6. “Social” is not a strong enough word to describe most Athenians.
Athenians love to talk - a lot.
7. The city isn’t plagued by rules.
It’s not like Athens doesn’t have rules - it does. It’s just that those that are seen as an impediment to living well aren’t really followed.
…a seaside Mediterranean one…
View of Faliro from the Poseidon Hotel.
11. The views.
The view of Lycabettus Hill from the Acropolis.
12. The city’s visitors, former residents and occupiers have left amazing things behind (though who knows what they took away):
The Ancient Greeks
The Parthenon in all its glory.
21. There’s something wonderful about street kiosks where you can buy a beer, a box of tylenol or a Byzantine flag at any hour.
Kiosks can be found on nearly every corner of the city.
25. It’s hard to have a bad meal.
A typical mezes complete with tzatziki, octopus, boiled greens and a village salad.
26. The seafood is heavenly.
A piece of grilled octopus from the restaurant Varoulko Seaside near Piraeus.
31. You’re a few hours by boat from over one thousand stunning islands.
Firopotmas bay on the island of Milos.
But what do real Athenians think of their city?
Here is Athens in their words:
“Athens has great mix of eastern and western daily life, modern and ancient culture. You can face the Parthenon at the same time you’re having a meeting in a modern loft.”
“Apart from the fact that Athens is an ancient, historic city (we all know that), full of energy that you can actually feel by just by taking a walk, it is also never static, and always controversial - always transforming. It’s a place full of life, bursting with fun- filled adventures. This is every day Athens to me.”
“Athens is the most underrated city in Europe. Sure it’s the birthplace of Western Civilization but it’s also a funky, buzzing modern city that has enough cultural events to keep me busy most nights a week. The bars are some of the best in the world - and trust me I’d know.”
“There is no better feeling than discovering a hidden paralia (beach), close to Athens yet invisible - there are lots. It almost feels like you are part of some big secret that you only share with your favorite people. And as long as its a secret, there will always be enough space to lay down your towel.”
“I love Megaro Mousikis (Athens’ largest concert hall). They host classical music events there, but every summer they have a festival on the grass in the garden next to it. It is mostly Greek bands - rock, indie, folk - it’s actually quite nice. People chill on the grass, and bring food and drinks.”
“Kifisia is a northern suburb of Athens with its own vibe and life, close enough to the center of Athens so its residents are not far away from the colourful capital. I live abroad permanently, so every time I visit home I enjoy every day spent there, discovering more beauties and places in the area, or just visiting the familiar ones that I have missed.”
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