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A Guide To Athens

March 29, 2015
 

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By Reem Kanj / Photography Reem Kanj & Carrie Harwood


Being in Athens was like sipping on a huge cup of culture and even though I’m a self confessed beach bunny when it comes to favouring the type of trip I take, I feel like Athens has converted me to a city girl.

Participating in Greece Photo Workshops was a great way to see the city, a packed itinerary was put together and involved everything from a visit to the Acropolis, a drive on the coast to see the Temple of Poseidon, exploring the flea markets, hiking up Mount Lycabettus, and of course getting a taste of Athens’ vibrant night life and food culture.

From the very first day of visiting the Acropolis to ending the trip over good food and drinks at Mavro Provato, the Greece Photo Workshop team made sure there was no alleyway left unexplored or landmark un-photographed.

I was absolutely fascinated by all the history. It was so surreal to be walking along a street and come by an ancient ruin that had been discovered by new construction work and it’s amazing to think what is under the modern day streets of Athens right now.

I can’t wait to be back in Greece to explore the islands next time and I’d love to say a huge thank you to Greece Photo Workshops and Discover Greece for all their generous hospitality as well as Aegean Airlines for flying us out.

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WHAT TO SEE

ACROPOLIS, MUSEUM,
SOUNION, TEMPLE OF POSEIDON

Some of my favourite places to visit were of course, the Acropolis, but also the museum as it was a lot more interesting re-learning about what I was looking at, rather than racking my brain for old history lesson facts from years (and years) ago.

If you have access to a car on an upcoming trip, you have to go to Sounion, (about an hour’s drive South West of the city) to visit the Temple of Poseidon. It’s so beautiful and being by the coast line and ocean gives you such a different dynamic to being in the city.

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WHAT TO DO

PLAKA, MONASTIRAKI, MOUNT LYCABETTUS

If you’re like me and live for pretty doors and a bit of originality, you have to visit the old neighbourhood of Plaka. Grab a coffee to-go and just walk around, there’s more than enough to keep you enchanted there.

I also fell in love with Monastiraki, so many Greek and Roman ruins to keep you fascinated as well as some Ottoman mosques and wonderful views of The Acropolis from everywhere. It’s also an area well known for flea markets and shopping. I bought two of pairs of sandals (pretty enough to rival AGS) for just €20 each!

One of my favourite experiences of Athens was going up Mount Lycabettus. There is the most beautiful view from this height and it’s a lot of fun going back down.

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WHERE TO EAT

NICE ‘N’ EASY, ROCK ‘N’ BALLS, COOKOOVAYA

When it comes to food, there was never a bad meal. I loved eating at Nice N’ Easy because they had quinoa and kale on the menu, but Rock N’ Balls was also a favourite due to the lively atmosphere and everything meat-ball related (with veggie options too), and for something a little more upscale and refined, Cookoovaya was the perfect place for a relaxing dinner.

Athens is also great for street stands and stalls for fresh bread or a bag full of nuts.

 

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