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A visit to Greece is special trip for any family, but if you are of Greek descent, the trip is especially symbolic.  Of course you are bringing your children to visit the homeland of their grandparents, and perhaps even your own birthplace.  Growing up in Chicago I had lots of friends who were Greek born, but whose parents had settled down in America. Greece was the summer place, the place they and their families went for a month or two, visiting the “horio” (the village), perhaps passing the days with yiayia (grandma), playing at the beach with their “summertime friends”.  This tradition continues today, as my friends, now parents themselves, bring their own children back to the horio for a visit with the relatives.  But what I find interesting about this tradition is that as children my friends passed through Athens, few ever stayed to explore the city.  Now, as adults, they’ve altered that –  combining the trip to the village with travels elsewhere in the country, and more often than not – at least a few days in Athens. 

Of course, they’ll plan on visiting the “musts”, but what a wonderful opportunity to be in your own country, to speak the language, and to really have an opportunity to discover the rich culture the city has to offer.  If you fit into this group, you’ve raised your kids as Greek speakers, and you’ll be visiting Athens soon, you and your family are in for a treat!  Aeroplio theater for children will open its production of “The Chest of Tales”, the story of two children, Filio and Aneta and what they discover in an old chest they’ve found in the attic.  Written for children, it chronicles the tale of their grandmother’s journey from Asia Minor to Greece.

Of course, the performance is in Greek.

Performance November 2nd – April 12, 2009 .. Every Sunday 11 & 3.00 

Phone: 210/86.56.004

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!