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Friday, October 28, 2016
The shopping in this area is varied as well. Each street offers different choices because it is such a hub. Down one street you can buy all the souvenirs you need to bring home, down another you can buy various fashions, another offers Greek antiques, and don't forget about the many restaurants in and around the square. You can enjoy the cities best gyros, sip coffee with a view of the Acropolis, and even find a few non-Greek food choices.
There are also many sites to see in and around this square. There’s the Roman library, the Agora, and the Tower of the Winds all close to the square. But best of all there are glass floors all around the square that look down on an ancient river (now just a trickle) that used to run through this area. If you want a better look at what’s bellow, venture down into the subway station.
This square is really in the hub of modern Athenian life. Best of all, it's easy to find, since it has its own subway station "Monastiraki".
Friday, October 21, 2016
The downtown of Athens is a mess of small streets twisting and turning in all directions. If you're looking to walk someplace in particular it can be confusing, if you're looking to just explore it can be very fun and adventurous. The best landmark to get your bearings is the Acropolis, however with all of the narrow streets and tall buildings you can lose sight of it very easily.
You also have to be very weary of cars, potholes, and broken sidewalks. Drivers can be rather inconsiderate of pedestrians in Athens, and cars are often parked in the middle of the sidewalk. You’ll also come across many sidewalks that are falling apart, have trees blocking the way, or are completely taken over by local business. It’s also important to note that Athens is not a flat city at all, there are hills everywhere and some streets are so steep they require you to use stairs. Walking around can be a challenge, but it can be a challenge that heeds great rewards.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Picking a place to shop can be overwhelming, and many of the shopkeepers can be very pushy. Keep in mind that many of the tourists visiting Athens come from cruise ships, so the quick sale is key for many of these shopkeepers. They will hover over you, they will all tell you how exclusive their merchandise is, and they will all offer a discount, anything to convince you to buy immediately.
If you have the time shop around, take your time and don't let the shopkeepers pressure you. Most shopkeepers really cheer up when you return to a shop, and may offer better deals on your second visit. For higher quality products, it's better to visit shops that focus on one type of items, such as olive wood, jewelry or religious items. Many shops that sell a huge range of products tend to have cheaper, lower quality, products.
Most of all, don't be afraid to ask for a better price, bargaining is accepted but also be ready to walk away if the price is too high.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Kolonaki is a neighbourhood where you may question the idea of Greece being in economic difficult times. You're sure to see a few fancy cars parked on the streets, and people spending money at expensive boutiques The streets of Kolonaki can be challenging considering it's on the slopes of the tallest hill in Athens. When exploring you may find yourself climbing steep hills or stairs very regularly. Kolonaki is a great neighbourhood to wander if you want to get a good workout and want to see how the wealthy folks in Athens live.
As a bonus, head to Kolonaki square and check out the little column, after all "Kolonaki" means little column.