Athens Insider Summer 2022

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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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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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Show your Solidarity!

While these past few months have been hard and dispiriting, this is the time to show your solidarity and call for a seminal change in the way we view race and justice.  It is heartening to see the heightened activism amongst Greece's youth who have taken on the initiative to organise protest marches in Athens and Thessaloniki. ...

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Out & About in Athens-LGBTQ Hot Spots

Until recently, Athens was merely a pit stop on the queer map for LGBTQ travellers on their way to the freedom and open-mindedness of gay-friendly Mykonos. Thanks to some pioneering bars, clubs, restaurants and Gen Z’s refusal to be narrow-minded or categorised by gender or sexual preference labels, the Athenian LGBTQ scene is finally OUT...

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Pavlos Pavlidis LIVE from the South Paths of the Stavros Niarchos Park

WHAT: The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center’s (SNFCC) new online concert series #snfccAtHome continues with Pavlos Pavlidis, one of the most important representatives of the Greek alternative rock scene, on Friday, May 29, at 21:00. The much-loved songwriter presents an unusual project he created during lockdown, especially for his onl...

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A Magical Tour of Greece Part 2: Islands

In his sequel fantasy series, John Kittmer, not unlike Jason or Odysseus, takes us through archipelagos and roll-calls of island names. These names have a magic all of their own. The poet Odysseas Elytis knew this well; ‘Each word a swallow to bring you spring in the midst of summer’. In this magical six-day tour, I am finally...

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The Higher City

The Acropolis of Athens is a fair test of our commitment to humankind’s higher cultural aspirations. In ordinary times, Athenians have ten thousand good excuses to postpone the Acropolis until next month or next lifetime. These are not ordinary times. For an able-bodied resident of Athens not to take advantage of this opportunity is to fa...

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