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Athens, the birthplace of democracy – what you need to know to plan your visit

2400 years ago,  Athens set up the foundation for western civilization.

Cleistenes is considered the father of democracy, but it was a few decades later, during Pericle’s rule, when Athens shaped human history. It was a time that saw the birth of science, architecture, philosophy, literature and drama. The Parthenon, Athens Nike and the Erectheion temples were built on the heights of the Acropolis. Continue reading “Athens, the birthplace of democracy – what you need to know to plan your visit”

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The story of Anafiotika, the hidden island of Athens

In Athens, you’ll probably commit all your time to visiting the ancient Greek temples. After all, this is a city that lived the glory days over 2400 years ago, when the temperamental Olympian Gods were deciding the fate of the Athenians.

But there are many more stories to tell, and today I’m sharing with you the one about Anafiotika, a tiny neighborhood like no other around there that I’m really happy we got to wander in the last evening in Athens. You almost cannot believe your eyes that a place like this exists in the heart of Athens, the bustling metropolis that engulfs almost half of Greece’s population. Continue reading “The story of Anafiotika, the hidden island of Athens”

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Day trip ideas: the rock hewn churches from Russe

OK, OK … Veliko Tarnovo and Plovdiv were the shining stars of our road trip in June, no doubt about that, but we found a few other hidden gems often missed by tourists.

Check here more about our roadtrip to Bulgaria.

The first ones are the Rock Hewn churches from Basarbovo and Ivanovo, less that 20 km away from the Romanian Border, in Russe area.

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