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mj_toronto8

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I am so fascinated by Ancient Greek history and from what I understand, some of the ancient theaters are still intact and performances are being held there. I've been research Epidavros and noticed that they hold performances there in the summer. Has anyone been? What was it like?

I've seen footage online of people marveling at the amazing acoustics, and I want to experience this for myself.
 
It is an amazing experience. We have seen two performances - one was the Royal British Theater Company. Outstanding! Get the upgraded seats with a cushion. It is a several hour drive from Athens, so you may want to consider booking an Airbnb in one of the villages closer to the venue.
 
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The Epidavros theatre is unfortunately very difficult to get to from Athens. That's why I prefer seeing performances at the Ωδείο Ηρώδου του Αττικού at the base of the Acropolis. I have seen plays, operas and music there and the acoustics are amazing. Epidavros would be even better and maybe one day I will get to see a performance there.
 
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The Epidavros theatre is unfortunately very difficult to get to from Athens. That's why I prefer seeing performances at the Ωδείο Ηρώδου του Αττικού at the base of the Acropolis. I have seen plays, operas and music there and the acoustics are amazing. Epidavros would be even better and maybe one day I will get to see a performance there.
This is a great tip - I think I will check this out! Thank you.
 
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It is an amazing experience. We have seen two performances - one was the Royal British Theater Company. Outstanding! Get the upgraded seats with a cushion. It is a several hour drive from Athens, so you may want to consider booking an Airbnb in one of the villages closer to the venue.
Hmmm. I thought it was closer. Maybe I can stay somewhere near the theater for a night or two... And thanks for the tip about the cushion!
 

Unique Photo Spots in Athens?

I will be traveling to Athens this year in the spring. What are some great photo spots throughout the city? Aside from what inspires me?

I have a bad habit of forgetting to take pics while away and I come back from the vacation with a random collection. This time, I want to do some advanced planning. Some of my ideas:

- Parthenon/ Acropolis - A shot with people and the Parthenon in the background
- Food photos - plenty of shots with people - and table shots - and of myself - eating the delicious food
- Monastiraki - This place is full of life - there could be some great candid shots

Do you guys have any ideas?

What I love about visiting Athens

I am planning another trip to Greece and plan to go to Athens. I have been so many times! I thought I would share with you what I love about it.

  • The Acropolis: Standing majestically above the city, the Acropolis is an iconic symbol of ancient Greece. The Parthenon, Erechtheion, and Temple of Athena Nike are awe-inspiring examples of classical architecture.
  • Plaka District: Wandering through the narrow streets of Plaka feels like stepping back in time. This charming neighborhood is filled with neoclassical buildings, quaint cafes, and souvenir shops.
  • Sunset at Lycabettus Hill: Watching the sunset from Lycabettus Hill offers panoramic views of the city and the Aegean Sea. It's a magical experience, especially when accompanied by live music at the hilltop chapel.
  • Monastiraki Flea Market: Bargain hunting at Monastiraki Flea Market is a must-do in Athens. You can find everything from antiques and handmade crafts to clothing and jewelry.
  • Street Art in Exarchia: The Exarchia neighborhood is known for its vibrant street art scene. Exploring its graffiti-covered streets is like visiting an open-air art gallery filled with political statements and creative expressions.
To those of you who have been to Athens, what do you love about it? I am looking for ideas!

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This is what Athens looks like today!!

Athens air unhealthy as my friends informed me!

Greek Mythology Sites in Athens?

I am visiting Athens and want a feel for where to go that pertains to Greek mythology.Of course, the Acropolis is on my list, but I wish to explore other places related to gods, goddesses, heroes, and their legendary tales as well.

For those of you who have ventured on similar quests or possess knowledge about Greek mythology's physical footprints in Athens, could you recommend:
  1. Must-visit sites that are deeply connected to Greek mythology.
  2. Any lesser-known locations that offer a unique insight into the myths.
  3. Tips for making the most out of these visits (best time to go, how to avoid crowds, etc.).
  4. Any resources (books, guides, websites) that could help deepen my understanding of the myths associated with these sites.
I’m extremely excited about this trip and looking forward to your recommendations and insights! Thanks!

What to See as a First Time Visitor to Athens?

I'm planning my very first trip to Athens, Greece, and I'm super excited! I've heard so many amazing things about this historic city, but I want to make sure I don't miss out on any must-see spots or hidden gems.

For those of you who have been to Athens before, what are the key things I absolutely need to visit? Here are a few things I've heard about:
  • The Acropolis and Parthenon
  • The Ancient Agora
  • The National Archaeological Museum
  • Plaka neighborhood
I'd love your recommendations on these places or any other sites, restaurants, or activities that you think are worth checking out. Also, any tips on the best times to visit certain spots or how to avoid the crowds would be incredibly helpful.

Thanks in advance for your advice! Looking forward to hearing your suggestions.
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