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Glorious Greece

By Rachel Nash

Posted: 15th November 2012 11:47

Yes, we’re aware of the recession struggles Greece has been dealing with the past few years but don’t let that stop you from visiting this enchanting and fascinating country.  When you visit, don’t limit your time in Greece to just sunning yourself on the beach when there is so much more to see and do. 

The Parthenon temple is more than worth a visit since it’s survived since 447 BC.  Dedicated to the goddesses Athena, the temple is the symbol of Greece and beneath its pillars lays a rich history.  Due to its fragile condition the Parthenon, that sits on Acropolis Hill in Athens, is only open for visitors to walk around the outside, but once there you can soak up the history, view beneath you and sun (naturally). 

When it comes to drinking and eating, head to the trendiest spot in Athens- Gazi.  The former gas-works, Gazi defiantly lends itself to the phrase ‘it comes alive at night’.  Up Pireaos Street and by Persefoni Street is the heart of Gazi where lies enough restaurants, cafes and bars to shake a Greek kebab stick at.  Sardeles, a seafood restaurant comes highly recommended but we really push you to try their wild boar sausages.  The restaurant grills any meat you like from venison to boar and compliments all meals with cheese and fine organic Greek salad with plenty of vinaigrette and olive oil, of course.  If you fancy a drink then pop on over to the Gazarte, an entertainment complex that features a cinema, live music and a renowned cocktail bar that sits on a terrace with olive, pomegranate and lavender trees for company.  Enjoy a refreshing cocktail in the cool summer night. 

For something a bit different than ruins and wild boar pop along to the Thission outdoor cinema but remember the popcorn! It’s been voted one of the best outdoor cinemas so you know it’s got to be good.  At dusk, once you’ve taken you’re seat; the view of the glowing Parthenon comes into sight.  The Thission cinema typically shows the Hollywood classics; ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Rear Window’ have previously graced the Thission projector screen.  The owners of the cinema even offer all guests their home-made sour cherry juice with brown sugar, fresh cheese pie and tsipouro (Greek brandy) so don’t be afraid to over-indulge, it’s a compliment to the chef after all. 

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