On a visit to… Anna (Athens, Greece)

Blogging is about connecting! Well, today I would like to present you lovely Anna from Athens, Greece who is the author of the blog Aspects of style and with whom I’ve had some nice chat about travel. I found her blog and I just loved it – with all this amazing pictures and itineraries which she is sharing with her readers. I’ve never been to Athens, shame I know, and that’s why I asked Anna to take part and write about her hometown so we can be prepared when we plan to pack our backpacks to Greece. Have you ever been to Athens, share in the comment section below your tips and tricks, too? I will be glad to hear more from you! 

(BG) На гости на…Анна (Атина, Гърция)

On a visit... Anna, Athens, Greece, www.omtripsblog.com

How does an OM TRIP look like?

For me, an Om trip is about visiting new cities and taking long road trips (with interesting scenery and many stops). When exploring a city, I’m mostly drawn to architecture and interesting buildings (either minimal or ornate one). I usually plan my trips in advance making sure I cover the “must-see” sights and leave enough time for walking leisurely around the city and of course some shopping!

Can we have an OM TRIP to Athens or is it impossible?

Athens is a busy city, but the historic center where all the sights are located (not to mention numerous restaurants and shops) has a lot of pedestrian streets and is quieter. The National Garden is also a nice spot for tranquility! The key is to visit the city offseason, in April, May, September or October.

On a visit to... Anna, Athens, Greece, www.omtripsblog.com

Three things which we absolutely have to take with us to Athens in our luggage?

Given the fact that you’re going to walk a lot and that it’s (pretty much) always sunny in Athens, make sure you bring a pair of comfortable shoes, sunscreen and of course your camera to take beautiful photos!

How to look like locals?

Athenians dress pretty casually, so by wearing a pair of jeans, sneakers and a t-shirt you are going to blend in!

What should we absolutely try when we’re in Athens?

Chicken mastichato at Tzitsikas & Mermigkas (it’s a chicken dish with a unique mastiha sauce)
Cheese pie (tyropita) from Ariston, a “cult” bakery which operates since 1910
Desserts from Fresh pastry store

Of course, if it’s your first time in Athens, I suggest you check out Manas kouzina at Agias Eirinis square for traditional dishes.

On a visit to... Anna, Athens, Greece, www.omtripsblog.com

Where would you take us to have a cup of coffee?

So many places I’d like to take you to, but I’ll pick two: Chocolat café in Thisio with amazing views over the Acropolis and Ancient Agora (and delicious desserts) and Tailor Made in Agias Eirinis Square for specialty coffee (and people watching).

Acropolis, Athens, Greece, www.omtripsblog.com

On a visit to... Anna, Athens, Greece, www.omtripsblog.com

The place you’d like to share with us?

The narrow and colorful streets of Plaka. It’s a touristy place, but very picturesque! Another place I like is the National Garden which is very beautiful and serene.

On a visit to... Anna, Athens, Greece, www.omtripsblog.com

We can’t do without stopping by some galleries and museums. Show us some of your favorites?

The (new) Acropolis Museum is my favorite in Athens, as it’s very spacious and bright. The Byzantine and Benaki are two interesting museums that showcase artifacts from the Middle Ages (Byzantine Era) and the 19th century.

Is the yoga popular in Athens? Where we can practice?

Yes, it is! There are many studios in downtown Athens. I personally practice Anusara yoga in Bhavana Yoga Studio located near the ever-popular Agias Eirinis Square.

There are lots of clichés about Greece, which ones proved to be false?

A typical cliché that I can think of about Greeks is that they are lazy. Studies have shown that Greeks work much more hours than other Europeans. This cliché probably stems from the fact that Greeks work to live (and lounge for hours drinking coffee and chatting with friends) and don’t live to work.

Where should we head to after Athens?

If you have a few days to spare I’d say head either to the islands of the Saronic Gulf, namely Hydra, Spetses, and Poros or Nafplio, which was Greece’s first capital in the 19th century.

If you do have more time, then you can visit the Cyclades (one or two islands the most) or head to Crete!

Who is Anna?

Anna Athens, Greece, www.omtripsblog.com

 

My name is Anna and I’m an Athenian born and bred who loves to travel and exploring other countries! I work in the Greek public sector and in my free time, I like to practice yoga, explore Athens and find the best pastry shops!! I blog about my travel and style adventures (and of course tips about Athens) over at Aspects of Style.

All pictures are kindly provided by Anna, Aspects of Style. Thank you, Anna! 

 

 

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On a visit to... Anna, Athens, Greece, www.omtripsblog.com

34 Comments

  1. Better planet! Better world! December 19, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    This is beautiful! I have Always admired Greece from a distance 🙂 hope to visit it someday.

    Reply
    1. omtripsblog February 21, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Nothing is impossible! The funny part is that I am from Bulgaria, only a few hours from Greece and still haven’t been there 🙂

      Reply
  2. G&D Blog December 16, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Who would say no to Athens, Greece?! All those historical spots bring you back to that era. Oh my Zeus, this is really on our bucket list! 😀

    -Gerome of G&D Blog
    http://www.gdblog.net

    Reply
    1. omtripsblog December 18, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Hey, Gerome! I am so happy that you stopped by on our blog! If you visit Greece do not hesitate to drop me a line and plan a trip to Bulgaria as well! 🙂

      Best,
      Moni

      Reply
  3. Akamatra December 15, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    I live in Athens too and I couldn’t agree more with what Anna wrote. Even some of the places she mentioned are my favorites too.

    Reply
    1. omtripsblog December 18, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Yey, @Akamatra, it is so nice to hear that 🙂

      Reply
  4. Parenting Healthy December 15, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    I am so envious you got to sped time around all of that history and architect. I’d love to visit

    Reply
    1. omtripsblog December 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      Hope you get the chance to visit Athens soon!

      Reply
  5. Rahul Khurana December 15, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Greece is on my hit list of the destinations to visit, its so beautiful. I liked the suggestions here and that Om-Trip terminology was a good one. 🙂

    Reply
    1. omtripsblog December 19, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks! Glad you liked the name 🙂

      Reply
  6. Anne Yedlin December 15, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    What a beautiful place. I have always wanted to travel and someday I will be able to. Greece is definitely one place on my bucket list to visit.

    Reply
    1. omtripsblog December 19, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      What do you want to see in Greece? Is it Athens or something else?

      Reply
  7. MONNKA December 15, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Great article! Very useful to me, because I am traveling to Athens early next year.

    Reply
    1. omtripsblog December 19, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Yey, If you visit some of the places, do not forget to share with me your personal impressions. 🙂 Enjoy!

      Reply
  8. Christina Beauchamp December 15, 2017 at 4:02 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Athens! These photos are so lovely.

    Reply
    1. omtripsblog December 19, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      You are so kind! Thanks, @Christina 🙂

      Reply
    1. omtripsblog December 19, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Where do you want to go exactly? Do you have any plans?

      Reply
  9. Dana Peller (@Pellerini) December 14, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Greece is such a lovely place to visit. I’d like to see it one day in person.

    Reply
    1. omtripsblog December 19, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Hope that you can go there and making this dream come true.

      Reply
  10. gingermommy December 14, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    This was super amazing! I love the photos you took, you made me feel as if I was right there with you. I would love to go to Athens one day.

    Reply
    1. omtripsblog December 19, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      I am happy that you have this feeling after reading the article!

      Reply
  11. Hannah Marie December 14, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    The ruins of Greece brings history back to life. I hope I could se them with my own eyes one day.

    Reply
    1. omtripsblog December 19, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      As a historian, I also apppreciate every single well-preserved piece of history.

      Reply
  12. Ophelia T December 14, 2017 at 7:15 am

    These pictures are beautiful. This is such a great interview and guide for visiting Athens. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    1. omtripsblog December 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you, @Ophelia!

      Reply
  13. kittyslifestyle December 14, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Its my dream to visit Greece one day with my hubby and kiddo… These pics are awesome just wants me to go right away 😀

    Reply
    1. omtripsblog December 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Pack your bags then 🙂 xoxo

      Reply
  14. Soonjoo December 14, 2017 at 1:55 am

    I’m a big coffee lover! I would definitely check out Thisio and Greece! What a great historical place!

    Reply
    1. omtripsblog December 19, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Yes, It sounds like an interesting place 🙂

      Reply
  15. Everyday Made Fresh December 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    I would love to visit Greece one day. With all the rich history that the country has to offer, it would be an amazing trip.

    Reply
    1. omtripsblog December 19, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Yes, Greece is amazing country and you can visit not only Athens but also the incredible places next to the sea side. Oh, in the middle of the winter this sounds great to me, too.

      Reply
  16. joancajic December 13, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    This was really nice, love the photos and you just made me want to go to Athens so bad. Thank you for sharing.

    Reply
    1. omtripsblog December 19, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks, @joancajic.

      Reply

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