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TravelPod Member ReviewsFiloxenia Hotel Athens
The outside was the best part. The hotel felt run down, especially the rooms which had NO view (a brick wall and the local cats) and very noisy air con. Hotel position was rather a long way from the old centre of Athens though very convenient for the museum & a very nice square with variety of good restaurants. Breakfast on rooftop was adequate & staff were ok.
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... area were originally living in the caves at the bottom of the rocks however they kept getting disturbed by the local shepherds so they decided to climb up closer to God. After the monasteries/nunneries we visited an idol making factory. This is where they make the paintings that they sell which are exact replicas of the original. They paint it in the same way the original was painted thousands of years ago ...
... and gold jewellery.
One of the highlights was the funerary mask of King Agamemnon, which was unearthed by famous archaeologist Hienrich Schliemann in the late 19th century. Schliemann believed the mask to belong to the legendary king from Homer's Iliad, however modern techniques show that the mask predates him by a few hundred years. In reality the mask, made of solid gold, probably didn't belong to Agamemnon, but it's fun to pretend!
The exhibit talked quite ...
... English with me.
The next day we took a train into the centre of Athens.and visited the Acropolis. We climbed right up to the top. Dad had to carry Tom on his shoulders. The Acroplois is over 3000 years old, and looks amazing. You could also see all of Athens. It was so hot that Dad bought us Slushies afterwards. I also posed for a photo Athenian soldier.
The next day we met up with Ody ...
... in the gleaming sun.
Now the picture is a little bleaker, graffiti covers every wall that the “artists” could get to, weeds grow through walkways, the fountains are either empty or contain brownie green sludge and litter spills out across empty plazas.
The area has an empty feel and big metal fences with padlocked gates bar entry to almost all the buildings. Water has been drained from the diving pool, and seats ripped out all over the ...
... that this once was a thriving happening area but now its probably only half what it used to be. Another case of Athens doing it tough.
Stopped for a coffee and dessert at Hagen Daaz. The thing that told us we weren't in Istanbul anymore were the magazines on offer to read which included Playboy. LOL.