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Alice Inn Athens
Greece

Exploring the hidden courtyards of Athens

Back in May, I embarked on yet another Open Walk by Atenistas. This time I explored the hidden courtyards of Athens located in Plaka. It was sweltering hot that day, but equipped with a wide brimmed hat and water I explored as many as I could. Courtyards are typical in the old houses and especially in Plaka. They are not gardens though, but many of them had some trees and flowers. The first stop is the mansion of Benizelos family. It is the older house in Athens dating to the 16th century AD. It is the family home of Saint…

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Alice Inn Athens
Greece

4 design hotels in Athens you should check out

  Since I live in Athens I have zero experience on how hotels in this city look like! So, last month as I was perusing Open House list I spotted some design hotels in Athens that I wanted to visit. I not only saw those hotels but also came back with suggestions on where to stay during a city break in Athens! 1) Periscope Hotel Periscope Hotel is part of Yes Hotels, a collection of 5 design hotels in Athens and Kifisia. Their first hotel was Semiramis in Kifisia, designed by Karim Rashid. Periscope is located on Haritos Street in…

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Caryatids Acropolis Museum Athens
Greece

5 Must-Visit Museums in Athens

Athens is known for its archaeological sites and museums. From the Acropolis to the new museums of Contemporary Art there is something for everyone. Question is, where to start? A visitor will definitely want to see ancient art. Greece is famous for that. But what about the history of Greece in the middle ages? Or after the liberation from the Ottomans. Greek history is rich and so are the findings that you will find in the museums. In this post, I’ve gathered the top 5 museums in Athens. These museums exhibit artifacts from 3200 BC until the 20th century! I’ve summed…

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Pagrati, Athens
Greece

Exploring Pagrati

Last year I shared my experience of Open Walk Athens by atenistas. During that walk, I checked out a lot of mid-20th-century buildings in downtown Athens. This year I participated in another Open Walk, this time in Pagrati. The walk started off from Proskopon (Scouts) square. There we popped in Magemenos Avlos (meaning Magic Flute) restaurant. The restaurant operates since 1961 and was the hangout for Greek artists at the time. Manos Hatzidakis was one of the regulars in this restaurant. Then we made our way towards George Seferis house. George Seferis was a renowned Greek poet, who won the…

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Corfu Old Town
Greece

24hrs in Corfu Town

Last month I had the opportunity to visit Corfu in the Ionian Islands for work. It’s been more than 10 years since I last visited so I had some catching up to do! A little bit of history The first thing that you notice upon arriving in the city is how Italian it looks (I also got that comment on Instagram). That comes as no surprise since Corfu was under Venetian rule from 1386 since 1797. During that time the Ottomans attempted to siege the island on a number of occasions and most notably in 1537 and 1716. All these…

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Hadrian's Arch Athens
Greece

Winter In Athens

This winter has been particularly cold in Athens (for Greek standards!) and it even snowed as you can see in the photo above! It was chilly for walking around Athens, BUT it was a good opportunity to check new (for me) restaurants and cafes and of course revisit old favorites! I’ve also attended a couple of press events that I really enjoyed and I’m sharing my experience with you. So let’s start with my “winter diaries” Restaurants in Athens Back in December I dined at Estrella, which has a vast selection of brunch dishes, from eggs, to pancakes, to omelets!…

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10 places to visit in Greece
Greece

10 places to visit in Greece (2016 in review)

2016 was the first in many years that I didn’t travel abroad. Yet I made up for it, by traveling a lot in Greece both for work and leisure. Most of those trips where well documented on the blog and Instagram and here’s my yearly round-up! I hope that you’ll get inspired and add some of these cities and islands on your travel list for 2017. 1) Chania was the first city I visited in the 2016 spending a weekend there and then revisited in September for a wedding. Related: Exploring Chania, 2 Days in Chania, Kritamon wine bar/restaurant, Chania…

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Greece

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center: Athens’ new gem

Sometime in mid-June I noticed an event keep popping on my Facebook feed: the opening of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center aka SNFCC. SNFCC is located in Kallithea, a coastal suburb of Athens in an area that used to be a racetrack until 2004. The area now houses the new Greek National Opera and National Library of Greece buildings as well as a beautiful park. Ten years ago, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation announced its plans to fund the development of this cultural center. Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop helmed by renowned architect Renzo…

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Phyllo dough pies with avocado, Kritamon Chania
Greece, Taste

Kritamon wine bar/restaurant, Chania

Named after a plant that grows in the sand and is used in salads, Kritamon is located in Kondylaki street in Chania’s old town. It is a wine bar/ restaurant with an adjacent organic store, with clean and minimal design. To be honest, the design caught my attention as we passed by and prompted me to check out their menu as well. We already had lunch that day, so we made a mental note and decided to return the next one. And that’s what we did! On our last day in Chania, after walking one last time around the city,…

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Chania old port
Greece

2 Days in Chania, Crete

The last weekend of September my husband and I spent a weekend in Chania, Crete for a wedding. It was the perfect opportunity to explore the city yet again, on season this time! The city was full of people; locals and visitors alike but less busy than it would be in August. The weather was pleasant (and breezy) making it ideal for long walks. During our previous visit in January we had covered many of the city’s important sites such as the old town, the old port, Eleftherios’ Venizelos tomb and house. This time we aimed at visiting the Etz…

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Ancient Olympia, Peloponnese, Greece
Greece

Peloponnese Road Trip: Ancient Olympia & Vytina

Ancient Olympia in Peloponnese has got to be my favorite archaeological site and I’m happy that I’ve included it in the road trip. A modern day village is built in the area, which mainly caters to the visitors of the site. We reached the area late in the afternoon after visiting Koroni and Methoni as I described in my previous blog post. I had booked a room for the night at Arty Grand Hotel in Drouvo village next to Olympia. We had a pleasant stay there and took advantage of the hotel’s pool (and pool café)! Day 6: Ancient Olympia…

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