Varkiza belongs to the Municipallity of Vari situated in northern Attica.It lies approxiamately 2kms south of Vari and about 22kms south of Athens. It is a beautiful suburb of Athens with a sandy beach called yabanaki which has tennis court,restaurant,coffee shop,shower,water ski.
The Treaty of Varkiza was signed in 1945 to end the Greek Civil War.
Athens, the capital of Greece and home to the shrine of Democracy... I had heard contradicting opinions about it so I was not sure I was interested in visting it: some said chaotic, others polluted, other again unattractive... and most of all, they all agreed that in July the temperatures were unbearably hot. So when we decided we'd take a cruise - we had also decided that our 17-months baby would never set foot in the city.
Fondest memory: Athens 2011. the shrine of democracy is falling: everyone is protesting and stiking, especially taxi drivers. Arriving to the Pireus I had envisaged to give the city a miss and head to Voulagniemi lake... well, with the ongoing taxi strike there wasn o other choice than to use the efficient public transportation system and head to... the Acropolis, of course!!!
In Athens you will see lot´s of stray dogs wandering the streets.
Of course it´s never nice to see dogs with no home, but at least the dogs in Athens seems to be better fed and more healthy than in other citires around the world.
Many of the students in Athens feed the dogs and therefor they often hang out around polytechnic school where you have lot´s of students.
They also have a habit of following the local greeks when they demonstrate and they also like to tag along tourist groups walking through Athens as they know that a crowd usually means a few food leftovers.
You do not need to worry about the stray dosg in terms of safety.
I have never seen any of them being agressive to tourists and they are generally big calm guys living a lazy life.
On a funny note, one of the stray dogs of athens ended up with a facebook fan group a few years ago with several thousand members following the life of an Athens stray dog.
Take a stroll in Plaka and get to the beautiful narrow alleys under the Acropolis.
You will come across beautiful classical buildings with flowery gardens.
I recently went up the hill and the smell of jasmine was all over in the air.
It was such an enjoyable walk!
Favorite thing: On the road from Athens to Sounio after Saronida , there is an amazing well-organized beach called Mavro Lithari.The two beach bars provide for 6 euros sunbeds and umbrellas (price for 2 sunbeds and umbrella) to the beachgoers. The beach bar offers drinks and coffees, locker room and toilets. For those they don't like to pay the rest of the beach is free.
Situated at the 33 km of the avenue leading from Athens to Sounio.
You may choose between the beach bar Mojito Bay, where the beach is sandy but you will pay for two sunbeds and an umbrella 10 euros as well as you will have to listen to the music coming from the beach bar or go the left where the beach is quiet (no music) . In that case you won't have sunbeds.
Greece is a lovely country, unfortunately corruption by government officials, civil servants and ordinary people from different nationality has ruined our country. Today our government is trying to rectify the situation but it seems it will take very long to do just that. Corruption is very deep rooted and still strongly active with no sight to eliminate this virus. Yes we have a very bad economic crisis and it is effecting us all. Now is your best chance to enjoy a cheap holiday from hotel accommodation to food, having said that some restaurants in some Islands haven't lowered their prices but if you search around the area where your hotel is located I am sure you will find cheap taverns and family restaurants. As for Athens and for safety reasons do not approach Omonia Square and the surrounding areas, better to stay in Syndagma Square. This is a safety advice for travelers wishing to visit Athens and specially Omonia Square.
Wish you a nice holiday
Athens is a city that embraces contemporary design and architecture, bussing bars and design-driven hotels, while the classics never go out of style.
Athens offers high quality of life, embracing contemporary design, art and architecture, friendly people, buzzing nightlife and good food. The best thing about living and working in Athens is that you can easily escape from it to beautiful seaside landscapes or snow-covered mountains, the nearest Greek island being only a 40-minute boat-trip away. Despite problems such as traffic, parking, relatively high prices and lack of parks, overall it is a rewarding place to live and work.
It is a fact that Athenians work hard and long hours, yet coffees and meals of shared (mezze) sometimes go on forever. During the weekends, lunch can easily slide into supper.
Fondest memory: The visit to the Acropolis citadel, and the visit to the New Athens museum are my best memories. It worths every single penny. After a sweaty hike up marble steps smoothed by centuries of sightseers, the first monument to see in the Acropolis citadel is Propylaea, Greek word for entrance. Walking through Propylaea one is faced by the Nikis Temple, Erechtheio and the Parthenon. Huddled below the Acropolis are the Dionyssus and Herodion theatres, the ancient Agora and the tiled neo-classical roofs of 19th century Plaka. Beyond, modern Athens stretches as far as the sea and the mountains surrounding it.
I remember when I walked up the Acropolis and visited all the Ancient sights how proud I felt for beeing born Greek!
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Greece:
Forest fire: 191
Coast guard emergency intervention: 108
Counter- narcotics immediate intervention: 109
A tourist can go to swim in Varkiza. Beautiful , organized beach with restaurants, cafe near the seaside.
Water sporst are also possible.
Tickets: Monday-Friday 6 euros with bed and umbrella
Saturday-Sunday-holidays: 7 euros
Children up to 6 years: free
Apartments for all day stay: 60 euros for workings days and 80 euros for weekends
A true Greek obsession,
frappe coffee is the highest selling cold drink of
the summer. Definitely not as sophisticated as
cappuccino or espresso, it’s made of Nescafe’s
instant coffee, water and ice. Shaken, not
stirred. Sugar and milk are optional.
You can order it in any café, or even
buy it in DIY packages in kiosks. Keep
in mind the frothy drink is not for the
faint-hearted: Its flavour is intense and
may prove heavy on the stomach, so you
might consider accompanying it with a
light snack from the menu. When ordering
one, you should say if you want it sweet
(glikos), medium (metrios) or without sugar
(horis zahari) and also if you want it with milk
(me gala), or black (sketos).
Then sit back, drink it slowly over the next couple of hours and do some people-watching. Every café in Athens makes a decent frappe, but the best people watching can be done in Kolonaki, Thisio and around Syntagma square.
This is your place if you’re lnto live music. They sell tickets for almost every concert, from typical live venues till big arenas like the rockwave festival in summer. It’s in the center (near Panepistimio metro station) so you can pass by and see what’s going on around the days you’ll be in Athens.
You can also check for upcoming concerts at www.ticketpro.gr but they charge a small fee if you buy they ticket this way. They are open daily (except Sunday) 10:30-18:30 (Saturday till 16:00)
Address:Panepistimiou 42(turn right into the small alley. Tel.:3608366
We stopped at Athens from a cruise ship - which meant we docked at Piraeus and got a taxi into Athens itself (which is about 40 minutes).
We were unfortunate enough to get a dodge taxi driver who took us the long way around the side streets and charged us 40 Euros (it only cost 20 Euros to come back). He then refused to take us to the Plaka (the main shopping area) and instead took us to his family's jewellery store and refused to tell us where the shopping area was!
We nearly gave us on Athens at that point, but some kind person pointed us in the right direct and we walked the 20 minutes to the Plaka area that we had asked to be taken to in the first place!
The Plaka was a nicely set out shopping area in some places, and in others it was more difficult to find your way around. Athens was not as expensive as some places in Europe, but I didn't see anything really unusual to purchase.
It is also kind of difficult to get a taxi. They don't stop if you try to flag them down and it is not that easy to find a taxi rank. Luckily for us, we found one of the cruise ships 'recommended stores' who called us a taxi to take us back to the ship.
More accessable for disabled than other places in Europe.
You find a Kiosk a.k.a. Periptero just about everywhere you are in central Athens. They are a godsend because they cold drinks, newspapers, magazines, snack and other small items. Very convenient when you're walking under the hot sun and get very thirsty. No need to go into a fancy cafe or supermarket to get some much needed water.
Just open the fridge door and pick what you need and pay the person behind the counter. Don't expect him to get something for you. The prices are slightly more than in the supermarket but a lot less than in a cafe.
ATHENS - Capital of Greece - Cradle of Democracy - Birthplace of Western Civilization! Whatever you want to call it.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Hans and I were here on a number of occasions during this vacation, but this is the day we planned to go to the Acropolis.
I am glad we waited until the end of our vacation, as the first week we were here, it rained just about every day.
We picked a warm, sunny day - perfect for exploring and walking up hills and steps, which there is plenty of at the Acropolis. Would it be the same as I remembered. It seemed small to me then and when you're young you don't appreciate what you're seeing anyway. This time I can share this experience with Hans. It truly is a magical place. We just sat there on a bench and looked at the Parthenon in awe as many others were doing.
Athens took its name from Athena, the goddess of wisdom and knowledge. A vibrant city where old and new co-exist. Athens is home to numerous architectural marvels, like Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, Temple of Hephaistes, Theatre of Herodes Atticus, Parliament Buildings, numerous museums and crowned by the majestic Parthenon.
Come along with Hans and I to experience not only the Acropolis but many other wonders that Athens has to offer.
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