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Athens: Parks and gardens for some good, green fun

Athens: Parks and gardens for some good, green fun

By Sarah Silbert— Temperatures are dropping as we transition from summer to fall, but this is only a good thing in Athens: In with the mellow weather and out with the scorching temperatures! As things cool down, we think a walk in on of the city’s many parks makes for a perfect, cost-free way to » Read more

Athens: Visit the new Acropolis Museum for €1

Athens: Visit the new Acropolis Museum for €1

The new Acropolis Museum is 2009’s addition to Athens’ already impressive archeological area of the Acropolis. The new, sleek, and grandiose building holds over 4,000 artifacts from surrounding excavations. The museum is not only impressive to the eye, but its one-euro entrance fee is also impressive to the wallet. Here’s a run down of what » Read more

Athens tip: Five free podcasts

Athens tip: Five free podcasts

Athens, city of architectural splendor and ancient history, proves to be a great subject for a variety of free podcasts. Covering everything from basic Greek to Athens-based rock bands, these five free treats can be easily added to your iPod or mp3 player in preparation for a trip to the birthplace of democracy! Athens in a flash » Read more

Athens cheap souvenir: Archeological maps!

Athens cheap souvenir: Archeological maps!

Tourists visiting the ruins of ancient Athens will probably already be armed with a cheapo souvenir. Your archeological map (available for free or cheap) serves as both a necessary guide to the past and a fun souvenir for the future. Build your map collection in Athens Face it, if you’re planning to spend any time exploring Athens’ » Read more

Athens bonus! Free events at the Hellenic Festival

It’s been many years since Athens and greater Greece experienced the Hellenic Dynasty, but today the city celebrates its ancient history with the annual Hellenic Festival. The festival, now in its 51st year, offers four months of events, from May through September. The line-up of this year’s Epidaurus Festival runs the gamut from professional stagings » Read more

Athens: Free show; the changing of the guard

We like fancy costumes. Bonus if that costume has pompoms and tassels. Major bonus points if said costume requires a snazzy red hat. So, it’s no secret then that we love to watch the changing of the Evzone Guard in Athens’ Syntagma Square. The elite Evzones make up an infantry unit stationed in Athens and meant to guard » Read more

Athens: Kickin’ it at the Kasbah

Now, when most Greeks and tourists alike are beginning to flock to the clubs and bars dotting the Athenian coastline, is the perfect time to explore many of the bars and clubs packing Athens’s city center. You will find outdoor tables and chairs at many of them, more room to move about, and lower prices » Read more

Athens: Post-club Crepes

Athens: Post-club Crepes

After a night of dancing in Psiri, leaving the clubs at 4.30 a.m. or later, most folks are hun-gry. Fortunately for all Kostas, a friendly, hard-working man with exquisite crepe-making skills, keeps his shop Picasso di Crepa (Taki Street 19 in Psiri, +30-210-324-7686) open until around 7 a.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and until about » Read more

France’s hottest abstract hip-hop DJ comes to Greece

France’s hottest abstract hip-hop DJ comes to Greece

Thank goodness DJ Cam did not pursue business studies as a young buck. If he had, a club packed with Greek trip-hop fans would not be getting their groove on this Friday, June 1 (2007) in Athens’s own One Happy Cloud (Aristofanous 12, Psiri, +30-210-3222-256). Yes, that’s right, you jazz-hip-hop-abstract-trip-hop-acoustic-electronica-instrumental-beat-loving music fans: thanks to Noiz » Read more

Athens’s Happy Train

Sometimes Athens in the summertime can get so gosh darn hot that even walking at a leisurely pace can sound like a bad idea. If, due to the heat or you’re simply feeling lazy and you want to check out the sights without walking or driving, consider the “Happy Train.” People riding it usually do » Read more

Trend Alert: The Time is Nau

The ideal thing about Ideal Bite is that the site and its daily e-mails offer interesting, useful, quick “bites” of information—replete with ample doses of humor—for people who want to serve the common good without sacrificing their own personal pleasure and style. Recently, Ideal Bite served up the 411 about Nau (pronounced “now”), a new » Read more

Athens: Gallery Walk

One of the best ways to see great art for free in Athens is to do a gallery walk. You can walk from gallery to gallery checking out some of the best Greek and international art without paying an entrance fee. One of our faves is Titanium, the Yiayiannos Gallery (Vasilissis Konstantinou Street 44, phone: » Read more

Athens: Euroleague Final Four

Unless you are a die-hard Euroleague basketball fan, you probably won’t want to shell out the €497 to €1247 (ouch!) for tickets to the playoffs in Athens this weekend, but you can still enjoy all the hoopla surrounding the event. The biggest indoor sporting event to take place in Athens since the 2004 Summer Olympic » Read more

Athens: Sweets at Serbetia

Sometimes you just need to splurge. And where better to splurge than at a sweet shop like no other? ?? ????????? ???? ?????, or The Serbetia of Psiri, is in its own league. Serbetia is located at Aischilou 3 in blisteringly hip Psiri (tel: +30-210-32-45-862.) The shop emanates the scent of cinnamon, honey, and sugar. » Read more

Athens: Ioannis Kostakis & His Fellow Florists

If you walk to Syntagma Square in Athens along Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, you will inevitably notice a riot of florist’s stands. Whether you stroll by at 6 a.m. or 8 p.m., your nose will be delighted. This olfactory pleasure is due in no small part to Ioannis Kostakis (+30-210-323-5542, Vasilissis Sofias 8 ) and his » Read more

Athens: DJ Qbert in the house this weekend

Calling all fans of technically-skilled DJs and of the Invisibl Scratch Picklz! If you’re in Athens this week, here’s some good news: DJ Qbert is in town! If you’re unfamiliar with Qbert, check out the documentary DJ Qbert For Intellectual Dummies or pretend to be him by playing his character in Tony Hawk’s Underground video » Read more

Athens: Material Girl outfits new H&M

Photo by H&M Lately, Madonna’s face has been splashed all over Athens’s billboards, bus stops, metro trains, and even wrapping the free newspapers. A new album, a new movie, a tour, . . . ? No, H&M has come to Athens and Madonna is the designer of their new “M by Madonna” line. Located in the » Read more

Airport Access, Part 2: Athens

Airport Access, Part 2: Athens

Photograph by Kaymaria Daskarolis How to get into Athens from Athens International Airport (ATH)? Here are a few options. 1. Bus The X95 line will take you straight to the heart of the city, Syntagma Square. The journey takes between 60 and 90 minutes. It runs 24 hours per day, departing every 20 minutes. One-way » Read more

Athens: French Film Festival

Athens: French Film Festival

Beginning today, March 22, 2007, the Institut Français d’Athenes is hosting its eighth annual French Film Festival. From today through April 1, the festival set up shop Athens, at the Attikon Cinema (Stadiou 19, metro station: Panepistimiou, tel: +30-210-322-8821, tickets €8, €6 for children and students (Monday through Thursday). Tickets can be purchased from Chad » Read more

Athens Fashion

Last week (March 14 – March 18) Athens hosted the fifth annual Hellenic Fashion Week, held in the famous and beautiful Zappeion Hall in the midst of the National Gardens. Over the course of the four days, the fashions of 42 different designers were presented in a sophisticated yet playful manner reminiscent of Paris or » Read more

Seeking Soy Milk in Athens

Seeking Soy Milk in Athens

Tired of going to Starbucks for an iced mocha with soy milk, and unable to find soy milk at any other cafes in Athens, we thought: why not bring along our own thermos of it to our favorite café and avoid the American chain? But where can you get the stuff in Athens? In addition » Read more

Athens: Benaki Showcases Work of Kostas Paniaras

We got a good injection of artistic inspiration at the Benaki Museum’s Pireos Street Annexe in Athens (Pireos Street 138 at Andronikou Street, tel: +30-210-345-3111). There, one of the current exhibitions is a collection of selected sculptures and paintings by contemporary Greek artist Kostas Paniaras. The exhibition spans Paniaras’s first 50 years of art work. » Read more

Greek Treat: Loukoumades

Greek Treat: Loukoumades

photograph courtesy of Kaymaria Daskarolis If you have ever attended a Greek cultural festival, you have probably tasted loukoumades. And if they were prepared at all like the divine ones served up every May during the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension’s annual Greek Festival in Oakland, California, you probably wished you could eat them » Read more

Greece: The Convenience of Kiosks

Greece: The Convenience of Kiosks

photograph by Kaymaria Daskarolis Thank goodness for the kiosks dotting Greece’s landscape. Who doesn’t at one or another point absolutely need one of the items hawked at all Greek kiosks? After all, consumer wares like chocolate bars, packs of cigarettes, celebrity magazines, condoms, maps, phone cards, and bottles of water are among the most essential » Read more

Athens: Feed the Birds

Athens: Feed the Birds

photograph by Kaymaria Daskarolis Yesterday we told you about the changing of the guards in front of Athens’s Parliament Building. What we neglected to tell you is how much fun you can have feeding pigeons while you’re waiting for the guards to change shifts. What should you feed to the birds? A koulouri is a » Read more

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