Four days in a cold yet wondrously sunny Athens during the month of December. Not only a city full of history and tradition, but beauty and excitement.
If you wander through the cobbled back streets between the town centre and Acropolis, you will come across quaint cafes and bars (stray cats included!) with fairy lights, candles and quiet playing bouzouki (Greek guitar since 1900s). Try traditional meze with live music at the foot of Acropolis by the Academy of Plato in any of the rail side restaurants for a real Greek experience with real people (smoking is technically banned but Athenians didn’t hear that).
Nightlife starts at 1am (earliest). Dinner is an hour before. We head to ‘MoMix’,an experimental bar with dry ice cocktails and other chemical alcoholic concoctions followed by an inexplicable and inescapable bouzoukia club where flower throwing twenty-somethings go for traditional music and dancing all night long. Nightlife in Athens is one of a kind and in my opinion, second in line after Buenos Aires (Argentina) as the best in the world.
A quote close to my heart, from the most famous lyric of the Ancient Greek world, and the first female poet, ‘Sappho’ (640-548 BC):
"A handsome man is handsome so long as he stands before you, but a kind man remains comely later and forever.
What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.
Beauty endures only for as long as it can be seen; goodness, beautiful today, will remain so tomorrow.”