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Friday, February 24, 2017
The most popular spot to snap a picture of the tower is just outside the Dubai Mall next to the Burj Khalifa Lake fountain (the world's largest choreographed fountain system). Going up the Burj Khalifa requires buying a ticket in advance. The ticket office is located in the Dubai Mall on the ground floor. There are several ticket options available, At The Top viewing area, Sky Ticket, and a special VIP ticket. The tickets are not cheap (anywhere between 125 AED to 500 AED), prices vary depending on how high you want to go, if you want to wait in lines, and what time of day you're going.
If you're on a budget and can't miss going up, the At The Top viewing area still offers a great view, and is well worth it. If you're looking for a great view of Dubai the Burj Khalifa is one of the best. Keep a few things in mind before you shell out the big bucks, most of the viewing areas are surrounded in glass and there are some pretty harsh reflections, so at a few angles you won't get the greatest photos.Dubai is also a very spread out, so many of the other famous landmarks are actually very far away. Finally it's a very popular place to visit, so expect crowds and expect tickets to sell out quickly.
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Friday, February 17, 2017
The products are generally sold by weight, and bargaining isn't always accepted (particularly if you’re buying less than a kilogram). Most of the vendors speak English, and sampling before you buy is often encouraged. The laiki can get very loud and a little chaotic, so some might be overwhelmed, but getting there early often leads to less crowds.
To find a laiki is a bit of a challenge for foreigners since they only happen once a week at fairly random locations. Asking a local can sometimes get results, but most people only know of the laiki where they shop, so hotel employees may not know of a laiki in the area of the hotel. Downtown Athens has 3 great laikis that I use, all of which take place on Fridays from about 8am till 2pm. Kolonaki has one about halfway up the hill, and Pangrati has two one near the Divani Caravel hotel and one at the end of Spirou Mercouri.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Historically the site holds a few interesting things, but for the average non-archaeologist type you'll probably most appreciate the graveyard with it's stunning marble headstones. The most famous of all of these headstones is the giant bull. There are two ways to explore the graveyard, you can either see the original marble statues in the museum, or walk through the graveyard and check out some beautiful reproductions in their original settings. I recommend doing both, start with the walk through the graveyard, and cool off in the museum.
Once you've finished off in the museum it's well worth exploring the second part of the Kerameikos site with pathways, part of an ancient wall, and several religious sites. This area may not appeal to you on the artistic side the same way as the graveyard, however the walk is very pleasant and it gives you an idea of the landscape on the outer part of ancient Athens.
If you decide that this is a site you want to check out, you simple have to walk about 15 minutes from Thesio Metro Station and you're there. Also make sure to bring your ticket from your visit to the Acropolis, as your ticket will give you access to Kerameikos as well.
Friday, February 3, 2017
The site itself has two great vantage points, one that is free, and another that costs. Most people's first view of the temple comes when they visit Hadrian's Arch on Vasilissis Amalias. Right behind the fence located near the arch you get a great view of the temple. This view will cost you nothing, and it affords the only view of this temple at night, and it looks great at night. To many this view is enough to say that they've seen it, and not too many people venture around to the other side of the site to enter.
The site itself is a mixed bag. The great thing about going into the site is to get up close to these colossal pillars and really get an idea of how big they are. You can also see the one pillar that fell down in 1852 much better from close up. Other than that this site is fairly barren with a few ancient building foundations scattered around, but not much to see. If you visit the Acropolis, your multi-site ticket does give you access to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and this makes the site worth visiting.