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Another great initiative by those enterprising Greeks! In an effort to keep central Athens vibrant, safe and alive, the Merchant’s Association along with a variety of other organizations have launched “Fridays in Athens”, welcoming locals and visitors alike to come down to the center and explore, shop, wander and enjoy.

Each Friday merchants throughout the center will have special offers, perhaps a free drink or an exceptional discount on particular items in their shops, and though not specifically announced, I’m certain there are sure to be entertainers roaming the streets and downtown theaters are offering 50% discounts on tickets to live performances.  City Siteseeing is offering free tickets to tours,  even McDonald’s restaurants in Syntagma & Omonia Squares are getting into the act with their own specials.

Fridays in Athens will run every Friday beginning March 16, 2012 – through April 6, 2012. For more details visit their official website (only in Greek for the moment).


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!