Top 5 – Photography spots in Athens

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Greece is one of the most touristic countries and almost everybody pass by this city of Athens before travelling to the islands. It’s one of the most modern cities in the world, which  has maintained its historic image. Everybody loves taking photos every day, and especially upon their trips. So to all you photographers out there, here are 5 amazing spots in Athens that you must pass by!

Plaka

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Acropolis Museum

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University of Athens

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National Gardens

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Olympic Stadium

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But don’t forget! Can’t leave Athens without snapping a picture of the Acropolis from really high. The best place for that is on the 6th floor of AthenStyle Hostel, at it’s Rooftop Bar, with its breathtaking view! Make your booking for your stay with us at http://www.athenstyle.com

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Kathari Deftera – Ash or Clean Monday 2017

On Monday, 27th February, the Greek people of Athens will be celebrating ‘Kathari Deftera’, aka Clean Monday, Orthodox Shrove Monday or Ash Monday. It is the first day of Orthodox Christian Great Lent that occurs at the beginning of the 7th week before Easter Sunday. The public holiday will be a day of great celebrations, delicious food and family traditions.

It’s an event to spend with the family where people usually go out in taverns for sea food eating. The food choices for this occasion vary from olives, shrimp, fish, feta cheese, taramosalata (fish roe dip), dry bread and yigandes (baked bean casserole). Octopus grilled over an open flame is a classic Greek meze to serve with ouzo and wine, and a favourite on Clean Monday. (For the less adventurous, fried calamari is a delicious alternative.)

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Clean Monday is also considered to mark the first day of spring, Greeks tend to celebrate it with outdoor activities. A favorite place to hang out is Filopappos Hill where you will see many Greek families, young and old, picnicking and flying kites! The hill is situated just opposite the Acropolis and even if you don’t have a kite, the hill offers the most amazing, uninterrupted view of the Acropolis and beyond to Pireaus, Aegina and other neighboring islands (but the kite is highly recommended).

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So go out and enjoy this festive event along with your glass of wine and ouzo to the sound of live music provided by the municipality of Athens.

Have fun! :)

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Winter Promo Deal – 1 week left!

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You have one week left to enjoy our cheapest prices! Book now: http://www.AthenStyle.com

This winter you can enjoy our famous 3 night promo deal. Book with us for 3 nights in a row or more and enjoy our exclusive discounted prices for dorms and private rooms! For any inquirieswinter-offer-final-final Do not hesitate to contact us by sending an email to info@athenstyle.com

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Top 5 – Metro stations in Athens

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The city of Athens has one of the newest constructed metro stations in the world. 2 underground lines, and 1 overground. Look for the sign in the following photo, and you’ve reached a stop.

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It connects the one side of the city to the other, with the airport, the port and the train station being three of the most useful points. Of course most of the stops in the center have the historical sights right there, such as the following.

Acropolis

The most historical spot in Greece, and one in the whole world, is located in the center of Athens! A wonderful and easy hike up one of the tallest hills of Athens, which leads you to this grand monument. The Acropolis Museum is also close to the underground exit, a place you should visit without a second thought! And of course this graphic area is full of beautiful cafes and restaurants, a great way to stop and re energize a while so you can continue your explore around this city!

Syntagma

This stop is considered the main point in the center of Athens. The parliament of Greece is located right as you exit the underground. Also the National Gardens, which is worth taking a stroll around, to take a few pictures and admire all the nature in there. And lets not forget that once you cross the Syntagma Square, Ermou street begins. The main shopping street filled with many popular shopping stores where you can find anything you’re looking for!

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This is one of the best places to have a stroll in Athens. Located between Monastiraki and Acropolis. There is a wonderful outdoor market every day on a pedestrian street that you have to pass by. It begins right at the exit of the metro station so you can’t miss it. Another great area to sit for a meal at one of the traditional restaurants, or a beverage at a cafe.

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The party area! This area is full of bars, clubs and restaurants. You might also hear it called Gazi. The best place to go and have a fun night! Note that the night begins around midnight here in Greece. And the clubs start closing easily after 6am at the earliest! This Greek experience will surely make an unforgettable memory to your trip!

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The square where almost all day and all night long, mainly in the summer, you will see people chilling and passing by. It’s the most central area of Athens, with a modern flea market right at the  exit of the metro building. From the square there is a wonderful view of the Acropolis. Very close by is a beautiful area named Psiri, great to walk around and hang out. Also, as noted above, Ermou street ends close to this square, so you can shop in the opposite direction, towards Syntagma.

Here is a helpful map you should have with you with all the Metro stations.

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So Athens is a city you must spend a few days in before or after you visit the islands. And guess which cheap hostel is right in the heart of ALL these spots? AthenStyle Hostel! Head on over to http://www.athenstyle.com to make your booking for a dorm or a private room at a fantastic price!

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​How to make Tzatziki

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Tzatziki is one of the most famous Greek side dishes! Many say it goes with everything! The main place you’ll find it is inside the world known Gyros pitta, but also with many other Greek dishes.
Once you leave Greece, for sure it’s going to be one of the main things you’ll miss! So here we’re giving you the ingredients to make it at home, quick and easy!

Just take a good amount of traditional Greek yogurt, grate about 4 cucumbers, and add some garlic. Mix it up and keep refrigerated. That easy!
If you haven’t tried it yet, try it before your trip here, and for sure it’s going to be one of the dishes you will be awaiting to eat once you arrive!

Once you arrive in Athens, spend a few days to explore the city with all its ruins. The food in Athens represents a little bit of all of Greece! And of course, the most stylish and cheap hostel to stay in Athens is AthenStyle Hostel! Don’t forget that on it’s 6th floor it has a bar restaurant with a killer view of the Acropolis, and where you can of course have tzatziki! Book your stay at http://www.athenstyle.com

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Top 5 – Games to learn from a Greek

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Upon your visit in Greece, a fun thing to do in your free time when you’re not exploring the cities, is to learn a few Greek tradition games. Some of these following ones have been around for ages!

Backgammon is a main pass time game that Greeks play all around. If you take a stroll around from the center of Athens to the outskirts of town, you will see people of all ages in small cafes playing different games in this wooden box! In Greece it’s generally named Tavli, but a few different games that are mainly played are Plakoto, Fevga and Portes.

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People playing cards is also very common in Greece. Again, mostly in cafes. The majority of the elderly like to pass their time this way. Biriba and Paschenza are two main games that everybody loves.

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Come on over to Athens to search and explore tradition cafes, meet a few people and to have some fun! Looking for somewhere cheap but stylish to stay? Come to one of the best hostels in Athens, AthenStyle! Book your room at http://www.athenstyle.com

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Winter Promo Deal – 1 week left!

You have one week left to enjoy our cheapest prices! Book now: http://www.AthenStyle.com

This winter you can enjoy our famous 3 night promo deal. Book with us for 3 nights in a row or more and enjoy our exclusive discounted prices for dorms and private rooms! For any inquirieswinter-offer-final-final Do not hesitate to contact us by sending an email to info@athenstyle.com

Happy Travels :)

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AthenStyle Family Olive Grove

The family of AthenStyle, has owned 103 olive trees for over five generations. Once a year, we produce our own olive oil with the method of the cold press. All the olives that are being used are selected and collected by hand at an early stage of maturation of the olive fruit for additional quality and taste. We produce a limited amount of olive oil but it is still enough for family use and our hostel’s kitchen.  We are excited to share it with you as we believe that just one drop of this special extract is enough to bring all the good memories from Greece back in your mind! A limited amount of 250 bottles have been produced this year for our guests and friends to take away and enjoy a taste of Greece and AthenStyle while they are back home. If you have tried it and you would like some more do not hesitate to get in touch with us by sending an email at info@athenstyle.com.

The olive yard is located in Kalamata where famous Kalamata olives are produced as well. You may visit the area and enjoy the original taste of local produce, as well as fresh fish and seafood from the Messinian Gulf and long beaches with crystal clear waters by staying in Kalamata (www.AthenstyleFlats.com). Kalamata is also a good base for day trips to all Peloponnesian historical sites as well as the Mani region. Contac us for more info!

If landing at Athens airport book a cheap stay in Athens best hostel http://www.AthenStyle.com, it’s worth the visit!

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How to eat a Gyros

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Having a Gyros for those who have visited Greece at least once again, is a must do almost right after they land! If it’s your first time, try one right away, trust me! Nothing can beat it!

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You can grab one fast and it’s easy to find. Pretty much anywhere! Cheap and tasty!

The main way to have it is with pork meat, but for those of you who prefer chicken, it’s also made that way. The best way to have it is with fresh tomato & onion, chilled tzatziki and fries rolled inside a pitta bread. Squeeze it tight till the tzatziki starts coming come so you can pick out a few fries and dip then! Doesn’t it open your appetite?

Make sure you grab one once you visit Athens! Many restaurants in Athens serve it, especially in Monastiraki. Well known as the best place to grab one. ”Bairaktaris” and ”Savvas” are just two of many well know places which are easy to find once you come to Monastiraki to have your Gyro. Once you get there, if you’re looking for cheap accommodation and the best hostel in Athens, pass by AthenStyle! Right in the center of everything! Or make your booking online at http://www.athenstyle.com

 

 

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Breakfast at AthenStyle

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One of the many privileges the guests of AthenStyle have is to enjoy a wonderful breakfast meal in their favorite part of town, the famous Rooftop cafe bar on the 6th floor!

Athens has such wonderful weather, so you can continue to enjoy your meal with the Gods all through the winter of 2016!

You can order fresh bread with jam and butter. Cereal or muesli with milk. A bowl of fresh seasonal fruit. Greek yogurt with honey. Freshly sliced ham, cheese, cucumber and tomatoes. And free refill of real brewed coffee and tea. All this only for 4euro!

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Come up to start your day with Everyday our friendly staff is ready to welcome you with a happy smile and to serve you this healthy and energetic meal!

So come on over to AthenStyle and start your days in this great way! Book your stay on http://www.athenstyle.com!

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Top 5 -Drinks in Greece

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Greece is known to be have very friendly & fun people! If someone knows how to have a good time, it’s the Greeks! And they know how to drink! This country has many famous drinks that are made in many different parts of it.

Ouzo

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The most famous one of all, is Ouzo. Made mainly from aniseed. The best way to drink it is with ice so it can turn into a deep white color, to contrast with the deep blue sea for your perfect summer pictures! Greeks usually serve it with a meze, a plate with different greek-style finger food.

Metaxa

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Another well known Greek drink mainly made from raisins and herbs. It’s a combination of koniak and wine. Strolling around the city you will probably see older people drinking this.

Masticha

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From the island of Chios, where it’s full of mastic trees. A classic Greek drink, chilled and in a shot glass!

Raki

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It’s considered the nectar of Crete! The most famous drink from the largest island in Greece, the people there consider it rude for you not to have a glass when they offer it to you. Made from grapes boiled in a special cauldron. You might also hear it called Tsikoudia. In a shot is the recommended way to drink it!

Tsipouro

 

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Similar to Raki. The only differences are that it’s considered to be from Mount Athos, located in the northern part of Greece, and in the way it’s boiled. Again, a shot is the best way to enjoy it!

Athens has many great bars that serve all these great drinks, and a great place to stay is right in the center of the city, at AthenStyle. Book for a cheap hostel, or a private room at a low price. Head on over to http://www.athenstyle.com to make your booking!

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​Top 5 – Food in Greece

The Greek cuisine is considered one of the best in the world, due to the Mediterranean lifestyle. This country is lucky for its soil because it’s the main part in the world with so many olive trees that give the virgin olive oil. All Greeks use it in the kitchen for pretty much everything they cook!

Upon your visit in Greece, doesn’t matter how long you’re staying, you MUST try the following delicious dishes!

Mousaka

A casserole in the oven with eggplant, potato, minced meat and cream on top. Probably the most traditional dish Greece has!

Pastitsio

Another main casserole dish in the oven made by a type of macaroni of your choice (usually rigatoni), minced meat and cream on top. Delicious!

Gemista

A classic dish of stuffed vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. Filled with rice, chopped potato and other vegetables. In some areas of Greece they also add minced meat. Tasty and healthy!

Salad Choriatiki (Farmers Salad)

The famous Greek salad that combines tomato, cucumber, green pepper, onion, olives and feta cheese all mixed together with virgin olive oil and oregano.

Spanakopita

A pie with the famous Greek filo pastry, with spinach, feta cheese, onion in the filling, all wrapped around and baked in the oven! It’s usually made in a large pan and served in pieces. But for sure for can’t stop at just one piece!

The restaurants in Athens cover the full range of the Greek menu, so the days you’ll spend here are going to leave you and your stomach fully satisfied! AtheStyle is a great place to stay with cheap accomodation and of course to eat at it’s famous Rooftop Bar with it’s killer view of the Acropolis! One of the best hostels in Athens, book your stay at http://www.athenstyle.com!

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Athenstyle all day cafe

Open from early in the morning for coffee and later on for food and drinks, either in the indoor or outdoor part of our bar, the only place that you will enjoy the view feeling like you can almost touch the Acropolis! As of  October 1st our AthenStyle rooftop bar is focusing on its positive mood, friendly atmosphere and chill out music. Open every day from 11 in the morning until 1 at night. See you there!

Ανοιχτό από νωρίς, για καφέ και αργότερα φαγητό και ποτά, στον εσωτερικό χώρο της ταράτσας ή έξω, εκεί που θα απολαύσετε τη θέα νομίζοντας πως θα αγγίξετε την Ακρόπολη. Το Athenstyle rooftop bar από 1 Οκτωβρίου ποντάρει στην θετική διάθεση, φιλική ατμόσφαιρα και χαλαρές μουσικές. Κάθε μέρα από τις 11 το πρωί μέχρι την 1 το βράδυ. Σας περιμενουμε!

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New Video For Athenstyle Summer 2015

Just a small taste of how  beautiful Athens is, and how much fun we and our guests are having in Athenstyle!

Thank you Paty for the lovely video!

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Athens Circus Festival

We are very proud to be sponsors to Athens Circus Festival!

Starting today at 18.00 at Technopolis in Gazi area the 4th Athens Circus Festival will make it’s grand 3-day festival opening.Many happenings will take place promising spectacular shows! Teams of acrobats, contemporary dance, shows and music performances by individual artists and teams will you full and happy for the weekend!

Following the event there will be workshops taking place everyday for the next week!

For more information visit http://www.athenscircus.gr/

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Monday night Philosophy is back!

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What a better way to spend your Monday evening than exploring the philosophical views of Socrates and Plato? Now that summer is almost here the ”Socrates, Plato & Know Thyself” night is back to add an educative twist to your week! The meeting takes place at 7 pm in the Athenstyle rooftop bar and lasts about 40 minutes with questions afterwards. James explains the basics of what Socrates, Plato and Greek Philosophy was all about, and why new students at Plato’s Academy usually began by studying the book ”First Alcibiades” and the essential Greek philosophical concept of ”Know Thyself”. We strongly recommended both for our visitors as well as for everyone who wants to spent an evening at a beautiful roof with a great view of the Acropolis!

On Tuesday mornings James gives a ”Philosophical Walk” discussing Aristotle’s ”practical” philosophy. You walk slowly for half an hour to a beautiful location passing the Prison of socrates on the way. the meeting is at AthenStyle Lobby at 9:50.

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Greek Easter symbols and customs

Easter in Greece is wonderful. Spring is already here, the weather is great and there are many things to do in Athens as well as in the outskirts visiting smaller cities and villages. There are many different customs and traditions regarding that season all around Greece but two things (the lamb and the red eggs) are communal to all areas.

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One of the most common Christian symbols, especially associated with Easter, is the lamb. It is often depicted with a banner that bears a cross, and it is known as the Agnus Dei, meaning “Lamb of God” in Latin.
The origin of the symbol is related directly to the Jewish Passover. In ancient times the Jews sacrificed a lamb in the course of the festival. The early Christians, most of whom were Hebrews, associated the sacrifice of the lamb with Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. They connected the joyous Passover festival, which commemorates the liberation of the Hebrews from their years of bondage in Egypt, with the liberation from death represented by the Resurrection.
The popularity of lamb as an Easter food is undoubtedly related to its importance as a symbol. During the Middle Ages roast lamb became the traditional main course of the Pope’s Easter dinner and it is still customarily served on Easter Sunday in many European countries.

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Eggs
The egg was an important symbol in the mythologies of many early civilizations. It was commonly believed that the universe developed from a great egg and that the halves of its shell corresponded to Heaven and earth. Many pre-Christian and Indo-European peoples, like Egyptians or Persians made a practice of coloring eggs in the spring as a fertility ritual.
Greeks mainly color eggs red (scarlet) to signify the blood of Christ. They use hard-boiled eggs (painted red on Holy Thursday) which are baked into twisted sweet-bread loaves or distributed on Easter Sunday; people rap their eggs against their friends’ eggs and the owner of the last uncracked egg is considered lucky.

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Thank you ”parti um mundo” blog

We have the pleasure to be recommenced by the awesome  travel blog http://partiumundo.com!

We had the guys here with us some days during the winter, so they had the chance to see Athens during Winter time, which is as great as summer time! Here’s the link for their post : http://bit.ly/1BbSCQZ!

Scroll through their great posts for travel inspiration! Whether you are thinking of visiting Athens before summer hits, or if you are a summer fanatic and want to combine a visit to Athens with a visit to one of our islands book your stay at http://www.athenstyle.com and we guarantee you you’ll have a great time!

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Video portrais by Robert Wilson

From the 9th until the 14th of March you will have the chance to see the new exhibition created by Robert Wilson. This time he will display his work in the Bernier/Eliades galery, which consist of video portraits of Lady Gaga posing inspired by famous paintings.

Lady Gaga’s portraits were filmed in October 2013 in London and they premiered in the Louvre in the November as part of Robert Willson’s  exhibition called Living Rooms. His main inspiration are three classical masterpieces which belong to Louvre’s permanent collection: Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière by Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres (1806), The Death of Marat by Jacques Louis David (1793) and The Head of Saint John the Baptist on a Charger by Andrea Solario (1507).

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Memobottle

Those of you who travel a lot and pack light, you probably know that most of the times you have to fit everything in your medium-size hand bag or your laptop or your  tablet  case, including devices like your phone, your tablet your laptop your music player or your camera. And here’s comes the big problem what to do when you need to fit in as well your bottle of water?

We’ve come across Memobottle which solves exactly that problem of not having space for a classic bottle and the fear of your bottle opening inside your bag.The Memobottle’s design is meant to fit in nicely with all of the other rectangular knick-knacks you have in your bag, including a notebook, laptop and just about everything else. The bottle holds between 750ml to 1.25L of water and comes in three clever sizes: letter, A4, and A5. As an added bonus, the bottles are dishwasher safe, making them reuseable and environmentally friendly.

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Kathari Deftera – Ash or Clean Monday

On Monday, 23rd February, the Greek people of Athens will be celebrating ‘Kathari Deftera’, aka Clean Monday, Orthodox Shrove Monday or Ash Monday. It is the first day of Orthodox Christian Great Lent that occurs at the beginning of the 7th week before Easter Sunday. The public holiday will be a day of great celebrations, delicious food and family traditions.
Greek families usually go out in taverns for sea food eating. Typical foods that can be eaten on the day are olives, shrimp, fish, feta cheese, taramosalata (fish roe dip), dry bread and yigandes (baked bean casserole). Octopus grilled over an open flame is a classic Greek meze to serve with ouzo and wine, and a favourite on Clean Monday. (For the less adventurous, fried calamari is a delicious alternative.)

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Because Clean Monday is also considered to mark the first day of spring, Greeks tend to celebrate it with outdoor activities. A favourite place to hang out is Filopappos Hill where you will see many a Greek family, young and old, picnicking and flying kites! The hill is situated just opposite the Acropolis and even if you don’t have a kite, the hill offers the most amazing, uninterrupted view of the Acropolis and beyond to Pireaus, Aegina and other neighbouring islands (but the kite is highly recommended).

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So don’t freak out if you happen to see picnic baskets minus the meat, you are still amongst Greeks, wine and ouzo will warm your hearts as will the live music provided by the municipality of Athens.

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In-Edit Athens Festival

AthenStyle Hostel, the best hostel in Athens, suggests:

In-Edit Athens

Next week from the 19th until the 25th of February the International Music Documentary Film Festival, will be presented in city of Athens!

Great musicians, powerful stories and unforgettable tunes will meet at IN-EDIT GREECE 2015 – Athens Edition. For a week «ODEON OPERA» cinema, will host the most significant music documentaries of the last years.

The festival will open (on the 19th of February) with the premiere screening, in Greece, of the documentary “Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender” which depicts

Freddie Mercury’s solo journey, without Queen, from 1985 until his death in 1991. There will be more screenings, among others, the “lost” documentary made by the Doors for the Doors: “Doors (Feast of Friends)”.

The rest of the documentaries along with full program of the screenings (timetable) is available on the official web site of the festival www.in-edit.gr.

Book your stay at AthenStyle hostel and enjoy this opportunity that Athens offers you!

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Athen’s Festive Weekend

It’s still festive season here in Greece, so there are many things happening in the city of Athens! The next  weekend is the last couple of days of the carnival season so you have many fun things to do if you are here!

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On Friday the 20th, at 19:00 there’s a Carnival on Patissia area, which is very close to our hostel. There will be groups  parading in costumes and  greek traditional  instruments .

On Saturday the 21th at 13:30 in Monastiraki square there will be a carnival concert. Later at 20:00 at Eleytherias Park, there will be a concert from Athens’s Philharmonic in which they will perform Greek serenades and songs from Greek operettas.

On Sunday the 22nd at 21:00 in Plaka area there be big a parade of people dressed in costumes in the historical center of Athens.

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Tsiknopempti Day -Smoke of Grilled Meat Thursday

If you happen to be in Athens on 12th February for Tsiknopemti, you have the chance to have lots of fun ! If you are a meat eater, we suggest becoming friends with the first Greek family you find on the street and hope for an invitation because it will be a day you won’t forget in a hurry, neither will your stomach.

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Traditionally, Tsiknopempti is the Thursday of the week prior to the arrival of Lent, during which large amounts of meat are consumed before the fasting season begins. Not exactly known for their subtle ways, the Greeks will try to outdo and out-smell their next door neighbors in an all-you-can-eat meat-feast in an attempt to steer themselves away from meat for the next 40 days (traditionally). If you are not a traditionalist or religious, then you can enjoy leftovers the next day – if there are any of course and if you have not offended your adopted Greek family by refusing to try every course.
Whilst it used to be customary for everyone to charcoal meat and melt fat over it so the smell of burning meat choked whole villages, nowadays it is acceptable to go to a tavern for a meat feast. So if you are not successful in scoring an invitation to a local’s house, head on over to a Greek tavern and enjoy some meat and some live music and enjoy the whole ‘piatela’ (platter) as the Greeks say.

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During that day there are many happenings in the center of Athens, in Plaka, which is a 5 minute walk from our hostel. Starting at 12 from Kotzia Square the Athen’s City Philharmonic will march towards Monastiraki Square and at the same time the Greek music band called ‘’Leyteris Grigoriou & Global Daoulia’’ will play at Monastiraki Square folk Greek music instruments. At 19:00 at the Monastiraki Metro Station there will be a latin band playing and at 21:00 there will be a costume parade in Plaka !

Book your stay at AthenStyle to enjoy one of the most delicious Greek traditions!

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Stay at AthenStyle and party with Athensmus

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Are you going to be in Athens on the 22nd of February? Why don’t you join the best trip into a crazy day of partying and dancing with thousands of people!

Time for Patras Carnival, the best carnival in Greece!

Come stay at AthenStyle hostel and leave in the morning to join this amazing trip!

Book your bed now at http://www.AthenStyle.com
Live the Carnival in the Greek way!

 

Don’t forget to check out our winter special!

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Bike Ride to Pireus

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If you happen to be in Athens tomorrow and you are wondering what to do a beautiful sunny Sunday here’s our suggestion0: a bike ride organized by http://atenistas.org/

The meeting point is at Gazi area tomorrow 2/2 at 11:00 (at corner of Iera Odos and Peiraios) and the route will take you to Piraeus in order to see historical places and buildings such as churches,  theaters, small streets and a stop to pay tribute at the place where one of the greatest WW2 crimes took place by the army. You will then continue with factories and a stop at the port to see the vessel that kept Europe safe during the war and made Greece a great maritime force.

The route is around 15 km and then you can take the train to return to the center.

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Tips for Booking a Trip, Packing, and Vacationing

 

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1. Use an “Incognito Window” when searching for flights and hotels. Some companies will boost the prices just because you’ve been searching the web for prices.

2. If you’re looking to buy a flight ticket, wait until 3 p.m. on Tuesdays. Studies indicate this is the cheapest day/time to do it.

3. Want a travel cheap? Opt for a trip during shoulder season or low season whenever possible. Sure, the weather might not always be ideal, but you’ll end up going to some of the hottest global spots for a lot less—and that’s usually when the locals are there, so you can skip the annoying tourist hordes.
4. Whenever you’re searching for flights/hotels online, google the words “promo,” “discount,” “coupon,” or “corporate code” with the destination’s name. You never know what little deals might be lurking out there!

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5. Always check your chosen airline’s baggage fee policies. Most airlines allow you to check at least one bag free, but always double-check, so you don’t end up wasting $60 before you’ve even gotten to your destination.

 6. Nothing is more annoying than having your phone, laptop, and/or iPad chargers tangled all over your suitcase. Organize these pesky little chargers in a spare glasses case.

7. Rolling your clothes instead of folding them will to save tons of baggage space—which means you can pack more outfits! Yay.

8. Put a shower cap around your shoes to make sure the dirty soles don’t end up getting surrounding clothes dirty, too. Protect those summer whites!

 9. Throw a couple of plastic grocery bags in your suitcase.  You never know what you’ll need it for, and it can make organizing things in your bag a heck of a lot easier once you’re on your trip.
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10. Forget your charger completely? Always check with the hotel front desk—some previous guests accidentally leave their chargers and the front desk usually has a box of them.

11. Fun Fact: To use Google Maps offline, type “OK Maps,” in the destination search bar and the visible area will save if you need to access the map later during your trip.

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 Next time you’re coming to Athens visit our site http://www.athenstyle.com and book your stay. Follow us on FB and Twitter for news and offers!

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World’s Oldest Trees

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful time and we hope that next year you will consider spending Christmas time in Athens, if you haven’t already done so! This is the first post of the new year so we thought of  an inspiration post with amazing photographs of the world’s oldest trees!

San Francisco-based photographer Beth Moon spent the last 14 years documenting with her camera some of the largest, rarest, and oldest trees on Earth. Beth recently published a book titled “Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time”

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Remember next time you are in Athens visit http://athenstyle.com/ for your reservation!

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NYE Party at AthenStyle!!!

Keeping up to the tradition, AthenStyle hostel will organise once more the most amazing NYE party at its famous covered and heated Rooftop Bar! Invited are all our guests, friends as well as people who just want to have fun and enjoy a pleasant and exciting night!

Come to enjoy with us the midnight fireworks from our magnificent 360⁰ view on the Rooftop Bar!

Special surprises and, finger food and Happy Hour on special drinks all night long!

After the bar closes, join us in a crazy tour around the city’s streets to continue partying!

Let’s welcome the New Year 2015 with international company at our Rooftop Bar at AthenStyle!!

The party starts at 9pm!

Don’t miss it!

Happy New Year!!!!

 

 

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Christmas with the Greek ”Kallikatzaroi”

Since it’s almost Christmas we decided to write a post about the famous little creatures from the Greek folk history called  ” kallikantzaroi’. These alleged malevolent creatures are believed to dwell underground but come to the surface during the twelve days of Christmas, from 25 December to 6 January (from the winter solstice for a fortnight during which time the sun ceases its seasonal movement). There is no standard description of the appearance of kallikantzaroi,  there are regional variations in how their appearance is described. Some say they have some animal parts, like hairy bodies, horse legs, or boar tusks, but one thing is sure they are smelly!

There’s nothing more interesting than learning about folk and traditional stories about countries that you have visited or planning to visit. If you come to Athens during the holiday season you’ll have definitely lots of fun, but wintertime in general is a great period to visit us!

Book you stay at  http://athenstyle.com/, and with our Winter Deal book three days in a row and get a discounted price!

Merry Christmas

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Christmas dinner at AthenStyle

Planning to spend Christmas in Athens and you’re staying at AthenStyle?

Why don’t you join us for a Christmas Dinner on December 25th ?

All of our guests are invited to join our family-style dinner at 7:00pm at the fully covered and heated AthenStyle Rooftop Bar & Restaurant. Come to enjoy the view along with a traditional home-cooked meal and amazing international company!

If you want to attend, please send an email to RSVP to info@athenstyle.com

We wish you a bright and joyful holiday season,
The AthenStyle Team

 

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Mediterranean diet: eat healthy in Athens!

1Greece is famous for the delicious Gyros, the Greek fast food, full of meat and grease. However, the economic crisis has brought back one of the very good Greek habits: the Mediterranean diet! Cheap and healthy, the Mediterranean diet has a lot to offer to all Greeks as well as tourists willing to try a taste of the Greek diet.

What is best than extra virgin olive oil? Widely used in Greece, olive oil is loaded with antioxidants and healthy monosaturated fats. It has a lot of health benefits such as reducing inflammation in the body, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, and even reducing cancer risk. Even though Greece ranks third (behind Spain and Italy) in world olive oil manufacturing, it is actually the top world olive producer. More than half of Greece’s land is cultivated with olive trees and can offer 50 different species of olives. In AthenStyle hostel, the owners produce their own olive oil from their trees in Kalamata, which is used for cooking at the AthenStyle restaurant as well as in breakfast and it is also available in reception in case you want to take a bottle with you.

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 Greece is surrounded by sea, so what would you expect to eat? Seafood of course! Greece is certainly seafood paradise According to a legend Poseidon, the god of the sea, blessed the Athenians with a plentiful array of fish and seafood and in return the Athenians built the Temple of Poseidon in tribute. Very close to AthenStyle hostel, you can find the central market, where you can always find the day’s fresh catch, bursting with omega-3 fatty acid, which helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure and assists in reducing blood clots. There are also strict rules underpinning trade as per Greek Commercial Law: all fish and freshly cut meat must be sold on the same day, so it’s not unusual to find chefs from nearby restaurants and taverns coming for a deal as the clock veers towards 6pm. There is an incredible variety of produce on offer, a lot cheaper than at supermarkets, so here is your chance to get some fresh fish or prawns!

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Another big part of the Greek diet are fruits and vegetables: right next to the fish market you can find the vibrant Fruit and Vegetable market! Everyone knows how important fruits and vegetables are for a healthy diet, as they are a vital food source on their own and Greeks keep up to this by eating even as much as six servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

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 Honey has been used by countless cultures all around the world over the past 2,500 years. While the numerous health benefits of honey have made it an important element of traditional and modern medicines. In Greece, you can find the delicious loukoumades and all kinds of sweet pastry covered with honey.

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 Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) products: Greece has more than 100 products that have been awarded as PDO, most of them cheeses, olive oils, olives, varieties of honey as well as different types of fruits and vegetables. All of them are manufactured traditionally and entirely within Greece ensuring their unique qualities and protecting the reputation of authentic, regional foods. The most famous Greek PDO is of course the world wide known feta cheese.

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 Masticha is the mastic oil, gathered from the resin of the mastic tree, a small evergreen tree native to the Mediterranean region. Mastiha produced on the island of Chios is one of the Greek products awarded with as PDO. In Greece, it is used to make a healthy chewing gum, a sweet liqueur or different sweets. The sap forms droplets that harden into crystals that are odorless and essentially tasteless, but can be softened in the mouth and chewed like gum.

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Athens during Christmas time

Athens is a very beautiful city throughout the seasons, but during Christmas time especially it transforms into a lighted, decorated, full of things to do city. If you are here during that time you will have a great a time, and if you are still thinking about coming or not, ready your bags and pay us a visit!

Syntagma Square, Ermou street and the downtown district in general have their festive moods on and are the perfect for walking around, and combine your sightseeing with the holiday spirit.

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In Gazi area there’s the amazing Christmas Factory, perfect for both young and older ones which brings joy and it couldn’t be any more into the Christmas mood.

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Apart from the walks you could take in the festive Athens, there are many free concerts and book bazaars which can guarantee you a great time!

Book your stay with us through our and don’t forget site about our winter deal! Book three days in a row and you get a discounted price!

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Winter Beutiful

Most people consider Greece to be a place for summer holidays with the many islands, the  beautiful beaches, and the sunny weather. But there are lots of places to visit during wintertime as well.  Apart from Athens – many people argue that it’s better to plan a visit in the winter because of the reduced number of tourists and the weather that is more suitable for  walking around, we can suggest you five places nearby Athens that we think you will like a lot. Book you stay with us through our site, and we will help you choose in which of those wonderful places to go!

1. Arachova

Aráchova is a mountainous village nestling picturesquely at the foot of  Mt. Parnassos in Viotia. It is the most cosmopolitan winter destination in Greece, a great favorite for ski lovers and celebrities, or just first-time visitors who wish to relax in a dreamy mountainous setting with modern tourism facilities. It is not far from Athens only a couple of hours so you can plan a day trip there.

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2. Trikala Korinthias

Another place very close to Athens that you can plan a day trip. It has very beautiful and traditional taverns where you can eat, relax and enjoy the view of the bay!

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3. Kalavrita

The second ski resort near Athens and the third place you can plan a day trip. It has a very picturesque village with a very famous train called Odontotos that goes almost in the edges of the mountain! Make sure to go for a ride.

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4. Pilio

Pelion is a beutiful covered in nature mountain 4 hours away from Athens. Scattered across the Peninsula are over 70 villages all varying in size, from the famous mountainous villages of Tsagarada, Portaria and Zagora, to the beautiful coastal resorts of Kala Nera, Milina and Platanias. Pelion is full of magic and scenes of extreme beauty, and is the ideal destination to visit all year round. There’s a famous ski resort as well as many historical places to visit.

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5. Zagoroxoria

A complex of 40 beautiful villages, a little bit further from Athens. For nature lovers is one of the best places to visit rivers. waterfalls and  mountains trails so beautiful that will you will definitely make you come back.    The villages are small and picturesque with great traditional places to eat.   zagoroxoria  zagoroxoria 1

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Amazing Trans-Siberian Video

Stanislas Giroux spend 3 weeks traveling on the trans-Siberian passing three different  countries and  three amazing cultures trying to Beijing from Moscow, crossing Mongolia. The result was this 3 minute inspiring video that made us want to grab a backpack, jump on a train and travel! So if you decide to come to Athens,  make your reservation through our site http://www.athenstyle.com/ and can guarantee you will have a great time!

Seat 22 — Trans-Siberian Odyssey from Stanislas Giroux on Vimeo.

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New Winter offer @ AthenStyle!!

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November 17th: The Athens Polytechnic uprising

November 17th is one of the Greek National Holidays and is about the student uprising that took place in the Greek Polytechnic University in 1973. That was the day when the massive demonstrations against the Greek Military Dictatorship escalated to an open anti-junta (junta is the name given to the military regime of that period in Greek) revolt and ended in bloodshed in the early morning of November 17 after a series of events starting with a tank crashing through the gates of the Polytechnic.

But how did all of these happen?

The Greek Junta had abolished a lot of civil rights, it dissolved political parties and it exiled and tortured politicians as well as citizens because of their political beliefs, in order to control every aspect of the politics. It had even interfered with student syndicalism since 1967, by imposing their own student leaders in the national student’s union. Thus, the first massive public reaction against the military regime started by the students on February 1973. Law students went on strike and barricaded inside the buildings of the Law School of the University of Athens. On November, students at the Polytechnic went on strike, started protesting against the junta and constructed a radio station constantly broadcasting the following message: “Here is Polytechneion! People of Greece, the Polytechneion is the flag bearer of our struggle and your struggle, our common struggle against the dictatorship and for democracy! “

After those events, Metapolitefsi (which means the change of the political system) took place. and it includes the transitional period from the fall of the dictatorship to the Greek legislative election of 1974 and the democratic period immediately after these elections.

Today, November 17 is considered a holiday in Greece for all educational establishments. Most schools and universities are closed or hold commemorative services, usually the day before. The commemoration day ends traditionally with a demonstration that begins from the campus of the Polytechneio and ends at the United States embassy. Very often, there are protests during the day, so avoid the centre around the area of the Polytechnic.

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What to do on a rainy day in Athens

It is true that in Greece we have sun all year round! Even if it’s cold, the sun is still shining! However, once in a blue moon we experience days of rain. So, if you are in Athens and it starts raining, don’t just sit in your room waiting for it to stop! Athens is a big city and there is always something you can do no matter the weather. Here are some suggestions:

1. Time for coffee!! Greeks love coffee! And most of all they enjoy sitting back, watching the rain fall while drinking their warm coffee. Maybe it is time you try a Greek coffee or some of our traditional sweets! Having a coffee at the AthenStyle full covered and heated Rooftop bar & café is just what you need! Besides, according to the Greek tradition, people spend hours and hours in one coffee table (average time is 1.5 hours!).

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2. It’s culture time! What’s best than visit museums, when outside it’s pouring rain! During holidays you also want to learn more about the intellectual and cultural aspect of the city you are in, so this is the best chance for you! Athens is full of museums, most of which are in the centre and walking distance from AthenStyle hostel.

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3. Another archaeological and contemporary art museum is of course the Athens metro! In every station, you will find exhibits, such as statues, pottery, etc. The best stations to visit are Syntagma, Monastiraki and Acropolis.

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4. Shopping: You know shopping is always a pleasure, especially for women. If you don’t want to walk around and explore the city under the rain, you can have a look at the shops! Ermou street, is the main shopping street of Athens and it is right next to AthenStyle hostel! Moreover, in Monastiraki square, you can see the flea market. There, you can find anything you need and if you bargain a little you can lower the price and get some amazing things in great price!

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5. Feel like reading? You can go to the National Library, at walking distance from AthenStyle hostel. It has a wide variety of books, magazines, scripts and documents as well as a collection of Lord Byron’s personal items.

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6. What about a movie? There are many cinemas, not far from the city centre. All movies are played in English (or the original language) with Greek subtitles, so you will be able to follow!

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Do you have any more ideas??? :)

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Athens Marathon

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Just a few days left until the 9th of November! Have you planned your stay yet? Whether you are a runner or you will come just to enjoy autumn in Athens and watch the marathon, book your stay with us and we will guarantee you a great time!

If you are a runner book three nights and we give you the forth for free! Book the first night online on our site http://www.AthenStyle.com and send us an e-mail (info@athenstyle.com) to inform us about your participation to the marathon and we will book you in for four nights. On arrival you will just pay for three!!!

If you are here on vacation we have a special Winter’s Deal for you! Book three nights and you will get our discounted prices!

Because we are so much better that a cheap hotel!

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Halloween 2014 @ AthenStyle Hostel

For yet another year, we celebrated Halloween at AthenStyle Hostel, the best hostel in Athens, with international company and amazing views of the Acropolis and Athens by night!

This time, we prepared a special pumpkin risotto for all our guests and we enjoyed it with some delicious sangria!

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Happy ”OHI” DAY!!!

Today, October 28th, Greece is celebrating the ”OCHI” DAY (literally means NO DAY), a day when the Greek government said NO to Italy’s request to station Italian troops in Greece during World War II. Near the parliament, there will be a school parade, where all students will be wearing white and blue clothing.

AthenStyle Hostel, the best hostel in Athens, has an amazing tip for you: today, all archeological sites and museums will be open with FREE ADMISSION!
 
This year is the best chance to visit the great city of Athens and attend a Greek tradition as well as enjoy all museums and sites free of charge!
 
Happy OCHI Day Greece!!

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The story begins in 1935, when King George II was restored to the Greek throne by a rigged plebiscite, where he made the right-wing General Ioannis Metaxas prime minister. Nine months later, Metaxas assumed dictatorial powers with the king’s consent under the pretext of preventing a communist-inspired republican coup.

The October 28 national holiday also marks the date in 1940 when Greece entered WWII: The Ochi day ultimatum, which was presented to Metaxas by the Italian ambassador in Greece, Emanuele Grazzi, on October 28, 1940, at dawn (04:00 am), after a party in the German embassy in Athens, demanded that Greece allow Axis forces to enter Greek territory and occupy certain unspecified “strategic locations” or otherwise face war. It was allegedly answered with a single laconic word: όχι or no. In response to Metaxas’s refusal, Italian troops stationed in Albania, then an Italian protectorate, attacked the Greek border at 05:30 am. Metaxas’s reply marked the beginning of Greece’s participation in World War II. Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas chose the road of resistance, and thus saved his reputation as a dictator.

In the morning of October 28, the Greek population took to the streets, irrespective of political affiliation, shouting ‘ochi’. From 1942, it was celebrated as Ochi Day. During the war, October 28 was commemorated yearly by Greek communities around the world and in Greece and Cyprus, and after World War II it became a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus. The events of 1940 are commemorated every year with a military parade in Thessaloniki and student parades. On every anniversary, most public buildings and residences are decorated with Greek flags.

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”Athens. The spirit of ’60: A capital city is transforming”

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If you are in Athens during November and until the first days of December, you will have the chance to see not only the modern aspects of the city but the city’s transformation form the 1960’s. The Hellenic American Union  alongside  the Hellenic American collage and in partnership with the Hellenic American University (Manchester, NH, USA) have organized a photographic display called ”Athens. The spirit of ’60: A capital city is transforming” curated by the journalist and writer Nikos Vatopoulos. In the display you will see  a series of photographs, originated from private collections and magazines, that depict the changes that happened in order for Athens to become the modern city that is today. Great emphasis is given to the economic and social changes, the new buildings and the new way of life in the growing city.

The display opens at November 3rd at 20.30 in Kennedy gallery at the Hellenic American Union ( Massalias 22, Kolonaki) until December 13th.

Η Ελληνοαμερικανική Ένωση και το Hellenic American College (HAEC) σε συνεργασία με το Hellenic American University (Manchester, NH, USA) παρουσιάζουν την έκθεση «Αθήνα. Το πνεύμα του ’60: Μια πρωτεύουσα αλλάζει» σε επιμέλεια του δημοσιογράφου και συγγραφέα, Νίκου Βατόπουλου. Η «μοντέρνα» πρωτεύουσα που γεννήθηκε στη διάρκεια του οικονομικού «μπουμ» αποτελεί το θέμα της έκθεσης «Αθήνα. Το πνεύμα του ’60: Μια πρωτεύουσα αλλάζει». Παρουσιάζονται φωτογραφίες από ιδιωτικά, κυρίως αρχεία, καρτ ποστάλ, περιοδικά, κ.ά. που μας μεταφέρουν στην ατμόσφαιρα και το αστικό κλίμα της δεκαετίας του 1960. Έμφαση δίνεται στην κοινωνική αλλαγή που σημειώθηκε από τα τέλη της δεκαετίας του ’50 ως την δικτατορία. Τα νέα κτίρια -πολλά από τα οποία έγιναν ορόσημα όπως το Χίλτον- τα νέα ήθη, ο καταναλωτισμός, η σύνδεση με τα διεθνή τουριστικά δίκτυα, προβάλλονται δειγματοληπτικά από τον Νίκο Βατόπουλο, οποίος επιμελήθηκε το υλικό της έκθεσης με το σκεπτικό να δώσει το αποτύπωμα και την αύρα της εποχής. Όπως αναφέρει χαρακτηριστικά: «Ζητούμενο είναι η έκθεση να προκαλέσει σκέψεις για την δυναμική εκείνη περίοδο και την Αθήνα της εποχής. Σήμερα, με την απόσταση των 50 ετών είμαστε σε θέση να απλώσουμε μία πιο σύνθετη ματιά πάνω σε μια εποχή με εντυπωσιακές αντιφάσεις».

Η έκθεση εγκαινιάζεται την Δευτέρα 3 Νοεμβρίου 2014, στις 20:30, στην Γκαλερί Κέννεντυ της Ελληνοαμερικανικής Ένωσης (Μασσαλίας 22, Κολωνάκι) και θα διαρκέσει μέχρι και τις 13 Δεκεμβρίου 2014.

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Halloween Party at Athenstyle

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Looking for a reason to party? Join us at Friday  31st of October for a great Halloween-style night! We’re waiting for you at our amazing Rooftop bar for drinks, fun and great music!

Αν δεν έχετε ξαναγιορτάσει το Halloween, φέτος είναι η ευκαιρία σας! Σας περιμένουμε την Παρασκευή 31 Οκτωβρίοιυ στο Roofotop bar μας, για ένα μοναδικό Halloween πάρι. Πάρτε τους φίλους σας και ελάτε να διασκεδάσουμε με ποτό, καλή μουσική και πολύ γέλιο!

 

 

 

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AthenStyle Rooftop Bar & Cafe

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Αν θέλετε να πιείτε τον καφέ σας και να χαλαρώσετε συντροφία με την υπέροχη θέα μας, ή να απολάυσετε  cocktail, μπύρα ή ποτό με τους φίλους σας, από σήμερα μπορείτε να το κάνετε με το καινούριο μας ωράριο!  Καθέ Δευτερα μέχρι Παρασκευή ανοίγουμε στις 17:00 το μεσιμέρι μέχρι τη 1:00 βράδυ και κάθε Σάββατο και Κυριακή ανοίγουμε στις 12:00 το πρωί μέχρι τη 1:00 το βράδυ!

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Pinterest Inspiration

For those of you who love great inspiration images that help you plan your travels,as well as for the rest of you who don’t plan to make a trip soon but still want to get inspired visit our Pinterest and get a great dose of amazing photos. There you can find  images from our hostel, from sights nearby, from our beautiful Greece and from places all around the world that inspire us and we hope that they will be a strong motivation for  your travels.

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Autumn in Athens

What is the best time to go on vacation in Greece?

It always depends on your personal interests, but autumn is probably the best season to visit Greece. Peak season is over, there are less people, but you can enjoy the views and relax, since the weather is still nice.

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Autumn is the best opportunity to explore the Greek history, art and culture.

Greece is not only the islands, which are the main attraction in summer. The sun, the clear blue sea and the nightlife is the reason why people choose to visit Greece in summer.

However, if you come to Greece in autumn, you will avoid summer’s inflated prices, hordes of tourists and high temperatures. You can still enjoy a warm enough sea to swim in and you can visit the mainland which has a rich nature and plenty of archeological sites. You only need to check the ferry and flights timetables as there are fewer off-season. Also, there are lots of festivals. Greece is a true paradise for cultural tourism, a large journey into history and art.

You can enjoy the stunning nature, and empty beaches in a fresh and cool climate with no crowds in sight. There is so much to see and do in Athens – there are so many historic monuments, museums, art galleries, theatres and temples, not to mention the fantastic local food and cosmopolitan nightlife – Athens truly has something for everyone.

If one could possibly ever get bored of this city then you only need to take a bus or train for one or two hours in any direction to be surrounded by beautiful Greek countryside, or in less than a day you can reach any of the famous Greek islands. If you love nature and the outdoors then the autumn and winter are the perfect time to enjoy the countryside around Athens and Greece. The colours are so beautiful and vibrant, the smell of the earth after the rain is wonderful and the air is cool and fresh.

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During the winter months, people working in hospitality have much more time to spend socialising with customers – so if you enjoy chatting to the local people when you go out then the winter months may suit you much better. It often feels like a family home rather than just another busy hotel. The whole atmosphere in Athens is much more relaxed in the autumn and winter months and there are certainly still plenty of tourists, travellers and backpackers. Also, every Sunday during the winter most public museums and archaeological sites across Greece are free of admission!!

If you want to explore the stunning nature around Athens and Greece in a cool, fresh climate, visit all the archaeological and historical sites without them being overly crowded, if you’re interested in meeting a variety of helpful, relaxed locals and travellers and backpackers from all over the world, and if you like to travel spontaneously without having to book weeks or months in advance or if you’re travelling on a budget – then you may find that the perfect time to visit Athens and Greece is during the autumn or winter.

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TBEX Europe

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Are you a travel blogger or a travel industry professional?

This year, the TBEX conference will take place in Athens, Greece, from October 23 – 25, 2014.

TBEX is the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, new media content creators, and travel industry professionals.

Every year, TBEX associates with fantastic destinations in both North America and Europe to bring the travel industry’s most creative minds together in order to learn, network and do business. You will also discover the best kept social media marketing secrets from the world’s top experts.

For more info: http://tbexcon.com/

 

 

Special offer: get a free shot at our bar showing your TBEX ticket.

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Don’t forget to run! Special Marathon Offer

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Just a few weeks before this year’s marathon and we strongly encourage you to join the run! It may be one of the most difficult Marathon runs in Europe, but it’s sure worth it! It will take place on the 9th of November and here in Athenstyle we have a special offer for the runners who choose to stay in our hostel! For a minimum three nights stay  we give you the forth night for free, just send us an email with your reservation!

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AthenStyle Winter Promo Deal

Winter is already here but you are not willing to give up your summer mood?

Why don’t you take some Holidays and visit the warmest place in Europe – Greece! Here in Athens, we have a warm autumn – 25 °C during the day –  blue almost azure sky with that beautiful yellow ball that shines upon us and keeps our mood batteries charged in full with a positive energy all day long!  Don’t get confused seeing people on the streets wearing jackets and scarfs – after 40°C hot Summer it may be a bit cold for some of us!

Moreover, here in AthenStyle we continue for another year our Winter Special deal that offers you a unique opportunity of staying with us and enjoying the lowest rates ever! Have a look below! Deals are available on Hostelbookers, Hostelworld and in person at the Hostel! If you need any more info – contact us at info@athenstyle.com!

Come to ATHENS! – save your €, $, £ or whatever currency you are using and keep yourself warm! ;-)

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Halloween Party @ AthenStyle

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Trick or treat???

Join us @ our Rooftop Bar and have a great Halloween night!

Spook in style @ AthenStyle!! :)

Have a look at some photos from last year’s party at this link: http://www.pinterest.com/athenstyle/halloween-party/

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Christmas Boats – Karavaki, a Greek Tradition

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Have you ever wondered why in Greece at Christmas, we decorate boats?

The Christmas Boat (Karavaki- Little ship) is part of a very old Greek tradition. It comes from the Islands where each year children go door to door singing ‘kalanda’ (Christmas Carols) usually accompanied by instruments such as triangles, guitars, accordians and harmonicas. The children on the islands carry small wooden boats, either illuminated to light the way or with enough space to store treats given to them by the residents they sing for. Some claim that this custom’s roots are linked with the December 6th Celebration of Agios Nikolas (Saint Nicholas) who is the Patron Saint of Sailors in Greece.

The tradition also dates back hundreds of years when many Greeks were working as seamen. During Christmas time, when many were returning home after a long time at sea, their wives would celebrate by decorating small wooden boats as a way of saying welcome home.

This tradition has gradually spread inland with people all over the country beginning to decorate model wood or paper boats with lights and ornaments at Christmas time. Traditionally the boats are placed near the door or fire with the bow pointing inwards, this symbolises the boats making their journey towards the mainland. Sometimes coins or gold objects are also placed in the boats to symbolise riches entering ones home.

Surprisingly the Christmas Boat tradition has only become popular in the mainland in and around the last 30 years and is comparativley new compared to the Christmas tree. The reason for this is that the Greeks are aware that the Christmas tree is not traditonally part of their culture and was actually imported by their first king, Otto of Bavaria. They wanted to begin their own tradition using the boat, and by the number of people that seem to have taken up this tradition it has been very sucessful.

Here at our hostel in Athens we have decorated two boats to display in our window. But instead of welcoming seafarers we welcome our guests to spend Christmas with us, who will hopefully find a home away from home during the festive season :)

After all, in Greece we’re known to be travellers! Merry Christmas from the crew here at Athenstyle! x

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AthenStyle – All Day Xmas Cafe

Η εορταστική βδομάδα των Χριστουγέννων ξεκίνησε! Ελάτε να πιείτε τον πρωινό σας καφέ μαζί μας από ψηλά και θα είστε έτοιμοι μετά για τα ψώνια της ημέρας! Αλλιώς ελάτε να χαλαρώσετε και ν’απολαύστε την θέα αφού ολοκληρώσετε τις αγορές σας! Κάθε μέρα μαζί σας απ’τις 10πμ. Σας περιμένουμε :D

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Ανοιχτό από νωρίς, για καφέ και αργότερα φαγητό και ποτά, στον εσωτερικό χώρο της ταράτσας ή έξω, εκεί που θα απολαύσετε τη θέα νομίζοντας πως θα αγγίξετε την Ακρόπολη. Το Athenstyle rooftop bar από 1 Οκτωβρίου ποντάρει στην θετική διάθεση, φιλική ατμόσφαιρα και χαλαρές μουσικές. Κάθε μέρα από τις 11 το πρωί μέχρι την 1 το βράδυ.

Open from early in the morning for coffee and later on for food and drinks, either in the indoor or outdoor part of our bar, the only place that you will enjoy the view feeling like you can almost touch the Acropolis! As of  October 1st our AthenStyle rooftop bar is focusing on its positive mood, friendly atmosphere and chill out music. Open every day from 11 in the morning until 1 at night. See you there!

 

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