Athens is like origami – complex and layered. Ancient ruins stand stoically amid chaotic traffic. Orthodox priests stroll the streets with backpackers, while well-armed soldiers keep a wary eye on protesters. Priceless statues and structures coexist with street art and graffiti in this birthplace of democracy.
This month we’re launching our “Enigmatic Athens Series.” We lived in Athens a few years ago, so we know that if you visit, you will not come away from the city feeling neutral … or bored. Will the ride be bumpy? Quite possibly. Between public transit strikes and anti-government protests you’ll see glorious sights, eat fabulous food, and get an education in democracy … and patience.
But is it worth it? Absolutely! Athens is like your first love – she’ll take you on a roller coaster of emotions. Who knows if you’ll decide to go steady.
“Athens has a long history. You’ll walk in the footsteps
of the great minds who created democracy, philosophy,
theater, and more … even when you’re dodging motorcycles
on ‘pedestrianized’ streets.“
Hope you’ll join us,
Terri & James
P.S. A Little Athens Trivia
Did you know that no one in Greece can choose to not vote. Voting is required by law for every citizen who is 18 or older.
“Compulsory voting is the law in Greece but is not enforced. In the past a citizen had to present an up-to-date election booklet in order to be issued a driver licence or a passport, or else justify why they did not vote (e.g. because of absence, infirmity, or advanced old age). Nowadays the civic duty of voting is still considered “mandatory” but there are no sanctions for failing to vote.” —Wikipedia
5. By Peter van der Sluijs via Wikimedia Commons