Monthly Archives: October 2014

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”


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

halloween poster

Trick or treat???

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.


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.


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


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.

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

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