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    ATHENS - CAPITAL OF GREECE

    by LoriPori Updated Jun 26, 2007

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    The Parthenon Theatre of Herodes Atticus The Maidens - Cryatids Temple of Olympian Zeus Parliament Building
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    Statues and Memorials - Melina Mecouri

    by littlesam1 Updated Jun 22, 2007

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    Favorite thing: One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to find memorials and statues in the cities I visit. I found this bust of Melina Mecouri near Omonia Square. I have always been fascinated with Melina Mecouri and always admired. I remember seeing her on televison when her citizenship was revoked in the late 60's saying "I was born Greek and I will die Greek". She was a very dynamic lady. She returned to Greece years later and became a member of Parliment and later served as the Minister of Culture. She was an outspoken advocate for the return of the Greek ruins housed at the British Museum. Outspoken and brave I have admired her for years. It was a great joy to find this memorial to her.

    Melina Mecouri

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    ATHENS

    by STRATOS79 Updated May 18, 2007

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    Favorite thing:
    ATHENS capital of Greece

    Population About 5 million

    State Republic

    Currency Euro

    Local time +2 GMT

    Electric 220 V

    Telephone
    - Country code +30

    - Local code +210

    - Police 100

    Tourist police 171

    Emergency number(for hospitals) 166

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    On your way to Sounio

    by STRATOS79 Updated May 1, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Leaving Varkiza on your way to Sounio someone can find crowded beaches (anavissos-lagonisi) small,big private beaches,little gulfs depending on his needs.One of them is Agia Marina(KOROPI) is a beach after Varkiza (someone can see it after getting out from Karamanli tunnel)a great gulf with clean and quite shallow waters

    Agia Marina beach
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    VOULA BEACH

    by STRATOS79 Written May 1, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Voula is separated in 2 beaches:Voula beach A is a beach more for young people, with many beach umbrellas,waterslides,cafeterias and many beach sports
    Voula beach B is the second organized beach in Voula with beach bar and umbrellas but not as crowded as the first one

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    VOULIAGMENI BEACH

    by STRATOS79 Updated May 1, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Located 23 km south of Athens,Asteras Vouliagmenis beach is one of the most famous (because of it’s 5star hotel)and crowded beach with beautiful clean water,sand and beach bars.Akti Vouliagmenis is in the opposite side with cafeterias,restaurant and volley courts

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    Athens Elefttherios Venizelos Airport

    by xuessium Written Apr 29, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Long queues at arrival. Horrid wait. 5 counters working and yet it seemed like eternity.

    Had to drop by Athens Airport a 2nd time on my way home and there was a strike by the airport staff!! Everything comes to a painful crawl!

    Imagine the chaos and long queues at customs and security check. It feels like the entire Greece is fleeing Greece. People pushing and jumping queues. Horrid.

    Trolleys inside the airport is not free. 2 Euros per use I think.

    Numerous checking-in counters though and the only airport I know so far with its own archaeological museum.

    Has a MacDonald with a great view of the landing strip from the 2nd floor. Plenty of eateries, souvenir shops and convenient stores but with the choking smell of cigarette smoke forever lingering in the air.

    Fondest memory: The in-house archaeological museum no doubt! Wait for your plane and gain a little knowledge at the same time!

    For website, click on ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    AthensAirport
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    Few words in Greek part 2

    by ealgisi Written Apr 20, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Greek people will really appreciate if you try to speak a few words in Greek while talking to them, you will see their faces smiling, for this reason below you will find few of the main words you "have" to know when traveling in Greece:

    Salad = Salata
    Potatoes = Patates
    Wine = Kras-si
    Beer = Birra
    Greek coffee = Elliniko
    No sugar = Sketo
    A little sugar = Metrio
    Sweet = Gleeko
    Juice = Xhimo
    Orange = Portokali
    Fruit = Froota
    Cheese = Tiree
    Bread = Pso-mee
    Hotel = Ksenodohxio
    Rooms for rent = Dohmatia
    Airport = Airodromio
    Port = Limani
    Car = Afto-kinito
    Mobile (phone) = kinito
    Petrol = Benzeeni
    1 = Enna
    2 = Dio
    3 = Tria
    4 = Tessera
    5 = Penday
    6 = Exi
    7 = Efta
    8 = Ohxto
    9 = Ennaya
    10 = Deka
    11 = Endeka
    12 = Dodeka
    13 = Deka-tria
    14 = Deka-tessera
    15 = Deka-penday
    16 = Deka-exi
    17 = Deka-efta
    18 = Deka-ohxto
    19 = Deka-ennaya
    20 = Ekosi
    30 = Trianda
    40 = Saranda
    50 = Peninda
    60 = Exinda
    70 = Evdominda
    80 = Ohxdonda
    90 = Eneninda
    100 = Ekato

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    Few words in Greek

    by ealgisi Written Apr 20, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Greek people will really appreciate if you try to speak a few words in Greek while talking to them, you will see their faces smiling, for this reason below you will find few of the main words you "have" to know when traveling in Greece:

    Odos = Street
    Anikto = Open
    Kleisto = Closed
    Eisodos = Entrance
    Exodos = Exit
    Signomi = Excuse me
    Efharisto = Thank you
    (if you are several people - being served in a restaurant or cafe:
    We thank you (is better) = Efharistoomay
    Good morning = Kalimera
    Good afternoon, Good evening = Kalispera
    Good night = Kalinihxta
    See you / Hello / Hi = Yassas
    How much is this? = Posso Kanay Afto?
    How far is it? = Posso makria eenay?
    Excuse me, where is....... = Signomi, poo eenay.......?
    Do you have a toilet? = Eheeyete Too-aletta?
    One room for (five) nights. = Enna domatio ya (penday) vradia
    Can we see a menu? = Boroomay na doomay enna menoo
    Can we pay the bill? = Boroomay na plirosoomay?
    Do you speak..... = Milatay......?
    English = Ag-glika ?
    German = Yermanika ?
    French = Gallika ?
    Spanish = Hispanika ?
    Japanese = Yaponayzika ?
    Sorry, I don't speak Greek. = Signomi, then milow ellenica
    This one = Afto
    That one = Ekino
    Bigger = Mega-littero
    Smaller = Mikro-tero
    Too expensive = Polee akrivo
    ...for me = Ya menna
    That's fine = Andaxi
    OK = Andaxi
    How are you = Ti-kanis
    Well / good = Kala
    It's good (food, anything) = Oraya
    No.....thank you = Ohxi.......efharisto
    Yes = Nay
    Please (not used a lot!) = Parakalo
    Water = Nerroh
    Fish = Psari
    Chicken = Kotopooloh
    Lamb = Arr-nee

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    Entry Tickets

    by mohadig Written Apr 2, 2007

    Favorite thing: Especially for the student, it was so beneficial since student who brings the student card or any proves that s/he still is a student in EU country can gain with free entry ticket especially in the museum, Acropolis, Olympia Zeus. That is 100% free, no additional charge inside the places. But this case does not work with any transportation ticket even no cheaper transportation ticket, at least at my visit.

    Fondest memory: The people are really kind and helpful, though not many can speak English. However, they will still help you, in any way. I remember when my friend, we wer2 4 there, asked a woman about the location of ticket cashier. She even gave us for free 4 ticket because it was already night, no any cashier is open.

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  • Neighborhood Tip 4: Kolonaki

    by WillAntoniou Written Nov 20, 2006

    Favorite thing: Kolonaki is a a really great neighborhood for coffee and shopping, but both are specifically expensive in this neighborhood.

    A few places are like are "Ta 3 Gourounakia," and "Nubus." They are open at night as bars, but during the day they're great for coffee.. Nice to have a break between shopping lol.

    Fondest memory: Sitting for hours and hours with coffee and Tavli. (Backgammon)

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  • Neighborhood Tip 3: Gazi

    by WillAntoniou Written Nov 20, 2006

    Favorite thing: Gazi is probably my favorite neighborhood for fun in Athens. Recently it has become more of a gay and lesbian area, but there are still a lot of other great clubs. It's nice because it's not as crowded as Psyrri is and I think the clubs are generally nicer.

    Check it out, you will definitely find something you like. There aren't so many like big dance clubs, but nice chill lounges for good music and nice music.

    Fondest memory: Rooftop clubs with big video screens and good music.

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  • Neighborhood Tip 2: Psyri

    by WillAntoniou Written Nov 18, 2006

    Favorite thing: Psyri is basically a small neighborhood which is all clubs and bars and lounges. If you are looking for a good nightlife experience, check it out. If you are New Yorker, it's sort of like the Meatpacking District, but cheaper lol. There are so many clubs. Look at my nightlife tips to read about them more specifically.

    Psyri is next to Monastiraki, so you will be in the center of Athens essentially. Check it out.

    Fondest memory: All of the beautiful people, both men and women. Good music and good drinks.

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  • Neighborhood Tip 1: Pagrati

    by WillAntoniou Written Nov 18, 2006

    Favorite thing: Pagrati isn't really much of a tourist attraction. It's more of a residential area. However, it has some fantastic cafes, like Aerostato and El Nil. It's very close to the center of Athens, without the crowds. So, I would suggest maybe going. It would give you a real of feel of Athen's Life, rather than just the typical things tourists are setup to see.

    It's a quiet, nice neighborhood with Greek, Thais, Egyptians, and Philipinos living together. Check it out.

    Fondest memory: Pagrati is the neighborhood in which I live, so, I guess I love everything about it. Come visit me!

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  • Milko

    by WillAntoniou Written Nov 17, 2006

    Favorite thing: I am a fan of chocolate milk. And here in Greece there is a chocolate milk called "Milko." Now I have tasted a lot of chocolate milk in my life, but Milko is by far the best. Try it! It's at almost every Kiosk or store.

    yummmmmy
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