Athens, Greece: A Hidden Treasure

Published Date Author: , March 19th, 2011

Athens, GreeceI used to think of Athens as a big, ugly city with obligatory ancient sights, fine museums, the touristy old quarter of Plaka, and not much else. “The joy of Greece is outside of Athens,” I wrote. “See the museums and scram.”

But while updating my guidebook last summer, I enjoyed the city more than ever. I discovered a place that is getting its act together, despite Greece’s economic crisis. I had a great experience, even at the worst time of year for a visit. It was sweltering — well over 100 degrees — and because it was mid-August, most Athenians were gone, finding relief on the beach. Still, there was an energy in Athens that made me want to come back and linger — in winter.

I discovered much of that energy in offbeat parts of the city, thanks to Matt Barrett, who splits time between Greece and North Carolina. He splashes through his adopted hometown like a kid in a wading pool, enthusiastically sharing his discoveries and observations on his website (athensguide.com).

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