Athens Insider Summer 2020

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Screen Magic: The 10th Athens Open Air Film Festival airs iconic films in epic settings

Sherri Moshman-Paganos recommends watching iconic films in epic settings as the perfect salve for our confusing times. If you’ve ever wanted to see Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film “Rebecca” against the backdrop of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, you can do that this summer. The 10th Athens Open Air Film Festival has officially started! One o...

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Michelin Awards 2020: Proof that Greece’s gastronomic scene is smoking hot right now! 

At a time when Greek restauranteurs have been tested in more ways than one,  the Michelin Awards provide a glimmer of hope and recognition, further bolstering Athens’ cred as a gourmet capital. A Michelin star is a perplexing badge of honour — mainly because nobody can quite pinpoint exactly what's needed to get one. The ambig...

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Discovering Athens with free bike rides

When Monique van Hulst moved from the Netherlands to Athens in 2007, bicycling was considered a death wish. A quiet cycling revolution has been underway since, and one of the positive fallouts of the lockdown has been the born-again zeal of new converts to cycling. That change in mindset, coupled with a real determination to make Athens a...

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7 Bars for Beer lovers in Athens

Great news for craft beer lovers out there. Ethel Dilouambaka does all the hard work of guzzling a few pints to curate the ultimate beer guide. Strange Brew Taproom & Bottleshop In the up-and-coming neighborhood of Koukaki, one will find Strange Brew taproom on Falirou street. Here, you get to enjoy the delicious concoction...

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Athens: A Photo Essay

Christos Ditoras makes the most of his love for the city and of photography to capture Athens in all its spring glory. Cascading wisterias, bougainvillaeas in shocking clusters of eye-popping magenta, Plaka's ice-cream hued homes and Athens' landmarks in their naked splendour, all find their way into his Lockdown album. The Ka...

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So long Frappé, Hello Freddo!

If you’ve been to Greece before and still nurse your frappé fantasies, its time you switched like the rest of Greece has, to its new world order and summer obsession, the freddo! When did frappé get dethroned as coffee king? Depends on whom you ask. But all the baristas Athens Insider spoke to claim that only 10 percent of col...

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Which mask type are you?

A terrific accessory to mask your personality or reflect it in all its glory? With masks recommended for the foreseeable future, it is time you defined your masked persona. From sophisticated in silk, to drab and utilitarian or downright silly – masks are defining our post-corona personalities in more ways than you think. Do you colour-co...

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Tools for a Restless Traveler

What do you get when a former diplomat reinvents himself as a bicycle-riding Indiana Jones and shares his contagious curiosity for Greece's ancient landscape? Brady Kiesling's restless years of scouring Greece's hillsides and ancient manuscripts is now a friendly app for the curious at heart. By arming visitors with ToposText, he hopes to...

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Lessons in solidarity

Peter Poulos, Executive Director at The Hellenic Initiative harnesses his solitude in lockdown to raise funds for those hardest hit by the Covid pandemic. Over a month ago on March 23rd Athens went into a lockdown/quarantine which required each of us to notify the government with an SMS message when we needed to leave our home...

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