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Friday, July 23, 2010

Vacation in Athens

4 days in ancient Athens
Total distance from Thessaloniki ¨ 507 χιλιόμετρα

Many are those who can do the capital of Greece. Below I will try to present coded visited places that I think are important in Athens.
Day 1
Afternoon we arrived at the hotel (Athens Illum Hotel) which was in the Neos Kosmos (Iggrou Avenue Road), so our time on the first day was very limited. So we visited the Marina Flisvos which has been formed and has amazing build a mall. In pedestrian Marina every Wednesday is live music, Jazz and worth a visit and the adjacent museum - Averoff ship and the replica of a trireme. Marina are restaurants bars and a playground for children.

Second day.
The new Acropolis museum is just amazing. The exhibits highlight the best and should calculate at least three hours to stroll the grounds. The top floor is a small copy of the exterior of the Parthenon while in the second floor is a café with spectacular views of the Acropolis
Hours of Operation
Tuesday to Sunday: 8.00 am to 8.00 PM
MONDAY: Closed.
Time of last entry: 7.30 pm
Withdrawal of visitors from the fairgrounds: 7.45 pm
Tickets General Admission: 5 euros

Acropolis - Odeon of Herodes Atticus
To complete the tour of our Ancient Greece we visited the Acropolis, the pedestrian street of Herodes Atticus.
In the area visited and other antiquities such as the Roman column of winds, the Erechtheion and we got to the area Metaxourgeio. Actually, however, the distance is tiring, but worth the effort. In the evening we returned to the area and went to Plaka and the traditional market Monastiraki. There are numerous cafes and restaurants and if you look more closely into the small will find wonderful restaurants next to antiquities

Third day.
Meet the inside, and documents one of the most emblematic buildings in Athens and political history. Architectural drawings, photographs, documents, personal belongings of the occupants, film material.
Panathenaic Stadium and NATIONAL GARDEN
After the Parliament building is the National Garden which leads to the Hall. Following the trails are left behind Zappeion arrived at the Presidential Palace and then downhill to the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games. The area is one of the most beautiful city and deserves to spend a few hours to visit.
The same evening we went to the Lycabettus hill from which one can view the whole of Athens. Specifically, to climb the hill used the lift (6 € the anode and cathode) which led us to the top where the church of St. George. We believe that the best time is during the time of sunset. On the hill there is a coffee but is too expensive.

Fourth day.
On the fourth day we decided to visit that museum (most important) and we started with:
Vas 50, 210-7235937-8.
Hours Monday Saturday, the 9th .- am-3 pm Sunday, the 10th am-2 pm Tuesday closed. Tickets € 6.50, students € 3
National Archaeological Museum
Patission 44, 210-8217717.
Monday 1.30-8 pm Triti.-Sunday 8:30 a.m.-3 pm Tickets. € 7, adults over 65 years € 3. Admission free for young people and 18 students
Hellenic Cosmos, FHW's Cultural Center
Piraeus 254, Taurus, 2122540000. Hours 09.00 - 16.00 Friday

Other visits
• Pasalimani
• Technopolis Gazi ADDRESS PIRAEUS 100
• Sounio (Temple of Poseidon)

Rates of toll for summer 2010
Autos Toll Points to 2.2 m
Afidnes 1.90
THIVA 2.35
Pelasgia 2.40
Malgara 2
TOTAL 18.80
• It is advisable that your stay is in a nearby district center. I would not suggest those around Omonia Square etc because of the insecurity caused by various people moving especially at night in this area
• In the tavernas of Plaka Psyrri etc sweet chocolates in Le café d 'Athene in str. Bucharest
Shopping Malls
• Athens Heart Piraeus 180, Factory Outlet Piraeus 76, The Mall, Attica Center ,Panepistimiou str.
For Kids
• Just outside Athens in Spata (Airport) is the Athens Park Zoo is a Delfinario
• Weekends: 12:00, 14:30 and 17:30
• Tickets: 3 € in addition to the park entrance and issue at least 15 minutes before the start.