Athens Warnings and Dangers

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    Hollywood Bar, Athens
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  • 1. Areas to avoid

    Athens is way less dangerous than it gets credit for. It sells to talk s--- about the city lately, so oh well. You can be on tourist mode for as long as you want, it's just not a very good idea if...

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  • 2. People to avoid

    I was actually looking for a bar in Athens a couple of years ago when an old guy came up to me on the street and told me to check out the bar he was heading to, which just happened to be the Hollywood...

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  • 3. Taxis

    We'll at least they were pro's. I think we were picked up by a spotter leaving the Airport via the Metro. A gang of up to 10 or more individuals skillfully isolated us from our travelling companions...

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  • 4. Driving and walking

    Hello! I am an American English Teacher living and working and driving everyday in the traffic in Athens and have travelled all over Greece, the islands and Cyprus alone by car. My personal advise for...

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  • 5. Demonstrations

    ..and you are near Syndagma (in particular) you can expect to see lots of police. You may not (hopefully) see anything much else. Whilst I was visiting the farmers (so I was told) were...

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  • 6. Weather

    I think that 2007 probably was the worst summer for Greece. Extreme heat and forest fires plague the country while I was there (I'm not jinxed, ok). When walking in Athens, there were many times I...

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  • 7. Restaurants to avoid

    The Berlin Music Bar on Syngrou Boulevard is a hangout for scam artists. A well-dressed old guy (Yanni he called himself) intercepts you and starts talking, then accompanies you to this bar. You buy...

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  • 8. Traffic

    Athens is over run with motor scooters and many of them are driven by drivers who know one speed only - flat out! They will come up behind you in alleyways and in the very narrow sidestreets around...

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  • 9. Hotels to avoid

    I believe Cosmos hotel is one of the worst ones in Europe ;) Rooms are incredibly dirty, if you want to use hot water, you need to wait for 15 minutes with the tap on. Late at night my wife met a...

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  • 10. Earthquakes

    Unfortunately, strong earthquakes do happen in Greece, Athens couldn't be the exclusion... On 24/2/1981 the earthquake in Alkionides (in the Corinth Gulf, 77 km west of Athens) had a magnitude of 6.7...

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  • 11. Pollution

    Athens has air that is not quite up to breathing standards. Anyone with asthma or other respiratory problems should take care. The worst time for smog is in July and August when it is extremely...

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  • 12. nothing really to worry about

    HotelsIt’s better to book a hotel in advance and try to be in the city center, between Syntagma and Monastiraki if possible so to have the basic districts and...

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  • 13. Athens Safe As Most Cities

    Athens is as safe as any other city we have visited. We have been here a week and have seen no evidence of thieving or danger. On the contrary, the people here...

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  • 14. Beggars in Athens!

    You will often come across beggars in Athens.Some of them exercise this as a hobby because they are lazy to work.Of course they are not Greeks but all sorts of...

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  • 15. Last admittance!

    Please note entrance into the Acropolis is denied after 1500 hours during the winter months**!! Lots of people turn back disappointed; I guess no one expects a...

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  • 16. Dogs

    I'd read in my guide book about stray dogs being a potential problem, and how they can get together in packs. Apparently the solution is neutering them rather...

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  • 17. Metro pickpockets

    While the risk of being pick-pocketed in crowded places in any major city should be common knowledge even seasoned travellers can be caught. Last week, after...

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  • 18. Streetdogs.

    There are lots and lots of dogs on Athens streets.Most of them, I think, are not actually 'owned'. Those with collars (red and blue especially) are looked after...

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  • 19. If you have walking difficulties....

    .....you are going to find Athens difficult.Very few of the sites and places I visited were truly accessible for wheelchairs. You can see from the photo what...

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  • 20. Lycavitos funicular.

    You may well (and should) decide to go up Lycavitos hill to see the fantastic vity vieews from the top.You may also decide to take the funicular, because it's...

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  • 21. Watch your step 2

    Keramikos is a fascinating archeological site by the Thissio Metro stations.It contains part of the ancient cemetery, with superb tombs, as well as buildings...

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  • 22. Watch your step 1

    Marble is a beautiful stone.But when it is used for street surfaces, or for paving, it can be exceptionally slippery. This is the case when it is dry, but when...

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  • 23. Don't talk loud in the museums.

    Dont use your voice in the musuems in a loud voice. Many people are there to learn and enjoy the interesting museum. Be nice to all interested people, and dont...

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  • 24. Bar Scams!!!

    Being that I'm not exactly a frequent visitor of bar and taverns in Europe the following may not exactly be a scam but policy but I think its worth noting....

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  • 25. Don't Touch!

    At the base of the path leading up to the Acropolis, just after coming through the booth paying admission, is a "patio" area with sculpture type artwork on...

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