Athens, the capital of Greece is at the heart of ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and empire. It is a contemporary city. I was in Athens in April, staying at Art Gallery Hotel, which is situated in the quiet neighborhood, a little distance away from the Acropolis. I am glad I didn’t reside at Attalos or The Cecil or The Economy which are one of the busiest streets in the city.
I had lunch at Scolarhion in Plaka that offered delicious food and at Kuzina that offered innovative Greek influenced cuisine. I had the rest of my meal at local taverns. The simply affordable taverna was Ambrosia, four blocks from my hotel, leading to the metro, Drakou. I also went to an amazing Italian place, owned by a charming Greek couple called Peaooe.
- Museum of Greek Folk Art
Situated in Plaka, the museum is a nice collection of metal work and costumes, pottery and embroidery. It is great for the interests of those who are jewelers or dabble in fine arts. A highlight was the exhibit hall of famous folk art painter, Theopolis, who had earned their livelihood from Lesvos.
The museum is free on Wednesdays from 3 to 9 pm, so I went there in the evening. It offers to see live workshop in the afternoon, of the jewelers working. The collection is very impressive and is amazingly portrayed. It is the work of Greece’s most famous jeweler and also contains ancient pieces which are intricate.
- Acropolis Museum
It is a lovely museum on the hill consisting of amazing sculptures. I recommend visiting it in the early morning, as of 9:30 am the tour buses crowd the place. The monuments are captivating and the view is breathtaking.
There are many other places to visit such as Gastronomy museum, the new opera house and meat market.
How to reach Athens?
Athens being the capital city of Greece is well connected via flights to major cities across the world. Alternatively, one can choose trains and domestic flights when traveling from Europe and from within Greece effectively. It is recommended not to reside for less than 4 days if you want to catch the essence of the city entirely.