ATHENS UNCOVERED

A FASCINATING INSIGHT INTO THE LIFE OF GREEKS, FROM DAILY RITUALS TO LOCAL HABITS.

Greeks are genuinely open people and always eager to help you. The extra motive goes like that. If you say "Kalimera" instead of ‘Good Morning’, you will see some big great smiles!

Cool and warm, with the Mediterranean temperament deeply rooted, the Greeks are nice and fun. Gestures and hand communication is among the locals' most beloved ways of expressing themselves. Don't feel intimidated if someone gets closer, it's normal!

The most significant daily ritual consists of a quick morning coffee and a bite; either the traditional "koulouri" or a typical "tiropita", would do to start the day.

During the weekends, things get looser and Athenians go out for brunch. Nowadays, the capital is bursting with brunch spots that house the easy Sunday mornings. Everyday, Athens looks like all bustling capitals around the world. Athens is busy and noisy, urban and attractive, old and new, but mainly blue.

A local's favorite destination, is the weekly visit to "Laiki" market found on every neighborhood, equivalent to the American Farmers' market, where people, olives, fruits and vegetables parade to celebrate fresh and healthy local culinary products from around the country.

COFFEE BREAK!

Apart from the morning ritual, the Greeks enjoy spending time on long coffees with beloved friends, over endless conversations. Priceless joyful moments! By the way, despite the small size of the country, Greece is among those who consume massive amounts of coffee within a year. If you want to really get the essence of what coffee culture is about in Greece, go visit some of the remaining "kafeneia" across Athenian neighborhoods, with typical character, around the city. Monastiraki, Ano Petralona and Thissio, Piraeus and plenty residential areas retain the smell and habits of old Athens.

And the day goes by and the Night falls in Athens... 

Nights in Athens can get long! Greek people love to seize opportunities to celebrate together and drink the moon, afar!  Who said Athenians don't go straight for drinks after work? An evening stroll around the historic center will reveal that every hour is the perfect hour to have a beer or a glass of an excellent Greek wine! It's about time for the love of wine! Greeks have a long culture in wine producing, which can be translated into Greeks know all about wine! Trust the locals, cause the treasury of Greek wines is quite impressive!

When Athens gets uncovered, it's all about the locals!

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