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    The Temple of Artemis & the Museum of Vravrona

    by greekcypriot Written Sep 13, 2014

    THE MUSEUM

    The museum is small and interesting and it houses exhibits from the area of Vravrona, Anavyssos, Perati and other areas of Attica.

    THE TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS
    In the courtyard of the museum there is a Temple dedicated to the goddess of Artemis.
    It was among the most important sacred sites in the ancient times and ancient Vravrona was one of the 12 towns of Attica that was united to Athens by Theseus.

    How to Get There:
    Vravrona is near the larger town of Markopoulo on the shore of Vravrona Bay.
    This bay happens to be a popular spot for kite surfing as well.

    ENTRANCE FEE: Normal ticket for adults €3.00, for over 60 it is €2.00.

    The Museum of Vravrona The Temple of Artemis Exhibits Exhibits Exhibits
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    Open Air Cinema

    by EviP Updated Aug 14, 2013

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    This is not only an extraordinary greek summer-in-the-city experience, but also a classic, all-time ctiy habit that goes on from generation to generation.

    Open-air cinema have a nostalgic atmosphere, bringing the new, modern, metropolitan era close to its semi-urban past.

    Large screens on yards, terraces, gardens all over Athens, surrounded by plants jasmines and nightflowers, comfortable chairs and tables spread for people to enjoy drinks and snacks while watching, cool night summer breeze....

    All films come with greek subtitles and keep original voice/sound, so as long as you can speak/listen to english, you will have no problem watching most of them

    tickets: €5-8 per person, depending on the day

    Most interesting dowtown open-air cinemas :
    1) Cine Thissio - Apostolou Pavlou 7, Thisio Tel: 210 3420864 http://cine-thisio.gr/
    view to the Parthenon

    2) Cine Paris - Kidathinaion 22, Plaka, Tel: 210 3222071 http://www.cineparis.gr/cine_uk.php - Athens; favourite terrace and wonderful movie poster collection

    3) Dexameni, Dexameni Square, Kolonaki Tel: 210-3602363-210-3623942
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cine-Dexameni/127237247287870 -among the trees

    4) Cine Psyrri Sarri 40-44, Psyrri, Athens 210 3247234 - plenty of seats and large bar for all!

    5) Cine Riviera, Baltetsiou 46, Exarhia, Tel: 210 3837716 screen covered with jasmines, what a smell!

    Riviera, open-air cinema Athens Cine Thisio, open-air cinema, Athens
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    Old stuff...

    by littlebush Updated Sep 8, 2012

    -Acropolis (Parthenon, the porch of the Caryatids, the museum, the theatre of Dionysos, and the theatre of Herodes Atticus) - old pretty spectacular ruins, great views.

    -Ancient Agora-ruins

    -flea market-didnt think much of this at all, mainly people junk but i guess thats what a flea market is

    -temple of zeus - aload of old ruins - i didnt pay to go in, just took pictures through the fence

    -Panathenaic stadium-3 euro to get in, or just view it from the street, quite impressive ancient stadium refurb'd for the 1896 1st modern olympics and refurbed again to view now

    -national gardens-pleasant gardens to walk around and avoid the city noise

    -hadriens arch-right by temple of zeus - still in good condition, quite strange how it sits next to the busy modern road

    -Filopappou hill-just south west of the Acropolis-worth the short walk up for great views of the city and acropolis and out to the aegean sea.

    -Lykavittos hill-very strenuous walk in the heat but the rewards are great with 360 views of teh whole city and the acropolis. worth teh effort.

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    The Authentic Greek Coffee

    by greekcypriot Written Aug 6, 2011

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    Before leaving back for your country, ask for the Authentic Greek coffee which is cooked not on plain fire but on hot burning sand.
    In Greek we call it -hovoli.
    The coffee will be ready rather slowly thus keeping all the aroma.
    (See my photos).

    The authentic Greek coffee prepared on hot sand. The original Greek Coffee prepared on burning sand
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    Athens Walking Tour

    by rstary Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The best way to see Athens and understand it is to have a private walking tour. For this purpose we hired Athens Walking Tours. They have guides that are licensed in English and German. You definitely want Despina (the owner). She does an excellent job.

    You will see the Acropolis as part of this tour. You will also see the changing of the Evzones Guards as well. Given these are two things you will want to do anyway the tour is the perfect way to do them.

    Despina in Action
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    other churches in the city center

    by mindcrime Updated Feb 26, 2011

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    Although Athens is an expensive city visiting churches is for free and you will be surprised of how many churches you’ll see around. The majority of them are Byzantine Orthodox churches, usually with a red tile dome. There used to be about 150 churches from a long period covered the early Christian years to the post-byzantine period but you can only see the ruins of them or in some other cases the new ones that replaced them. There are also many new ones and it makes you wonder what’s the point of having so many churches…

    If you walk at the commercial Ermou you will see the famous Kapnikarea church (pic 1), a tiny church with a great Byzantine mosaic. The church was built in the 11th century and its dedicated to the presentation of Virgin Mary (known as Isodia Tis Theotoku in greek, the celebration is on 21st of November). There used to be an ancient temple at the same location probably dedicated to the goddess Athena..

    One block away (at Evaggelistrias street) you can see another small church, it’s called Evaggelistria church(pic 2) but I never managed to find any information about it.

    At Monastiraki square you can see a church from the 15th century in the middle of the square (pic 3) but also at one corner of the square one ottoman mosque(pic 4) that was built in 1759 and now houses a ceramic collection (the first years it housed a folk museum). For the marblepaster of the walls they had to explode the 17th column from Temple of Zeus!

    The square is interesting anyway with all these small multicolor stones and marbles and dont miss the ruins inside the metro/subway station (the date back from 8th to 19th century). What's more there is a small part that you can take a look(and hear!!) the ancient river Iridanos that crosses the area of Monastiraki under the district!

    With Monastiraki square on your back if you walk along Athinas street you will see at your right hand a tiny cute church that probably dates from the 11th century too(pic 5). Some people refer to it as the little church that the area took its name (Monastiraki means small monasteri in greek)

    In Kolonaki District (at Skoufa street) is the church Saint Dionysus Aeropagus where many famous people like to get married.

    Kapnikarea church Evaggelistria church church at Monastiraki square old mosque at Monastiraki square Mikro Monastiraki
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    Byzantinian Art Centrum

    by penny_g Written Nov 26, 2010

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    For one period of its history, Greece was called Byzantinian Empire. During that time the Christianity became official and meanwhile, there was the schysma, dividing Catholic from Orthodox Christianity.

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    National Bank of Greece S.A.

    by penny_g Written Nov 26, 2010

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    National Bank of Greece S.A. is the oldest and largest commercial bank in Greece. It owns subsidiaries in over 18 countries, including Bulgaria, Cyprus, Egypt, Republic of Macedonia, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Switzerland, and Turkey. Founded in 1841 as a commercial bank, NBG enjoyed the right to issue banknotes until the establishment of the Bank of Greece in 1928.

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    Athens For Real - Cultural Tour

    by gus_steven Written Oct 28, 2010

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    When I first found out about this tour, I was skeptical joining it because of the extremely low price. I thought: Only 10 euros for attending 3 cultural events? Where is the catch?? But there was no catch. It was just excellent value for money. 'Athens For Real' is a tour company based in Greece, offering guided cultural tours of modern Athens. The tours comprise of 3 different cultural events every evening including music concerts, performances, projections, art exhibitions and Greek weddings. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful and after the first time I decided to join the tour the following 2 evenings. Highlight of the tour: the Greek wedding!

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    Yummy Street Food

    by AusPinay Written Aug 9, 2010

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    When it comes to food, Athens has street food which is yummy and easy to appreciate especially if you got sweet tooth.

    We found lots of different kind of Greek pastry products, breads, and other sweets. There are also fresh fruits just by the roads going to the ruins! They are of good quality and are reasonably priced too!

    yummy Greek bread of all kinds hard to choose! fresh strawberries glisten in the sun
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    If you want to go for shopping...

    by eleonoraniaga Written Jul 20, 2009

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    Here in Athens,women have a "thing" for fashion!! The result is: alot of shopping districts with many many shops... small ones and big ones!!The bad thing is, if you are a man, you are a bit neglected! Whereas women, don't know what to choose!
    So there are 3 major hot-spots where women can shop and that is: Ermou, Glifada and Kifisia! There are other places too, of cource but these are the most wellknown and they have everything! At these places, you can have a nice walk and have a look on what we, Greek-women, wear! And the most important, Ermou is exactly in the center of Athens, next to the sintagma square. Glifada, on the other hand, is bye tha beach, and is only one bus away from the center and kifisia is a bit further away from Athens, but is a lovely place to go and drink your coffee and you can take the train to go there!
    Last but not least, there are also alot of malls which you can reach by public transport, with many shops inside: "The Mall", "The Golden Hall", "The Athens Heart", "The Factory Outlet", "Attica" and others!

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    Organized tours for short 2-day stay in Athens

    by jumpingnorman Written Jan 28, 2009

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    If scrapped for time, I think you can cram in some bus tours that can be bought either on-line (through Expedia) or when you arrive in Athens. These tours are "organized" and will also still leave you with enough time to explore Athens on your own, on foot...But it is nicer to buy these trips beforehand, print your vouchers, so that you can be assured of doing something:

    #1 About US$50 HALF-DAY to see Cape Sounion, I liked the Temple of Poseidon which looks like it came from a Mythology movie from the 1960's where you see one eyed cyclops and monsters coming out of the sea:
    Breathtaking views of the Saronic Gulf compliment the Greek coastline and offer a romantic backdrop to your coastal drive to Cape Sounion. Here you can explore the awe-inspiring Temple of Poseidon and capture picture-perfect moments overlooking the expanse of the Aegean Sea

    #2About US$110 FULL DAY to go to see the famous place of the Oracle DELPHI --- I enjoyed this bus ride because it shows you the mountainsides, great views, olive trees...
    Explore the ancient ruins of Delphi among the rocks and crags on Mount Parnassus. Visit the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian Treasury, and the Castalia Springs, and learn how the city's ruins were once considered the center of the earth.

    Cape Sounion, Greece
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    Basic museums in Athens

    by drvanessa Written Aug 28, 2008

    You definitely have to visit the NAtional Archaelogical Museum on Patission str, centrally located, to admire among other ERMES by Praxitelis.
    Don't you also miss the Cycladic Museum on Vassilisis Sofias, with its' wide permament selection of Cycladicic monuments.It's unique! MPENAKI museum will also enrich your knowledge of ancient Greek culture.
    If you have the time you should also visit SOUNIO, a little bit further Athens, but within ATTICA region, to admire the Posseidon temple and its unique sunset.

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    Ancient Ruins

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jul 11, 2008

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    You may watch my high resolution photo of Athens on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates or 37º 58' 15.77" N 23º 43' 59.81" E on my Google Earth Panoramio Ruins .

    You may watch my 3 min 10 sec VIDEO-clip Greece Athens Part II with popular Greek music.

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    Public Sightseeing bus nr 400

    by mvtouring Written Jul 3, 2008

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    I learned about this bus services only when I bought a map of Athens and it was mentioned in there. The cost is 5 euro and you can use it for 24 hours, on the busses, trams, metro and this unique b bus. It has a number of stops, starting at Archaelogical Museum, tehn Omonoia, Psyrri, Kerameikos, Thiseio, Monastriraki, Varvakos Market, Klafthmonos square, Syntagma, Mpenaki Museum, National Gallery, Ampelokipos, Panathenaian Stadium, Plaka, Akropoli, Olympic Zeus Temple, Greek Parliament, University and other stop at Omonoia. The commentary tells you upfront what is to be seen at the next stop and if you can get of there for any metro stations. Great and cheap way to really see this lovely city and all it has to offer.

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