Athens is the indisputible cradle of western civilization. The homeland of art, science, philosophy and law. This Greek capital, with its 4 million inhabitants is one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean basin. About 40% of the entire population live here. In general, Flashbooking guides have been written for giving the essential information about the most visited cities in the world and in particular for any traveller or first-time visitor. For a short visit, a week-end, a city break, these free pocket guides are useful printable and downloadable tools available online.
Flashbooking’s happy travellers can book their rooms and beds not only in cheap hotels or cheap hostel Athens but also consider other budget accommodations in Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouses, Campsites, apartments, farm houses and much more. The Athens of today is a crowded congested city with a high level of pollution, a city in which the old and the new have failed to harmoniously combine together, where the city’s ancient monuments are swallowed up by a huge expanse of concrete and metal, signs of the indiscriminate city planning of the 20th century. With the monthly newsletter, Flashbooking puts at travellers, students, volunteers free disposal some useful pocket travel guides of major European cities: the Amsterdam City guide, the London City guide, the Prague City guide, the Paris City guide, the Rome City guide, the Florence City guide, and the freshly issued Athens City guide!! For the Athens travel guide Flashbooking staff efforts concentrate on making it simple to read dividing the Athens centre in different districts with their relevant amenities. However, in spite of this Athens is still a city worth exploring, a city of Mediterranean warmth and a crossroads and meeting point for western and oriental cultures.
It was more then ten years ago when I was in Athens for the first time. Athens was the city of my childhood. No doubt, when you are interested in the classical age, it is a must to see this city. The first meeting was of course an enthusiastic one. After one week I started to see the lines between my imaginations and the reality. Due to the respect for the city’s place in history, I could not draw my conclusions after one week, I thought. I would come back, very soon. Now, after more then ten years I consider again a visit to Athens. Why did it take so long? I can’t give any reasonable explanation. Probably it has to do with Athens itself. Maybe it is the silence which has covered the city. Now, rethinking the last decade, I can’t give any point when my attention to Athens could have been revived. Why don’t we hear anything about Athens? Barcelona, Rome and upcoming Istanbul on the northern Mediterranean are regularly on the news. Not only for reasons of tourism, but because of all other developments a world city should be involved in. But about Athens we don’t get to know anything. The last time when it was in the media it was because of the Olympic games. After that it became silence again.
Does it have to do with the easiness the Greeks treat their past and their heritage? It is interesting that whatever the Greeks do, they still use the ancient symbols to get known. See the names of their restaurants abroad: Socrates, Plato, Olympus, Oedipus, Athens and so on. Without asking what these names have to do with eating, it is like they haven’t created anything except that. You might have trusted the history. But after the introduction of the internet this glorious past also does not resist to the dynamic of it. Like many other things the internet has dramatically diminished the cycle of knowledge. People are eager to forget what has happened a year ago, not to speak about the heroism of classical Athens. Why should we visit Athens or Greece anymore? When it is the heritage of classical time, I would say you could better make a visit to Anatolia. There you will be able to see more of Greek heritage then anywhere else. In most cases this is cheaper and includes the sun and the beach, which is as pretty as in Greece. Might this be the reason why Athens has fallen down? The upcoming Turkey and Istanbul which both offer everything of Greek past.
Louis Vuitton, proud for its luxury culture, so, must do something about the culture. That is Travel Notebook series. It seems to say hi friends, do not indulge in the material world. You need some fresh spirit to enrich your mind. Just like us, Louis Vuitton. In fact, we care about the culture more about our clothes and bags. So, get our travel notebook, travel around the world, and write down every marvelous moment. By the way, if you like, Louis Vuitton outfits will give you a gorgeous and sumptuous journey.
It is indeed a sly yet smart merchant. Nevertheless, that does not interfere with Travel Notebook series. There are six Travel Notebooks, respectively Paris, New York, Rio, Athens, Mumbai, and Peking. My favorite is Athens.
The pure blue is from Aegean Sea. The painting on the cover is the famous Athenaeum. Travel Notebook Athens catches the city’s features and enchants my heart. I really love that city. Everywhere is blue and white. Pure, simple, and unaffected, far away from prosperity and fickleness, it is Athens.
Walk along the narrow pebble street, gaze the endless Aegean Sea, chat with local people, and enjoy the local cuisine. Then go back to the hotel to write down your feeling on the travel notebook. I have to say, it is a so special and absorbing experience nowadays. Every people are used to computer. But you still write down everything on paper. It is a process to find yourself, the origin one, through silently writing.
The Athens Transit System consists of a large bus fleet, a trolleybus fleet that mainly serves the downtown area. The city’s Metro, a tram line connecting the southern suburbs to the city centre, and the Athens Suburban Railway service..
While its main purpose is transport, the stations house Greek artifacts found during construction of the system. The two lines (red and blue) were constructed largely during the 1990s and the initial sections opened in January 2000. The lines run entirely underground. The metro network operates a fleet of 42 trains consisting of 252 cars with a daily occupancy of 550,000 passengers. The Blue Line runs from the western suburbs through the central Monastiraki and Syntagma stations to the northeastern suburbs and covers a distance of 16 km (10 mi), It then ascends to ground level and reaches Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport using the Suburban Railway infrastructure and extending its distance to 39 km (24 mi). The Red Line runs from Aghios Antonios to Aghios Dimitrios and covers a distance of 11.6 km (7 mi). Extensions to both these lines are under construction, most notably westwards to Piraeus and southwards to the Old Hellinikon Airport East Terminal (the future Metropolitan Park). The spring 2007 extension from Monastiraki, westwards to Egaleo, connected some of the main night life hubs of the city of Athens, namely Gazi (Kerameikos station), Psirri (Monastiraki station) and the city centre (Syntagma station).
This network runs the original metro line from Piraeus to Kifisia and serves 22 stations, with a network length of 25.6 km (15.9 mi), a fleet of 44 trains and 243 cars and a daily occupancy rate of 600,000 passengers. The historic Green Line is set to be extended to Agios Stefanos, a suburb located 23 km (14 mi) to the north of the city centre, reaching to 36 km (22 mi) in length.
This way, the Acropolis is the most visited destination in not only Athens, but in the entire Greece as well, being a major attraction for tourists from around the world who approach this region in order to meet these constructions.
The Acropolis hill, also known as the Sacred Rock, contains several ancient symbolic constructions such as per example, the Parthenon, the Temple of Nike, and the Erechtheion. These spots, built within the years 450 and 330 BC have gone through several different historical moments and meeting them is without any doubt as meeting the past in the present.
The Parthenon, in The Acropolis, is the most symbolic construction from Ancient Greece. The Parthenon was built between the years 446 and 432 BC in honor to the Goddess of Athens Athena Parthenos. This construction was built almost entirely with Pentelic marble and shows 8 columns at its two shorter sides and 17 columns at its longer ones, containing a statue of Athena in its central area.
The Temple of Athena Nike, another major construction in The Acropolis, was built around the year 420 BC. This construction shows four columns at its shorter sides and walls in the larger sides. This construction’s walls contains depictures of gods’ conferences and battles at each side. The Erechtelion, is another major construction in The Acropolis. This construction was originally divided in two main sections which were dedicated to the Goddess Athena and the God Poseidon.
Another major spot located in The Acropolis in Athena is The Propylaea. The Propylaea was built between the years 436 and 431 BC following a design of the architect Mnesikles. This construction was built with the purpose of being the main entrance to The Acropolis and contains rows of columns and decorated walls. It is interesting to know that, due to its paintingsFeature Articles, this construction is often known as the Pinakotheke.