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Athens is like an onion: it’s multilayered, flavorful, and can elicit tears. Under the city's vibrant contemporary life are layers of culture, craft, and history reaching back to the birth of western civilization millennia ago. The Acropolis is the absolute, number-one must, but there are many other treasures, old and new, to discover. Remember to take breaks to process it all: Athens, like Rome, wasn’t built in a day.
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Acropolis, Athens 116 36, Greece
All the way across the landscape from the top of the Acropolis is a green-covered hillside topped with an ancient Greek mausoleum and monument dedicated to Gaius Julius Antiochus Epiphanes Philopappos. This site is not only historic but an...
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Athens 105 58, Greece
Athens is the capital of Greece, a city where you can find anything you want. Delicious greek but also international food, the unique greek nightlife and the beautiful archaeological places. What makes this city so special? Ancient Greece had a...
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Plaka, Athens 105 58, Greece
Lost in the streets of Plaka, I stumbled upon Monastiraki Square in central Athens. These couple were having tango lessons in public, even the dogs sat quietly in full blast of tango rhythm. I had fun watching them having fun.
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Leof. Vasileos Konstantinou, Athina 116 35, Greece
The Panathenaic Stadium is pretty breathtaking to see. Originally built thousands of years ago, it was restored just before the first modern Olympics. It was then used as the home of the first modern Olympics, and continues to play a key role in...
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Ifestou 2, Athina 105 55, Greece
Centered around a flea market, Monastiraki Square is busy with musicians, beggars, street performers, and tourists. Sometimes you'll hear fireworks going off here, for no particular reason. Sometimes there'll be full-on drum circles. The...
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Pireas, Greece
I'm ashamed I didn't really explore Piraeus very much. My fiance and I merely had a ship in mind to take us to the Island of Aegina. Most of what you'll find in Piraeus are mainly tourists and locals grabbing a ride to the islands, but these...
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28is Oktovriou 44, Athina 106 82, Greece
The archaeology museum is probably one of the most overlooked attractions in Athens. This is mostly in part to its location far from the centre and surrounded by unattractive neighbourhoods. If you're traveling to Athens because you're interested...
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Athinas, Athina 105 51, Greece
The noisy, smelly, chaos of Athens Central Market is an experience no foodie (or photographer) should miss. The colours, shapes and patterns are a compositional dream, but the market is not for the squeamish. You can find every conceivable...
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Leof. Posidonos 58, Glifada 166 74, Greece
Sometimes a day at the beach, soaking up the sun and gazing out over sparkling waters, soothes the soul. Athens' southern districts offer a string of sandy options right in the city. Especially good for children on this "Athenian Riviera" is...
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Neofitou Douka 4, Athina 106 74, Greece
This museum is small but perfectly formed, just like the enigmatic marble figurines that are the centerpiece of its collection. Their stark yet sensual forms inspired modern artists like Picasso and Modigliani. On the top floor, a virtual tour of...