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Πετώντας πάνω από την Ελλάδα

Μια μαγευτική περιήγηση -σε high definition- πετώντας πάνω από την Ελλάδα. Ξεκινώντας από την Αθήνα, θα μας ταξιδέψει σε μοναδικά μέρη εξερευνώντας διάσπαρτα Ελληνικά νησιά στο λαμπρό μπλε του Αιγαίου, αρχαία ερείπια, καταπράσινους λόφους, βραχώδεις ακτές και ιστορικούς τόπους γεμάτους παραδόσεις. Την δραματική άποψη ενισχύσαμε με την μουσική του Βαγγέλη Παπαθανασίου! Θα πετάξουμε από την Κέρκυρα στην Κρήτη, από τα Μετέωρα στην Μύκονο, στην Πελοπόννησο, στη Ρόδο, στη Σαντορίνη, στη Θεσσαλονίκη και σε πολλούς άλλους λαμπρούς προορισμούς αυτού του υπέροχου τόπου!

A breathtakingly beautiful virtual tour shot in high definition from a helicopter-mounted camera. Lifting off from Athens, you embark on a modern odyssey as varied and dramatic as Greek history, exploring exotic islands scattered like stones in the brilliant blue Aegean, ancient ruins, verdant hills, rocky coastlines, and timeless traditions.

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33 Reasons Why Athens Is The Next Big Thing!

33 reasons for Athens

Athens is once again on the rise. Dealt a black eye during the financial crisis and the ensuing media coverage of the unrest, the country has pulled itself together and its capital has never been more lively.

With visitor numbers back up, a recent New York Times article touting the town, and a new campaign to make curious tourists feel more at home (#ImAnAthenian), Athens has regained its confidence and is ready to show the world why this city is the next big thing.

1. ATHENIANS EMERGED FROM THE FINANCIAL CRISIS STRONGER AND WISER

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2. ATHENS IS EUROPE’S CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS

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Monday night and Friday night look alarmingly similar at Athens’ bars and restaurants: packed

3. THERE HAS BEEN A LOGIC-DEFYING EXPLOSION OF AWESOME BARS, RESTAURANTS, AND CAFES SINCE THE CRISIS

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Drinks in the Gazi – a former gas plant turned artsy ‘hood in the center of the city

4. FORGET PARIS OR ROME, ATHENS HAS THE LARGEST CAFE CULTURE IN THE WORLD

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In Athens it is possible that there is more cafes than inhabitants

5. IT’S LAID BACK

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While Londoners, Parisians and even some Romans eat at their desk, long lunches are still normal in Athens

6. “SOCIAL” IS NOT A STRONG ENOUGH WORD TO DESCRIBE MOST ATHENIANS

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Athenians love to talk – a lot

7. THE CITY ISN’T PLAGUED BY RULES

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It’s not like Athens doesn’t have rules – it does. It’s just that those that are seen as an impediment to living well aren’t really followed

8. ATHENS IS ACTUALLY TWO CITIES…

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Athens and the region of Attica

…A SEASIDE MEDITERRANEAN ONE…

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View of Faliro from the Poseidon Hotel

… AND AN INLAND HISTORICAL CENTER SURROUNDED BY MOUNTAINS

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Sunset view from the Lycabettus hill over Athens

9. THERE ARE DOZENS OF GREAT BEACHES NEARBY

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Varkiza beach

10. THE PATIOS

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The patio at A for Athens hotel and bar overlooking the city

11. THE VIEWS

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The view of Lycabettus Hill from the Acropolis

12. THE CITY’S VISITORS, FORMER RESIDENTS AND OCCUPIERS HAVE LEFT AMAZING THINGS BEHIND (THOUGH WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY TOOK AWAY):
THE ANCIENT GREEKS

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The Parthenon in all its glory

THE ROMANS

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The Roman agora

THE BYZANTINES

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Church of Panagia Kapnikarea

THE OTTOMANS

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Tzistarakis Mosque

THE BAVARIANS

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Athens’ Parliament and former palace of the Bavarian King Otto

13. THE CITY’S MUSEUMS ARE WORLD-CLASS BUT UNDERAPPRECIATED

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The Benaki Museum

14. THE CITY PERFECTS SHABBY CHIC

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The fading elegance of Athens’ Monastiraki neighborhood

15. THE STREET ART IS WORLD CLASS

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The Exarchia neighborhood has particularly good street art

16. IT’S CHEAP. LIKE, REALLY CHEAP

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Most European capitals are jaw-droppingly expensive, while Athens continues to be a bargain for any traveler. European brands at discount prices and, er, free hugs for all.

17. OUT OF THE CRISIS CAME A BOOMING TECH START-UP CULTURE

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Nikos Drandakis of the fantastic start-up TaxiBeat that helps Athenians find reliable and friendly cabs in the city

18. THEY’RE REALLY GOOD AT COMBINING BARS, CAFES, CONCERT HALLS, ART SPACES AND SOMETIMES EVEN A POOL INTO ONE VENUE

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Audio-visual experimental show at the now legendary Six D.O.G.S. bar, restaurant, art and music space in central Athens.

19. REBETIKA

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Traditional music. Food. Dancing. Much drink. Rebetika music nights, in sum. Listen to some here.

20. BOUZOUKIA

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The idea is a reserve a table with friends, buy a few bottles and baskets of rose petals to throw at the feet of performers and watch your money disappear quickly to the soundtrack of Greek pop. Dancing onstage is encouraged.

21. THERE’S SOMETHING WONDERFUL ABOUT STREET KIOSKS WHERE YOU CAN BUY A BEER, A BOX OF TYLENOL OR A BYZANTINE FLAG AT ANY HOUR

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Kiosks can be found on nearly every corner of the city

22. YOU WOULDN’T TELL BY LOOKING AT IT BUT ATHENS IS SAFER THAN MOST CITIES ITS SIZE

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Exarchia (above) might look like a rough neighborhood but appearances can be deceiving. It’s harmless.

23. THE CITY’S CENTRAL MARKET IS THE REAL DEAL

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Far from a tourist trap, Athens’ central market might just be the most authentic Mediterranean experience there is.

24. AND EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE CITY HAS A LIVELY FARMER’S MARKET ONCE PER WEEK

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A farmer selling potatoes in the Kolonaki neighborhood.

25. IT’S HARD TO HAVE A BAD MEAL

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A typical mezes complete with tzatziki, octopus, boiled greens and a village salad

26. THE SEAFOOD IS HEAVENLY

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A piece of grilled octopus from the restaurant Varoulko Seaside near Piraeus

27. THEY ALWAYS SERVE FOOD (FREE) WITH DRINKS

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Though this might not seem like a reason to visit a city, you’ll think differently when a bowl of olives, pistachios, cheese, salty carrots or some grilled veggies arrive with your beer.

28. IN FACT, THE FOOD IS SO GOOD IT HAS ITS OWN MUSEUM

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A dish from the Museum of Greek Gastronomy Museum in central Athens

29. THERE’S GREAT HIKING JUST ABOVE THE CITY

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The view from Mount Hymettos, which looms over the city

30. ATHENS HAS MILD WEATHER ALL YEAR ROUND

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It’s rare to find a cloud in summer

31. YOU’RE A FEW HOURS BY BOAT FROM OVER ONE THOUSAND STUNNING ISLANDS

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Firopotmas bay on the island of Milos

32. DECENT SKIING ISN’T FAR AWAY EITHER

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Hitting the slopes on Mount Parnassus next to Delphi

33. OH YEAH AND IT WAS ALSO THE BIRTHPLACE OF DEMOCRACY AND, ARGUABLY, OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

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The entrance to the Acropolis

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I’m An Athenian Too

Stamp your Athenian identity on the world by joining the latest campaign for Athens. Visit http://www.imanathenian.com or download the app and get stamping.

Meet A Whole New Generation Of Street Art Emerging In Athens, Greece

“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing,” Banksy famously proclaimed. “And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.” The world’s most recognizable street artist has a point — graffiti has a tendency to pop up in dire times. And while it may not solve the world’s pressing problems, street art has a way of grabbing the public’s attention.

Getty photographer Milos Bicanksi recently took notice of the rise in contemporary graffiti in one particular location — on the streets of Athens, Greece. As the country experiences the hardships connected with economic collapse and unemployment, a generation of politically-minded artists have turned public spaces into canvas. Their murals and street artworks run the gamut from hyperrealism to abstract cartoons, poetic text to expansive geometric landscapes. Bicanski has photographed it all.

Take a look at the survey of Greek graffiti, wheat pastes and spray paint masterpieces below, provided without commentary for your viewing pleasure. Keep in mind, Athens is just one of the 21st centuries emerging street art meccas. Check out our previous coverage on global street art here.

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According to CNN, Cine Thisio is no.1 in their top 10 list of most enjoyable cinemas worldwide!!

The best movie theaters always make the movie better.

You could be watching the third re-run of your own birth, but if you’re snuggled into a soft seat with buttery popcorn in your lap and a sound system that feels like its channeled directly into your temporal lobe, somehow you’ll come out feeling like you had a good time.

For the global jet-setting movie junkie, these are some movie theaters that take a good experience and make it great.

Cine Thisio

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Athens is home to multiple outdoor movie theaters that crop up during the summer but none provide as majestic a view as Cine Thisio.

From your seat at Cine Thisio you not only get to view the latest blockbuster but also the Acropolis, and the Parthenon that sits on top. The best view is at night.

Cine Thisio is the oldest outdoor movie theater in Athens, built in 1935, and is usually open from April to October. Cine Thisio shows both first-run studio releases and classic movies.

Source: travel.cnn.com/