Athens – Greece

Arriving in Athens, I had made reservations at Athens Easy Access hostel, 18euros per night. From airport to Syntagma square there are regular buses, bus number X95. From Syntagma square to Omonia is a 15mins walk. Behing the big building of Hondas center you can find the hostel. Omonia is by no means the best areas of Athens. Its got drug pedllers, pimps, prostitutes. There are cops round the corner but it does not feel safe to walk through the people sitting in the big area.
Once inside the hostel its a good place to be in. They have a bar where food is also served. A welcome drink for everyone. This is a great place to meet fellow travelers. I did go out with few of them whom I met in the room/bar/reception area. 3 computers for internet access and also wifi enabled.
Athens is a place with lot of history. There are lot of similarities between Greek Gods & Indian Gods. We both have Gods for each & everything. Also, ancient civilisations, philosophers, mathematicians. Most structures and buildings in ancient times had reference of geometric figures.
In some time Before Christ, they were famous for Kouron & Koroi sculptures. The Kourons are the males who are naked with left foot forward. This is also a symbol of power. The Korois are the female sculptures who are modest and fully dressed.
The evening after reaching Athens, I went to Mount Lycabettus with French guy. He teaches history in school in Paris. When we returned to hostel it was late in night.
Next day morning, I got up by 9:45am and went to have my breakfast which would be served till 10:00am and its part of the stay package. But surprisingly they were cleaning all the dishes and place was almost empty. When I looked around I saw a clock showing time as 11:00am. There is 1hr difference between Germany & Greece. Missing breakfast was better than missing flight or ferry.
A short tour of Athens should definitely include
1. Acropolis
Acropolis

2. Ancient Agora

3. National museum
4. Mount Lycabettus
5. National garden
6. Athens flea market at Monastiraki
7. Aero Park

The metro tickets are available at all stations and is cost of 1euro per ticket. Dont forget to validate the ticket.
Dont forget to have dinner at Scholarhio near Acropolis. Its not expensive. its got tasty food.
Syntagma square also houses the Parliment. Outside the parliment every evening there is a marching by security guards all through the night. After rounds of marching, they reach the sentry post finally. Here there is a guard who makes adjustments of their rifle & dress. He also swipes the sweat of their faces.

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