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Athens

The Home of Ancient Civilization and Ouzo

Like most big cities, Athens is a complex and layered place filled with paradoxes. As the birthplace of western civilization and the home of spectacular ancient sights, this capital city offers some of the most fascinating and traditionally Greek sights one could hope for--coupled with the most inauthentic of tourist traps and cheesy souvenirs (topless Aphrodite-shaped ouzo bottles, anyone?) Though it operates as the political and cultural center of Greece and houses almost half of the country's population, a large percentage of residents consider themselves displaced villagers and islanders rather than true Athenians. Many Greeks complain that the city is polluted and overcrowded, but travelers may be pleasantly surprised by the lovely botanical gardens, the charming outdoor tavernas, and the brand-new metro system, so clean that New Yorkers and Londoners won’t believe their eyes. All told, no trip to Greece is really complete without a stopover here--even amidst the crowds, the heat, and the madness, the sight of the Acropolis at night will take your breath away.

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  • Great post! I've always wanted to visit Athens someday, still hoping that one day I may have the chance to go there and feel and see the wonderful things in Athens and not just in photos or videos anymore. By the way If you are looking for a travel inspiration, http://www.simplyathens.org/ has everything you need to know. Travel ideas, Events, guides, what to do, where to go in Athens.
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  • Innerhalb der Stadtgrenzen sinds tatsächlich nur rund 700.000 Einwohner, die Metropole hat die erwaehnten 4 Millionen plus
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  • athen hat über 4,5 milonen einwohner somit gebe ich eine schlechte bewertung
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  • super!!!!
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  • Ville assez polluée, mais le parthénon tout en haut de la montagne vaut le déplacement. La vue est époustouflante! Profitez pour vous arrêter à une terrasse et boire de l'ouzo ou un café frappé.
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