AComplex city, birth-place of so many things, geographic transit to
East, to Egeo and to the world of the orthodox religion. Maybe to many influences and
passion together between Acropolisīs hill and the sea. The past can become as exhausting
as the wet heat in the Athenian summer, or the crowds of people that this narrow and crazy
city seems not to be able to accept, and, however, it can.
Athens also has that charm of the narrowīs , of the inhertited
city, the continuous effort, however, to become adapted, to feel fine in its old urban
area with the new avenues and motorways, chrystal buildings, warehouses, and the American
shop windows, now, with Dorian columns reflected on them. Café terraces and restaurants,
lots of jeweleries, the same souvenirs in every little shop, clothes shops, leather,
second-hand-shops, with their items scattered all around, specially in Monastiraki, in the
stalls. Or, on the other hand, perfectly cared, showing big international trades in the
surroundings of Sintagma.
The street is the main thing in Athens, from the Omonia
square, and through any of the streets of the "trident": Peiraios, Stadiou and
Athinas; we will be able to enjoy the great Greek taste, in the streets, in peopleīs
discussions, in any corner, and look how the world passes by.
Getting lost in Athens during three days can be the
appropiate time to live the city, know it and visit the main museums and momuments. Itīs
even a good time to get lost, to feel anxious with the crowds, traffic and noise.
Saturday, to visit the Acropolis, in the afternoon, cross
Sintagma and Kolonaki up to the funicular of Lykabitos, climb to the cliff with nice
weather and admire the sunset, the arrival of the night. You can just sit down on a stone,
on a wall, or at a terrace and have what you want. For dinner, however, we recommend you
to take a taxi to Plaka quarter and choose the best terrace. In general, food in Athens is
excellent; never refuse a Greek salad, fish (few but tasteful), olive oil and wine.
Sunday; Monastiraki, zone of
Adrianou, traditional comerce and the satlls. If you presume to live in a civilizated
country, you will find out that Greeks were before, and that they
know perfectly what buying and selling is. Anything, at any price. Itīs not the Arabian
zoco, nor the Turkish bazar, itīs the Athenian flea market. And in the afternoon, you can
make the best of the only moment the city seems to be empty, abandoned, to wander to the
area of the street Panepistimiu, with the public buildings of the Library, the university,
and the National Archeological Museum, which you will be able to visit the following day.
Monday; crazyness; even if your alarm clock rings too early,
by the time you look through the window, you will find it poured by people and cars coming
from somewhere. By then, you will know quite well the city, so do what you prefer; visit
the not-yet-visited, wander, more museums...And go to some Orthodox Church; itīs worth
doing it (Kapnikarea in Ermou street, Theodori, Dimitrios, etc) If you still spend the
night in Athens, you can approach to the Pireo, Athens Port and have supper in
Microlimano, by the sea: search, choose with your sight, and you wonīt fail.
Several final suggestions:
A) Athens is the leaving point
to its little Kingdom of isles, to the inlands, or to any country around, without
forgetting about Middle East, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, etc. In the city you will easily find
one of the lots of travel agencies which can privide you with bookings for the thousands
of posibilities of voyages, flights, etc. If you can speak English, this will not cost you
B) Donīt leave the Achropolis for the last moment. Get the
monuments-museums ticket, and take your time. In our web, there is a graphic guide
available. In the city, the National Archeological Museum is unavoidable.
C) Posibly, someone will have told you badly about the
city. Check it by yourself. Its rehabilitation has been a hard an minuitious work, but
itīs true the new buildings are destroying its charm.
D) No comparations are needed about the city, neither about
shoppings. Big trades and boutiques are available, by a huge variety of local commerce.
Jewelery, and specially gold, needs expert purchasers. Handcraft is abundant in souvenirs,
although there are good reproductions at not cheap prices, but interesting for the lovers.
Leather, metals and antiques also important. Mainly relevant, the leaf market.
Two important words in Athens, summer: "Nero,
parakalo" (water, please)
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