’s Library, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Kerameikos and Aristotle’s Lyceum. Combo ticket valid for 5 days and offered all year round. – Closest metro station is Acropoli (line 2 or red line), about a 300 meter walk away or Syntagma (line 3 or blue line), about a 750 meter walk away.

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BEST THINGS TO DO IN ATHENS – Ancient Agora of Athens – Located on the border of Plaka and Thiseio, at the foot of the Acropolis. – Not to be confused with the Roman Agora situated about 100 meters away, to the west. – The Ancient Agora was once a marketplace and the political, cultural and economic center of Ancient Athens, before it moved over to the Roman Agora under Roman Emperor, Augustus. – There are 3 prominent features at the site: The Stoa of Attalos, Temple of Hephaestus and the Byzantine Church of Agioi Apostoloi. – The Stoa of Attalos is a typical building of the Hellenistic Period. Built by and named after King Attalos or Attalus of Pergamon 269–197 BC. – A faithful replica of the original building, it was reconstructed in 1952–1956 and became home to the Museum of Ancient Agora or of the Stoa of Attalos. – Located to the left as you walk in, museum is included in admission price. – The Temple of Hephaestus (460-415 BC) is located on top of Agoraios Kolonos hill on the northwest side of the Agora. – Since 7th century until 1834, it served as the Greek Orthodox church of Saint George Akamates. It has remained intact due to its consistent use. – Named after the patron god of metal working, craftsmanship, and fire. There were many potters and metal-working workshops in the area of the temple. – In the 19th century, the building was used as a burial place for many people who died in the Greek War of Independence in 1821. – The Byzantine Church of Agioi Apostoloi (Holy Apostle) is one of the earliest byzantine churches in Athens dating back up the late 10th century. A liturgy is held once a year on June 30th. – Located next to the Stoa of Attalos. – Summer (April to October) entrance fee: 10€. Winter (November to March) entrance fee: 5€. – You can also purchase a combo ticket for this and 6 additional sites: Acropolis and it’s slopes, Ancient Agora of Athens, Hadrian’s Library, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Archeological Museum of Kerameikos and Aristotle’s Lyceum. Combo ticket valid for 5 days and offered all year round. – Closet metro stations: Monastiraki (Line 3 or Blue line) or Thiseio (Line 1 or Green line), both about 300 meters away.

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BEST HOTELS IN ATHENS – Athens Gate Hotel – Located by neighboring Plaka in the historic district of central Athens, about a km away from Syntagma Square and across the street from the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. – Within walking distance to many tourist attractions, restaurants, bars and shopping. – All front suites have views of the Temple of Zeus and rear suites on the 6th and 7th floor have Acropolis views. The Acropolis view rooms are offered on request and availability. – Suites are quite spacious and elegantly decorated, newly renovated in 2019. – Can accommodate families of 4-5 with connecting rooms. – Child care services available at an extra cost. – Conference room available, – Very friendly and professional staff. – The elegant and modern Athens Gate Rooftop Restaurant on the 8th floor offers beautiful panoramic views of the Acropolis, Lycabettos Hill, Temple of Zeus and the city. – Breakfast included in the price and served in the restaurant 6:45am to 10:30am Monday to Friday and 6:45am to 11am on Saturday and Sunday. – Buffet style breakfast with American and Greek options such as cheese and spinach pies, yogurt and honey, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh bread and rusks. For an extra 3€ you can have breakfast delivered to your room. For early departures, breakfast boxes are available on request. – Rooftop restaurant serves Mediterranean and Greek inspired modern cuisine and is open for snacks, lunch and early dinner 12pm to 6pm, dinner 6pm to 10pm November to April and 7pm to 11pm May to October. Bar open 12pm to 11pm November to April, 12pm to 12am May to October. – A modern and comfortable lobby bar open 7am to 11pm for snacks, coffee, cocktails and beverages. – Closest metro station is Acropolis, about 200 meters.

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BEST THINGS TO DO IN ATHENS – Roman Agora – Located in the Plaka area, to the north of the Acropolis. – Not to be confused with the Ancient Agora of Classical Athens to the east, the Roman Agora is “newer” and situated about 100 meters away. – Built in 1st century BC as the new commercial center of Athens, a marketplace. It was commissioned by the first Roman Emperor, Augustus and expanded by another Roman Emperor, Hadrian. – The 3 most prominent features at the site are: the Tower of the Winds, the Gate of Athena Archegetis and the Fetiye Mosque. – The Tower of the Winds (or Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes) was built by Adronicus of Cyrrhus, a Macedonian astronomer, in 2nd century BC and practically still intact. It was used as a clock tower and to predict the weather and is considered to be the first weather station ever built. – The Gate of Athena Archegetis is located at the entrance to the site and was built in 11th century BC by Roman Emperors Julius Caesar and Augustus. – The Fetiye Mosque was built in the 17th century by the Ottomans and located on the northern side of the site. Nowadays it is still used for cultural exhibitions. – During the Byzantine and Ottoman Eras, the area was covered with houses, workshops, churches and mosques. In fact, the Tower of the winds was used as a church in the 6th century. – A triple arched building on the east side is unidentified at this time. The site has not been fully excavated and restoration projects are still in progress. – Open daily 8am to 5pm, last entrance 4:45pm. – General admission: November 1 to March 31 4€ and April 1 to October 31 8€. – You can also purchase a combo ticket for this and 6 additional sites: Acropolis, Ancient Agora of Athens, Hadrian’s Library, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Kerameikos and Aristotle’s Lyceum. The combo ticket is valid for 5 days and offered all year round. – Closet metro station is Monastiraki. About a 220 meter walk away.

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BEST THINGS TO DO IN ATHENS – Hadrians Library – An ancient archeological site in the Monastiraki area, to the north of the Acropolis. – Built in 132 AD by Hadrian, a Roman Emperor from 117 to 138 AD. This is probably the largest building he erected during his reign. – In 2nd century AD, this site was home to the library, music and lecture auditoriums. It basically served as a civic center in Roman times with nearby Roman Agora which was the market. – The library’s west wall, located by the entrance, has been restored. Beyond that, there are only a few remnants of the original library, it’s columns and the entrance framed by 7 remaining Corinthian columns, remnants of foundations and walls of a pavilion and 2 churches built in the 7th and 12th centuries. – Hadrian was known as a “good” emperor and ruled justly. – Devoted to his army and commonly depicted in military uniform, his reign was relatively peaceful. – Hadrian reigned for 21 years, 12 of those were spent traveling throughout the Empire visiting provinces and overseeing all aspects of government and justice. – Decent translation, but it wouldn’t hurt to read up on this site before visiting so it makes more sense. – Open daily 8am to 5pm, last entrance 4:45pm. Closed January 1, May 1, Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday, Christmas and Boxing Day. – General admission fee November 1 to March 31: 3€, April 1 to October 31: 6€. – You can also purchase a combo ticket for this and 6 additional sites: Acropolis, Ancient Agora of Athens, Roman Agora, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Kerameikos and Aristotle’s Lyceum. The combo ticket is valid for 5 days and offered all year round. – Closet metro station is Monastiraki. Right across from the site, about 50 meters away.

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BEST HOTELS IN ATHENS – Electra Metropolis – The newest of the 3 Electra Hotels in Athens, built in 2017. – Located just off Syntagma Square, at the start of Mitropoleos Street. – It used to be the former building of the Ministry of Education. – When renovations for the hotel started, ancient ruins were discovered under the building which were incorporated into the design and can be seen in the spa, conference room and Library Cafe. – Suites are elegant, modern and spacious. Each floor has a different colour scheme. – There are balconies only in the suites on the 8th and 9th floors. – The theme of the hotel is “peace and wealth”, with the dove representing peace and the bee representing wealth. There is a large piece of art that showcases this theme in the lobby and can be seen on every floor of the hotel. This was done by a local artist. – Can accommodate families with a pull out couch, cot or adjoining room. – Babysitting services available at an extra cost. – Breakfast included in the price and served on the 10th floor restaurant “Metropolis Rooftop Garden”. 6:30am to 10:30am, till 11am on Sundays and holidays. Modern Greek inspired dishes with meat, seafood and vegetarian options available. Lunch: 12:30pm to 6pm. Dinner: 7pm to 11pm, 7:30pm to 11:30pm during the summer. – M Bar on 10th floor hosts guest DJ’s. Open: for coffee and snacks 11am to 7pm. Cocktails and drinks 7pm to 1am. Café- Snack: – An open air Atrium Bar in the lobby where art work done by local talent Fasianos is on display. Serves coffee, drinks and snacks 8am to 11:30pm. – For a more casual meal there is also the Library Cafe on the ground floor that serves Greek inspired cuisine. Lunch: 12:30 to 6pm. Dinner: 7pm to 11pm and 7:30pm to 11:30pm during the summer. – Indoor and outdoor swimming pools. – A very good sized gym. – Spa services available. – Conference room. – 24 hour room service. – Very friendly and professional staff. – Closest metro station is Syntagma. About a 200 meter walk from there.

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BEST HOTELS IN ATHENS – Electra Palace Athens – A stately hotel located in the historical Plaka area of central Athens. – Within walking distance to all major attractions such as Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Ancient Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Ermou Street and Monastiraki. – Built in 1973, this hotel is one of 3 Electra Hotels in Athens. There is a 4th in the Northern city of Thessaloniki. – Beautiful neoclassical building with a tranquil garden courtyard in the back that makes you forget you’re in the hub of a big bustling city. – Some rooms have views of the Acropolis while others of the city and/or the courtyard. – The presidential suite has its own private pool. – There is an off season special going on now until the end of March that gives you a discounted price on your room plus a spa service at no extra cost. – Can accommodate families of 3-4. Babysitting services available at an extra charge. – Spa services available. Open 9am to 9pm. Cost for services not included in price. – Small but functional gym, sauna and indoor swimming pool. All open 8am to 9pm for guests only. – Outdoor pool on the 5th floor available for guests only. Open 10am to 7pm end of May to October, depending on weather. Presently undergoing renovations but is expected to be ready by May 2020. – Bar on the main floor “Duck Tail” open 11am to 12am and serves snacks and drinks. – Breakfast included in price and served on the rooftop restaurant on the 8th floor, “Electra Roof Garden” 7am to 10:30am. Buffet style with traditional Greek and American options. Breakfast for guests only. – Electra Roof Garden is a fine dining restaurant with Greek and Mediterranean fusion cuisine. It is closed between 10:30am to 12pm then reopens for lunch and dinner 12pm to 11:30pm. Drinks served until 1am. – Closest metro station is Monastiraki. About a 650 meter walk on mostly flat streets. – If you prefer a taxi, download an app called Beat. Similar to Uber, but most taxi’s in Greece are registered with this company making it a better option. Affordable, reliable and Government regulated.

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BEST THINGS TO DO IN ATHENS – Plaka – One of the most picturesque and historical districts in the city center nostalgic of ancient Athens with ruins at almost every corner. – It also has an island-like vibe to it with narrow cobblestone streets lined with neoclassical buildings, shops, sidewalk cafes and traditional tavernas. – Sits at the foot of the Acropolis and stretches almost to Syntagma and Ermou street to the north, Temple of Olympic Zeus to the east, Acropolis museum to the south and Monastiraki to the west. – It has 2 main pedestrian streets: Adrianou and Kydathineon and many little labyrinth-like pedestrian streets surrounding these. However, you will see the odd delivery truck and motorcycle. – There are many things to do in Plaka so you can easily spend a day walking around eating, shopping and site seeing. – Closest Metro station is Monastiraki. About a 600 meter walk on mostly flat streets.

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BEST MUSEUMS IN ATHENS – The Benizelos Mansion – The Oldest House in Athens – Located in the neighborhood of Plaka, the Benizelos Mansion, or the House of Saint Philothei, is the oldest surviving house in Athens, built between the 16th and 17th centuries. – The 2 story house (or konaki, a noble urban home with architecture found in Ottoman occupied cities) gives you a sense of what Athenian aristocrats’ traditions and lifestyles were like before the Greek revolution against the Ottoman Empire. – The residences original occupants were Angelos Benizelos and his wife Syrigi Palaiologina, Athenian aristocrats with Byzantine roots. They had a daughter named Revoula, a philanthropist and later canonized as Saint (Agia) Philothei, which translates to “friend of God”. – In addition to building hospices, shelters and schools, she fought for the freedom of Greek women enslaved into harems by the Ottomans. Severely beaten and later succumbing to death from her injuries, she is now revered as a martyr – Saint Philothei’s relics are in a tomb at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens in Monastiraki. – The house is a standing reminder of St. Philothei, a remarkable woman who despite every possible challenge fought for what she believed in and protected the most vulnerable. – Limited hours. Open: Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 1pm. Sunday 11am to 4pm. Open on Wednesday during summer. – Entrance fee is by donation and goes to charity. – Closest metro station is Monastiraki. About a 400 meter walk. #sdathens

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BEST RESTAURANTS IN ATHENS – Evgenia – If you’re looking for authentic Greek food, this place is a treasure amidst many restaurants in touristy Athens. – A family run restaurant since 1989, this modest little place in Plaka has been serving some of the best traditional, homemade Greek dishes you will try. You’ll find yourself coming back to taste everything on the menu! – It is also commonly known as Paradosiako Cafeneon. – It has the classic ouzeri-taverna style feel to it, charming, cozy and casual. – Indoor seating with tables spilling outside onto the sidewalk. No view but sitting outside people watching while enjoying your meal is entertaining. – Popular with locals and tourists. – Affordable. – Kid friendly. – Very friendly staff. Kostadino was a super host and will happily recommend something on the menu. – Specials change everyday depending on what foods are in season. – Some delicious options are: fresh boiled greens (horta) with olive oil and lemon and the oven roasted lemon potatoes and chicken. – Open daily 9am to 12:30am. – Closest metro station is Syntagma, about a 350 meter walk. – Monastiraki Square is about a 750 meter walk. #sdathens

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BEST MUSEUMS IN GREECE – National Archaeological Museum – The largest in Greece housing permanent collections of Ancient Greek culture from the Neolithic period to late antiquity. – In 1829, after the liberation of Greece from the Ottoman Empire, it was the first museum established to house and protect antiquities from all over the country. – In 1889, the neoclassical home became the museum and opened its doors to the public. – It is located in the Exarcheia area in central Athens next to the Athens Polytechnic University. – Museum shop on site. – Cafe/Restaurant located outside the main entrance. – General admission fee: November 1 to March 31 6€/person. April 1 to October 31 €12. – Open: November 1 to March 31 Tuesday: 1pm to 8pm and Wednesday to Monday: 9am to 4pm. April 1 to October 31 Tuesday 12:30pm to 8pm and Wednesday to Monday 8am to 8pm. – Closest metro station is Victoria (line 1, also known as the green line). About a 600 meter walk from there. – Ommonia metro station (line 2 or red line) is also close by. About an 800 meter walk from there. There are 3 exits out of the Ommonia station, it doesn’t matter which one you come out of, you’ll end up on the same street and ommonia square. – About a 2km walk from Monastiraki Square on mostly flat city streets. #sdathens

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BEST THINGS TO DO IN ATHENS – The Acropolis – One of the most recognized sites in the world and an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece. – The birthplace of democracy, it’s an important cultural site not only for Greeks, but worldwide. – The word Acropolis is from the Greek words akro, meaning “high, extreme, or edge” and polis, meaning “city”. – The term acropolis is generic and there are many other acropoleis in Greece. The Acropolis of Athens has the most historical significance so it’s known as “The” Acropolis. – An ancient fortress built in the 5th century BC, sits on a hill above Athens. It’s home to several ancient buildings of historical and architectural significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. Other buildings include the Temple of Erechtheion, the Temple of Athena Nike and the theatre of Odeon of Herodeion. – The Parthenon is a marble temple that was dedicated to Athena, goddess of wisdom, arts, literature and war. – Construction of the Parthenon started in 477 BC. It was completed almost 40 years later in 438 BC. – Although a little battered, the Parthenon has withstood earthquakes, fire, wars, and explosions through centuries. Partially destroyed in 1687 during the Ottoman-Venetian War, after it was hit by a cannonball and exploded because gunpowder was being stored inside. – The Temple of Athena Nike is on the south west corner of the Acropolis. It was built around 420 BC. Nike is Greek for “victory". Athena was worshipped in this form, representing victory in war. – The Temple of Erechtheion is on the north side of the Acropolis and dedicated to Athena and the god Poseidon. It was built around 406 BC. – The theatre of Odeon of Herodeion is a structure located on the southwest slope. The building was completed in 161 AD and destroyed in 267 AD. Renovated in 1950. Theatre and concerts still take place here. – Open daily: Summer months (April 1 to October 31) 8am to 7pm. Last entrance 6:30pm. Winter months (November 1 to March 31) 8am to 5pm. Last entrance at 4:30pm. – General entrance fee is 20€. – Closest metro station is Akropoli. About 30 meters away from entrance to Acropolis. #sdathens

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BEST MUSEUMS IN ATHENS – The Acropolis Museum – A beautiful museum that houses all archaeological findings from the Acropolis and surrounding slopes. – Construction started in 2007 and doors opened in 2009. – The museum is built on stilts above an ancient Athenian neighborhood. Years of excavation revealed streets, sewage systems, courtyards, wells, reservoirs, latrines, workshops and tombs. This part of the museum opened to the public in 2019. – 3 floors plus the underground excavation site of permanent collections. – Archaeologists available on site and give presentations. They are also available to answer questions if you decide to tour the museum independently. – Video presentations set up in a couple different spots, including in the underground excavation site. – Restaurant and cafe on site. Hours are the same as the museum except on Friday nights, the restaurant closes at midnight. You can enjoy either one without going to the museum. Access to the cafe does not require a ticket. Access to the restaurant requires a (free) ticket you have to get from the ticket desk. – Book store and souvenir shop also available on site. – You can combine seeing the Museum and the Acropolis together. Buy tickets at the Museum or Acropolis or online. – Summer season (April 1 to October 31) open Monday 8am to 4pm. Tuesday to Sunday 8am to 8pm. General admission fee 10€. – Winter season (November 1 to March 31) open Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm. General admission fee 5€. Reduced fees (seniors,students) also available. – Mandatory coat and bag check. Can keep a small purse, wallet and phone with you but no backpacks or larger bags. – Belongings have to go through an X-ray baggage control at the entrance, before purchasing ticket. – Akropoli is the nearest metro station. About 120 meter walk to the museum from there. – Walking distance from Plaka is about 500 meters. – Walking distance from Monastiraki Square is about 1 km. #sdathens

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BEST HOTELS IN ATHENS – A for Athens – A charming and elegantly decorated hotel located on the border of Psirri and Monastiraki since 2011. – Gorgeous views of the Acropolis from the rooftop patio. – Very friendly and accommodating staff. Vagelli at the reception desk is more than happy to answer any questions and make your stay as pleasant as possible. – There are 2 buildings to this hotel, the front and the back. The front rooms have the Acropolis views. – Family and kid friendly. – Breakfast included and served 7am to 10:30am in the lounge, just below the rooftop patio. For hotel guests only. Acropolis views from there too! – After 11am, the lounge and patio become a cocktail and wine bar and is open to everyone. Food is served until 12am and drinks until 2:30am. – Closest metro station is Monastiraki, right beside the hotel entrance. Convenient! From this station, you can take the blue line to the airport or the green line to the Piraeus port. #sdathens

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BEST RESTAURANTS IN ATHENS – School Pizza Bar – Located in the active neighborhood of Monastiraki by Agias Irinis Square since 2013. – This delicious Italian restaurant is a great alternative to Greek food. – A lively and trendy yet casual atmosphere. – The concept of the decor is based on an old school classroom, down to the chalkboard and chairs. – Indoor and outdoor seating. Sit at a table on the sidewalk and take in the cool city vibes of central Athens. – Menu consists of pizza, pasta, gnocchi, risotto and salads. Vegetarian options available. – Their specialty pizza, pizza bianca, is a perfectly baked thin crust with mozzarella, parmesan cheese, fresh tomatoes, roka, and vresaola (cured beef.) Also delicious is the arugula and gorgonzola salad with baby spinach, pear, caramelized walnuts, crispy prosciutto and a homemade vinaigrette made from the juice of various fruits. – A great selection of Greek and Italian wines and signature cocktails. – Affordable to moderate prices. – The staff are super friendly and the service is quick and efficient. Christo, the supervising host, will go out of his way to make sure you enjoy every minute of your time there. – Family friendly but can a little tight in the restaurant when it’s busy, and it usually is. – Reservations recommended but walk ins will be accommodated as long as you don’t mind waiting a little. – Open daily 10am to 3am. Breakfast available until 1:30pm. #sdathens

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BEST RESTAURANTS IN ATHENS – Tazza D’Oro Bistro and Wine Bar in Monastiraki – Enjoy the buzz and activity of the busy streets while dining or enjoying a beverage. – Popular with the locals. – Cosy and casual but modern with a flair of vintage decor. The decor grew over time to what it is today. Lila the owner and Sophia the manager have carefully selected items over the past 7 years since its opening. The bathroom is definitely worth a visit! – Mediterranean cuisine with Greek inspired dishes. Vegetarian, meat, pizza, pasta and risotto options. – The grilled seasonal fruit salad, mozzarella bruschetta with pesto and basil and the pork chop with grilled vegetables are delicious options. – Signature cocktails and a tasteful list of wines. – Moderately priced. – Indoor and outdoor seating. – Family friendly. – Open Monday to Thursday 7:30am to 1am, Friday – Saturday 8am to 2am and Sunday 11am to 1am. – Great spot for breakfast, served daily till 12:30pm. Sunday brunch 11am to 3pm. Sandwiches served daily until 8pm. – Friendly staff. Christos and Paris are exceptional hosts and servers! – Closest metro station is Monastiraki. About a 600 meter walk along the streets of the monastiraki area from there. #sdathens

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BEST RESTAURANTS IN ATHENS – The Old Tavern of Psara – In 1898, the tavern first opened its doors in the picturesque area of Plaka in central Athens. – It was in the Psara family for 3 generations until 1998 when Mr. Stathokostopoulos bought the restaurant from the Psara family. This is why it’s called “The Old” Tavern of Psara. – Mr. Stathokostopoulos kept the name of the restaurant because of its history. The original Mr. Psara fled from political turmoil from his original home of Constantinople to the United States where he worked as a dishwasher or whatever job he could find. He also found work in theatre where he met famous people like Lawrence Olivier, Vivian Lee and Graham Greene to name a few. When Mr. Psara eventually moved back to Athens, his new famous friends would come eat here. This made the restaurant very popular at that time in Athens and it’s popularity remains steady. – The building in which the restaurant sits used to be the Psara family home. – A romantic and charming atmosphere. – Traditional Greek food, meat, seafood and vegetarian options available. – Affordable prices. – Friendly and welcoming staff. – Indoor and outdoor seating. – Beautiful views of the city when you are sitting outside. – Family friendly. – Closest metro station is Monastiraki. It’s about a 550 meter walk from there along the quaint streets of Plaka where you can even do some souvenir shopping along the way. #sdathens

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BEST RESTAURANTS IN ATHENS – Geros tou Moira – A traditional Greek taverna located under the Acropolis in the beautiful Plaka area of central Athens. – Named after a Greek General, Theodoros Kolokotronis, who lead the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire. His nickname was geros tou Moira which means the old man from Moira, an area of the Peloponnese, where he was from. – A staple in the area, the restaurant has been at this location for 90 years! For the last 50, Pandeli and his brother Stefanos have owned it and are very welcoming and hospitable. – A warm and cosy atmosphere with indoor seating in 2 different buildings and outdoor seating under grape vines with beautiful views of the Acropolis and the city. – Very friendly staff that make you feel right at home! – Live Greek music every night. You might get a chance to learn Greek dancing! – Delicious traditional Greek food, meat, seafood and vegetarian options available. – The veal with eggplant in a tomato sauce, bekris mezes (veal or pork in flavourful seasoned tomato sauce), and seasonal steamed greens with lemon or vinegar and olive oil are all very tasty options. – Affordable prices. – Reservations recommended. – Family friendly. – Closet metro station is Monastiraki. About a 500 meter walk from there along the quaint streets of Plaka. #sdathens

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THINGS TO DO IN ATHENS – Changing of the Guard at the Greek Parliament Building – Evzones (also known as a Tsolias) are an elite group of soldiers and members of the Presidential Guard, a ceremonial unit that guards the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Parliament Building. – Evzone soldiers have distinctive uniforms with historical meaning. They have evolved from the uniforms worn by 2 groups of warriors called Kleftes and Armatoloi, Ottoman revolutionaries during the Greek War of Independence in 1821. – The white skirt of the Evzone has 400 folds to represent the 400 years of Ottoman rule over the Greeks. – There are 60 nails in the soles of their shoes (tsarouhia) creating the sound you hear every time they take a graceful step. The sound is symbolic: it’s made so that their ancestors can hear that Greeks are alive and well. – The official Changing of the Guard happens every Sunday morning at 11am with all the official customs. – You can also see hourly Changing of the Guard but without the official customs. – Evzones guard for about an hour at a time, 3 times in total every 48 hours. – They undergo strenuous military training and have to be in great physical shape to be able to fulfill their duties. – During this hour, they have to stand perfectly still until it’s time to change with another guard. – During the changing they work in pairs which helps them perfectly coordinate their moves. – They make these moves in really slow motion to protect their blood circulation after being still for an hour. #sdathens

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CHRISTMAS IN ATHENS – Little Kook in Psirri – A themed cafe located in a small alley in the hip district of Psirri. – At this time of year, it’s adorned with everything Christmas! It takes the cafe about a week to decorate and bring down decorations to redecorate into another theme. Closed only during this time. – When it’s not a holiday inspired theme, it’s fairytale inspired decor that includes Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Jack and the Beanstalk rooms. – Plenty of tasty desserts to choose from including decadent cakes, cupcakes, pancakes and crepes. There’s also a few salty options for the crepes. – The cafe has managed to create enough magic to entice people of all ages to come in and enjoy a beverage or dessert. – Moderately priced. – Reservations not accepted so be prepared to wait in line for up to an hour (not always) if you want to get in. – Indoor seating available in 3 different buildings. Outdoor seating available during the summer. – Open 9am to 1am daily. #sdathens

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Sunset in Oia, Santorini.⁠ ⁠ #sdsantorini

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Delicious food at Avocado Restaurant. #sdsantorini

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Petra Honeymoon Villas in Imerovigli. #sdsantorini

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The sunset facing side of Oia. #sdsantorini

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Exploring the expansive ruins of Akrotiri. #sdsantorini

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Rooftop dining in Athens. Highly recommended. #sdathens

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My walk from Imerovigli to Oia today. #sdsantorini

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