Greece is not just a conservatory of ancient ruins, no matter how beautiful, and is not limited to its distant, prestigious past. Greece has a lot to offer anyone who knows how to think outside the box. In other words, it would be a pity to limit oneself to a circuit that could not be more classical, that of archaeological sites, without pushing the curiosity a little further. Cross roads are made to be borrowed.
The change of scenery is actually where there is nothing to see. It is in the lost places of Greece that we still have the chance to be welcomed in the respect of the Greek tradition, that of philoxenia, the traditional “hospitality” of the Greeks, which still exists in certain forgotten places.
This small country is in fact immense: on the continent, the territories are divided by the mountains and the islands are as many miniature countries, with the own identity, that one invites you to discover (this guide of the mainland Greece in details about ten who are close to the continent).
Of course, Greece is still suffering from an economic crisis – and moral … But do not stop at all that the print media or television could say about these “curious” Greeks – curious, at least to eyes of quite a lot of Northern Europeans who judge them rather severely. Show yourself also curious, in the other sense of the term, to go beyond and discover a population that has the vocation of the welcome and will wish to exchange with you on many subjects … Despite all the difficulties, if l Judging by the tourist attendance of recent years, the country keeps intact its power of attraction, and that’s good!
Athens is, of course with its extraordinary monuments, museums with exceptional collections, fruits of a history that skips the millennia.
It is also a bubbling, popular atmosphere, both Mediterranean and European, as singular as it is typical of today’s capitals.
A city with multiple identities, to which each neighborhood brings its tone. From the picturesque alleys of Plaka rolled up at the foot of the Acropolis to the profusion of market halls, the winding streets of Psiri stuffed with neobistrots variegated with those of Exarchia the libertarian or Gazi the trendy, Athens, the Greek capital, refuses to let down under the blows of a crisis that never stops to get worse.
Athens is obviously a city with a tumultuous history. In fact, a great fifty years especially glorious will have been enough to ensure an eternal fame.
Thanks to Josh from Painters North Lakes for the tips who is a Greek Australian who visits his beautiful homeland twice a year.