Greece this week!


  • Mar 17, 2013 12:28 PM GMT
    Hey, I'm heading to Greece at the end of this week, Athens, Meteora and Delphi, so if anyone has any advice of what to see besides the Acropolis, or if anyone is from there and wants to grab coffee or something, I would appreciate it! I can't wait...would love to hear stories about Greece.
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    Mar 17, 2013 3:50 PM GMT
    senorbrightside saidHey, I'm heading to Greece at the end of this week, Athens, Meteora and Delphi, so if anyone has any advice of what to see besides the Acropolis, or if anyone is from there and wants to grab coffee or something, I would appreciate it! I can't wait...would love to hear stories about Greece.


    It has been a long time since I visited Greece, but I have some suggestions.

    I am very much into ancient art and architecture. With this in mind, in addition to the Acropolis (including the temples and museum there), I highly recommend the Agora, including the Hephaestion. The latter is a fairly small but beautifully preserved temple. See pic below.

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    The main archeological museum in Athens, of course, is extraordinary. I spent two days in it.

    I'm glad you're going to Delphi; it can be fairly easily done as a day trip from Athens and is well worth it.

    Closer to Athens is an extraordinary archeological park that was once the sacred precinct called Eleusis, the former center for the mystery cult of Demeter. Both impressive and extensive.

    Further afield, I also visited Delos, the birthplace of Apollo; the entire island is a fabulous archeological park. Even further afield, I visited many Ancient Greek sites which are now in Turkey, including the formidable and unforgettable Ephesos.

    You will have a great time!
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    Mar 17, 2013 4:24 PM GMT
    While you're in Athens, it is extremely walkable and the public transportation system (the metros specifically) is very easy to use/navigate.

    I'd recommend getting food at Savvas (Σάββας) which is a pretty famous restaurant near the Monasteraki metro station on the Blue line. The address is Mitropoleos 86. Mitropoleos street is the big street essentially in front of you and slightly to the left as you exit the metro station into the square. You can do two things there, either sit at a table (the prices are more expensive, naturally, but the portions tend to be bigger) or walk slightly past the tables and go to the left where you can order a gyro, which should cost around 2 euros. It is cheap and absolutely delicious. If you are so inclined, I would recommend the pork gyro. It is to die for.

    If you're looking for a more romantic dinner, on the streets to the right of Sabbas, closer to the slopes of the Acropolis, you can find some very nice restaurants located along the step streets heading up the slope. Generally they're very good and friendly, have live music, and breath-taking views of the Acropolis.

    I'd also recommend heading up Lykavitos, either by walking or through the Teleferique (which is a funicular/tram). Mt. Lycavitos is one of the highest points in the city which is a great place to get some fantastic views all around. Next to the mount are the Kolonaki and Exarchia neighborhoods. Kolonaki is one of the most expensive places in the city; Exarchia is the university neighborhood. After you've worked up a nice appetite hiking around Lykavitos, I'd recommend heading to Fagopotion (Φαγοποτίον), which translates to something like "The Eat-drinkery." It's address is Patriarchou Ioakim 56 and just up the hill from the Evangelismos metro stop ( which is what I'd recommend taking to get to the Teleferique). Again, you can sit down and have a wonderful dining experience, or you can grab a gyro (these, like Savvas, are amazing).

    If you take the dining experience, have a look at the food at the front, as those tend to be their specials.

    Have a look at the Benaki and Goulandris Museums. They're privately owned museums that have some fantastic artwork there. The Benaki goes from ancient times through islamic and more recent art. The Goulandris museum is dedicated to cycladic art.

    Finally, go to the numismatic museum. Even if you're not into coins, the building itself is pretty and significant. It's the home of Heinrich Schilemann, who is the guy that discovered the site of ancient Troy.

    Have a great trip!
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    Mar 17, 2013 5:00 PM GMT
    you only need to be in athens for, at most, six hours. then get the hell out.
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    Mar 17, 2013 6:04 PM GMT


    Finally, go to the numismatic museum. Even if you're not into coins, the building itself is pretty and significant. It's the home of Heinrich Schilemann, who is the guy that discovered the site of ancient Troy.

    Have a great trip!




    Yes, this is an extraordinary building. Unfortunately, years ago when I went the museum wasn't open and I couldn't see the interior.

    On the other hand, I did visit Schliemann's tomb. Although he was German his final resting palace is in a major cemetery in Athens. His tomb is very impressive and is a miniature Greek temple. Furthermore, I visited Troy (but that is in modern Turkey). See pic of his tomb below.

    Also, you are right. The food is fabulous in Greece. Be certain to try real Greek gyro which is nothing like what is typically sold in the U.S. And wash it down with a large glass of retsina (a fabulous resin-flavored Greek wine). Then add a simple desert, such as yogurt with a little honey drizzled on top. Mmmmmmm! Naturally, the yogurt bears no comparison to the tasteless, thin, sweet junk most Americans regularly consume.

    Heck, I wish I were in Greece now!

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    Mar 17, 2013 6:11 PM GMT
    calibro saidyou only need to be in athens for, at most, six hours. then get the hell out.


    I don't agree, unless, of course, you hate urban areas. On the other hand, any visit to Greece probably should include some time outside this city.
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  • Mar 18, 2013 1:25 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the info, especially for all the food and stuff. I'm looking forward to trying the Greek cusine.

    The Agora and Lykavitos are already on my agenda, as is a trip down to Cabo Sourino (not sure of the English name, Cape Sourin?) but where the Poseidon Temple is) at sunset.

    A lot of people have said Athens isn't that great, and I don't need a lot of time there. This trip I'm concentrating on the mainland, and then I will return to the islands someday...hopefully with a husband hehe. So while the bulk of my time is in Athens, I am looking forward to my get away to Meteora and Delphi!
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    Mar 18, 2013 9:27 PM GMT
    If you're planning on going to Lykavitos, you really should go up around sunset. Really.

    Maybe you want to do a day trip to the Peloponnese. You could check out the archaeological sites of Mycenae, Corinth, or Epidaurus.
    Nafplion is a charming port town.

  • Mar 18, 2013 10:41 PM GMT
    I think the Peloponnese will have to wait for another trip icon_sad.gif I'm already wishing i had more time. Of course, I may see everything in Athens my first afternoon and have more time icon_razz.gif

    I was planning on Lykavitos around sunset ;) Glad to know that's a good idea! Loving these tips...3 more days icon_biggrin.gif

  • Mar 25, 2013 10:18 PM GMT
    Hi from Nafplion...changed my itenerirary completely for the better, I think.

    I have fallen in love with Athens. I've only heard negative talk about it, so I was expecting to hate it...and I can't get enough of it. I am already going to have to come back again for longer just so i can see more of Greece. Going to Argos and Mycrenea on the way back to Athens tomorrow. Tried to do Corinth/Korinthos, but it was a doomed trip, haha. Cabo de Souino has been my fave. Thanks for all the tips everyone.