Athens Insider Summer 2021

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To Be an Evzone

Trained in silence to attain fitness levels worthy of Hercules and the ability to stand like a statue for over an hour at a time, evzones are the living embodiment of Greek grit. We bring to life the daily existence of these granite-faced guardians of democracy. Who Are They? The Evzones (Greek: Εύζωνας) are a ceremonial unit t...

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Evzones: Behind the seams

With their famous pompoms and synchronised stoicism, the elite soldiers of the Presidential Guard are just as much a symbol of Athens as the Acropolis (and every bit as Instagrammed!). We take a peek underneath those 400-pleat fustanellas to hail the unsung heroes behind these proud national emblems. Often the most-photograp...

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The Day of the Dead

We've all heard about the Day of the Dead or seen the classic sugar skull paintings—but what does this celebration really represent? Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is not a Mexican version of Halloween but an explosion of color and life-affirming joy. As in cities across Mexico, join Athenian revellers as they don funky makeup an...

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New hotels to discover Athens from

The appetite for accommodation in the Greek capital is soaring with a fresh breed of inner-city boltholes, catering to every style, mood and budget. There are rooms that qualify as art museums, others that will feature in your instant bucket-lists: here’s Athens Insider’s rundown of the hottest hotel openings this year. Stop moaning about...

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