Extended opening hours lead to big spike in tourist visits to Greece's top museums & historic sites

Tourists climb steps to the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the Acropolis of Athens, on the morning of Sunday June 1     Wise move: A decision to extend operating hours for 33 of Greece’s top museums and archaeological site this summer is proving to have been a wise move, sparking a significant surge in […]
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An Athens hidden gem: the TAF art space & café

An art installation in one of the cool gallery spaces at metamatic: taf     Cool spaces: If you’d like to have a coffee or drink in a cool and truly unique setting, and have the opportunity to view contemporary art exhibitions at the same time, make plans to visit metamatic: taf (formerly called TAF: […]
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New Athens X80 express bus links Piraeus cruise ship port to Acropolis and Syntagma Square

A new express bus service links the cruise ship terminal at Pireaus with the Acropolis (above) as well as Syntagma Square in Central Athens   Editor’s Update:  The X80 route was re-launched on May 10 2016. Click here to read a press release that provides full details about the service, including fares, schedules and stops. […]
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Another Acropolis Museum treasure: food

Visitors to the Acropolis Museum Restaurant can enjoy this excellent view of the Parthenon and the Acropolis while they dine, as this image from the museum website demonstrates     Good eats: Nearly two years ago (in my March 3 2012 post), I described the Acropolis Museum as a “must-see” attraction, both for its magnificent […]
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Winter edition of Aegean's in-flight magazine shines spotlight on Athens' top cultural attractions

Greek actress Maria Nafpliotou descends the Renaissance-styled staircase at the National Library of Greece in Athens in the cover photo for the Winter 2013-2014 edition of Blue, the in-flight magazine of Aegean Airlines.   No flight required: If you haven’t been to Athens before, or haven’t spent much time there, the current issue of the Aegean […]
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Athens Riviera coves offer secluded spots to swim, sunbathe & savor the Saronic Gulf scenery

One of many coves along the scenic Apollo coast, southeast of Athens, where locals and visitors can enjoy sun, sea and serenity     Beach alternatives: You don’t have to travel to an island to enjoy beautiful beaches and coastal swimming spots in Greece — you can find them in spades on the mainland, including […]
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Sharply-dressed Dromeas stands tall in Athens

Dromeas (“Runner” in English) is a 12-meter-tall glass and iron sculpture created in 1994 by Athens artist Costas Varotsos   Sharp Dresser:  Athens may be one of the world’s safest cities, but you won’t want to run into a big Greek guy named Dromeas while you’re there — he would literally tear you to pieces. […]
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