ATHENS LIKE A LOCAL – THE REAL CITY BEHIND THE HEADLINES

By BECKI ENRIGHT at 28.Oct

If there’s one consistent thing in travel, it is this: locals are always eager to impart their knowledge of a place. Those with a deeply entrenched passion for the place they call home want nothing more than to show you why.

In the case of Athens, especially in the light of crisis and western media frenzy, they now more than ever want you to view it (and them) differently.

Having lived in Greece’s capital for nearly a year, and having dedicated a lot of time and genuine love to promoting the city, I’m always striving to find something new. I’ve taken so many incredible walking tours with locals, and spent so much time reading, researching and writing, that I often find myself eagerly showing people around myself.

This also means I’m a tough one to impress in a city I call home, as I like to think of myself as an Athenian too. But with Athens being a city in constant regeneration, one can never proclaim to have seen everything. The ancient and classical sites may remain the crowd-drawing constant, but the contemporary city is always reshaping.

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