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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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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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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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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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The Pnyx or “Who –wishes-to speak board”

The Pnyx is a small rocky hill. It was the meeting place of one of the world’s earliest democratic parliaments  where all citizens gathered together and anyone could go to  the “stepping stone” (speaker’s platform) and give a speech.  If you are persuasive enough they vote for you (by rising hands and shouting:) and later it becomes a law.

Each meeting started with famous “Τίς ἀγορεύειν βούλεται;” which means “Who wishes to speak?”

You can experiment with your friends and practice your public speaking skills imagining yourself one of the members of ancient parliament  or just persuade them where to go this evening;)

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Walking through Athens with the travellers

I’m enjoying a lot the smile of a satisfied guest saying: “Thank you Catalin, it was a great!” after walking for 3 hours in the beautiful city that is Athens. 17 boys and girls, dreamers and adventurers joined me for the Athens Citywalk today. Each new day is the best day, sharing amazing experiences of people from the States, Australia and Canada as it was the case for today. Great people, great weather, great views, great city… what is there not to like? I can’t wait for the next Athens walk on Friday.

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Anafiotika: an island without sea!

When you claim up to Acropolis from Plaka do not miss one of the the most beautiful parts of Athens – ANAFIOTIKA.

This lovely place is reminiscent of independent village in the city. Laying between Plaka and the rocks of Acropolis. One of the most picturesque and quiet pockets of the city. In this village-like labyrinth of quiet, narrow, windy streets, bougainvillea cascade over whitewashed Cycladic-style cube houses while bright pots of colour decorate the balconies and rooftops.Apart from the forever-reclining cats, washing hanging in the breeze is often the only evidence of habitation. The houses were built by tradesmen from the small island of Anafi, brought in to build the king’s palace during the renovation of Athens after Independence. The neighbourhood is still home to the descendants of these original Anafi stonemasons, although the population has also been supplemented by artists and intellectuals.

Built by stone masons from the Cyclades island of Anafi in the 1800’s, when the law stated: “if you can build 4 walls and put a roof over it in 24 hours the land is yours”, this charming historic area on the lower slopes of the Acropolis is steeped in tradition and its own unique ambiance. The new King imported these stone workers at his own expenses as they were rumored to be among the best masons in Greece.

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