Athens Tram Cab Ride

Adventure #159:
Today we are riding through the capital of Greece.
Route: Peace and Friendship Stadium -> Zefyros
Duration: 21 min. 28 sec.

Video by: Ion Efthimiou Productions

More info:
In Athens ticket counters operate in some of the stations. Automatic ticket machines with touch screens are also available at all stations.
Purchased tickets are valid for 90 minutes (1 hour 30 minutes) after validation and can be used for several rides on most other means of public transport in Athens including the metro, buses, trolleybuses, and the urban part of the suburban railway (between Piraeus, Magoula and Koropi stations, excluding the airport). Passengers must validate their tickets at the machines at the station where they board at the start of their ride. The normal adult flat fare is 1.40 Euros.
There are daily and weekly tickets, as well as monthly cards which also apply for all means of public transport in Athens. Fares are checked frequently; passengers who fail to show a validated ticket or a monthly card are penalized by a fine of 60 times the price of a standard ticket.
Children under 6, the handicapped, and persons currently enlisted in the military are eligible for free transportation.


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Traveling to Greece in winter allowed me to get to Athens, see the Acropolis, churches and other attractions of Athens, find out where to buy souvenirs and where you can eat inexpensively in Athens; want to know more – read the story of a trip through Greece in winter

The trip to Greece in winter was dictated by a number of circumstances. Winter is not the best time to visit Europe, but I really wanted to have a bit of rest and bask in the sun, and to go to the tropics for a few days just did not make sense. If I had a week and a half leave at your disposal, you would have managed to muddle Africa or India, but in this situation, only the European south was available, that is Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy. On the Iberian peninsula, I have already been several times, so at first I had plans about visiting Sicily. Alas, suitable, inexpensive tickets to Palermo, Catania or Trapani were never found. Theoretically, I still had the opportunity to fly to the largest island in Italy, the benefit of the program ” Miles and More ” allows you to get tickets for free , but the winter schedule of ” Lufthansa ” companions did not allow you to put the trip in the right frame. But I managed to find a flight from St. Petersburg to Athens to ” Swiss “, and absolutely for nothing. Incidentally, it was found out that in the winter season Greek hotels display unusually low price tags, so that I traveled to Greece in real pennies. Ahead of me was the winter sun of southern Europe …
Athens Airport is the main air gateway to Greece; although the flow of tourists goes also through Thessaloniki, Irkalion, Rhodes and other resort places, the Athenian air harbor does all the rest repeatedly. Most importantly, other places fly mainly to charters to Greek resorts, and mostly in summer – for example, Rhodes can be reached in winter only by local airlines or by rare ” Ryanair ” flights from Europe, while Athens takes the board all year round, with regular regularity.
Complex, bearing the name of the famous Greek politician Eleftherios Venizelos, I immediately liked. I saw a lot of terminals in different parts of the world, and immediately appreciated the cleanliness, convenience for passengers and numerous plaques indicating where to go; about the duplication of Greek inscriptions in English is not even worth talking about. In addition, I like the local transport system: if, say, at the airport Charles de Gaulle, after midnight, there are no trains, then from Athens airport to the city by bus can be at least round the clock. So at least the metro, the fastest mode of transport from the airport, stops at night, the late passenger does not have to give himself into the hands of robber taxi drivers. By the way, to get from the Athens airport by metro, it will take 8 euros, whereas the bus journey from the airport costs only 5 euros – in any way more profitable. However, buses during the day can get stuck in traffic jams, so the road sometimes takes up to an hour and a half, three times more than a trip in the subway. But at night, no problems arise, and in the city cars sweep literally with a whistle.
I also liked the fact that buses from Athens airport go on several routes. For example, you can immediately get to Piraeus, if there is such a need, there are also branches to the southern and northern suburbs, the latter takes the passengers straight to the bus station of the Greek capital. And most of all I approached the X95 line, whose final stop is directly on Syntagma Square. From there, before the hotel I booked, it was 20 minutes by foot.
I note that before boarding a bus you need to buy a ticket, drivers do not sell them. So if time is running out and the next transport is getting ready to sail, it’s better to warn its driver and only then to move to the cash desk near the stop. The travel costs 5 euros, standard tickets for public transport in Athens for the passage to the airport are not suitable.

I already happened to visit the main city of Greece, and I imagined well what was what. Therefore, the question of how to choose the right hotel in Athens, I was not tormented: when searching for a place to sleep, it is not necessary to lock on the central blocks, you can consider options outside of them, the main thing is that there was a metro nearby. I will explain my idea with an example: every night at the hotel ” Pergamos ” cost me EUR 26 – room with all amenities and breakfast is included. For this money in the center you can get unless the bunk in the middle of the room for six to eight people, or, with great luck, a separate kennel with a toilet and shower on the floor. Sometimes there is a decent tariff for hotels in the center of Athens among others, and it’s a trick: before you book, you need to read the reviews, and then you will know this … In a word, not even in the season less than 45-50 euros per room in the Plaka area it is not necessary to count, and only in the summer, the stump is clear, the prices are growing.
Last time, the problem of which hotel to choose in Athens, decided the travel agency, and decided about the same as me: the group was then placed in the hotel ” Candia “, where there was even a pool on the roof. I remember, I really liked the evening to admire the panorama of the Greek capital from the roof. My current place of lodging was in the neighborhood, a few blocks away, and just a few minutes walk from the metro station ” Larissa “. As I said, it was not so far from there to Syntagma Square; I disembarked from the bus, I turned onto Pesmazoglou Boulevard, passed Omonia Square, went into the labyrinth of small streets to the north of it and soon arrived in the place. No problems, except for the suspicious kind of immigrants hiding from the police, escorted me with greedy glances – around Omonia their whole hotbed. And there, at night, dressed lightly dressed girls, damn similar to putan. It seems that prostitution in Greece is not approved and the state is trying to wage war with this business, but they have not yet won victories at the front. In the end, the tradition of free attitudes toward sex goes back to the country’s deep past; the same hetaera were considered respected members of society, and the history of Greece is simply permeated with a sexual theme: for example, the great Plutarch, talking about the family of the famous reformer Solon, modestly reports that his father was a cheerful person, loved to eat, loved to drink, – Attention! – “I could not miss a pretty little boy” … In short, if you need prostitutes in Athens, north of Agiou Konstantinou they are traded on every street corner.
Despite the late time, the porter in the ” Pergamos ” did not sleep. Formalities took a few minutes, and soon I became the owner of a small room on the third floor. All I had to do was to scatter things on the second bed and cut the air conditioner for heating – then I was dumped …
Overnight the room thoroughly warmed up, and it seemed that you could completely forget about the winter; when I flew from St. Petersburg, the temperature was at -10, and in Greece, I was hoping to warm up – if not to swim, then rejoice in the sun. So much was my amazement when in the morning, the icy air burst into the bathroom window that I opened. Honestly, the most striking impression of that day was for me orange trees, powdered with snow …
The blow was very strong … Lunch, I secretly scolded, they say, got out of the fire and into the fire; T-shirts had to be shoved deeper into the backpack, on the agenda again was a warm demi-season jacket, which I hoped not to wear until I returned to my country. Anyway, I had to make the first sortie into the city on a crisp crust of morning ice …
How to get to the center of Athens on foot, I had a good idea, but now, in a cold atmosphere, I preferred to go by metro. Transportation in Athens is well developed, in addition to the subway system includes trams, trolleybuses, buses and commuter trains. The latter are not particularly needed, unless the tourist wants to get lost in Piraeus, and trams will be useful when traveling to resorts in the Athens region. The fare payment system is simple, the tickets are the same for all modes of transport. Until recently, inexperienced people could be a little confused about the presence of two options, One Way Ticket and Integrated Ticket at almost the same price, but from the end of 2014 there were only Integrated Tickets, which allow you to travel as you like for 70 minutes, with any number of transfers – worth the pleasure of 1.20 euros. Canceled now, “One Way Ticket” was a little cheaper, but they could not be transplanted, once entered the transport, you go all the way until you need to go out. In my opinion, tourists are most profitable to use reusable Athens travel, they cost only 4 euros for 24 hours of use, and if you take a card for 5 days, it will cost only 10 euros, 2 euros per day. Unfortunately, reusable travel cards are not sold at every corner, they can not be purchased from sellers of newsagents and other places where you can buy tickets for transportation in Athens, for this case only the ticket offices and ticket machines are suitable, but the latter menus are exclusively in Greek . So there is no alternative to going down the metro.
It should also say that the travel in Athens – not the only help for the tourist. Those who want to get acquainted with the history and culture of the city can purchase the Athens Spotlighted card and get a decent profit, saving on entrance tickets.
Returning to the subway, I can say that with the help of the subway, it is convenient and safe to travel around the city, the convoys are quite decent, the stations are clean and protected, to get to Athens is not a problem. I had to get to the Plaka area, and since there is a straight branch from the station “Larissa”, I was soon there.
To pay tribute to the Greek capital in full, we must evaluate at least three major historical layers. The first is antique, including the legacy of ancient Hellas. The second covers the Middle Ages, when Athens was only a small town, in fact, a settlement with a population of several thousand inhabitants. Finally, the third layer, modern, reveals the picture of the transformation of the city into the capital of Greece, the largest metropolis in the region.
The trip, organized in due time by the travel agency, hooked only the first, antique layer, and even then slightly: an organized tour of the Acropolis introduced us to the course of the matter, then we spent a couple of hours walking around the Plaka, and everything. A lot of interesting places then did not get into our field of vision, although the tour of Athens was planned differently, we could see much more. Today I had the opportunity to do everything in my own way, wisely.
In order not to reduce the story of an independent trip to the Greek capital to a formal report, I will combine my impressions in a few days in three excursions around Athens. And we will begin, as it should, from the Acropolis. Although the hill that towers over the city has long ceased to be a sacred place and a government residence, it is still a local symbol, the heart of the country.

The Greeks appreciated how comfortable it was to protect the cliffs of a 500-meter-high height, even in antiquity, at least in the 15th century BC, the elevation was already built up and fortified with impressive walls. In the archaic period, the Acropolis thoroughly rebuilt and erected large temples there, including the sanctuary of the goddess Athena, the patroness of the city. It is believed that she became the winner of a dispute with the sea god Poseidon, and any guide to Athens with pleasure will show the trail left by a poseidon trident. This is the same bike as the lists of the Athenian kings of antiquity, in which there is as much truth as in the form of the god Dionysus, supposedly born from the thigh of Zeus.
So, the original buildings on the Acropolis were cleanly destroyed by the Persians of King Xerxes who attacked Greece before they were rebuffed at Salamis. When the Persian threat was over, the Athenians restored the wrecked and even arranged the heart of the city better than it was: just then on the top of the hill appeared the majestic Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Temple of the Erechtheion and other buildings. The new ensemble truly amazed contemporaries, especially the multidimensional figure of the goddess Athena, whose ornamentation left about a ton of gold. In general, the time before the start of the Peloponnesian war is not in vain called the “golden age” of Athens. It was then that Fidiy, Herodotus, Aristophanes, Sophocles, and other prominent figures of ancient culture worked, the whole of the environs envied the Athenian wealth, democracy flourished, and it seemed that the epoch of final prosperity was coming, when, according to one philosopher, anyone, even the most a run-down citizen, will have at least three slaves …
With the gradual extinction of Athens, the fame of the Acropolis began to fade. The masters of Macedonians and Romans proud temples somehow survived, but later they were converted into Christian churches, and the district was turned into a medieval fortress. The Acropolis remained the residence of the rulers, but the rulers were all foreign – the Romans were replaced by the Byzantines, then the French came with the Crusaders, they were replaced by the Catalans, and without the knights of Aragon, the Venetians once ruled Athens. The leapfrog ended with the accession in the Balkans, gaining strength of the Ottoman Empire, the magnificent works of the Turks became simply a powder storehouse. This sadly affected his fate: in 1687 the nucleus, which was accurately launched by the siege army of Venice, blew up the structure and caused its collapse. Other historical buildings also suffered from the conquerors. Only after the acquisition of independence of Greece, experts began to restore the historical appearance of the Acropolis. To begin with, the Greeks had to carry a lot of things, remove the walls and partitions, otherwise there was no way to give the ensemble a proper appearance. But only the Parthenon remained standing in a dilapidated state, disputes about whether to restore it or not, do not cease to this day. In any case, much of the decoration of the ancient temple was taken to London by the British and there is no intention of giving away the stolen goods, no matter how old the Greek government was. Skilfully executed sculptures and, most importantly, a meter-high frieze encircling the Parthenon, was cleared by the English envoy, Lord Elgin.
Another non-healing wound on the body of Greece is one of the caryatids of the Erechtheion temple, also being ridden by Britons. Meanwhile, the construction of the Athenians is venerated as sacred, because according to legend, it was in the place where it was erected that in its time Poseidon’s historical dispute with Athena took place. It is believed that the remaining caryatids in the homeland, every night, shed tears from the sister who was taken to a foreign land.
The history of the Erechtheum, the Parthenon, other sanctuaries goes back to ancient times, but there is also a modern building on the hill. The Acropolis Museum inevitably attracts attention, and this is the place where you can spend the whole day. The Greeks gathered in the walls of the new Athens attractions several thousand valuable exhibits, turning the building into a real treasury of art. The construction of the complex took eight years, but after the opening of the museum in 2007, unique cultural heritage appeared before visitors in all its glory.
From the observation platforms of the Acropolis there are wonderful panoramas of Athens – admire how much it will fit in. Nevertheless, we should not forget that the Greek capital is glorious not only with the Parthenon comrades: from the heights it is perfectly visible how numerous the sights are in the center of Athens. Here, for example, to the southeast side of the Acropolis is adjoined the theater of the god Dionysus, one of the oldest structures of this kind in the whole world. Scientists believe that the ideas in it began to be given at least twenty-five centuries ago. Tribunes could fill about 15 thousand spectators, not every modern stadium can boast of such a capacity.
It is worth noting that the theater of Dionysus can be visited free of charge, if you buy a ticket to visit the Acropolis. He gives the right in addition to the territory of the Acropolis to visit other attractions of Athens. Some items included in the list of what can be visited on the Acropolis ticket are not very interesting, others, on the contrary, are compulsory for inspection. For example, the ancient agora tells visitors what the public center of the city looked like in the middle of the first millennium BC. Archaeologists have managed to unearth a variety of foundations and, with some effort, really recreate the minds of the buildings that once adorned the center of Athens.
The neighborhood of the agora of the heyday of Greece is the Roman agora. Rome always reorganized the captured territories in its own way, and one of the mandatory points of the program were forums. Yet the Romans respected the legacy of the Greek civilization and tried to adhere to local manners. Thanks to the preserved foundations, historians have been able to learn that the Roman authorities built a library, churches, shopping arcades, and provided space for various kinds of public events. The Roman agora of Athens can also be viewed free of charge if there is a ticket to the Acropolis.
And one more object must certainly visit.Let the temple of Olympian Zeus were only a few columns, for them to easily be able to get an idea of ??how grand it was building. It was built over six centuries, and it took to build more than a hundred two-meter diameter columns, before the works were completed.
Next to the sanctuary stands Arch of Hadrian, as if reminding how crushed eventually reaching Greece. It is built from the same marble as the Temple of Olympian Zeus, but it looks nowhere near as majestic. Yet it is worth noting that the arch stood almost two thousand years, despite the fact that its components can not fastened, even mortar between the stones missing. Here is a skill …
Paying tribute to the ancient heritage, plunge into the atmosphere of the Middle Ages are now. About how much has changed the life of Athens after the collapse of the Roman Empire, narrate narrow, cobbled stone streets of Plaka. Their maze was formed at a time when the changed configuration blocks and on the site of ancient buildings are having a new home. I remembered how beautifully looked landscapes Plaka summer, and was not a little surprised over the many deserted. But even in the low season, in cloudy weather, the most beautiful district of Athens still feast for the eyes …
Summer heat, remember, quickly lost its hunt we wander through the streets, and much of what it is necessary to look at Athens, was ignored; a significant portion of travel agency given to us free time we spent at lunch, having found a nice restaurant with reasonable prices. In fact, places where you can eat cheaply in the center of Athens, totally, as well as souvenir shops – if and where to buy souvenirs from Greece, so it is in the Plaka area.
About souvenirs and food, we’ll talk, but in the meantime will continue to walk, especially because of the district are scattered interesting sights of Athens, the medieval period. The most prominent building, though not the largest, is the Church of Panagia Kapnikarea Church, located at ease in the middle of a busy street Ermou . Whether the matter in Moscow, would carry it for the expansion of the road, but the Greeks ancient temple, built in the XI century AD, and the finger did not touch – this is the cultural heritage of Greece …

Kyriaki Church also among the most respected, although it does not say this, and not everyone walking down the street Athinas pay attention to the small building. Meanwhile, the temple is considered a fine example of religious architecture of early Christianity, because it was built nearly one and a half thousand years ago. Somewhere in Germany or France preserved church so ancient origin would be considered attraction of the first magnitude, but Greece has Greece, and a list of what can be found in Athens, extremely large, a small temple is difficult to compete with the Parthenon and other monuments of antiquity. So most tourists hurry to climb the Acropolis, and Kyriaki church ignores …
Around the same fate fell and the Church of St. Mary, even though she gave the name to the whole area of Monastiraki. Previously, there was a large monastery, which were mostly memories, and of the church. The squat building, peering timidly at Monastiraki Square, much of an impression does not produce. But simplicity does not enter Athens guest misleading: it is necessary to look inside the building, and it will please the rich interior design. Interestingly, the church, built in the XVII century, the successor to the medieval temple, whose construction dates back to the historians abroad I and II millennium BC.
Group of the Christian church is Tsistarakisa mosque, which the citizens for a long time considered a curse. It is believed that in 1759 the Turkish governor of Athens ordered for the construction of the temple of Zeus to disassemble and put to use mined stones. Some of the experts believe that all of this was speculation, but the plague began soon led many Athenians believe that the desecration of ancient shrines caused punishment god of thunder. Saved from the demolition of the mosque only its transformation into a branch of the museum of art. Now building with unusual for Muslim traditions colonnade remains one of the rare monuments of Ottoman architecture in the Greek capital.

A few hundred meters from Monastiraki Square, on the street Athinaidos , is another monument of medieval architecture, the church of St. Irene. Even the most competent scientists can not say exactly when this place will be the first temple, it is known only that it happened very, very long time. We also know that by the middle of the XIX century the building was severely decayed, and authorities decided to replace it with a new one. And in order to ensure the continuity of generations, have been used in the construction of the ancient stones of the dismantled buildings. The new variant has appeared designed in a neoclassical style, it is not unusual for Athens, where the Byzantine influence prevails. Nevertheless, the Church of St. Irene entered the feast for the eyes, and not in vain it is for some time including the Cathedral, is not yet over in the fuss of Mitropoleos.
The idea to decorate the capital of a huge Greek Orthodox church harbored for a long time, but due to a number of reasons why the work has only just begun in 1842. The foundation stone of the Cathedral of Athens put himself Korol Otton I. In spite of the importance of the project and royal support, the work dragged on heavily, the estimate was exceeded, and in the end the money for the completion literally had to collect all the world. As a result, the whole process took more than 20 years, the building is occupied by turns, three different architect. However, they have generally managed to ensure the unity of style, the Cathedral of Athens came to fame. Building, whose bell towers were extended to forty meters, became the largest sanctuary in Greece. And let outside its design does not seem particularly impressive, anyone who happen to go inside, no doubt appreciate the richness of the interiors.Pilgrims are also required to attend the burial of two Greek saints, martyred by the Turks – in the cathedral found the final resting place Patriarch Gregory V and Velikomuchenitsa Filofeya.
Now you have to move a few blocks south to the street Lysikratous explore the church of St. Catherine. It was built eight years ago, and then dedicated to St. Theodore. Temple significantly altered in the second half of the XVIII century, when it made the town church of the monastery of St. Catherine and rededicated. However, the appearance of the building is still clearly visible features of the medieval basilica.

It attracts tourists to this region is not only a lot of beautiful buildings, but also a popular ritual changing of the guard of honor, carrying the service at the grave of the Unknown Soldier. Meanwhile, as the Greek guards marching, you can enjoy every hour, but it is best to come to Syntagma Square on Sunday around 11 am, when the ceremony takes place is particularly lush. Then it is not limited to a few soldiers, their account goes on tens, plus a band plays. However, the guards look photogenic any day of the week, being obrjazhaja in unusual clothing; which are nothing but shoes with pompons, each weighing several kilograms …
Funny step brothers Greek fighters tourist usually takes a decent distance, not suspecting that the approach can not guard closely only during combatant evolutions. Then, when was replaced by ritual is completed, you can get almost close to the guards and take pictures with them almost in an embrace.

In case to the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb was declared a few tour groups, the soldiers shoot fails and you can not go back to Syntagma Square again, should go around the block of government buildings and go out Irodou Attikou. There is also the Presidential Palace and the guards are, therefore, also going through a divorce. The existence of this post know a few, and hence the ceremonial tricks Greeks can not capture the shot in non- outsiders.
Presidential palace has become relatively recently, in 1974, and before that he held the King of Greece. The original building was built for Prince Constantine, the heir of George I. The elegant building was the royal residence after the official palace was burned, and the ruler of the country before the end of the repair had to move to his son. He received power, chose to stay in the familiar interior. When the monarchy fell, the band used for the accommodation of Greek presidents, with the restoration of the monarchy everything was back to normal. The last chord has happened in 1974, when the new proclamation of the republic, that is, the palace still became Presidential. All these changes are the building suffered no problems, it is practically rebuilt and decor have not changed. Is that the adjacent gardens year after year to grow and became more and more attractive.Green mass has reached an area of ??half a dozen hectares, and its landscapes are very pleasing to the eye. Previously, the area was the domain of the Greek kings, accordingly, its arrangement by the best masters of business park. National Gardens now allow to make a break in the tour of Athens, providing benches and thick shadow – just what you need to relax.
Walking along the paths, it is worth remembering that in the gardens was a major event that affected the course of European history. In 1920, everybody thought that Greece, supported by the Entente finally finished with Turkey and will be the largest power in the region. But no, the young and energetic Korol Aleksandr, inspired Greek expansion, died unexpectedly, and all his efforts crumbled. The cause of death was blood poisoning after being bitten by a monkey manual – went, called to walk in the garden … As a result, the Greeks lost the war against the Turks, and they have at hand, instead of a patchwork of the Ottoman Empire there was a cohesive, ambitious Turkish Republic.
On the southern border of the national gardens worth Zappeion, interesting building, sustained in the spirit of antiquity. It was built in the late XIX century, when implemented an extensive program of reconstruction of the historic center. The complex is often used for political events, for example, in its walls, Greece signed the documents on joining the European Union – many people in the country today are very sorry for this.

From the north to the National Gardens adjacent Benaki Museum. In its walls gathered tens of thousands of objects related to the history and culture of Greece. It is the only museum in Athens, which shows all the periods of the country’s life, from ancient times to the present. To view the display, you have to pay 7 euros, however entry is free on Thursdays.
The completion of our tour of Athens become notorious Omonia Square. She has a reputation for a dangerous place, on the Internet it is often rinse as a hotbed of crime. The level of crime is really a tall due to the mass of illegal immigrants in Greece, however, even at night Omonia area is safe, not to mention about the daytime. Her ensemble is primarily interesting as an example of Greek architecture of the XX century. Previously, the area looked different, but when it was rebuilt, the county began to look more beautiful, more noble: added palm trees, a fountain appeared, ascended to new homes. Omonia now serves as a place for shopping, well, and the fact that it is a major transport hub, too, should not be forgotten.
What more can be found in Athens, it’s a museum – especially the National Archaeological, then National History, Military Museum is also a good idea to visit. Athens attractions require a long, thoughtful study, so to stay in better take a few days or even a week. Visits to the museum of Athens can be alternated forays outside the city, following my example: to Piraeus can be reached walking city tram, the ancient Eleusis accessible shuttle bus to the subway, on the Attica resorts. But before you go outside of the Greek capital, it is necessary to disclose such vital topic as local food.
Places where you can eat cheaply in Athens, it is best to look in the Plaka area. It’s full of all kinds of restaurants, ready to offer guests dishes of Greek cuisine. Where to go, it depends on personal preference: Someone like noisy revelry someone who likes to dine in quiet cozy courtyards. Prices in most establishments are roughly the same, the effect is highly competitive. The most sensible thing would be to walk through the Plaka, noticing restaurants with an appropriate entourage and appreciating those who have special offers. Often possible to find options for 10-12 euros per set of three dishes, drinks included. But even if you take no mineral water, and Greek wine, still come out not too expensive. Of course, the elegance food restaurants Plaka can not boast, it is a typical tourist attraction, but it is a good chance to eat cheaply in the center of Athens.In addition, the waiters institutions without exception speak English, that is easy to explain, besides many restaurants Plaka hung at the entrance of photos Greek dishes that a visitor could see immediately what a “moussaka” “cac?k” or there.
It should also pay attention to the small snack, prefer to eat where the Greeks themselves. Thus, the network “Goody’s” operates on the principle of fast food, but there is a visit « of McDonald ‘ s » in moveton Athens, it offers fish and meat sandwiches, Greek salad and other local specialties are not shameful, especially since to dine in any institution ” goody’s “it’s only a 4-5 euro. Network affiliates, which can be expensive to eat in Athens, located near the metro stations « Sygrou – Fix » and « Monastiraki ».
Even cheaper cost sandwiches, which are prepared on the street stalls. Here we are talking already about the amounts of 2-3 euros. Undertakes, therefore, tortilla, pita, wrap it in Shmat vegetables and meat, add spices, and, voila, the sandwich is ready. In short, inexpensive meal in the center of Athens is not a problem.

As part of the purchase back “rules” of Plaka. The pedestrian area of ??the Greek capital is full of outlets. Shops, stalls, chutes and tempting to buy something. At the same time, in contrast to many other cities, prices in the city center very good. If you where to buy souvenirs in Athens, because it is on the streets of Plaka, cheaper options still to be found. For example, I bought magnets depicting Athens attractions for only 1 euro, the magnets in the form of full sun spoons were worth 1.70 euros. I should add that the cards are sold at 15-20 cents, T-shirts with inscriptions in Greek cost about 8 euros, and actually find the price of 5 euros, laying 6 euros you can get a set of a few bottles of local wine in a beautiful package. And, most importantly, you can bargain if you buy souvenirs in Athens, not tricks, but three or four copies.
Range of stalls looks most interesting, a handful of near subway « Monastiraki”- on the streets of Plaka, souvenir shops are common, but they are still scattered in the area, while everything is concentrated. Also, by quarters, adjacent to the area of ??Monastiraki, it makes sense to go, if you want to buy in Athens anything unusual, such as antiques or dummy armor. Proshvyrnuvshis for different tents, and you can find old books and perfumes, and leather goods. I recommend to stick his nose into the store “Greece Mythos”, is a house on the street 55 Pandrosou: there offer shields and helmets hoplites, Spartan swords and other equipment; Naturally, all Novodel, but it has done so well that you wonder. If the price of 150-200 euros per armor and weapons seem too high, you can buy CDs with poignant Greek music, they are just 5 euros.
Plaka also should pay attention to when you plan to buy clothes, shoes and coats from Greece. Things sold in many places, the most promising is the shops on the commercial street Ermou . Her ulterior motive was named after the god of commerce Hermes: it is half a kilometer of solid windows. Although knowledgeable people prefer to go for fur in Kastoria, the capital not be discounted: to buy a coat in Athens is quite real, and will not leave so much.
What really surprised me shopping in Athens, because it is the presence of many sumermarketov. For example, to find a large grocery store is almost always a problem, the central quarters there usually trades in small shops in the cities of Italy and France. But to buy the products in the center of Athens is easy, since there are a network of «Alfa-Beta», whose branches are very common; south of the Acropolis there are at least three things for sure. We must look out for the sign « AB », and then be able not only to buy food in the center of Athens, but also spend quite a bit.
Updating the memories of walking through the Plaka, Athens examining those attractions that are left out of the first trip, I decided to fulfill a long-standing idea, namely to go to Piraeus . Vlok me in the first place there the Maritime Museum, and the prospect of seeing seascapes played a role. In short, the Greek sun in the morning I went to the most famous Athenian suburb…

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