Revisiting my Athens in Greece

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Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, the capital of Greece, has a special place in my heart. I lived and studied in Athens from 2001 to 2002 and the city and its people have become a sort of third home to me. Whenever I return to Athens, even after so many years, I instantly feel like ‘back home’. Like in the days when I was a student and I walked passed the Acropolis to get the metro and go to university. In September I spent one day in Athens en route to the island on Astypalaia. And I returned to three dear places that I love in particular.

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Going to Athens and not visiting the Acropolis is like a sacrilege to me. Consider it super touristy, but for me climbing the marble stairs to the Parthenon is something like entering the city’s navel, the city’s birthplace and its chiseled marble heart. It is here where you understand Athens, its relevance, its being, its past, present and future. It is the place where you grasp the Greek soul and its timeless beauty. For me a visit of the Acropolis is the first thing on my list when in Athens. Cliché or not – it is my way of embracing the city in one moment.

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

A visit to the Acropolis can perfectly be combined with a stroll through an island village in the city of Athens. The quarter named Anafiotika (after the island of Anafi in the Aegean from where the inhabitants come from) lies just underneath the Acropolis and resembles an island village more than a city quarter. Narrow, winding paths, lined with plants, white washed small houses – you really have to remind yourself you’re in Athens, not on a Greek island. It is also what I call the perfect place for Urban Jungle Bloggers – plants are abound and it seems that the people here pay equal attention to their immaculate white houses as well as to their beautiful and thriving plants.

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

Since I only spent one day and night in Athens this time, I will only share one great restaurant tip with you: Ama Laxei (read Ama Lahi). This wonderful traditional Greek restaurant has a beautiful courtyard that is so typical for Greek taverns and serves some of the most delicious food in town. It is located in a rather rugged area called Exarcheia but I love it a lot. Why? Because I spent some of the best dinners as a student right there. With international friends, lots of laughter, good wine and food. It is a place to share food and drinks with people you like and love. This time I also used the opportunity to meet up with Iro,  one of my friends and fellow bloggers currently based in Athens. Side note: I didn’t take any pictures this time as it was too dark already, but above you can see a few other lovely Greek restaurants not far away from the quarter of Anafiotika.

Athens, Greece, travel tips, travel blog, Acropolis, Anafiotika, restaurant tips Athens

I also discovered a brand new hotel in Athens, but I will share a hotel report with you in a separate blog post. Until then, have a great and successful week my friends! And remember: Traveling nurtures our minds!

Photography by Igor Josifovic

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  • Reply Maria Anagnostopoulou October 26, 2015 at 11:45

    Many thanks for your lovely comments about Athens. We need them during these black years.

    • Reply Igor October 26, 2015 at 11:59

      My pleasure Maria! Athens is one of my favorite cities and I will always be on the Greek side:-)

  • Reply Maria Anagnostopoulou October 26, 2015 at 11:49

    and such a coincidence! my house is very near “Ama Laxei”!

  • Reply Anya from the hygge journal October 26, 2015 at 13:37

    Athens is one of the places I’d love to visit. I always love your amazing holiday reports Igor, feel like I’m there myself.

    🙂

    Axx

    • Reply Igor October 26, 2015 at 16:44

      Oh you must visit, Anya! Many people say it is not a city you fall in love at once. But it reveals all its beauty when you spend some time there and discover its vivid city life and all the gems around the city!

  • Reply Sarah @ Mocha Casa October 26, 2015 at 17:16

    I loved this post! I’ve only ever been to Athens on a short stopover visit. I really want to go back – there’s so much I haven’t seen.

    • Reply Igor October 26, 2015 at 17:31

      You should time your visit when I’m there too! Then we can do our archaeological discoveries together:-)

  • Reply Rach October 27, 2015 at 05:50

    the scatterd plants in pots… wow!

  • Reply Maria @ A little adventure October 28, 2015 at 07:14

    Oh what beautiful pictures! I too studied in Athens and it’s a city that holds a very special place in my heart. This post has made me feel so nostalgic; I used to love visiting the Acropolis and then strolling through the Anafiotika quarter. Now, I really must plan to visit soon!

  • Reply Salena June 21, 2016 at 11:10

    What a lovely post! I’ve been searching for some blog posts about Athens for a few months now and this is the first I’ve come across which makes me excited to explore Athens. I’ll be in Athens for 3 days and 2 nights at the end of August. Do you have any other amazing recommendations please? I’m all about food and exploring! Thank you!

    • Reply Igor June 21, 2016 at 13:22

      Definitely go to the Anafiotika area under the Acropolis, it feels like an island village. Below Anafiotika you will find lots of good traditional Greek restaurants – sometimes even with live Greek music. 100% Greek experience! Also great is the Monastiraki area that stretches all the way to Kerameikos – great restaurants along the way. For great nighlife, drinks but also food go to Gazi, the buzzing nighlife district in a former gas factory. Hope you will enjoy it!

  • Reply Yvonne June 21, 2016 at 12:29

    Your photos of the Anafiotika are gorgeous!

    • Reply Igor June 21, 2016 at 13:17

      Thank you Yvonne!!

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