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We have heard so much about Athens, the capital of Greece with its more than 4 million inhabitants, but mostly not very positive things. Traffic chaos, smog, heat, noise, and dirt, all in all despite of the antique places not very attractive. But after the Olympic Games 2004 everything should be changed and better and so we visited Athens on our annual trip to Mykonos. And what we found there was more than surprisingly.
A modern, clean metropolis with good suburban traffic system, super shopping facilities, many green areas and parks combined with the  Greek flair. Athens does not have to hide itself in the comparison with other European cities.
We find that Athens sells itself far under value!
 

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Of course the famous historical places like the Acropolis or the Antique Agora are the absolute highlights. You can spend hours by strolling around these fantastic arrears, the whole Greece history and mythology seems still alive.

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But also very nice and not less interesting is it, to stroll through the different quarters around the Acropolis or the Lykavittos hill. Marvellously calm and lively quarters such as Plaka,  Monastiraki or Kolonaki, with many taverns, shops, bars, cafes are also a must for every visitor. We often did not have the feeling that we are in a large city, it seems often to be in a small town.
The small churches, the market halls,  the pedestrian precincts (in-total 16 km) or the well-known Syntagma place where you can watch the change of the guards, called Evzonen, in front of  the president palace, everything we liked so much.
 

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All over, there is so much life on the streets and you can go everywhere without any problems by the very good, new Metro system (day ticket 3 Euro). In addition the underground stations are very clean and built with marble. In some of them you can see antique pieces like figures, pottery a.s.o.

We did not know that Athens is so very, very hilly. Some of the roads and ways are uphill with many stairs and terraces, covered by smelling Pines or orange trees, to climb up these streets is hard but wonderful!

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To get a good view over the city, you must climb the Lykavittos hill (you can go also by cable car). We did it by 40 degrees temperature and it was very sudorific, but it was worth every drop! From the top you can see the Acropolis and in the background the sea, fantastic!
 

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We did not have seen everything in this beautiful city during our 3 days trip and so we are sure that we will visit Athens once again by another stop over to Mykonos.  

Athens is really a very good and interesting destination, we enjoyed our stay very much!

 

 

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