I was reading your suggestions about dangerous zones in Athens made by Mr. Janbeeu.
I was surprised when I red that that the danger people in National garden are some illegal Albanian.
You should be shammed for you self if you are real Greek. You should know (if you are real Greek) that mostly of Albanian people are hard worker and they have no time to walk around and to watch for other people wallet. You should know (if you are real Greek) that your Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said a grate thank to Albanian people who worked hard to finish most of projects for last Greek Olympiad. You should know (if you are really Greek) that Albanian people were some of the bravest leaders of Greek Revolution of 1823.
If you are a well educated Greek (not a member of old fashioned silogs, who blames for their *** wife, Albanian emigrant) you should be shamed by your self that you can punish a group of people base on their nationality (even they are illegal, again this is not their fault .)
You are lucky that you are not living in a really democratic country such as Canada, USA or European Country, where you would be sued for racism.
If you are really well educated Greek, you should erase the explanations that you have written about illegal Albanian.
With not respect for you but for lot of respect for real Greek people
My first time on the metro I was confused as to how it worked. In California, if there is an area which you are not supposed to pass with a ticket there is a gaurd rail or some system of some kind to prevent you from entering the area unless you can prove you paid. In most parts of the metro this is not the case. You could get lost looking for a ticket counter or someone to ask questions, end up near a platform and land a hefty fine from the police who roam the area. This happened to me. I witnessed several other tourists get stopped in the same state of confusion as I was when the officer told me I had an approximately 100$ fine to pay for not having a ticket. I explained to him that I got lost and didn't understand the system, this mattered little to him. I was unbelieveably heated by this situation. There is no warning. So be sure you have a ticket before you go down any escalator or stairs or anything, as often the boarding area is just down the stairs or escalator.
Just be aware that the heat can be intense during the day on the acropolis. Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. It's really, really hot! I think I heard somewhere that the Chernybal Nuclear accident burned a hole in the ozone directly above Athens, causing it to be very very hot. Correct me if I'm wrong however
Well, if you dont like the pidgeons, like me. Stay away from some areas where they are in Athens. I have seen many of them outside the Parliament. People feed them and they gather many together around you. That is my meaning very distgusting. Please, stop feeding the birds!!!! First of all it is distgusting and not good for the architekture when they *** so much.
Watch out for "friendly" locals at Piraeus harbour offering to show you where your ferry is docked. They're hard to get rid of and expect money when you get to your boat. Stand your ground and refuse even if they become abusive!
Pickpocketing, purse snatching, luggage theft, muggings and other crimes against foreign visitors are on the rise. Remain vigilant and ensure personal belongings, passports and all other travel documents are secure at all times. Do not show signs of affluence. Do not walk in the Athens district of Monastiraki or Omonia or around the two railway stations of Larissa and Peloponissos after dark. Avoid secluded areas. parks and down-market bars and restaurants especially after dark. The tourist police number is 171. The emergency number for police, ambulance, fire and coast guard services is 112. This 24-hour service for visitors is available in English and French.
This information is courtesy of the Greek Travel Advisory I received from my travel agent
Parking is a nightmare for every driver so many cars and no place for parking. The only solution is double-park or paying for parking space it is estimated that more than 100000 cars enter the centre of Athens every day
If you are headed to the airport, make sure to buy the appropriate ticket, otherwise you can be fined up to 40 times the cost of the ticket. We made this mistake and had to pay a 20 euro fine. Buy an airport train ticket from the employee in the ticket booth.
Almost all Police in Greece are corrupt in one way or another. If you don't do anything illegal, than you have nothing to worry about. And of course that is true with police everywhere, but in Greece you can get a serious punishment for a very mionr crime.
A police officer can do almost anything he wants here. Even if he just doesn't like you because you're a tourist or something, he can find something wrong that you have done and book you. Just be careful.
Also, and this is a MUST, if you are a toursit, ALWAYS have your passport with you at ALL times. Even if you are going out to a club or to eat. Greek police can stop you and ask you for identification at any time and this is legal. They do this to Greeks often, and ask for their Greek ID. If you don't have your passport with you, yes of course it might be that nothing happens. But like I said, if the officer that stops you doesn't like you for some reason, or is having a bad day, he can give you a very severe punishment for this.
All I'm saying is that it has been well documented that more than 90% of Police in Greece are coirrupt. But, that said, if you be careful, don't do anything illegal, or if you do, make sure there is no way you can get caught. lol
This may be a small and silly point to make, but those who are extremely allergic to cats and dogs and the like might want to be careful around at the Acropolis and around the Plaka area because it's ladden with dogs and cats! For the rest of us, they are cute and are a nice presence, but just wanted to add a small footnote that yes, there are strays and non-strays (??) everywhere-- they're allowed to wander freely inside the ruins! Too bad for us who can't run up through the columns of the Parthenon on fours. :P
It seems in Greece that you are not really required to obey the lights and signs, but they are merely a suggestion few think they need to take. Scooters and autos speeding by you at speeds I think is not normal for a inner city...as if they were on the Autobahn.
While trying to walk from one side of the road where our hotel was to the other side, to the beach...seems dangerously hazardous to our health...took about 2O mintues.
Wow..I advise anyone, who is not familir with Athens and the traffic...take the metro or walk....
Warning for male tourists at bars or restaurants.
Scenario: A single make tourist is sitting by himself drinking. Some guys come up and bring girls and "buy " drinks and act very friendly. After some drinks and after that have created a very large bill they suddenly dissappear leaving the guy with the bill. I have spoken to a few people who this has happened to or almost happened to.
They are so big and so free…usually drowsing at the entrance of a shop or restaurant.
One my friend who noticed two big dogs jolly teasing each other near the sea, shared her dreams with me: “Ah, I’d like to be a dog in Greece”.
But I have not noticed small dogs, either they do not live here or Greeks are not so pitiful to the tramping poodles and shnaucers.
*** the new idea about lack of small dogs: they are killed and eaten by big dogs! So, dear people, be compassionnate, do not throw out small dogs to the streets...
Unfortunly Athens if full of rubbish.!
everywhere you go there you will see rubbish ,this makes a bad odour while you are walking in the back streets and narrow streets.
its in the main streets too.
I hope they get it out because they were speaking about how to get it out while I was there.
Well when we are going back to our home we were running to catch the last Metro to the airport and we forgot to buy tickets,then the policemen came and asked about the ticket and when we told them that we dont have we paid 10Euros as a penalty for not paying.
so be sure to buy before you take it.
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