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Enjoy Four Seasons Astir Palace’s legendary hospitality from June 12 with special offers

Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens re-opens its doors on June 12, and celebrates the spirit of togetherness with a special stay offer and tailored experiences for couples and families. Unlock the secrets of nature and immerse in local culture together – an ideal itinerary to refresh the spirit and reconnect with loved ones. ...

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Chisel and Memory: The Contribution of Marble Craftsmanship to the Restoration of the Acropolis Monuments

WHAT: Over forty years of photographs and documentation of the marble craftsmen of the Acropolis at work. Marble craftsmen dominate the worksite, like forms in flight balancing on towering scaffolds, maneuvering the huge blocks of marble and conservation materials into and out of position. Grouped around six themes of self-denial, labour, cooperati...

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A Magical Tour of Greece. Part 3: Mountains

In the third and final leg of his Magical Tour, John Kittmer takes us atop mountains he has yet to conquer, across inhospitable cliffs that plunge into turbid, inky waters. In my gloomier and lonelier moments in the ambassador’s office in the ugly concrete block of the Athens Embassy, I would part the bomb curtains at the wind...

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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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