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Athens, Greece

Culture

Time Difference. Don’t fret if someone shows up late for a date. “To enjoy Athens, you must follow the pace of life. Stay up late. Forget lunch at noon and dinner at 6 p.m.—you’ll miss all the action.”—Diane Shugart, author, Athens by Neighborhood.

Address Code. Greeks use the formal plural pronoun (sas) when addressing older people or strangers.

Talk to the Hand. Avoid raising an outstretched palm to a person; this is an offensive gesture known as the moutza.

Eating Etiquette. Greeks are not sticklers for table manners. At home and especially at tavernas, everyone at the table shares foods, with diners dipping bread into dishes to soak up olive oil or sauce.

Siesta Time. Many Greeks still take a midday siesta, so don’t phone friends or play loud music between 2-5 p.m.

Personal Space. Greeks are very tactile. Greeks greet people they know with a kiss on both cheeks and frequently make physical contact.

Smoke Signals. A nonsmoker’s nightmare. Despite smoking bans in stores, restaurants, public buildings, and banks, smokers puff away at will and bristle if asked to stop.

Landmarks

Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on an extremely rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.

Other sites are nearby – Partheleon

 

Plaka District

Shopping and food district

https://www.athensguide.com/plaka.html

 

Ermou Street

Shopping

Ermou Street, is a one and a half kilometer-long road in central Athens, Greece, connecting Kerameikos archaeological site with the Syntagma Square through Monastiraki, Psiri and Thiseio

 

National Archaeology Museum

Artifacts from Socrates  and Plato

The National Archaeological Museum in Athens houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity.

 

City of Delphi

Site of the Oracle of Apollo

The site of Delphi is located in upper central Greece, on multiple plateaux/terraces along the slope of Mount Parnassus, and includes the Sanctuary of Apollo, the site of the ancient Oracle.

 

Hydra Island

Boat ride away

Beautiful city. One of the prettiest towns in Greece. Seaside views. No cars just donkeys

 

Temple of Zeus

The Temple of Olympian Zeus, also known as the Olympieion or Columns of the Olympian Zeus, is a monument of Greece and a former colossal temple at the centre of the Greek capital Athens

 

Funicular (Cable Car) to Mount Lycabettus

Highest point in Athen. Great view! You also hike to the top.

 

Syntagma Square

Syntagma Square, is the central square of Athens. The Square is named after the Constitution that the first King of Greece Otto was obliged to grant, after a popular and military uprising on 3 September 1843.

 

Parliament Square to see the Evzone Guards

is the name of several historical elite light infantry and mountain units of the Greek Army. Today, it refers to the members of the Presidential Guard (Greek: Προεδρική Φρουρά; Proedrikí Frourá), an elite ceremonial unit that guards the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 

Athens Central Market

Fresh food and restaurant market

Address: Athinas, Athina 105 51, Greece

 

Monastiraki Square

Lots of restaurants and shopping. Street art

 

Kifissia Strret

Nightclubs

DYBBUK Nightclub
Stadiou 7, Athina 105 62, Greece

Why sleep? Hip hop club (went on Tuesday)

 

Galaxy Bar
Stadiou 10, Athina 105 64, Greece

Located on the 15th floor of the Hilton Athens

 

A for Athens (Best Rooftop Bar)
Miaouli 2, Athina 105 54, Greece

Great Eats

Gyros

Usually Chicken,  pork or lamb

Greek Yogurt drizzled in honey

Yogurt sometimes made with goat milk

 

Spanakopita

Greek Spinach Pie

 

Greek Coffee

Very rich and concentrated and strong

 

Kolokithokeftedes

Fried Zucchini Courgette Balls

 

Olive Oil (greece is famous for their olive oil)

Koulouri

(Breaded Pretzels covered with sesame seeds)

 

Souvlaki

Pita stuffed with veggies, meat, onions and french fries

 

Pide

Looks a bit like pizza

 

Giant Greek Donuts

Street food

 

God’s Restaurant *Must go* (Plaka District next to Acropolis Museum)

Try Saganaki (pan-fried cheese)

 

Greek sweets

 

Moussaka

Eggplant, tomato sauce, ground beef and potatoes (try at God’s restaurant) rave reviews

 

Baklava (dessert covered in syrup)

Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey.

 

Loukoumades

Fried donuts with honey and cinnamon on top

 

Dolmades

Stuffed greek leaves with rice, herbs with beef or pork, sometimes topped in cream sauce. Heard to taste really good despite wrapped in leaves

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