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Ariana: A crash course in Greek olives

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...

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Athens Crosses the Finish Line

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 ...

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“International Joyce” Metro Exhibition

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...

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What’s It Like to Walk A Marathon and Why I’d Recommend You Do It…

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...

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The Athens Classic Marathon in Numbers

Insider breaks down the world’s most famous foot race in Athens … 2.12.16 The time to beat in Athens in 2018 17 The number of elite athletes from Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda (of which 5 are women) 55,000 is the total number of participants registered for this year’s race. 18,500 is the number of marathoners registered fo...

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Evzones: Behind the Seams

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,...

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Irish-Comedy: Niamh Marron & Colin Chadwick

WHAT:  A night of top-notch stand-up comedy from the Land of Saints, Scholars, Leprechauns, Bono, Guinness, Daniel Day Lewis, Conor McGregor and Kerrygold Regato. An evening of entertainment not to be missed, Ireland’s finest London-based comedians - Niamh Marron and Colin Chadwick - will be coming to Athens to perform a live stand-up show for one ...

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American Farm School BBQ

WHAT: The annual American Farm School Country and Western BBQ fundraiser to familiarize the general public with the school’s activities and to support scholarships and educational activities. Tickets cost 35 euros for adults and 20 euros for kids. WHEN:  October 14 WHERE: Athens Tennis Club Athens Tennis Club, 2 Vas. Olgas, For reserva...

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Encounter of Youth: the Colors of Peace

WHAT: Mexican artists Alfredo ‘Libre’ Gutierrez and Jaime Carbo join Greek artists Nikos Neskes and SimpleG to convert a tram into a moving gallery. Using street art as a powerful communicating tool to promote cultural dialogue and artistic exchange between Greece and Mexico, the artists will also dress four walls of the Eirini metro station in the...

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