WHAT: There’s nothing better than sipping a warm drink and shopping for gifts for your loved ones, especially when there are hundreds of different choices in one festively decorated market. Local merchants will be selling their goods all weekend long at the Christmas Meet Market. There’s even a solution for the kids being towed along in the form of...
Diana Farr Louis, Diane Shugart and Alexia Amvrazi map out their seven fave under-the-radar spots in Psyrri. Excerpts from 111 Places In Athens That You Shouldn’t Miss.
To Kompoloi tis Psyrri
All about worry beads, a unique Greek tradition
Not long ago a man twirling worry beads was a common sight – on the street, in a café, o...
Three Athenians have fun mapping out under-the-radar sites and sights of their beloved city. This is the first in a series of excerpts from 111 Places In Athens That You Shouldn’t Miss, an offbeat guide to the Big Olive by Alexia Amvrazi, Diana Farr Louis and Diane Shugart.
For almost a century this warehouse-like shop has sol...
Always wanted to know why the date November 17 is such a big deal but didn’t quite know why. Nor did you quite understand why Greece’s most notorious terrorist group goes by the same name. Accomplished writer Sofka Zinovieff lends context and historical explanation to this all-important date in the Greek calendar in this excerpt from her ...
by Emily Howard
The Athens Classic Marathon is, without doubt, a race. It is by definition a competition and there are always winners and losers. But anyone who watched or participated in the festivities that took place this past weekend would tell you that the 18,500 that participated ran as a city united.
With the ever present reminders of the ...
WHAT: “My mouth is full of decayed teeth and my soul of decayed ambitions,” James Joyce once wrote. For a journey into those decayed ambitions visit the exhibition on the great writer’s life, supported by the Athens 2018 World Book Capital. The official opening ceremony takes place tomorrow and will include a discussion on the life and works of Jam...
by Sudha Nair-Iliades
As a competitive sprinter (many moons ago), I never thought I’d be championing walking over running, but into my third marathon this year, I’ve come to enjoy the joys of walking 42.195 kms spread across a good six and a half hours. Once you’re past the sniggers of “anybody could walk a marathon, what’s the big dea...
Insider breaks down the world’s most famous foot race in Athens …
The time to beat in Athens in 2018
The number of elite athletes from Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda (of which 5 are women)
is the total number of participants registered for this year’s race.
is the number of marathoners registered fo...
By Diana Farr Louis
What do a shop that sells 20 types of olives, an underground river, an Ottoman gate, a Roman loo, and a virtual reality lab have in common? They all lie within ten minutes of Monastiraki Square and are among the places featured in this new guide to Athens. Along with other eclectic sights and sites, they form part o...
A peek under the 400-pleated fustanellas and elaborate uniforms worn by the elite Evzones, a real labour of love, embroidered and hand-crafted by the 10-member tailoring department of the Presidential Palace. A photo essay on a unique tailoring tradition by Angelos Giotopoulos.
Often the most-photographed subjects of tourists,...