Blogging is about connecting! Well, today I would like to present you lovely Anna from Athens, Greece who is the author behind the blog Aspects of style and with who 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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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!