Friday, June 22, 2007
Athens, Plaka-old town (down of Acropolis, historical center)
2 min from Syntagma square,
2 min from famous and exclusive shopping area (Ermou street), fast access to all archeological sites.
3 Metro stations access (~ 2-3 min walking distance to each station)
Fully Furnished apartment for rent, 67 square meters including: 2 Bedrooms with spacious closets, living-dining room, full bath and fully equipped kitchen.
Flat amenities include: Hot water, Colour TV, Hair dryer, Iron, Electric stove, Washing machine, Coffee maker, Refrigerator, kitchen accessories (plates, dishes, pots, ventilation, etc).
The bedrooms includes , 1 double bed and 2 single beds with all necessary accessories (liners, pillows, etc).
The sofa in the living room can turn to a bed accommodating 4+1.
High speed Internet connection provided .
Special discounts are offered for stays 3 weeks+.
No commission fees, direct from the owner.
From the electric train station of this name, heading west in the area that skirts the park around the Thission and Ancient Agora, at the end of the shopping street Ermou. There is the flea market where items ranging from off-brand winter jackets, to army knives, vie with old telephone cards (especially along Adrianou - which also has several rather romantic cafes and restaurants - on Sunday mornings).
Many gift shops and most notably antique, junk and collectors corners of every sort. This is touristy, but it's mixed in with the sort of old shops, that are gems and one of a kind.
By the way, walk just down from the station away from the flea market to Kirikou street and you'll find the busiest and most popular after-work Gyros places - if a Gyros is good anywhere, it is here!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
The first area you will normally be recommended to shop in is Ermou street, the pedestrian street that runs off Syntagma at McDonald's. Yes there are some good shops here for clothes, but veer off into the side streets for cloth and varied items and also try Monastiraki.
If you like big shops or to buy brands, head a for the Town Hall (Kotzia square).
The Notos Galleries department store will reward you with good views from its roof top cafe.
If you will be going to Pireas and are looking for lower priced items, you'll probably do better there.
Opening hours are: 8.30-13.30 & 17.30-20.30 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Monday and Wednesday 8.30-14.00. Saturday 8.30-14.30 (or 15.00), Sundays closed.
Some department stores are open everyday from 8.30 to 20.30 without a break. Tourist and other shops in tourist areas may be open for more hours and on Sundays.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
The oldest district of Athens, the Plaka, is characterized by monuments of all periods, which prove that this was the heart of the city from Antiquity until modern times.
Several small churches, a mosque, an Ottoman bath and the first university of Greece, together with the Roman Agora, constitute its cultural mosaic.
After a walk in its narrow streets, a glass of wine in one of the little taverns under the Acropolis is a must.
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