Monthly Archives: November 2011

What’s on in Athens..vol. 115

December’s highlights..

1-31 December 2011 

 ONE YEAR BEFORE THE END –

Street Art Exhibition

 Exhibition of the Athenian Art Propaganda Group, PIGS. It’s a group of people with various talents: graffiti artists, musicians, writers, graphic and tattoo artists and many others..whose common aim is to create.. Through their works full of grotesque humor and innocent cynicism they will show their own understanding of the deadlock and claustrophobic feeling of stereotypes ever rising to the west in the era of vanity.. Exhibition opening: 1 Dec, 20:00-01:00. Location: Stigma Lab – Exhibition Streetart Laboratory & Workshop (Andrea Metaxa 4, Exarcheia). Visiting hours: 12:00-21:00. Entrance: FREE.

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2-4 December 2011        

2nd ATHENS TANGO MARATHON

On the beginning of December Athens – the capital of ancient and modern Greece will become also the capital of tango! Join one of the tango workshops leaded by the best choreographers or enjoy this latin dance by taking part in other events during Athens Tango Marathon. More details @ www.tangomarathons.gr. Location: Xoros Technis (Kallirois 10 & Vouliagmenis). Start: 2 & 3 Dec: 21:00; 4 Dec: 20:00. Participation rates start from 10€.

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8 December 2011

48 GO GREEN FESTIVAL

48 Go Green is a short movie competition inspired by 48-hour Film Project. It acquires ecological dimensions and promotes green philosophy. From 8th of December you can see the winning movies of that Project. Location: Pallas Theatre (Voukourestiou 1, Syntagma).

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8-11 December 2011 

BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL

Bicycle Film Festival (also known as Bike Film Fest) is an annual international festival that takes place in 20-30 cities around the world – this year also again in Athens! ;) It was established 10 years ago in New York City by Brendt Barbur. The Festival is celebrating and promoting a bicycle culture through various media such as music, arts and of course cinema. Location: Michael Cacoyannis Foundation (Piraeus 206). See more details @ www.bicyclefilmfestival.com.

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Until 11th of December

MOUNT ATHOS by Efthimios Warlamis [Exhibition]

Efthimios Warlamis presents around fifty paintings with landscapes and monasteries of the Mount Athos. Combination of art and music makes you to feel the atmosphere of the ancient monastic community. Location: Byzantine and Christian Museum (Vas. Sofias 22, Evangelismos). Opening hours: Tue-Thu 8:30-15:00, Fri-Sun 8:30-20:00, Mon-closed). Admission: 2-4€.

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Six things to do in the City of Athens on a Sunday

I’ve heard many people complain that there’s nothing to do in Athens on a Sunday as many shops and businesses close, and while it is not a day for ‘getting things done’, I still find there is plenty to do. I’ve come up with a list of six things to do on a Sunday so you can soak in the non-commercial side of the Athens and enjoy a more relaxing day in this controversial city..

On Sundays at 10:30am the Official Ceremony takes place where the whole Presidential Guard march from their barracks to the tomb followed by music from the military band.  While you’re there check out their shoes, those pom-poms may look a bit stupid but they hide a deadly point used for fighting during the war- they also used the pom-poms for polishing their shoes!

If you’re an early riser, before the guard’s ceremony, you could head to one of the many churches to witness a Greek Orthodox service first hand. Each church usually runs a number of services on a Sunday but the most popular time for Athenians is 07:00-09:30am. The Cathedral on Mitropoleos Street and the little church of Kapnikarea on Ermou are not even five minutes walk from here.

In Athens Sunday is often a day that you can see the archeological sites for free. If you happened to be here on one of the Sundays I’m about to mention you can take advantage. The Acropolis and all the Archeological sites are all free for visitors on Sundays between the 1st of November and 31st March each year and during April, May, June and October the first Sunday of every month is free. So you can see everything without spending a penny, except you’ll probably be pretty hungry after all that walking and on the lookout for a good restaurant.  Not to worry though, unlike the shops, the restaurants and cafes stay open so you’ll find plenty of places to eat and drink.

If you’re like me and love searching through lots of bits and pieces to find that one off thing you need go no further than Monastiraki Flea Market, which is held literally seconds from here. On Sunday morning to early afternoon jewelery makers to sock sellers to antique dealers litter the streets of Monastiraki selling their wares. If you see something you like don’t forget that the prices are usually negotiable ;)

So if you’ve managed to do all of the above and still have lots of energy you could climb Lycabettus hill to get the best vantage point in Athens. I recommend going just before sunset, you’ll get to see the sun go down beneath the mountains and the city light up beneath you. And if you are a bit tired you don’t need to worry about climbing the whole way as you can take a taxi or the funicular. There’s also a restaurant and a little chapel called Ayios Yeoryios right at the top.

Sightseeing, unorganised shopping and lots of walking not really your thing? Well you could take to exploring many of the bars and cafes around Monastiraki, Plaka and Exarchia. There are loads of little places that double up as art galleries; just poke your head into anywhere that looks remotely interesting (and often even those that don’t) and you’ll come across some interesting places as well as some art. I’ve learnt during my time in Athens that things are not always as they first appear. I’ve found clubs in what I’ve thought were apartment blocks and large art galleries at the back of what I’ve thought were tiny cafes. So it does pay to be nosy, sometimes!

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Hostel Kitchen Recipe..

If you’re  backpacking across countries and continents you’re probably pinching your pennies, counting your cents and economising your euros and while that may mean you can’t always afford to eat out, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy good local food!

Here at AthenStyle we have come up with an easy meal packed full of flavour that you can make right here in our kitchen. And all the ingredients can be bought fresh from local farmers just around the corner at the Meat and Vegetable Market on Athinas Street, not to mention that it’s seriously cheap!

Creamy Feta Bake

Price for 2 – just under €4
Preparation time – 20mins

What you will need..
Freshly Diced Tomatoes
Sliced Red Onion
A Baguette
Tomato Pureé
Sausage (optional)

Oils and Seasoning.. (we usually have these here!)
Olive Oil
Finely Chopped Garlic (though you’ll have to chop it yourself!)
Oregano
Chilli Flakes (optional)

1. Set the oven to a medium heat of 200deg Celsius (400def F or Gas Mark 6)

2. Wrap the block of feta in foil with a drizzle of olive oil, some freshly chopped garlic, diced tomatoes, sliced red onions, a squeeze of tomato pureé, a sprinkle of oregano, quarters of sausage([if you’re of the meat eating variety) and maybe some chilli flakes if you like a bit of spice!

3. Place your packet in the oven for 15 minutes or until the feta bubbles

4. Remove from the oven and serve over a freshly sliced baguette

(5. If you’re like me and can never get enough garlic- try drizzling some olive oil and rubbing some garlic into the sliced baguette before toasting it in the oven)

That’s it.. it’s that simple!
Enjoy :)

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AthenStyle Halloween Party 2011

So today is the 1st of November.. the Ancient Celts celebrated this day as the beginning of the ‘season of darkness and cold.’ Though I think most of us here at AthenStyle are nursing our hangovers after our Halloween Party last night..

Fantastic effort with the costumes but I’ll let the photos do the talking..



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