Rebetiko, the Greek ‘blues’


If you are interested in listening to the original sound of bouzouki the way the locals do, one of the best and most entertaining ways is to enter a rebetadiko. It is something between a bar and a tavern where you can drop in for drink or even enjoy a meal while a music band plays rebetiko, the Greek ‘blues’ music. We visited one of the most traditional rebetadiko in downtown Athens, open at lunchtime too on weekends. Be prepared for dancing…

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Plato’s Academy

Greece, Athens, Akadimia Platonos
ateneIf you belong to those who believe that the only evidence left from Plato was his books, maybe you should reconsider. The ruins of his philosophical school, the Academy, are still existing in a degraded neighborhood in the backyard of Athens historic center. Nobody seems to care though! To tell the truth, even I who was born, raised and have spent most of my life in Athens, I had never crossed the threshold of this ‘lost in the crowd’ archaeological site.

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Athens, the New Acropolis Museum

Greece, Athens, Acropolis Museum
ateneIt goes without saying that you will visit it regardless of whether you like archeology or not. The New Acropolis Museum is ranking high in all listing of the best museums in the world, despite the fact that it is a thematic archaeological museum. In contrast with the other multicultural ‘stars’ as the Louvre, the Prado or the Hermitage, all exhibits in displays are from Acropolis hill, just across the road . It’s not only majestic, it’s controversial too!!!

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