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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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31st Athens Classic Marathon

The Athens Marathon is one of the most popular and perhaps one of the most difficult marathons in Europe and by far the most popular run in Greece.

What happened last year:

In 2012, the Athens Classic Marathon celebrated their 30th anniversary. There were around 30.000 runners from all over the world for the 5 and 10 kilometer distance in Athens center and of course for the classic 42 kilometer distance. Last year a new record was set by a runner from Kenya of 2 hours, 11 minutes and 35 seconds.

What happened this year:

This year, Athens Classic Marathon was celebrating the 31st anniversary. This time, there were around 31.000 runners for all races. The runners of the 42 kilometer race started at 9 a.m. and a little bit after 11 a.m. reached Kallimarmaro where more than 35.000 viewers were waiting to meet the winners. The winner was Yego Hillary Kipkogei from Kenya. He finished the distance in 2 hours. 13 minutes and 50 seconds. But he didn’t manage to beat the record of last years’ winner Kenyan runner Raymond Kimutai Bett.

Before that, the runners of the 5 and 10 kilometer distance finished their race. More than 15.000 Greeks and foreigners of all ages participated in the shorter races of the 31st Classic Marathon. There were a lot of families, kids with their parents and grandparents, anyone who wanted to celebrate this beautiful festival.

The goal of 10,000 runners in the Marathon Race set by the Organizing Committee was clearly met this year, while the percentage of those coming from abroad was 25% higher than last year.

A little bit of history:

According to the legend, the very first marathon in the world appeared on the route where the present day Athens Classic Marathon takes place. In 490 BC a huge Persian army invaded the small town of Marathon (Greek: Μαραθωνας). However in the Battle of Marathon that ensued, the Greek army defeated the Persians, and a messenger named Pheidippides (Greek: ο Φειδιππίδης) was sent to Athens to bring news of the victory. The young Greek ran the 42 km from the battlefield to the capital as fast as he could, announced his joyous message, and died. And according to folklore, this is the inspiration for the marathon race we know today. Apart from the obvious connection to the legend of Pheidippides, the Athens Classic Marathon is dedicated to Gregoris Lambrakis (Greek Γρηγόρης Λαμπράκης), a Greek athlete and Member of Parliament who, after his politically motivated assassination in 1963, became a national symbol of democracy and social justice.

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Psirri – Hub of Alternative Nightlife & Youth Culture

For those of you who appreciate the best way to get a real feel for a city and what is going on, is by socialising with the locals and getting to know the real modern Athenian cultures and music scenes, then Athenstyle is the only base for you when travelling here!

Psirrii District in Athens

The Hostel is located seconds away from Psirri district, praised online as the up and coming nightlife area in Athens, and certainly for me, the most lively, cosmopolitan and diverse district to party and mingle with the locals. The second you arrive on Miaouli street you are immediately hit by the energy and vibes, the road is packed with people strolling up and down until they hear a sound they like to dance or chilled place to sit down, drink and smoke hookah (The whole street is full of fruity scents from groups of people smoking, some shisha bars being 3 stories of people smoking shisha and chatting all night!)

If you are into rock, reggae, techno, chill out, traditional music, you are sure to find a bar on this street alone, making it the perfect street to bar hop until you find your perfect spot. Working your up to the square, symbolised by a beautiful piece of street art covering the entire side of the building overlooking Miaouli street, the shisha scents make way for that of traditional greek snacks and meals, the square itself full of tables of couples, families and groups of friends enjoying Mousaka, Saganaki, Calamari and endless amounts of baked goods and souvlaki, perfect as a quick snack to line your stomach!

Street Art in Psirrii

As well as a great place to bar-hop, the area is also great for clubbing! From more commercial sounds, to high quality Berlin style techno and house, colourful hippies sat outside of booming psychedelic clubs and even some strange characters heading towards the local Gothic gathering spot for dark sounds and sexually deviant nights! This hugely diverse group of people and interests all together is what I think creates the unique and friendly vibes.

The square has multiple roads leading off from it’s corners, and although Psirri is not the largest area, it’s possible to get lost for hours in it’s winding streets finding cosy hidden bars and clubs you probably won’t be able to find again! which is a truly amazing experience. Filled with incense from the countless hippy head shops, Beautiful people hanging out in trendy wine bars, old people dancing to rock ‘n’ roll, energetic youth spilling out of underground dance clubs…. It is a combination of all of these things and a million more which I feel makes the atmosphere in the area unrivalled in Athens and even great competition for famous nightlife spots all over Europe.

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Seasonal Greetings from the Athenstyle Crew!

Come eat, drink and be merry with us at Athenstye this winter holiday season!

Traditional Greek Christmas dinner on the 25th of December and lots of festive fun to be had by all.

Warm the body and soul with hot mulled wine whilst enjoying the stunning view at our newly refurbished famous rooftop bar.

Celebrate the start of 2013 with us in true Athenstyle at our famous New Years eve party (details TBC)!

Enjoy the best rates with our Winter Special Deals throughout the festive season!

Looking forward to enjoying all the winter festivities here with you and all the Athenstyle Crew! &lt:-P party

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Athens: Metro & Culture

Athens: Metro & Culture

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One of the unique characteristics of the Athens Metro is the fact that its construction was actually the vessel for the execution of large-scale archaeological excavation works. More specifically, in the framework of the Metro construction, the greatest archaeological excavation in the Athens area was carried out (spanning over an area of 79000m2), which revealed more than 50000 ancient articles.From the early planning stages of the Project, the Ministry of Culture warned the designers about the massive presence of antiquities laying within the subsoil of Athens, as well as about the restrictions dictated by the obligation to preserve these antiquities. Thus, during the project’s design and construction phases, the necessary provisions and modifications were made. The excavation, preservation, transportation and display of the ancient finds fall under the competency and the combined effort of three entities, i.e.: ATTIKO METRO A.E. (AM) which is the Project Owner, OLYMPIC METRO Consortium (OMC), which constructed the Athens Metro Base Project, and finally the Ministry of Culture (MoC), which, according to the Greek legislation, has the responsibility and the supervision of all archaeological activities. The competent archaeological departments of the MoC supervised all phases of the archaeological works, while ATTIKO METRO funded all archaeological excavations, while it also coordinated, in cooperation with the various contractors, all involved Authorities and Services.Today, the ancient articles are in public display for the first time in six prestigious Metro Stations, inviting thus every rushing passenger, either Greek or foreigner, to examine and admire them.The most significant archaeological excavations were performed during the first phase of the Project’s construction in four Metro stations located in the Historic Center of the city of Athens: SYNTAGMA, KERAMIKOS, MONASTIRAKI and AKROPOLI Stations. Over twenty archaeological excavations in stations and ventilation shafts were carried out in total. The depth of the archaeological “layers” varied between 0.5m to 7.0m; however, certain “hydraulic” structures, such as wells, ducts, reservoirs and aqueducts were revealed at greater depths, i.e. from 15.0m to 45m. The antiquities revealed were recorded in detail and were surveyed using modern techniques under the scientific guidance of the concerned Services of the Ministry of Culture (MoC).

There follows a brief presentation of the archaeological finds revealed in the four stations of the historic center:

In SYNTAGMA Station, a sculpture foundry dating from the Classic Era, a cemetery dating back to the sub-Mycenaean and the Byzantine times, baths complex dating back to the roman times, a section of the Peisistranian Aqueduct, the bed of Iridanos River and the ancient road leading from the gates of the wall to the municipalities of Messogaia.

Near KERAMIKOS Station, a section was revealed of the most significant cemetery of the ancient city of Athens. 1200 graves dating back to the beginning of 7th century BC up to roman times were examined. Moreover, the two burial grounds, dating back to the beginning of the Peloponnesian War, constitute a significant archaeological find. The western surrounding wall of the cemetery, remains of the workshop of ceramic art and the bed of Iridanos River were also revealed.

Another significant archaelogical site revealed through the construction of MONASTIRAKI station. Τhe embedded bed of Iridanos River is one out of the most significant finds of MONASTIRAKI Station. It was confirmed that the area had been in constant use from the Mycenaean Era up to modern times. Buildings, workshops, graves and a variety of water supply and sewage systems were revealed. For the Metro construction in the area of MONASTIRAKI, archaeological excavations were carried out and residential remains came to light dating back to the 8th century BC (Geometric Era) up to the 19th century AD.The basic axis of the town planning in all eras was Iridanos River. Iridanos River had its springs at the foot of Lycabettus, it run through Athens and flowed into Ilissos River. The course of the river was incessant and used to increase during heavy rainfalls. During the Post-Classical Ear (5th – 4th century BC) large conglomerate stones delimited the riverbed, 2.60m wide. Two paths, on the north and south-hand side, set the limits of the building line for the buildings, which commenced to be built on either side of the river. In the era of Adrianos Emperor (117 to 138 AD) Iridanos River was covered with a vault made of bricks, then it was backfilled and turned into a sewer. A large retaining wall was built at the northern boundary of the river in order to retain a wide gallery or a road, while the building line receded by 4.50m. The buildings belonged to private citizens, workshops and warehouses. The remains were dated based on numerous and various finds: marble sculptures and architectural members, mosaic floors, wall paintings (fresco), decorative graved plastering, pots and coins, metal and bone-made objects.

The excavation survey in ACROPOLIS Station carried out over an area of 2500 m2 showed that this area had been used since the end of the 3rd millennium BC up to the Byzantine times. A few graves of the Middle-Helladic and Post-Helladic Era, houses, workshops, roads and baths were also revealed.

Apart from the four stations located in Athens historic center, significant finds were also encountered in other locations as well, such as:

in EVANGELISMOS Station: an ancient cemetery with the cemetery surrounding wall, a Peisistranian duct and a road;
in PANEPISTIMIO Station: an ancient cemetery

Significant antiquities were also found in the ventilation shafts, i.e.:

in “Irodou Attikou” Shaft: a roman house, a cemetery and hydraulic systems;
in “Amalias” Shaft: a roman bath of significant importance;
in “Mitropoleos” Shaft: significant building remains;
in “Petmeza” Shaft: a cemetery dating back to the Classic up to the Byzantine times, as well as a room supported on columns;
in “Fokionos” Shaft: a building dating back to the roman era and Byzantine storing facilities;
in “Thissio” Shaft: a building dating back to the Post Classic times and workshops;
in “Ermou – Arionos” Shaft: workshop areas and hydraulic systems;
in “Iachou” Shaft: an ancient cemetery;
in “Assomaton” Shaft: a building of significant importance.

The boring of the tunnels was performed under constant archaeological monitoring and brought to light several ancient wells hiding significant archaeological finds, as well as a section of Adrianion Aqueduct. Apart from the collection and preservation of hundreds of thousands of archaeological articles in the store houses of the Ministry of Culture, the detachment, maintenance and new placement of heavy building and other remains found listed for preservation and requiring to be displayed, except for the six exhibition areas configured in six stations, constitute a significant and original project. Moreover, archaeological finds were also detached and placed anew in “Petmeza” Shaft, in Syntagma Square and in EVANGELISMOS Station. In “Amalias” Shaft, a roman bath was preserved and sheltered. In Monastiraki, an archaeological site with Iridanos River embedded bed, integrated in the Station, was preserved.

Finally, significant archaeological displays were transferred from Syntagma excavation site to Zografou University Campus, where an open-air exhibition of antiquities covering an area of 2000m2 and a small museum were created.

In all twenty-eight stations of the Athens Metro currently in operation, the “hidden” city and our cultural heritage are revealed through the coexistence of significant archaeological finds with works of art of contemporary Greek artists. This effort did not commence, of course, from a contractual or a legal obligation of ATTIKO METRO S.A., but it is the outcome of the particular importance that has been given to the quality of life in the capital.

Concurrently with the creation of special areas for the display of the most important archaeological finds, ATTIKO METRO S.A. implemented (for the first time in a Greek Public Transportation Project) an “art program”, i.e. works of art created by distinguished Greek artists grace almost the total of the Athens Metro Stations.

Worldwide famous Greek artists, taking into consideration the multiple possibilities offered by the network, created works of art for each station and today the richness of our cultural heritage is displayed in the New Metropolitan Railway of the city.

Concurrently, in order to give the possibility to highlight the ideas of younger artists, ATTIKO METRO S.A. announces art program related tenders for specific stations and until the present day, three works of art have been integrated to the network.

The art program will continue to be implemented in the new stations of the Athens Metro extensions, as well as in the Thessaloniki Metro Base Project.

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Green Design Festival

Green Design Festival in Athens, Greece is an original, open-air, open-to-all event with over 150 designers from all design-related fields are taking part, along with architects, curators and volunteers. Green Design Festival seeks to present design in all forms and applications to spark a discussion on a contemporary way of life that is friendlier towards the environment, and to help construct more positive environmental attitudes through its suggestions and the themes it addresses. The Green Design Festival 2010 will take place from 23 September to 10 October inAthens, Greece.  The festival is examining the repercussions of climate change through the prism provided by the different fields of design, and through an emphasis on models of sustainability (on both an environmental and social level). It is also employing renewable and alternative energy sources, exploring the relationship between ecological awareness and the economy, and striving to ‘redesign’ our everyday lives in a more environmentally-friendly way.The Green Design Festival 2010 is supported by the City of Athens and the Hellenic Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change and with the Grand Sponsorship of the Hellenic Postbank.

Don’t miss the Green Design Festival 2010 in Athens, Greece.

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Events in Athens – AthenStyle! 10 September to 16 September

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On our legendary Roof top Bar with the BEST views of Athens (this is not pretentious… come see yourself!!) welcomes you for a cold draft Mythos beer after all that sight seeing!

10th September:

Free City Walk

Meet Fabby at 10:00 a.m. at reception.

Ongoing Exhibitions

En Techno The first wave of artists participating as headliners at Entechno 2010 that is gonna take place at the heart of Athens on the 10th,11th and 12th September 2010 are from Berlin, New York, Athens, Hamburg, Paris Admission: 20 euro Place 6 D.o.g.s. Address: 6-8 Avramiotou St. (Monastiraki) until 12/09

NUDS Cycladic Sarah Lucas´creations at the Museum of Cycladic Art, Bas. Sofias and Irodotou st. (MM Evangelismos) Daily 10 am to 5 pm – Tuesday closed. 7 euro. Until 12/09

SCENES from daily life in Antiquity in Grece at the Museum of Cycladic Art, Bas. Sofias and Irodotou st. (MM Evangelismos) Daily 10 am to 5 pm – Tuesday closed. 7 euro. Until 12/09

Agonies by Ioannis Papademos In the exhibition about 35 paintings are presented, created by the artist using oil and acrylic on a canvas. His inspiration is the current social situation and the changes that society is undergoing, nevertheless sending an optimistic message through his creations. Admission Free Place: City of Athens Cultural Centre, “Gyzes” Hall Address: 50 Academias st. until Opening: Tuesday 7 September 2010, time 19:30 Monday to Saturday 10:00-20:00 and Sunday 10:00-14:00 until 14/09

Friendship through Art can change the world The Center of Arts 4 season and the Technopolis of the city of Athens invite you to the opening of the international exhibition AthensArt 2010 Free Admission Place: Technopolis (Gazi) 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. until 16/09

New Spanish artists in Athens Work of four young artists who have lived in Athens during last year Estudio Ammeba 21 Zacharitsa. Metro Fix. Until 16/09

Invisible cities Kalfayan Galleries 11 Haritos St. Kolonaki. Until 18/09

39th book festival The 39th Book Festival is a very important institution for the cultural life of the city of Athens. This year’s Book Festival is dedicated to the “Role of the Local Government in contemporary society and civilization”. Admission Free- Monday-Thursday: 18:00-22:3 Friday & Saturday: 18:00-23:30 Sunday: 11:00-22:30 Place: Zappeio Address: National Garden (Syntagma) until 19/09

A Journey to Cavafy’s Alexandria Anna Boghiguian’s watercolours act as guides, to re-read Cavafy’s poems and travel

to the magical landscape of Alexandria. Museum of Islamic Art 2 Ag. Asomaton & 12 Dipilou. Monastiraki. €5 Until 19/09

Traditional Greek Dance Festival Every summer, Greek dancers perform at the renowned Dora Stratou Theatre to the backdrop of the Athenian Acropolis on Philopappou Hill. The dancers wear traditional costume and perform songs and dances which have been in existence for 2500 years. Dora Stratou was a Greek folk enthusiast who dedicated her life to researching, recording and preserving her country’s indigenous folk culture. With this in mind she founded a theatre, now known as the Dora Stratou Theatre, more than 35 years ago. The famous Greek painter Spyros Vassiliou helped her design it and since its launch the resident dance troupes have toured over 22 countries. Address: Amalias 26, Athens – Admission: 15 euroSat 9:30pm, Sun 8:15pm

Events in the city

Friday

10 September

“En techno” hosting  a dance marathon. This hipster multispace  bar will include Dj sets live performances and a bazaar featuring electrical equipment and clothes. Dance till you drop: is the motto.

Admission: 20 euro Place: 6 D.O.G.S. Address: 6-8 Avramiotou St. (Monastiraki)

Saturday

11 September

“Friendship through Art can change the world” International Art exibition of painting, drawing sculpturem installations ,photography, video and applications, with parallel events. Today :

– A respective resolution for the reunification of the Parthenon’s Marbles, signed by all partecipant artists, will be handed over to the Minister of culture

-Choir “Association Ideotechnon”/ Irene Photinaki and vocals from Giouli Tsangaraki

-Contemporary dance evening with choreographers and dance teachers Sonia Dumitrescu and Niki Louladaki

Free Admission Place: Technopolis (Gazi) Address: 100 Pireos St. 08:00 p.m.

Sunday

12 September

“Friendship through Art can change the world” International Art exibition of painting, drawing sculpturem installations ,photography, video and applications, with parallel events. Today :

– Children painting workshop with maria Aristova, Silvia Casilli and Kiki Bardani

-Children’s Theatre by the group theatre “Sweet  smiles”/ Giouli Tsangaraki

Free Admission Place: Technopolis (Gazi) Address: 100 Pireos St. 10:00 p.m.

Monday

13 September

“The Ark Festival. In music we trust” It’s probably the first time. So many Greek artists in one weekend likely, in our opinion, to start with the best of the new season. Today:“Rous” and “The Voyage Limpid Sound”                                    Admission: 20 euro Place: Technopolis (Gazi) Address: 100 Pireos St. 05:30 p.m.
Tuesday

14 September

“The Ark Festival. In music we trust” It’s probably the first time. So many Greek artists in one weekend likely, in our opinion, to start with the best of the new season. Today: “Maraveyas Ilegal” and “The Burger Project”

Admission: 20 euro euro Place: Technopolis (Gazi) Address: 100 Pireos St. 05:30 p.m.

Wednesday

15 September

“Friendship through Art can change the world” International Art exibition of painting, drawing sculpturem installations ,photography, video and applications, with parallel events. Today :

– Conference on “Friendship through Art can change the Worls”.

– Report and announcement of the official invitation of CA4S –athensart to Russia, for 2011 and china for 2012.

Free Admission Place: Technopolis (Gazi) Address: 100 Pireos St. 10:00 p.m.

Thursday

16 September

“The History of Unesco through its posters” The City of Athens and the Cultural Organization in collaboration with the Unesco Association for the Culture of Peace, present the exhibition “The History of Unesco through its posters”, in a complete form for the first time in Greece. The exhibition was first realized by Unesco in 2005 in Paris, in the framework for the 60th celebration of the International Organization.

Free Admission Place: City of Athens Cultural Centre, “Kontoglou” Hall Address: 50 Academias st

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