Athens Insider Summer 2021

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Sealed Earth: Firing up creativity

The enormously talented Loukia launched Sealed Earth earlier this year, in an area where sculptures are anchored into its very landscape, at the foothills of the Acropolis. A creative hub for ceramicists, from beginners to professional creators, this is where you want to spend your afternoons, rolling up your sleeves and getting dirty, wh...

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Lexikopoleio: For bookish delights

A place of discovery, escape and joy in leafy Pangrati. Walking into Lexikopoleio feels like coming home, because there’s an inexplicable warmth and safety it fosters. The musky smell of the books, the vibrant colours of the covers, the texture of the pages and spine - that in itself is a draw -but when it is peopled by staff who love lit...

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Wine with Eleni: Parkside sips

WHAT: An urban park with the promise of chilled wine culled from Greece’s vineyards by someone who has done a lot of drinking on our behalf. What’s not to love? Eleni Kefalopoulou, Insider wine columnist for years, converts a nook off Misariolotou’s public park into a lush, wine-lovers’ haven. WHY WE LOVE IT: As a true oenophi...

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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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