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Taking the 'fast train' (as it is known locally) to Athens was a real treat for our family as we have been on many long and uncomfortable bus rides. Although comfortable in our train berths we were anxious about coming to Athens. So much is on the news about the problems in Greece and Athens is the ‘melting pot’ of all the unrest. …
... guide talked about much of the same stuff we had seen earlier. Then they dropped us in Plaka, the old part of the city known for its shopping and restaurants. We all walked slightly downhill for about 6 blocks past all kinds of shops and outdoor restaurants with musicians roaming about. Mom had no time to shop as we had to keep moving. We got to to the restaurant and were seated at long tables with a Greek band playing traditional Greek music. Appetizers of fave beans, tehni ...
... vehicular and passenger ferries travelling to and from the many Greek islands. A mass of white buildings surrounding the bay and out to the mountains...most people in Greece live in Athens so mostly units/ apartment type dwelling everywhere mostly quite run down in appearance. And evidence around of their unrest with the economy ...graffiti abounds. Unemployment is at 28%... Being a Sunday all of Athens was closed, only the Plaka area open...quite ...
When we finally got to the Athens dock we and a drive to get to the city and then had a guided tour of the acropolis which was really cool! The pantheon was so amazing! There was really good views up there, we then had a bus tour around the city before heading to our ...
... hilltop, in the rain. Just as were were walking down the steps to our coach, the rain stopped. We would have enjoyed this so much better if the weather had cooperated.
Our guide told us about the lives in Greece and how they have drastically changed. Most of the their salaries have been cut in half due to their economic downturn. We did notice that the guide was not very happy. She never smiled. They are ...
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We found this hotel that fit our budget but after booking were scared after reading many reviews that made it out to be the worst place in the world. After contacting the hotel owner (Mike) I was reassured that my family would be safe, clean and cool (our criteria).
I told my family we should try it one night and then if necessary we will move for the other 4 nights. To our surprise the rooms, bathrooms and kitchen were spotless. The rooms were safe and the building is controlled by CCTV. We were not the only ones that found Athens House Hostel acceptable - 3 nights in the row I found 4-6 people sleeping in the lobby when I got up at 5am to write. Rooms were full, people friendly and helpful.
We also liked the fact that we could walk to all the sites, stores and restaurants.
This is the best priced, safest, cleanest centrally located hotel/hostel you can find in Athens!!
We were glad to have included this for 5 days of our Around the World in 80 Days trip! http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog/maaske/6/tpod.html
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