Matt has a very special way of making you feel as though he is
taking you by the hand, walking with you through Greece, telling
you about the places he has found. Whenever I read his
pages, I sense I am there with a friend. The photos help
also, giving you a visual picture of the places you are
"visiting." I enjoy the site because he is imparting
knowledge he has learned over the years -- and in the end, helping
you have a better time while there. I used his Athens guide
and found it extremely helpful while in Greece last year
Dear Matt, thanks for all your valuable info on
Greece. No one should travel to Greece without first reading
all the wonderful material you provide. Thanks to you
I was able to find my way around in Athens without fustrations.
Once again, thanks.
Just returned and wish I had seen your web page before my trip
after. None the less I enjoyed it very much. I do love Greece.
Dear Mr. Barrett,
My daughter and I traveled to Greece this past summer, and I used your website as one of the main resources for my trip. Thank you for your reference for George, the Taxi Driver
. I used his service (we met George Jr) for when we arrived in Athens, and it turned out to be a blessing as the metro, busses, etc were on strike in June, and our airplane was over seven hours late getting in. As we were getting ready to go, people questioned our sanity
as our news services were filming every riot in Parliament Square and blowing it out of proportion. I used your site to keep it in perspective and informed my 80 old mother and friends accordingly.
We didn't let the strikes slow us down and we had a great time in Greece. Our tour guide while we were on tour was David Willett, who was probably the best tour guide I have met. Not only did he know art and history, his knowledge of plants and the geology of the land was outstanding. I also used your website for planning a cruise around the islands--we went with Louis Cruises and again had a great time.
Thank you for all your work on your website--if I had the money, I would go to Greece and do the entire trip again--only stay longer than the month we were there. World Cup is much more fun in Europe than in the states. Even my non sports daughter got hooked.
Dear Mr Barrett,
I would like to thank you for
your excellent web site with its wealth of information on
Greece, where my wife and I go frequently for
particular, we were very grateful to obtain details of the
taxi driver George
We took some friends to
Athens recently for a long weekend and e-mailed George in
advance to pick us up and return us to the airport, and also
to take us out for a day in the
had been to Athens a couple of times before, but our friends
had not, so I wanted everything to run smoothly for
them. I need not
have worried – everything turned out just like George says on
his web site.
So I shall be able to
recommend him to our friends in England (and to one who lives
in Athens - Kifissia!) and I’ve passed on his details too to
our local Travel Agency.
North Yorkshire, UK
As a Greek American married to a
fellow from Athens, and having traveled to Athens many times, I
find your site fabulous. It can help a newcomer as well as
one acquainted with Athens. Keep up the good work!
Anyone going to the Olympics must see this site!!!!!!!
I stumbled across your website when I started seriously planning my trip to Greece about a year ago. Mind you, I've been planning this trip in my head for the past 18 years! It was my first trip abroad, and I was travelling alone, but I couldn't wait to get there, regardless of how nervous I was.
I just wanted to say thank you. Your site is filled with invaluable information. I ended up doing a group tour for the first week I was there (through a company in the states), but contacted Fantasy Travel for my second week (as none of the packages I could find took me to where I wanted to go!). I worked with Eleni (who I just wrote a thank you to), and she was wonderful. Everything went smoothly! But seriously, all the goofy insider information
you have is just wonderful! Way more helpful than a lot of the tour guides that are out there! My only regret is that I never made it (or could find!) the poet/sandalmaker guy! I was really looking forward to that, but my cell reception was a little spotty over there!
Keep doing what you're doing! I'm betting there are a lot of other people like me who see your site (and learn SO much from it), but never contact you.
Thank you for helping me make my dream vacation (for 18 years!) come true!
Thank you for patiently answering my questions before our small
group of independent travelers enjoyed our week in Athens earlier this month.
Your website was unbelievably helpful in planning for the trip. We dined at
several restaurants you suggested, stayed in one of the hotels you had listed
(Amazon – basic, as are our needs, but outstanding location) and hired Billy and
his Mercedes van for a wonderful day trip to Delphi.
We loved our brief visit (even despite the strike on Thursday
which shut down transport) and have decided that cruising the Greek Islands is
a must for the future.
Again, I am most grateful to you for sharing your passion for
Greece and knowing what travelers like us need to know!
P.S. You can add this to your testimonials if you wish.
H i Matt
I've been reading your guide all winter, and spent last weekend in
with my husband. We had a great time - I felt as if I knew the
reading your guide. The
was great, and I was pleasantly
surprised by the Metro. (I've been going to Greece for years, and
great faith in their organisation!). Also, the new airport is
travelled via Athens to Leros last summer, and have been impressed
facilities both times.
I wish we'd been able to meet you on our trip - you really brought
alive for me. Best wishes from sunny England!
I have just spent some hours reading in your page, and I want
to cry, because I miss being in Athens so much! :) And reading
your page really made me want to go back!
I am a big Athens fan, many people dont like this heavy
trafficated and smoggy city, but I think that Athens is the
city in europe with most charm and life.
First time I saw Athens from the air I was overwelmed, so
perfect, so beautiful. I didnt want to go home after my first
trip and after this I have been going back many times.
And I never get the feeling of being in a big city, it seems
so small to be so big :)) If you know what I mean.
I have already planned to move to Athens in august this year,
I am currently looking for a job and a place to live :) This
way I can stay forever in this wonderful city!
Your page is really great! I could not stop reading and
looking :) I saw all the places I love and remember, thank you
for making my day so nice by looking at your page!
Christina Lervik, Norway
I wanted to thank you for your extensive info on Athens and tell you about a couple of our finds that may make it into your blog if you like them.
First, your resto recommendations:
We loved Taverna Psirri. The lamb chops are amazing. And the horta was good too.
We had a mixed experience at Naxos. The first night we went they weren't real busy and we had a delicious grilled fish, salad and grilled Octopus. On the strength of that meal we asked to have a table on Good Friday night for our last meal in Athens. Big mistake. The restaurant is slammed on Good Friday. Absolutely mobbed with local families. That was fun but the food really suffered. They had obviously pulled in extended family to help deal with the crowd and
our server spoke little English. We ordered fish which never came, 90 minutes later they told us they had run out. The fried calamari was akin to a tire. the salad was barely dressed whereas the dinner before it had delicious olive oil and lemon, perfect. We would definitely go back to Naxos but not on a night when they are really busy. We did however find a really good Indian restaurant on Ormou and at the foot of Leokoriou called Indian Cuisine which bailed us out at 11:30 p.m. with a delicious
couple of take outs.
We loved Te Kati Alo. Super nice people and delicious lamb and dolmas.
A young couple in the building we were renting a short stay apartment in told us about Troon Street and that surrounding neighborhood. We did not make it over there but were pleased to see that you list a couple of places there!
We did find, courtesy of the Culinary Backstreets blog a great place opposite the Agia Irini Church called Kouzina Manas Kouzina. The concept there was to cook food that is like mom's homecooked food (if your mom was a really good cook!) and serve it in one of three portion sizes. They have a range of soups, salads, veggie dishes, meat and fish each day. Menu changes each day. The biggest plate, with three portions of whatever you want is 8 Euros. Portions
are generous and we greatly enjoyed the food. Very nice young entrepreneurial guy runs the place and the tattoed chef is a sweetie. I went on good friday morning for breakfast and they explained that the church had asked that they not open until noon that day. But they invited me in, the chef made me an omelet and fresh orange juice. With that and a double greek coffee I was good to go.
We also loved Stani, the historic dairy bar near Omonia. The breakfast there is delicious and inexpensive, the sheep yoghurt with honey and walnuts is killer and the staff are very sweet.
We also had a good dinner at Lithos in Psirri (Aisopou 17) our first night. The food was very good, a little more expensive than some of the tavernas but not significantly. Service was nice and for a first night when you are new to the city it fit the bill really well.
We tried to find Cafenon Evi but it seems to have changed name and owner?? Mavros Gatos looked great but we ran out of meals--
One other thing, we went to Crete for a week and had to fly back through Athens for a quick overnight. We found a small hotel in the village of Artemis called Piri's Hotel. The owner will pick you up at the airport and drop you back the next day. Rooms were 80 E-- not dirt cheap but with the transfer and a nice breakfast, and, the convenience of not having to go in and out of Athens it was well worth it. The hotel was extremely clean, there is a nice neighborhood
taverna within a 5 minute walk and you can also take a local bus down to the waterfront to have more resto options.
We were smitten with the Acropolis Museum and the Benaki. We liked the Archaeological Museum but found it to be a little overwhelming with somewhat old fashioned displays. Well worth a visit though. Loved the Agora and the Acropolis. I had the rather remarkable experience of wandering in the Central Market on Good Friday through a forest of lamb carcasses. I was convinced there were no lambs left in Greece after than. I never could find the Easter market
in Psirri but maybe next time.
All in all, a great visit greatly helped by your information.
Your Great Days in Paris & Turkish Journeys
This is just a quick and simple but very sincere and genuine email thanking you
for your fantastic online guide. I have just come back from a week's holiday in
Greece and I cannot begin to describe to you what a life changing experience it
was. I feel like I've come back as a better version of myself, as corny as that
sounds! It was my very first holiday alone and so felt like a huge achievement, almost like a present to myself :)
Greece seemed like a strange choice to family and friends, especially
considering the current financial climate but your guide motivated me and made
the place seem exciting and inspiring, and I was certainly in dire need of some
inspiration so it made perfect sense to me! All the information that you have online is
up to date, helpful, useful and relevant. It made travelling so much safer and
made the trip easier overall. I wish you had a guide for every country in
Europe to be honest!
So thank you so much for encouraging me to take this trip as you armed me with
so much information and therefore confidence that I felt that I could in fact
do it alone. Greece (I spent 5 days in Athens and 2 days in Santorini) is an
experience which I will never forget and I'm grateful because you helped to
make it happen. You write your guide with passion and real
love for the country and it really shows.
Lots of love,
Yasmin (23 year old Female Explorer)
P.s. Female travelers worried about travelling alone, please do not be scared
of Greece. It was such a lovely experience, I did not have any unwanted
attention from men, at least not any more than I would have had back home! If
you stick to the same common-sense measures that you would anywhere in the
world, then you'll be fine!
P.s.s. My favorite part of Athens was without
a doubt Exarchia and I'm so grateful for your guide that breaks down what the
place actually means to Greeks rather than the overhyped media stories. It was
nice to see all the tourist parts of Athens like Plaka but Exarchia is where I
felt home and where I felt just like a Greek. People need to be aware of safety
issues around certain areas but also go with an open mind when you're visiting
a new country, you never know what you might find!
We just returned last night from four days in Athens and
three in Istanbul. At your recommendation we stayed at the Hotel
Attalos and loved the central location. We made some friends on the
rooftop bar - three couples from North Dakota who had corresponded with
you. The accommodations were simple, clean and well-priced - but
location topped it all. In 4 days we used no taxis or public
transportation - walked everywhere - Kolonaki, Pangrati, Symtagma,
Lycabettus Hill, Plaka, Anafiotika and, of course, Monistiraki. Dennis
did drive us out to the Temple of Poseidon which was my 12-year-old
sons favorite day. We spent two hours climbing/discovering every inch
of the hill. We also enjoyed the Central Market and the sandal maker.
It was a fantastic trip and I needed to tell you so. THANK YOU!
I just wanted to write to you and thank you for your wonderful website. I just got back from a week in Greece, with two days in Athens and the rest of the time spent on Santorini. I booked my own flight, but went through your recommendation of Fantasy Travel for the hotel and airport transportation. They got me a great deal on the hotels and the transportation being pre-paid and taken care of made things really easy.
I also used your Athens guide and had both dinners at your restaurant reccomendations which were both fabulous (and I'm a bit of a gourmet food snob, so that's a huge compliment coming from me!)
Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to post the wealth of information on Greece, very helpful tips and make some recommendations that I wouldn't have found anywhere else. I'll definitly reccomend it to anyone else I know that's going to Greece. Your the best!
Matt – thank you so much for your help and your website. My friend and I stayed at the Attalos Hotel – the hotel, the staff, everything was perfect. The location is wonderful – we had a great time. We (with help from the staff) went on the Athens City tour – the 1 day cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra and the Delphi tour. I used the taxi service you recommended and it was great – I got my back after going through customs and there was the driver holding a sign with my name on it. After traveling what seemed like 24 hours – it was nice not to have to think about things.
Thanks for your help. Athens and the Greek people are beyond wonderful. Thanks for all the hard work you did on your website – it helped us prepare.
If you need a reference or a testimonial – let me know. Thanks again.
Have been travelling to Greece for more than 30
years and always check out what you have to say before visiting anywhere
Have recently returned from a break in Athens
(something we have been meaning to do for a decade or two) and have to say that
your recommendations were spot on. We stayed at the Atallos, loved To Psirri
close by as well as a number of the others. Enjoyed a trip out to Vouliagmeni
and agree with you that the top floor at the Benaki is a real
Thanks for your efforts, really
just to let you know I followed your guide like a bible on a recent trip to
Athens, Attalos, Psiri, market, etc, had a great time.
I went to a fantastic fish/seafood taverna in Piraraki ( little Piraeus)
called NAMASTE, fresh clams, seafood soup, mussles in garlic, langoustines, baby
octopus, bread, 1/2wine kilo house ( very good) two desserts, She took us
to the fridge to look first ! Fantastic. It was only 45e ( I was with a friend)
but I don’t think that made a lot of difference.
So if your ever down there I can recommend this place to you , I am going
back to Athens in Feb !! ( I live on Rhodes, so 3 flights a day, hee hee)
Do you know any bars that sell Souma ?? Its our local drink on Rhodes.
Have a good New year
I came across your site while looking for some information on Athens,
Greece. We were taking a tour of Greece with Overseas Adventure Travel,
but we were not going to have any time in Athens, so 6 of us decided to arrive a
couple of days early in Greece and tour Athens on our own before meeting up with
our tour group. Per your recommendation, I emailed Fantasy travel about a
half day tour of Athens and and a half day tour of Cape Sounion. I worked
with Dina Kastrinaki of Fantasy Travel and she did a fantastic job of setting up
our tours with a great guide. We changed our Cape Sounion tour to a later
afternoon tour in order to take in the sunset at Cape Sounion, which was
fantastic and we would all recommend to anyone going to Cape Sounion to go see
the sunset. Dina was very professional and very prompt. We would
recommend her and Fantasy Travel to anyone wanting to do Athens our their
We also took your recommendation on George's taxi service and he had a very
nice van their to meet us at the airport and transfer the 6 of us to the Hera
Hotel where we were staying. It had not had anyone smoking in the van,
which was great and was very clean.
We would also recommend the Hera Hotel to anyone that wants a great
location to the old town of Athens. We were in walking distance to many
Thank you again for the great web site.
Idaho Falls, ID
I hope the holidays have been great for you! We've had a wonderful
couple of weeks in Athens.
Thanks for your recommendations! We've had a few meals at Mary's, and
have been to Saita Taverna, Apolausi and some other great places we
stumbled upon. We'd agree that O Mbakalogatos is a really fantastic
restaurant- we had an amazing meal there- but I have a hard time not
loving the 'secret' taverna by the Central Market even more! I could
have the great retsina and the mashed favas everyday!
Greece's historic sites and and antiquities have been wonderful to
see; we even booked a day trip to Delphi through George's taxi service
and had a great day with Kostas at the helm. But to me the highlights
of our trip have been Platia Agiou Georgios and the Athens Central
Market. Staying on Platia Georgios has been worth the trip all by
itself. As I think you mention on your site, it's almost a village in
itself, and it is quite a lovely little oasis in such a big city. It
turns out the apartment we're staying in is directly above Allotino,
so we have a delightful view of Platia Georgios, day and night. Just
stepping out on the balcony and taking in the view makes me
tremendously happy. (Oh yes, Allotino IS great too!) I've greatly
enjoyed Kypseli in general, but Platia Georgios has been the icing on
Outside of Platia Georgios, my favorite thing has certainly been the
Central Market. It's just so lively and interesting, and it's
wonderful to see a large modern city that still has such traditional
commerce going on. I actually want down and bought... well, I figure
it was probably goat, to cook up in a fricassee for our Christmas
dinner. Had a fun time navigating the market in the pre-Christmas rush
and the merchants were very, very patient with my very poor Greek. I
loved the Laiki Agoras in Kypseli, but the Central Market is, of
course, exponentially more exciting and facinating. There are
traditional markets in the UAE, of course, some taking up quite a
large area in Dubai; I enjoy those as well and go to them frequently,
but Athen's Central Market is even more lively and varied, a place I
would love explore over and over.
It's been quite interesting to get to talk to Greeks during this trip.
Despite the severity of the crisis and the terrible impact that it has
had on many of their lives, they have been, in my opinion some of the
very nicest and even upbeat people that I have ever met. It would not
be surprising or unexpected to hear more negativism from them; I know
a lot of Americans in similar situations that do! (Of course when
Greeks discuss their government, it's a whole different story! All
bets are off!)
My wife has been chronicling our stay on our blog; usually just short
and sweet updates with a few pictures. It's mainly so our families
back in the US know that we're alive and what we're up to!
Thanks again for the recommendations and for your terrific websites. I
wish I had found them months earlier! We'll be recommending them to
Great to see the Istanbul site up! Looks great! We went to Istanbul
last January and were amazed by it! Hope to go back someday, of
course, but I think a return to Greece is higher on my list now.
Greetings Matt Barrett-We want to thank you again for your informative
website GreeceTravel.com and your additional answers & suggestions by email.
We had a wonderful visit in Athens, with side trips to Delphi & the nearby
islands. Your travel guide helped us plan our daily excursions & enriched
our appreciation of the sights. Thank you.
Your most profound contribution to our trip was your recommendation of the
Adams Hotel in the historic Plaka District. It was ideal. The proprietors,
Kostas & Dimitri, are supremely gracious and helpful. The rooms are simple &
sufficient. The breakfast was delicious. The location could not have been
better--in the shadow of the Acropolis, a block from great restaurants, with
easy access to everything you want to do in Athens. We couldn't realize,
until we were there, that a few blocks on the map constitute a huge
in the ambience of the neighborhood. Please use my recommendation
as you wish so that others may choose the Adams Hotel.
We would also like to agree with your endorsement of several essential
museums: the Museum of Greek Folk Art (in the Plaka) & the Benaki Museum.
And, for getting around Athens quickly & inexpensively, the Metro subway was
Thank you again for your assistance.
Best wishes...Todd Hamilton
My name is Eithan and I just returned from a 5 days trip to Athens with my wife. We had 5 amazing days and we wish to thank you for your site, which served us in so many ways to make the best out of Athens. It is already the second time that I go to Athens “with” you, and it was the occasion for me to check out the lovely neighbourhoods of Kipsely and Thissio. Following your recommendations, we did not hesitate to go there during Christmas, and boy, what a big surprise:
out of the metro in Syntagma station on a sunny afternoon of the 24 December, right in to the big street party. Athens is beautiful and alive during the holydays, unlike, must I say, other European cities, such as Paris, where I live, which is certainly spectacular around Christmas, but absolutely dead during the days of the 25 and the 26 of December. I went to the records shops near the market, and came back with a nice set of music, almost completed my collection of Dimitra Galani (my favourite), and they were
very pleased to know that I come shopping after visiting your site. I also paid a visit to Kostas, the famous suvlaky in 116 Adrianou st., which is still one of the best, even under the hands of his son (or grandson, I think..?). You are very right about Pireus, but out of curiosity I decided to go there anyway, the Zea is nice, but should be visited in summer. What can I say, your site is great, and thank you for helping us make the best trip.
I wish you all the best, Chronia Polla, and keep on with your great writing,
Eithan and Noa
p.s. Why not publish a hard copy of your guide?
My wife and I lived in Athens for 18 months and we had many
visitors while we were there. We discovered your web site
very soon after we arrived thanks to a friend and wore out several
printed copies. We had a copy of that other guidebook,
Lonely something or other, and I have always wanted to thank you
for putting together your much, much better guide. IT IS THE
BEST! We left Greece just over a year ago to work in the
Kingdom of Bahrain and we were wondering if you have a cousin or
something in Bahrain. Just kidding! I was reading the
Athens News on line and missing Greece a lot and remembered your
web site. It is so good and so accurate that it made me miss
Greece even more than before. We have sent the web link to
your site to many friends in the USA and Canada and all of them
have gotten as much information and pleasure from it as we do.
Thank you for all of the hard work, great pictures, etc.
Efharisto, para, para poli !! (I cannot spell in English and
my Greek is even worse)
ChevronTexaco Operations Specialist
Oil Processing Department
Low Sulfur Fuel Oil Area
Bahrain Petroleum Company Refinery, Awali
Kingdom of Bahrain
My son and I have just returned from a 5-day stay in Athens -
loved your guide before we went (in fact, reading it earlier this
year helped me to decide to go there) and love it even more now
that we've returned. Thank you very much for such an
extensive and idiosyncratic view of the city. Will not
hesitate to follow your recommendations in future, especially with
regard to the Islands and booking arrangements.
Sincerely, Anne Simpson
Thank you for loving my hometown as much as I do. Your
is a ray of hope in a strange, harsh world. I will always consider
Best wishes to you and your family,
I'm an Australian expat married to a Greek and have
lived in Athens for 15 yrs. I have to say that I stumbled on your website
looking for things to do for some foreign friends that would be visiting.
I had no idea that there were so many secret places and fun things to do that I
had missed out on. Just goes to show that the "locals" are often less motivated
to take the time and trouble to find these things out, especially when you are
involved in the daily grind of work and family instead of just having fun as a
tourist on holiday. Your website is lively, interesting, informative and fun,
and I have recommended it to all my friends.
Well done and just wanted to drop you a line to say
An honorary Athenian,
My wife and I had a short trip to
Athens recently (21/3 - 23/3) and despite first impressions,
the closure of the National Museum and overcast weather, we
had a great time. As background, we are a couple of
Malaysian Chinese currently working in Scotland and had never
been to Greece before. We read a few negative reports
about Athens and were apprehensive about the trip.
However we read your site (and our daughter loved your
daughter's site). We must say that Athens is all that
you shown in your site and more! The people are very
friendly (not pushy - can be cheeky which is great but also
quite personable) and the food really good. We felt safe
at all times - there was only one time when a drunk tried to
ask for money. We were fascinated by the flea market -
quite different from the other flea markets we seen (eg
Paris). We wish we had more time. One of the
things you did not deal in your site are the sweets or
desserts. We loved those Greek sweets and found at least
3 around Plaka, including the K Kotsolis at Adrianou street
which is also a café. We are still eating the lot we
brought back. It is great city and I am sure it will get
Eileen & Mun Chin
I found your Athens Guide
several months ago and I wanted you to know just how
helpful it has been. My husband and I have been to
Athens several times but there had been a ten-year gap
since the last time we'd been there and, while we
were going to be in Athens for the Olympics and had our
accommodations arranged, we wanted to take a quick trip to
Samos and from there to Ephesus. The information on
travel agents, specifically
Fantasy Travel, was
invaluable. They (Nadia) did a fantastic job - we
felt we really had a friend working for us in Athens. I
have made this site one of my "favorites" and will
continue to enjoy using it. I appreciate the fact that you
do update it regularly - I wonder if there is a way for
you to indicate the dates of your updates -- that's one
thing that I miss as I read through the vast amount of
material you make available.
Again, many thanks for this
site -- it is a real labor of love.
WOW WOW you have the most amazing website - and the only one with
decent map of Athens (in English). I've been trawling
through loads of
rubbish from Google, and finally came across your site.
Trust a fellow
(well, former, in my case) Chapel Hill/Carrboro resident to come
with a comprehensive, informative site. Definitely adding to
my list of
favourites - if not for my use, then for anyone I ever hear of who
going to Athens!
You're too good to be mayor. You are a levendis, a pallikari and rebetis and a mangas. What mayor can be all that?
Dear Matt Barrett,
Just wanted to thank you for the information on your
website. A friend and I just returned from a couple of weeks
in Greece and found your site to be very helpful. Especially
with jewelry shopping in Athens! We went to
your recommendation and ended up purchasing several pieces there
from George and Laura which were too beautiful to resist. We
did some comparison shopping and found that Byzantino's jewelry
was unique compared to the offerings of the other shops. So
thanks for the tip.
your homepage is amazing and I actually just writting to tell you
that!! I am an Au Pair in Athen and it's my first time in greece and
my first time in a huge city like Athen Your page makes live in Athen
much easyer and to bad I just found it now. It toke me over two month
to figure some things out in Athen and their are still lot's of thinks
I just don't get. Athen is a huge city and sometimes pretty chaotic,
but nw that I found your page it toke me less then half houre to plan
my way down to Pireaus by bus.
Thanks again and you did a great job :-)
Matt, just back. Secret restaurant, Butchers Shop and Hotel Dryades
in full vigour, so thanks for all the tips. Gazi was great as was the
Viatour food tour – I’d really recommend that.
seem tough at present, but folk were universally pleasant – many seemed
almost embarrassed and brought up the deficit when I wouldn’t
necessarily have done so, as if they wanted the topic off the table
right at start.
Thought we'd let you know that we used George's taxi
services to get us from the airport to the Attalos, which was great. We
were so relieved to see him waiting for us! The Hotel Attalos was as
advertised. It's certainly an economy hotel, but they were friendly and
efficient, and all we really wanted was a bed. The rooftop garden,
though, made it pretty special. All we really wanted to do at that point
was relax with a glass of wine. We ran into four folks from Tucson
doing the same thing, and they arrived there also because of your
website, so you give good advice, clearly.
We also used George for a half day tour the next day, and he was
great. We felt entirely taken care of, and though we balked a little at
first at the price, we agreed it was worth it, in the end, especially
because he took us to the ferry offices at Piraeus and then delivered us
to the ferry itself, which was a long way from the ticket
office, and I'm not so sure we could have found it without him. When we
return to Athens at the end of May, we're hoping that he'll pick us up
and take us to the airport. We liked him.
Right now, we're on Patmos for the next two months, settling in
after our first week, and enjoying it very much, anticipating the Easter
celebrations, which should be very special in Hora, where we are living
in a house rented from a friend.
So thanks for maintaining your website. We appreciate it, and we'll steer other folks that way, happily.
Sam & Sally Green
I just wanted to let you know that I'm a huge fan of your website.
your Athens travel guide and your travel guide to Greece two years
I was getting ready to travel to Greece from Boston, and it was
tremendously helpful. I felt like someone I knew was giving me the
advice that I really needed, and was pointing out all the fun
interesting little details about life in Athens. While I was there
worked in Athens for the summer after my junior year in college),
I fell in
love with the city and people even as the city and people drove me
but that made sense to me because Athens is like that! And
really miss Athens, and of course I miss my friends there. So even
haven't been back in two years, I go to your website at least once
and spend hours reading and looking at all your pictures, and it
relive the experience of being there and remember all the things I
much and found so fascinating. I am grateful for your website and
appreciate all the hard work you put into it.
Thanks so much,
I visited your web site, the Athens survival guide. I am a Greek
who lives in Athens and I feel the need to congratulate you
about the site. Sometimes I think you know better Athens than I
do ! Keep on updating your site.
Regards from Athens
My wife and I have just returned from a
fantastic 10 days in Greece. Celebrating 20 years of
wedded bliss, we spent 3 days in Athens, 5 days in the
islands and a final night in Athens before flying
We used your guide before we left
and printed out a bunch of pages to use while we in
Athens. Domigos at Brettos liquor store says hi. We ate to
our hearts content at many of your recommendations
including Psaras Fish Taverna (very romantic but I fell
off my chair), The Plaka Restaurant (fun and lively),
Domigos (cod fish is now not one of our favorites) as well
as Thespidos and
Byzantino (our two favorites).
My wife enjoyed
Byzantino Jewelry Store
more than I had hoped and
the Cine Paris was a grand diversion.
We also had many pages from Frommers and Foders
books with us. They never left our suitcase. Your
guide was so much better, it gave us a more "local"
feeling. Thank You for all of the effort that you have put
into you passion.
Suttons Bay, Michigan
Hi Matt! Wasn't sure how to add a post to your site but
wanted to say MANY THANKS! We visited Greece in September
and found every service you recommended exactly as you said we
would - wonderful and worthwhile.
- we bought one and could not have done without it.
Unfortunately we were in Greece when the 9/11 event
occurred. We received a call from our families within 15
minutes of the bombings. We were able to call our
families and they us when others couldn't get through on hotel
lines or other land lines. We loaned our phone to 3
other families and it worked out wonderfully. I also had
lost luggage and a few other glitches and the phone was
perfect. Truly the best money we spent!!!!!!!
We visited Byzantino and left
some money there as well. Laura was wonderful. I
bought a bracelet for my husband and should have taken a
picture of Laura as well! He would have like that even
Again, our thanks Matt - keep up the great work!
Melissa DeLisio and Mary Carroll, Columbus, Ohio
My father, boyfriend and I just returned from a whirlwind trip to
we have to thank you. Your site was so helpful! I used
it to plan the trip
and as a resource for hotels, restaurants, sites, shopping,
etc. Before we
left, my father printed the whole thing out so we could read it on
and pack it in our bags as we went out to see the sights.
Our trip was a last minute decision so we were a bit frantic
prepare. Your site lead us to the agent who booked our hotel
2 days before
arrival. The Hotel Cypria was a wonderful spot, so quiet and
so close to
everything. Helpful hint, the "Acropolis View" room does
have a lovely
view, and the exhaust pipe for the buildings sewage! My
father was moved to
the room due to a problem in his original room so it's not like
complaining, just a word to the wise.
The biggest help of all was
George the Famous Taxi
Driver! We called from
the Frankfurt Airport (way to wait till the last minute pops!) and
"No problem, someone will meet you." We arrived and met
son. He was fantastic! After the harrowing ride to the
hotel we quickly
learned that it's best to leave driving to the locals. We
explained that we
didn't really have an itinerary and would only be in Greece for a
wondered if he had any suggestions. He quickly planned our
week for us,
maximizing our short stay. We had a great trip out to
Sounion for a half
day and then did a 2 day trip to Delphi and Meteora. Amazing
around. Dennis was so dependable, friendly, together and
well informed. I
wonder if I know as much about my home as he does!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! You made our trip what it
was and now we
all can't wait to go back. Next time we are thinking of
islands. When you speak with George again, please let him
know how grateful
we are to Dennis and that I will be passing their info along to
know who is traveling to Greece. I have fallen in love with
Dennis certainly helped in the courting.
Also, FYI, you are able to walk around the Temple of Poseidon -
all over! Your site had said you couldn't but there was
nothing there to
stop us. Or the gentleman who left his "Fanta" can (not to
worry, I chased
him down). Also, Lord Byron's "autograph" is on the square
pillar to the
right when you are facing the temple from the path. Right
there, in front,
on the outside face, just short of eye level - more like sternum
Thanks again and hope your next trip is as great as ours was!
Erin K. O'Brien
P.S. - My heart broke as the plane took off and I've been all
beautiful Earth. I normally don't like going back to spots
seen but I will certainly return to Greece as many times as I can.
You must get hundreds of emails like this - I returned last night
from a long weekend in Athens with my wife and I just wanted to
say how much the information on your website contributed to making
our stay really memorable and enjoyable.
It is always strange at first being in a new country for the
first time - but with the information from your site we were
able to find our feet immediately and do far more than I could
have hoped to achieve in a weekend, from finding that ideal
gift to a taxi tour with George and
Many grateful thanks for helping make our weekend so great.
Ef -cha-ri-sto (or something like that!)
Ed Dawes - Birmingham England
I have spent two days checking out everything I didn't know
Athens. My neighbor is taking a trip to Athens in April
or May and wanted me to get her some information. I
stumbled upon your website and was overwhelmed by all the
information you are providing. You are truly remarkable
to have put all that information together along with
photos. I don't know when I've had a better
vacation!!! I called my neighbor and told her I want to
go to Athens with her (of course she would have to pay
I work for the local city
government and they don't pay that good). Anyway, I
really want to thank you for showing me a place outside the
USA that if I should ever win the Lottery, that's the place I
want to go first.
Sincerely, Joanna Huestis (Gulf Breeze,
I happened to end up in your webpage about Athens, and
I was really amazed from it. It is a great "gift" for
my city, it says the things exactly how they are, and
reminded me that even when I get seriously pissed-off
in the usuall trafic-jams, Athens a few hours later
will be cool again :). I would only like to read some
more stories about experiences that people had in
Greece, good or bad, like the driving licence story.
Good luck in your next trips, anywhere...
PS. I have been surfing the net for 5 years, and it is
the only time that I feel the need to congratulate
someone for his web page.
WOW! Matt! You are terrific! My cousin just
guided me to your Athens
Guide. I am a travel agent, and never, ever have I read
right on and personable ever! You write as I would talk to
you publish any travel books? You would blow Insight guides,
Fielding...etc off the shelves! I am very new to the
internet. Do you
have other destinations?
Thanks for the best travel reading ever.
I just wanted to tell you how incredibly helpful your guide
has been. I'm
a University of Chicago undergrad and will be studying in
Athens from late
March until early June. Your site answered so many of my
questions that I
just wasn't finding the answer to anywhere! THANK YOU SO
Many THanks for your survival guide!!! I was up to all hours
things ot do using it, evne had a spritied discussion wiht
George the taxi
driver about what coeuld we do on short notice. I will
him next trip for a tour of the city.
I ended up walking around Benaki museum- the only bummer was
photography but the museum is outstanding. You might notice
cafe has quite reasonable food at very easonable prices including
whihc wired me for the better part of the rest of the day!!
WE walked trhough national park and wandered down the Plaka and as
would have it the veyr first store i popped into was Olympic
by the same people as Byzantino and then fell into
We even bought some jewelry there your tips are dead on on
have tried so far. THANK YOU !!!!!
At Byzantinos I fell in love with Laura but alas my wife wouldnt
keep her so I had to settle for jewelry Oh well (haha) its a
store and very warm peopel and great pricing.
Some other info: the metro lines are more complete so you
might want to
update that info. ANd your comments about Piraeus are dead on
.Also from a curise ship to the metro station -- the difference
rush hour ride and non rush hour ride is 8.43 vs 1.33 euros-
Again many thanks you should do guides for a lot of cities
it would help
the weary traveller have more fun.
Cape Town, South Africa, 8 February, 2001
I have just spent almost an hour going through your very
interesting website and felt that I had to write and congratulate
you on it! Some friends and I have been going to the
island of Skiathos every summer for about six years now and we
always have to pass through Athens. In the beginning
we did not like the city at all ... but with time we have grown to
like it. After going through your web pages I realise
that there is so much that we have missed out on and that there is
more to Athens than meets the eye initally.
We will be there next month and cannot wait to try out some of the
restaurants you have mentioned! Your website has been
so well put together and the photographs are fantastic and bring
the whole "guide" to life and the information is clear as well as
Happy travelling, With kind regards,
Hi Mr. Matt!
I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for your extensive
information that we found on the web regarding The Parthenon and
everything we now know about the Parthenon Marbles. My son is doing a
History Fair project on The Parthenon and after we researched and then
came upon your write up - well it made the project even more interesting
than we thought! I was reading some info to him that you had written
and I looked at him and said this is even more exciting than we
thought... He told me I always say that, but what he has just learned
is there is so much more to history than meets the eye!
Just thought we would let you know that you helped a young student learn some pretty fascinating stuff!
Good things never go un-noticed! ;)
Lori & Carson
I have been looking through your site for the last couple of days,
wanted to congratulate you for your work. I am actually Greek,
studying in England, and looking through your site I got even more
homesick than I usually am (especially now that I'm in the middle
exams). I have to admit that your site is one of the best guides
Greece that I've come across. Even from a local's point of view,
excellent. Most guidebooks usually get on my nerves because they
deal with the touristy places and things to do, and do not get the
of living in Greece. I particularly liked your Athens guide. It is
indeed a beautiful city when you get used to all the traffic and
and in 21 years you can imagine that I've grown very fond of it,
especially now that I'm away. You are one of the few foreign
As for the sections about other parts of Greece, I was amazed at
places you've visited. At last, a good guide that deals with more
just the islands (with the possible exception of Lonely Planet, by
the best guidebooks, they're the only reason that I made it
Inter-rail last year...).
Anyway, I just wrote because I felt I had to congratulate you
managing to make me this homesick... Keep up the good work!
Yia Sou Matt Barrett !
Your website on my home city is fantastic ! I've just looked
section on the streetpeople and buskers, and listened to the
player (amazing). I'm glad I came across your site (through
Greek links) and I tell people about it. I'm a hideously
Athenian, temporarily in LA with my American husband. (I grew
S.Africa though). Your site has helped me to revisit my most
place and birthplace (Plaka), and I was even crying here at
seeing hundreds of details that I know, including
other people that I used to see.
I'm amazed at all the details and great photos of Athens that
Bravo ! Ise katapliktikos. Na isaste kala....esi ke i
(and my husband, Matt as well....we came to LA for him to
greatest rock 'n roll CD for many, many years. Tell you later
My recent (and second)
trip to Athens (I got back to the UK very late Tuesday
night) was made so much better by your excellent web
site. Basically, we went on the Matt Barrett
trail and, in the three days we were there tried to sample
the delights that you recommended.
We stayed at the
Hotel. A very interesting place. We stayed
on the third floor and had a whole suite to ourselves
(although we just paid for a room). Great balcony
with tremendous view of the Acropolis. Rather cold
due to the freak weather conditions where London was at
least 2 degrees warmer than Athens but we do understand
that the Athenians aren't really geared up to this sort of
weather - and we come from England so we survived!
We felt sorry for the poor guys in the lobby with their
respective portable heating arrangements and woolly
We went to the Plaka Taverna (
I assume this is the same place as the Plaka restaurant
that you described) and had a very cheese orientated lunch
at the Platia Iroon (we had our last lunch there - they
remembered us and we got kisses from the lady in charge
and had a good chat with the young waiter). Only
thing is - after two delicious meals at this place, I've
had a bit of a cheese overdose and am trying to have a
break from it right now!
We were going to go to Aegina
on Monday, but Sunday night in Brettos put paid to
that. 7 rather large brandies later we had a bit of
trouble getting up in the morning. However, I was
impressed that even though I felt a little tired and
emotional there was no headache. It was full of
tourists and seems to be quite a meeting place for
everyone. As you suggested I bought a few bits and
pieces and got some excellent presents for people.
Damigos was good - weirdly nice to have fried fish in
batter (as you know very popular as part of fish and chips
in UK) with garlic sauce - we'll be back there
The meat markets (both in
Piraeus and Athens) were a revelation. Not for
sensitive souls - my husband loved it! To me it was
an area of blood, sheeps' heads and testosterone!
English kids, who think meat grows in a shrink wrapped
polystyrene container, would get a real education from
this - then again, it could harm them for life!!!!!
I know one thing - you would have a whole generation of
vegetarians! Visiting places like this, to me, is so
much better than endless museums and tourist
We found Vassilenas in
Piraeus. It was lunchtime (we didn't realise that he
did not open for lunch), but because we had so obviously
come to seek him out, he opened just for us. The
food was sublime. What a place. Of course, we
gave him a good tip! I'd love to think that we sat
at the same table as Melina Mercouri - is that
We're going back again in
April as we are going to Paros for a few days - staying at
the apartment of Martina and Sakis (in Naoussa). We
found it on the internet on their own website:
www.paros-online.com . As it was out of season,
it was very reasonable - 44Euros per night for five of
us. We'll let you know what its like and we'll try
to take some digital photos. I have communicated
with Martina and she seems like a very nice lady.
She also runs a cat sanctuary from her apartments and is
involved in PAWS (Paros Animal Welfare). The
apartments have kitchen, balcony or terrace and are fully
Thank you again Matt for all
your help. Your website is amazing - who needs guide
books? I hope that you get some reward for what you
do- you ought to.
I had the oportunity to visite Athens last week-end together
with my wife and some friends. Half of the group did attend an
international medical congress, while the remaining 3 of us
could enjoy Athens.
I found your Athes Guide on the Internet and foud it VERY good
We used your Restaurand Guide.....
We tried some of your recommended greek food......
We used "your" taxi-driver George for transport to the
Congress Center, sightseeing in and around Athens (VERY good)
and transport to an early flight back home......
We visited "your" rock in the front of Acropolis.....
We followed your guide through Plaka......
We visited the Flea Marked.......
We followed your recommendations through the City
I baught jewlery by Byzantino for my wife......
In other words...... You see we covered it "all" thanks to
your excellent guide.
Thanks for your contribution to a unforgettable week-end!
Thank you for sending the newsletter. I stumbled across you a few
days ago and have been reading everything in
'athensguide.com' ..........I absolutely love it; it is so
informative, casual, earthy, readable, not the normal 'touristy'
My first trip abroad; feel somewhat prepared after reading so much
information about Athens and the islands. Thank you, thank
you, thank you. I am getting really excited and really
looking forward to visiting your Greece.
Browsing through your site I could hardly tell the difference
you were a visitor or a fellow Athenian. Great work!
This is Tony from Sao Paulo,Brasil...
I am planning my fourth trip to Greece, at this time after march
not summer!! I was surfing in the net , and ended up with your
It is one of the most interesting and helpful guide I have find!
I can tell you I have looked in references books such as Fodor`s,
Frommer`s and many others....
Your page is THE BEST !!!!!!
My wife and I went to greece this summer and used your guide
People swore we must have been there before.
As we passed by Berettos in the Plaka, I told some American
ladies all about it.
We ate at Byzantinos and we had a ball.
I went to the flea markets and looked through all the Nazi and
What a place.
Nicely written, well laid out. Great site.
Have a Mythos beer on us.
I've lived in Greece off and on for nearly 30 years now, and I
your Athens web site is one of the best I've seen. I think
you've done a
I found your site a couple weeks ago. I got the opportunity to
meet my niece in Greece at the last minute and had no clue where
to go and what to do. I printed off your Survival Guide and that's
all I needed to know...except Greek and with three weeks to plan I
didn't have time to learn. Your information was invaluable to us,
and the Attalos Hotel is the perfect place to stay if you're on a
budget and want to be right in the middle of things. Thanks again
for your effort in putting all this info in one place.
Being a first time traveller, having picked my first
backpacking stop as
being Athens, I am, say the least, apprehensive. It
doesn't help being an
english woman, in my mid twenties, travelling alone for the
I came across your Athens Survival Guide quite by accident,
for street maps on the 'Net and having read some of it and
intending to read
it all I had to Email you and say Thank you. It really
made me feel like
Athens isn't a big bad city and somewhere I can visit without
much trepedation. Reading about your favourite
restaurants and places to go
makes it feel friendly and not so unknown, for which I am very
Due to you I intend to visit Plaka and purchase a street map
before I leave
my native UK and plot where to go. I am also going to
get George to pick me
up at the airport. I have a week and a half to go and
will be travelling
for at least 3 months around Europe, staying in Hostels.
Athens for a least
6 days then some of the Islands etc.. Before making my
way thru Italy and
France. I just wanted to let you know how much it helps
to read your page
and how it brings Athens to life in a very funny and familiar
It almost stops me feeling like a complete and utter stranger
in a totally
And your guide was wonderful and a big help. We met another
American couple that also had your guide, and referred to you
often. I was SOOOOO surprised at how safe we felt in Athens,
even at night; much better than our cities here.
We hit snow at Delphi and didn't venture the trip to Meteora .
. . and we are so glad. One of the tour buses
jack-knived and no one else was making it around that bus, up
Will heartily recommend your site to all that are
contemplating a trip to Greece. Thanks again!
Just wanted to say that I just landed from a week in athens
and it was everything you said it would be and more!! I found
your guide very helpful, but I found that the Athenians to be
even more gracious and freindly than I could have ever
imagined. I love it, I will be going back!!
I am a college student at Loyola University Chicago and just
good chunk of your Great Athens tips. I'm currently
sitting here in a
computer lab and must admit that your commentary made me laugh
loud, for I remember much of the same to be true. Thank
writing something so close to home!
Oh, and I wouldn't recommend the Tower Air cheap flight to
My family took it over this past summer. It left from NY at
and was crowded and I threw up 3 times!!!
But you are correct, one does have plenty of time and warm
to get over it!!!
Thank you again for your humor and wit!
Dear Mr. Barrett,
I just want to let you know that my wife and I visited Athens
for a few days
in connection with the past weekend and that we found your
and the information that you made available on internet to be
and valuable. We stayed at the Adams Hotel which we found nice
and very well
situated. We had a glass of ouzo at Mr. Brettos's shop and had
afterwards in the fish restaurant right below.
We enjoyed Athens, admired not only Akropolis and the Agora
but also the
top-modern and most impressive metro stations and trains, and
we happened to
be there in the middle of the carrnaval which was extensively
the streets of the Plaka.
Thank you for all your assistance on the computer screen!
I have been going to write this since 10/1 when we got back from the trip. The hotel was great, absolutely great! We stayed at the Atalos.
It is a “C” class hotel, so I had great reservations about your judgment concerning it. When we pulled up on the street, I had greater reservations! The hotel has very little street presence – not much more than the door and it is sandwiched in between two hardware stores. Boy did I think I had made a mistake! But from the time we went through that door my concerns were over and I was glad we made reservations for it.
The room was excellent and the breakfast really good. There is a little “dirty” blond with very dark eyes that appears to manage the breakfast area and besides being very helpful, she has a very pretty smile.
The front desk was also helpful and very friendly. I asked them how many guests they got off the internet like me. They said that 80% of the guests were American. Well, the time I spent there that did not seem correct. All the people I met were Canadian. J
Now on to George’s Taxi Service and Guide Service. All I have to say is that they must make a lot more money than do I as the Mercedes they all drive are newer than my Ford Taurus!
As a guide we had a gentleman named Spiros. He was worth every cent of the cost. I am a student of the Bible and have taken some Greek. I wanted to see Corinth – he took us there and also through a large part of the Pelopenesis (sp?). Well, did I find that my Greek was deficient? Don’t ask, my face is still red. Spiros is a walking history book. He was both entertaining and informative. Thanks for recommending George’s Taxi.
Well Matt, bravo to you. Yes, bravo! Our time in Greece far outshined the time we spent in some other places such as Cairo. I might even come back to Greece. I got to say that what you told us all turned out to be true. You are straight arrow! Tell Spirio my wife and I say hy!
Matt, we got so much information from your site before going to
Greece this summer, it was amazing how much easier it made our
trip. From staying at the Attalos to having George's taxi
service take us all around, etc.
We were showing friends of ours your site last evening and noticed
your article of the sailing trip you took this summer.
Sounds fantastic!!! As I was reading along, I notice a name
from my past, your friend, Ana Kamais. Ana and I grew up
together in the Hartford Greek community and attended Greek
School, etc. together. He Mom, Despina, is a very good
friend of my Mom's and they spend much time together. I have
not seen Ana since she moved back to Greece many years ago, but
ask her Mom about her often. So, you can imagine my surprise
when I saw her name in your article and found out it was the same
person I knew. She would know me by my maiden name, Malamati
Karatasios (Matula is my nickname) and she would also know my
husband very well, Bobby Litts. We all attended the same
church in Hartford, St. George. If you talk to her or write
to her, please mention me to her and give her my e mail
(firstname.lastname@example.org). I would love to have her e mail as well.
Keep up the great work on your site...all our friends, etc. who we
have sent to it are thrilled. We just hope that the
world situation settles down enough that we can return to Greece
All my best!
Marilyn (and Bob) Litts
P.S. We visited Aristidis at the Thiamis Icon shop in Athens and
instantly became friends. What a lovely person he is!
He is painting an icon of St. John the Baptist for us (we collect
icons) and has just sent us a beautiful icon of the Virgin Mary
for a wedding gift.
The folks at the Attalos were just great! I wrote and told
them so and have referred them to friends as well.
Hi Matt, I hope this message reaches you ok.
My name is Ian Boulton, and I have just enjoyed a week in
Athens with my
wife Marion (she of diminutive size and hence silly e-mail
We are from England, and took a week off to chill out after
having two of
our kids get married this year, and having Virgin Atlantic
to take us both to Athens, that's where we chose to go.
We have been to the Pelopennese before, but never
to Athens, so we sought
help from the good old internet, and Lo and Behold! We
Athens Survival Guide.
We used all the info in your guide to make the most of our
eight day visit,
and with the added bonus of having fantastic weather (no rain
bright sunshine and blue skies) we did a lot more than we
Firstly, we stayed at the Adams Hotel, which was perfect for
what we wanted
to do. The people ther are so friendly, and the rates are
really good (we
paid about £40 per night for a double room , B&B, and had
balcony on which we could have held a party for about fifty
which had a great view of the Akropolis).
We tried a number of your recommended restaurants, and agree
with you about
the Byzantino...though in fact it was closed for renovation
aftrer a fire
when we first arrived, and we did not get to eat there until
penultimate day. We went back on the last day too, though!
We also followed your recommendation to try the bakaliaro
Bretto's (we started most evenings at Bretto's), Psaras and
I thought you might be interested in a few other things that
we found, and
which you might like to check out:
Restaurants. We also tried Braxos in Adrianou, it is a
bit expensive, but
the roof garden has a beautiful view of the Akropolis flood
lit at night.
The food is good too.
The Taverna next to Sigalas is also good...the work on the
made Sigalas impossible to eat at outside.
The best place we found of all was not in Athens however. One
day it was so
hot we took the ferry over to Aegina, and looking round for
eat lunch we came upon the little fish market, just clearing
up after a
busy morning's trading. From your comments about good eating
Athens market, I thought maybe we'd have the same luck
here...and we did.
There are two small tavernas full of men and a few kids,
taking lunch at
the end of the market morning. We ate in one of them and had
the best fried
fish and whitebait we'd ever eaten. With a bottle of wine the
came to only 4600 drachmas (it would have been even cheaper if
we had taken
a carafe of the local retsina, but I'm afraid we haven't
acquired the taste
for that yet). We are both from fishing towns in the
east of England, and
we know our fish, and I'm telling you this was brilliant.
The other thing I will mention is the changing of the guard at
the tomb of
the unknown soldier, next to the Parliament Building. This
day every hour, but on Sundays the evzones wear their best
fact when we were there it was the week of a national holiday,
so there was
a parade on Sunday morning as well, and on the actual day of
(Oct 28) there was a massive parade with bands and schools
from all of
Athens taking part, many of them in national dress.
Well, I hope these bits of information are of some use to
you. I'd like to
thank you very much for your excellent web-site, without which
we would not
have had such a rewarding visit.
Maybe one day we might bump into each other at breakfast in
Hotel, as I am sure we will return,
I really enjoyed your Greece Travel Guide on the web,
I'm really impressed by the friendly tone and the chatty style
different from the many guide books. We've got Lonely Planet
Guide and one or two others which are useful in their own
ways, but none of
these captures your enthusiasm and personal detail which makes
alive so well.
We were only in Greece for two weeks, going out to our boat
which has been
in Lefkas for the winter. We managed three days in Athens and
Brettos and some of the other places you mention, including
Restaurant. We stayed at the Phaedra Hotel at the corner of
Lissikratous, in front of the church of Agia Ekaterini.
It was clean and
friendly and very well located (just round the corner from
also enjoyed the mezedes at Ouzeri Kouklis at 14 Tripodon, as
well as the
hand made shoes nearby at Padelis Siodi, 27 Tripodon. My
wife has been
looking for decent leather flip-flops for about three years
since she lost
her previous ones overboard in Italy. The advice about going
to the EOT was
also very useful since they gave us the bus times to Lefkas
location of the Bus Terminal A (Kifissou St.)
So thank you again and well done on a brilliant web site. Can
I post you
2000 drachma to encourage you to continue? Where do I send it?
(I teach in a school, www.ksw.org.uk, in Worcester, UK and
went to Greece
with my wife Caroline and student son James. Our boat is a 33
called Don Quixote and we sailed her, slowly, to Greece from
France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Tunisia and Malta. The boat is
in her sixth
year in the Mediterranean.)
Hope all is
well. Just printed out your fabulous web-site addition on
Christmas in Athens!
spending 16 days in Athens for the holidays. This will
trip to Greece and I
Just wanted to let you know that I think if you created a book
with all of the
information & pictures from your website you would have a
best-seller on your hands!!
all the wonderful advice! Everything you say is always
THANKS so much for the info that you forwarded to me with
reference to Greece!! (The check is in the
mail.....actually my CHEAP husband said it would be well worth
the $10.00). We made our trip from October 6 to October
19. We had a fun, informative and VERY interesting trip,
thanks in large part to your information.
As we have elderly parents, (mine is in a nursing home in
Asheville, NC where are you located???) my husband and I were
down to the wire deciding to head overseas for two
weeks. However, we finally decided to take the chance to
visit a county where we had NEVER been and with limited info
that we had personally located.
I normally read extensively on the area we are visiting and
make a day-to-day outline of what, when, where and how.
This time, you did the job for me AND it worked!! We did
make the mistake of staying in Ilisia because we were
accustomed to staying in some very nice Best Westerns (better
than US standards) in other European location, i.e. Venice,
Lucern, etc., NOT in Athens!!
Yeah, we goofed! BUT, we learned the hard way that you
CAN walk from the Plaka (actually the Acropolis) to Ilisia and
on to Likavitos and tell the tale!! (It's about those
Taxis that don't stop if you are on the WRONG side of the
road, GRRRRRR!!) Oh yeah, we're 52 and NOT in great
shape; but, we've traveled in Europe before and learned to
just "Deal with Whatever"!!!
My opinions of Athens run from dirty, WAY overcrowded with
insane traffice to some very nice and friendly shop owners
with fun shopping, REALLY good Greek Salad (and other food,
BUT we loved the Greek Salad....every day!!) and, of course,
the unique experience of visiting the Acropolis. This
time, fortunately, we listened to your advice and arrived
prior to 11:00 and were definitely glad!! It was amazing
how quickly you could go from fresh and clean to gross and
We bought the Ouzo at the appropriate place as well as a gold
bracelet from your suggested location. However, the
sandal guy was GREAT!! We almost didn't find him!!
What happened to cheap carpets???? Not where we
Well, is that enough to explain that we REALLY enjoyed and
benefited from your 30+ pages (that we carried over.....some
people laughed as they saw us reading it....they knew what we
THANKS!!! (I'll tell my husband to WRITE THE CHECK!!)
Myself and my girlfriend spent a week in greece last december
and had a wonderfull time. we used your guide which was
excellent and made our trip even more enjoyable. We went to
see Bretto on numerous occations and brought back a various
selection of his bottles. The problem is they have run out and
I was wondering if there would be any way in getting in
contact with Bretto to see if he could send me some more
drinks in his metal canisters. If you could help me it would
make an excellent surprise and christmas present for my
Yes. Today was our Delphi excursion with George. He said you are
an ambassador for Greece. Our day was perfect. He had picked out just
the right stops for a coffee this AM and lunch this PM. One needs to be
in shape to see the archeological sights in Greece. Fortunatley, we
managed very well.
Attalos Hotel is an ideal location for the typical tourist.
Everything centrally located. The roof bar is a gem of a place to view
the Acropolis at night. We missed going to the Central Market and wish
that had been considered. We did learn the hard way that most
museum/official Greek cultural centers will not admit after 2:30.
On our overnight to Aegina, we went to Aegina (port) vs Aegia
Marina -- after taking a quad around the island we were VERY happy that
we were not able to connect with the Hotel Karyatides and ended up
booking instead with the Aeginitiko Archontiko in Aegna town/port. It
was charming; we were truly staying in a tradional home. Good location
and breakfast was included. Rooms ranged from E60-80 with breakfast.
We rented bikes and went to Perdiko for part of the afternoon. We also
did not realize that there were 2 different ferry routes. One to marina
and one to the Aegina town/port. Again we were lucky. We got on the
correct ferry and would have been frustruated if we had landed at the
Marina and then need transport back to Aegina town.
People here are very nice and are very willing to make a cell call for you or to help with figuring out best routes on a map.
I am glad you make some money off of the service you provide. You made our trip!
Just thought I’d let you know that we’ve recently returned
from a 5 day trip to Athens and your website was SO helpful I thought I’d
write and thank you. We followed most of your recommendations, stayed at the
Attalos Hotel, ate at Paradosiako , tried
the Patsa at the Meat Market, visited the Keramaikos, as well as the obvious –
Acropolis, Lykavitos, Flea Market etc. and without your guide, we’d have
missed some of these things so we’re very grateful that you take the time
to do this. The info about what to do at the Airport, how to get the metro etc
was also helpful as it probably saved us a bit of money since we usually hop in
a taxi when we don’t know the ropes.
We were very
unlucky with the weather – it was SO cold (unusually so, I believe) and
it even snowed on the last day but we’re not complaining.
again, a big Thank You. You made out holiday better than it could have been.
For what it's worth, I used the information on your page to
George for two days of guide services while in Athens.
We were met promptly at our hotel by a man named Christos who
that George was booked but he was filling in for the
owned an older Mercedes that he normally used as a cab and
drove us to
Delphi with several excellent side trips on the way. He
informed and spoke very good English and went about the
excursion in a
leisurely and informative manner. As we approached
Delphi, he confirmed
by his cell phone with a private guide, whom we met at Delphi,
would guide us through the actual site. She also did an
Upon returning to Athens on the day long excursion, Christos
where the shopping would be best and dropped us off there,
wait for us but we knew we could find a cab to get back to the
On the second day, Christos was again prompt and conducted a
tour of Athens, getting us to all the right places, such as
of the guard, without long waits.
He did an exceptional job and we'd highly recommend his
Hope this was helpful.
I also used the information on your page and found it to be an
guide as we found our way through Athens. This was my
fourth trip to
the city and thought I had seen most of it but your guide took
places I had not visited. Thank you for such an
Just to let you know, my wife and I just returned from Athens
holidays and had an incredible time. Thank you so, so
much for all your
We had Brooklyn Pizza deliver to our hotel AND ate there the
Yummy! And we ate at a lot of the other places you
visited most of the sites. THANK YOU so, so much for
teriffic info. You changed our trip!
Los Angeles, CA
My company is sending me to Athens next week and I thought I'd
surf the web for info on the place, since I've never been
there. Having traveled to England, France, and Spain,
I'm comfortable with some European travel. However,
there's the usual nervousness in traveling to a new place.
I'd like to thank you for all the valuable information your
web site has provided. I feel I'll have a more enjoyable
experience from simply checking out all the info you provided.
Thanks again and best regards,
It was purely by chance that I decided that I wanted to go
away and sample some Greek culture and life after I came
across your 'Guide to Athens' on the web last year.
Well, I had a fantastic week, meet so many friendly and
interesting people and saw virtually all of Athens!
Now I am planning to go to Lesvos during June. It seems like
such a fantastic island I can't wait!
I just wanted to say a very BIG thankyou. Your guides are so
well written. Down to earth advice, interesting stories, tips
on the best places to go and the people of Greece. I hope that
you manage to gut your guides into print becuase they are one
of the best, if not the best information sources on Greece!
All I can say is that you are one amazing guy! I was
impressed by your guide of Athens. I can not even begin to
for the help that you have given me. I am a junior in high
needed information for an assignment. I wrote down so much
even more because it was so interesting and very humorous!
When I get
married, I am going on a honeymoon to Athens and I am going to use
webpage for a guide. Thanks again for the information and
keep up the
fantastic work on that page of yours!
Dear Mr. Barrett,
I have e-mailed you about three or so weeks
ago concerning a vase we bought in Athens , but, failed to
receive. With your advise, and Mr. Tom Mazarakis' help,
we have received the "most beautiful" piece on 4-10-00.
We would like to express our deepest thanks for your advice
and contact in Athens. As we have in the past, we will
continue, fervently, to pass on your website to our friends at
our Greek Orthodox church and others interested in travel to
Again, thank you so much and God bless.
Jon and Donna Kramer
I have just returned from my Greece holiday a few days ago.
First of all, I wanted to thank you so much for all your
advice. I used
soooo many of your suggestions. I impressed my friends and
it made me look like I knew what I was doing!! :)
We went to Byzantino in the Plaka twice for Dinner!! All I
can say is Menu
A rocks!! :) We bought a great ring from Byzantino
(excuse my spelling)
jewlers in the Plaka. Laura says hi. She is so
nice!! I bought great ouzo
at Bretto's!! Anyways thanks a lot!!
Well thanks again talk to you later.
Oh by the way, you are very popular in Greece and everyone
knows your name!!
Just wanted to thank you so much for all the terrific info
provided on your website.
(we e-mailed each other a few months ago). We just returned
from Athens on 10/23
finishing up a Rennaissance Cruise starting in Istanbul then
Kusadasi, Rhodes and
Santorini. We packed in as much as we could in 4 days in
Athens but not nearly
enough time to even scratch the surface - but enough time to
be fascinated by the
city and particularly The Plaka. What a great place! And with
your help we were
able to get around painlessly.
We stopped to see Mr. Bretto and gave him your regards. What a
We (my wife Beth and I) had an ouzo (wonderful) and brought 2
bottles plus a bottle
of his brandy home with us.
We also stopped to see Laura at Byzantino and left about
$1,000 lighter. Beth
bought a 22K hammered gold bracelet, hand made, Museum copy
with Small sapphire, ruby and emerald stones. Absolutely
beautiful.She is ecstatic.
When asking for directions for the Byzantino Restaurant we
were told it burned down. We had lunch next door at Plaka
Teverna. Hit a few other spots including
Diogenes Taverna (Lisikrati Sq). We also had the souvlaki
(sandwich) and a couple
ice cold Mythos at Tavern Sigalis on Metropolis at Monastiraki
I guess we'll just have to go back to see more of the stuff we
Thanks again, Matt, for making our trip more enjoyable.
Jack & Beth Mannion
We arrived back late last night having taken the Theofilos out of
on Tuesday night then a flight out of Athens yesterday. Your
Guide came in very useful. We had already booked the Attolos Hotel
recommendation on where to eat was much appreciated. On our only
there (in 1981) we ended up in the Plaka eating and expensive
indifferent moussaka and souvlaki. The Byzantino was excellent not
good ethnic food but also real value for money. The only downside
to it was
that their tsatzizki proved to be better than the one my wife,
makes(her observation not mine). Even the kids had to agree.
My kids are already planning next year's trip and they tell me
that they may
fly out a week before Irene and I. As they will be 18 and 16 then
have the offer of a house for them I may jealously have to
If our visits coincide next year I may drop by for the odd ouzo of
Keep up the good work.
My friend Elizabeth Herring first told me about your
travel pages about a year ago. I enjoy reading them and appreciate
all you are doing to offer people an authentic view of Greece. I
know and love many of the establishments you mention in your
reports on Athens and other destinations. And I also want people
to see the fun side of Athens and the beauty and warmth that lies
under the urban congestion and noise.
I lived in Athens for 14 years, wrote for The
Athenian magazine on cinema and features, was a correspondent for
Variety newspaper and The Age (Melbourne.) I also taught Greek and
American cinema appreciation courses at the Hellenic-American
Union in Athens. And in the summer I planned, booked and led
academic groups from the US and lectured to Elderhostel groups. I
am not sure if we have ever met, but Elizabeth seems to think we
must have sometime over the years.
Well, back to my work. Thank you so much for your
solid research and enthusiasm in presenting your material to
frequent and first-time visitors. I hope I will be hearing
from you in the near future.
Adio for now,
Just returned from Greece. 1 week in the Dodacanese Islands
sailing, and 1 week on the mainland, including Athens. I
just wanted to let you know how helpful your web page and your
Survival Guide were for us. We used Dolphin-Hellas
(Kassiani) for all of our reservations in the islands and in
Athens. She did a fabulous job. Everything was done
perfectly. In Athens we used your guide to finding great
places to eat, and to get around. One thing you may want to
let people know is that Platanos is closed on Sunday evening for
dinner. We were quite disapointed, but then found a
wonderful place around the corner, so not to worry. Bought
jewerly at Byzantino, which as you say, is wonderful and the
people were great. I just thought you'd want to know how
great your help was. I 'll be sending you a donation
soon. Thanks. Janet Niles
Thanks for your guide which we printed from the net and took with
athens for a 5 day city break, It was very useful we even managed
the Kafeneon in the dark and had cheese balls and ouzo as you
brian & shelagh kirkland.
Matt, Just wanted to thank you for absolutely making our Athens trip.
My husband went on business, and I spent a whole week just exploring Athens via
metro and coastal tram and mostly by foot. You never failed me, and
sometimes I found a place I thought was terrific only to discover later that it
was featured by you, so quality shows!
In Psiri, which I wouldn't have explored except for you section on it, we
ate twice--once at the Odos Aisxylos (I'm a sucker for lots of white lights and
someone eating there gave us a thumbs up as we passed), which was so honest that
when our neighboring dining companions (who were also staying at the Attalos on
your recommendation) had a full packet of cigarettes whisked away by an
over-eager waiter, they sent another out to buy the exact brand to replace it
immediately). I'm from Louisiana and it reminded me a bit of the French
Quarter...the older, not-too-slick part. The second place I don't remember
the name of, but it was in the center of the square and their fish dish was
excellent. Our only complaint was our before dinner beer down another
street--should have known when they said they didn't have Mythos that we were in
the wrong place.
In the Plaka, I had already chosen a place for lunch and sat down, lured by
the shade and the charm of the "maitre d' " then pulled out your guide and
saw that I was indeed at the Byzantine (Vizantine on their sign), where I had a
large Greek salad, bread and water. When I left, I told the "maitre
d' " the he was indeed an artist in finding me the perfect table, and he kissed
Wandering farther, I chanced onto a great looking place up a side street to
the top, made note of it for the evening, and when I got back to my hotel,
looked again at the guide and discovered that I had chosen Psarras. It was
all it was said to be--charming, cool, romantic, good food, and we made friends
with the couple on the lower step who came there every time they were in
The rest of Athens, I wandered and explored and got on and off metros and
coastal tram (to Glyfada, an old memory) and went into places I maybe shouldn't
have been (weaseled my way onto the grounds of the National Observatory on the
Hill of the Nymphs and stood in awe as an amateur astronomer in front of the
ornate entrance). Hadn't been to Athens in 37 years, so everything was new
So, this is just a note of gratitude for the detail in your guide, and I
will always consult it any time I go back to Greece.
Having just come back from 2 weeks in Greece I feel like I
know you since it was your guide that helped make this one of
our best vacations ever.
First of all there was George the Taxi Driver. He was
outstanding and I hope you will pass this on to him. We
spent 3 days with George one in the Peloponnese and 2 in
Delphi and Meteora. By the end of 3 days I felt like I
was saying goodbye to a member of my own family. He was
very knowledgeable and gave us an insight into the Greek
culture that you just can't get from tour books and huge bus
tours. Plus he knows the best place to stay in
Meteora!! Not some chain hotel in town but a wonderful
spic n' span clean inn in the mountains called Arsenis.
When I walked out onto our balcony the mountain view was so
beautiful I wanted to sing out a chorus from the Sound of
Music! By the way, no one should go to Greece without
Meteora on their tour. In all our travels I have never
experienced any natural beauty like it not to mention the
Back in the Plaka we did walk with your guide in hand which
made us feel well oriented within a day. O Plantanos
Taverna was a gem quiet and filled with locals. Can't
say the same about Byzantino too noisy and crowed.
Socrates Tavern was empty on the 2 nights we walked by so
don't know if they've changed hands or cooks but we passed it
up for Strofi which was good with a beautiful view of the
Acropolis. And if someone wants to splurge as we did on
our last night in Athens, Daphne's inside courtyard is the
place. The food service and ambience were top notch and
the bill for 2 with 3 courses including wine...$110.
Brettos is a beautiful store and was going strong the night we
were there. Byzantine Jewelers does have beautiful
unique pieces and so does their neighbor Angelo's.
Our second week was spent with Viking Cruises on the Aegean
Lady II. I'll forward you my e-mail to them since this
was a perfect unstructured way to see the islands as opposed
to the oversized cruise ships. And the intimacy of
sailing with only 20 other people was wonderful.
Thanks again for all your recommendations! We cannot
wait till we return to Greece with all its beauty, history and
warm and friendly people!!
My family and I traveled to Greece in summer of 98. Your
incredibly valuable and we thank you for it! We printed
it, read it and
depended upon it while in Greece.
The night before the first day of really sightseeing, we got
number but decided that it was too late to call him for the
next day. So we
went out on our own the next day. At the end of the day
we were walking by
the Grande Bretagne to see it again (from a previous trip) and
grab a cab. We needed to go to the office of a ferry
company to pick up our
As we were walking by the Grande Bretagne a man called to us
to see if we
needed a cab. We said yes, expecting to go with the
gentleman who summoned
us. Instead he directed us to another gentleman.
We jumped in our cab and
took off for the ferry company. When my husband went
inside to pay for the
tickets I was looking at our driver and he looked vaguely
familiar. I asked
him if, by some small chance, he had a web site and he
answered no but that
there was this man named Matt from the US.....etc.
etc... I pulled out my
picture of George and his wife that I printed off the internet
and he pulled
out the original!!! Unbelievable!!!
We used his services that night as he drove my husband, me and
our 2 small
children to Sounion for dinner and sunset.
He is a godsend in a city of smokers!!! As with all the
people we met, he
was informative, very friendly and genuinely nice.
We thank you for all your incredible tid bits of
information. It made our
trip quite pleasant. The only change that I would make
for our next trip,
is that I would definately rent a car in Athens and take it on
with us to whatever island we would go to. It was far
too confusing and
difficult to manage our gear with the kids, traffic and masses
of people at
Pireaus and again on the other end. Those traveling with
cars were settled
in quicker and off and running quicker upon arrival in the
Additionally, you can rent a better car in Athens than the
islands that we
We thank you!
KALIMERA--I feel terribly ungracious at this time for not taking
the time to
personally thank you for your information. After all, it has
been 9 months
already since we returned, and boy does time fly. Actually
we went on another
vacation--our annual trip to the Cayman Islands--in August, so
in March/April, Cayman in August, and then to top it off a family
Arizona December 12, I feel like 1999 was the year for
travel. Oops I forgot,
a quick weekend to Southern California 2 weeks after we got back
And in case you don't remember me, my family and I live in
So now that I have made my excuses, let me just SHOUT:
Thank you for all the
information. Yes we used Goerge--although we did not get
to meet him--one of
his workers picked us up @ the airport, and since we did not
stay but 2 days
in Athens we did not have time to use much of your Athens
guide. We did stay
at the Hotel AUSTRIA, and got a great rate for booking on the
internet. And I
did order the Greek course from Helen Dumas, plus I took my
Phrase book, so when I went to the butcher in Corfu, I could
safely ask for
"arne". It was a great time to go, if one ignored the
sounds of the missiles
being fired over Corfu at Kosovo!! There were NO
tourists, we were really
oddities--and we stayed at a place with a kitchen, so I got to
go to the
market, bakers, butchers like a true greek woman!!
And YES, I did vote. Best of luck to you in the year
2000 and beyond.
P.S. If you want to use this letter, just take my name
But other than that you have my permission to use it on your
Dear Matt, Andrea & Amarandi,
Hello! I absolutely love your pages about Greece, especially the
airport section. You had me cracking up in the middle of my
computer lab because everything you said was so true. My family is
I too know the legend of the Athens airport luggage carousel. It's
but I still look forward to it every time!
Anyway, just wanted to tell you that your page is helping me
SO MUCH because
I am planning my first solo trip "without parents" to Greece
for this summer
so all the help I can get is great. Your pages are so helpful
Just wanted to drop you a line to say how helpful your web page
and newsletter were during our recent trip to Greece. We had
George pick us up from the airport and take us on a day tour to
Delphi. He was loads of fun and we will recommend him to our
friends who plan to travel to Greece next May. We stayed at
the Adams Hotel while in Athens and found it friendly,
comfortable, and clean. We took you up on your newsletter
recommendations for shopping and restaurants and were very pleased
with the results.
Again, thanks for taking the time to put all your information on
the web. Your information was an invaluable asset to us on
Debbie & John McKinley
Dear Mr. Barrett!
I would like to tell you how much good your Athens survival guide
did to me.
I am a greek student living in Munich, Germany since 1993 and I
managed to travel to Greece for the last 2,5 years. One of the few
possibilities to stay in touch with Greece is the Internet and so
on your page. I really enjoyed reading the text version. Since I
and raised in Athens, Marousi in particular, it reminded me of all
wonderful times I had there.
It is always uplifting to see that there are more people that love
that sometimes torment us but always embraces us with warmth.
Next time you´re in Athens, be sure to visit a café called
Zeppelin. It is
on the hill of Galatsi and you can sit there and drink your
Athens at your feet. At clearer days you can see right down to
Again, thank you a lot.
I was feeling bored, and decided to have a look at the net -
no special destination. And I "fell" on your guide on "my"
city = Athens. And I don't mean Athens, Georgia (or something
like that), but "Atheena". Veeeeeeery amusing!! And you really
astonished me with all that info you have. You know -- you
seem to be so patient, so humorous, so understanding that you
would have liked any place. Good for you.
Oh, first let me introduced myself: My name is Alexandra
Tsakona and I am an Athenian who loves her city (not
necessarily the city's inhabitants). I've been thinking to ask
you: did you know that there is an "internet cafe" at the
Megaron Mousikees =Athens Concert Hall across the US Embassy?
Although the internet cafe you suggest (corner Boulis &
Ermou or something like that) is much more practical due to
its location, I thought just in case somebody is around the US
Embassy, one could be interested in that, too. Should you be
interested, the "Megaron" has a site: www.megaron.gr . This
contains info on the internet cafe there. As you might see on
my e-mail address, I work at the "Megaron", but have nothing
to do with the internet cafe.
Well, I have to go back to work. Before I leave you, I want to
tell you a BIIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGG "euharisto" (efharisto),
i.e. thank you, for what you say about my city!
Wish you best,
...and I never saw a nicer travel site before! Congratulations!
just because of your benevolent and humorous writing style but
because of the wealth of the info and the depth into which you
into the life of a city everyone hates and loves at the same
guess you muct have stayed quite some time.
I run into your guide accidentally surfing in th net trying to
Bye Matt, good work!
I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed your page. I
was stationed in
Hellinikon for 5 years and loved every moment I was there. I
lived in Glyfada
and got downtown as much as I could. I miss it so much, I
would love to live in
Greece permanently if I could find gainful employment there.
Your comments and
little descriptions about life in Athens are so right on, I had
flashback. I will return either this year or next and your
site gives me an
idea of how things have (and have not) changed. Excellent
Hello, I just returned from a 2 week trip to Greece (my first
time) and it was amazing. Just wanted to thank you for all
of your helpful information -- I practically memorized your
website. Just a quick word of caution -- we stayed at the
Hotel Avra b/c all other places around Athens seemed to be full
and it was very nice and comfortable. However, none of the
taxi drivers seemed to know where it was. It was very
helpful to carry around their business card and memorize the names
of the larger streets surrounding the hotel.
Again, thanks for the great website. Can't wait to go
back to Greece!
To all the people who have made this site
I just want to thank-you for making this site so enjoyable. My husband and I spent our 10th anniversary trip in Greece and found your website very entertaining and made our visit much more fullfilling. We only had 2 days in Athens but we did visit Oinos cafe, Brettos (bought lots of ouzo) and we bought each other a 10th anniversary wedding band at Byzantino's, and of course, the Acropolis.
Again congratulations for such a wonderful site. I still visit it from time to time to reflect on such a magical place.
Printed off about 30 pages of your guide and had the pages with me
as I explored Athens. Walked into Bratano's showed him his
picture and was immediately made welcome. An English speaker
and reader was present translated your work and all enjoyed a
laugh about the magazine kiosk and the behavior of the
owner. He is now aware of your comments so beware.
Every cafe and bar wanted to read about themselves and had to show
me where pictures were taken.
In fact by the end of three days all the pages had
disappeared. Great guide myself my companion and
all the inhabitants of your guide thank you for the enjoyment.
I am Greek living in Chicago and usually when I meet people they
where the best Greek restaurant is and where should they go in
give them as much info as I can but I always send them to your
site. I go
(or try to go) almost every year and all your information is right
Dear Mr Matt Barrett,
Last year this time, I was browsing thru the net for want of info on Greece and I slipped into your site during my search.
Your pages on Athens Survival Guide is one of the BEST TRAVEL GUIDE ever.
It had all the info one needs and more. I'd printed all your pages and planned my trip on those lines.
My Hubby and myself made a trip to Athens and Kos Island.
We are from India, South India to be precise.
whole of our trip, we've been thinking / thanking you cause while
walking on the streets we came across everything that you'd mentioned
and it made our trip so very simpler and enjoyable. It was a no fuss,
no mess travel experience. Having your guide was like holding a GPS in
hand, guiding us all thru.
I even picked up the body butter, olive oil soaps, etc. that you'd mentioned.
entire trip went so smooth and without any problem thanks to your
travel guide and this THANK YOU NOTE HAS BEEN LONG, LONG, LONG PENDING.
This year we are planning to visit north of Italy and while discussing on our trip I couldn't stop thinking about your pages.
Wish I could find a travel guide like yours on Italy tooo.
I'm sure you must be receiving thank you notes from all over the world cause your pages are the BEST.
Keep up the good work. Really wish you'd come up with more travel guides in future.
THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH.
Dear Matt, I think you do a superb job on your
website.Anybody who wants to visit Greece should be informed
by it. I also want you to know,that I appriciate the attention you
gave to my critisism of the side walks of Athens.
Thank you again
Hello Matt Barrett,
We are Richard and Alice Altman and we want to just send you a
for now from the SkyNet Internet Cafe in Athens on the corner of
Apolonos. Your info has been extremely helpful to us and we wanted
you know how much we appreciated finding you and your GreeceTravel
will send you a more detailed email when we get home, but wanted
you for all you have helped us with..
Richard and Alice Altman
hey im studying about Athens in my 8TH grade calass it realy intresting to learn differnt stuff evrery day.i hope one day i get a chance to go Athens one day just to see how life is in Athens.
Hi there, just thought I'd drop you a line. I used your guides and
info extensively on my recent trip to Greece and Athens. I wished
I'd booked the Attalos hotel in advance as it was full when we
arrived there, but used the Cecil instead. There rate stared off
at 32000 drc but we got it down to 24000. that was for 4 of us
although it was impossible to sleep on the fourth bed. After 3
weeks in the Islands and reading your warning several time
about the soulaki sandwich I thought we could not get caught out
but we did. In exactly the restaurants that you said.After
questioning the waiter insisted that a gyro pitta was indeed this
platter at the grand price of 1500 drc, as it did not have any
zatziki on we asked for some and that cost us another 600 drc for
a spoonful.That was the one and only bad experience of the whole
trip, so not too bad. I won't be caught again. Thanks very much
for your guide.Keep up the good work.
We returned from our trip to Greece and I would like you to
know that we
went to see the flocati rugs at Mazarakis in the Plaka. Told
Barret suggested we come there. Saw your name in the window!
Also, we bought some Breetos ouzo, it really is great! But we
loved the wine on Santorini as well.
Greek salads are so great I could never get enough of them!
Ate at Eden (we had eaten there three years ago), still good.
Ate at Platanos - fish, should have tried other things as
Went into Byzantino Jewellery store but didn't really want
Monastiriki flea market, shortly after noon on the Sunday! A
experience. Would have been fun to have been there first thing
morning but it was still all "a-bustle" later. Lots of people!
We were only in Athens for three days and being in a centrally
hotel, were able to walk everywhere. The Plaka certainly is
incredible place. I would never get tired of it.
We were on a tour with a tour company and I so wish I had
advice in the beginning and planned the trip myself. I'm sure
wouldn't have wasted so much time waiting for one thing and
was that "hurry up and wait" syndrome. We live and learn!
I took some vitamin B tablets. It probably did some good and
We were on a 3-night cruise to Mykonis, Kusadasi, Rhodes,
nights on Crete where we rented a car. Driving was fine. Three
Santorini, a favourite spot, not enough time. Three nights in
hope Athens is ready for the Olympics!
Thanks again for your good suggestions. My husband and I would
more but we had another friend in tow who needed her rest in
afternoon. We are seniors and not as fit as some!
Maybe some other islands sometime.
Hey Matt , I just wanted to let you know that I had a great time
through your pages on Athens !!
Where are you from ? Are you Greek ?
I especially had a howl reading your captions on the flea market .
I've never been to Athens before ( I am a Greek Canadian living in
Vancouver) but I look forward to visiting this city especially
after visiting your
site ! It looks like everyone is happy and friendly !
I've had this link to your web site for a while now, and I've
just noticed you have updated it. Many thanks for your
excellent information on Athens, I've been quite a few times
and read all the guide books - but yours is by far the best!
My wife was born in London like me, and her parents are both
Greek. Hence the connection to Souvlaki, a pseudonym I once
used on a world-wide hit. Oh, and I love the real souvlaki's
too of course, with lots of tzatziki (or houmus).
Just wanted to write and thank you for your information/advice on your web-site. We just returned from 10 days in Greece, and your comments were very helpful. We especially enjoyed the Athens subway system, and used it to return to the airport and get around the city.
Mr. Barrett, it is my pleasure to visit your website, and thank
you for your quick reply ! I wish you the best of luck on your run
for minister of tourism, I hope you make it ! If those greeks know
anything, they should realize that you are probably more concerned
about their country then they are. My parents have a home on the
island of Salaminas and they are there six months out of the year.
My mother has lived in America for many years now, and she says
that Greece is not like it used to be when she grew up. Everything
you mention in your website is so true, I've heard it all from my
mother. I have told my parents of your website, and I'm sure they
would be very proud to see the ideas you have about changes come
to life ! Again, good luck and God Bless !
my name is Paola, I'm 26 and I'm from Italy.
I'm writing you because I would like you to know how much I
Athens Survival Guide you published in Internet.
Next week I will go to Athens for some days and after having
read your guide
I feel prepared to get from that city all the best it can
I hardly looked for an Athens guide in bookshops, but I just
Guides. Then I looked for something in Internet and I found
I think it could be appreciated also in other languages...have
think about this?
I would like to translate it in Italian, what would you think
idea?...Of course I must have your approval...
It would be nice to have your impressions....
One question more.....What exactly is OUZO???...You wrote a
lot about it...I
know that is a drink...but which kind of drink?
Thanks for considering my mail
Dear Matt Barret
I have just found you site Athen's Survival Guide and I would
like to say thank you very much. You did a great job.
I went to Athen for the first time in January I spent there
only four days. I brought with me some guides in German (I
live in Germany but I am Brazilian, half Spanish).
Before travelling I tried to find some information on line,
but I was not so happy with them. It is a pitty that I found
you site after travelling.
I am writing a book about the trip. I am doing it for myself
(I don't expect so much that I will publish it one day) and
your information are going to help.
I promise I will tell everybody about this Athen's Survival
Guide and I wish you could carry on doing other useful city
guides like this one.
Thank you very much again and congratulations.
from Bremen (moving to Berlin next month)
I have enjoyed visting your site over the last couple of years
and have the found the information both insightful and
informative. I especially want to thank you for helping me
discover Brettos. I have on several trips to Athens walked
past the tiny colorful shop and never gave much notice to it.
After reading about it on your website I decided to go in and
sample the ouzo. I agree - it is the best ouzo I have ever had
in Greece. Since then I am hooked and would not think of going
to Athens without stopping in.
This all leads to a question that I hope you can answer.
Currently my plan is to be in Athens on a Sunday and I am
hoping that the store will be open late in the evening - after
6 PM at least. Do you think the store is likely to open at
this time? The exact date I will be in Athens is May 13th.
Again thanks for all the great info.
I would like to tell you that I went to Athens and I really
there...specially because I followed your guide!!!!!
You know...I even met Theresa...the acropolis guide...I went to
Bretto's...and we drunk ouzo!
It was really fantastic....I have some wonderful pictures of
Sounio (why not
adding this attraction in your guide?)and of a green
different from the ones I have seen taken from my collegues that
If you need some pictures...I can send them to you!
Thanks for considering my mail
hi is Vasso again
I found the pages on street people excellent!Once again you
presented Greece with realism.And to to tell you the truth
until now I hadn 't realised that some of those people are
very good musicians.Propably because we see them every day and
because we have no time to stop and pay anttention on them.Sad
maby, but true.
In your next trip maby you could take a few pictures of the
gipsy tellers fortune that you can find them in
monastyraki.One of the them stoped me one day, she was very
old and she read my palm.We sat on the street and people were
passing by but she was so friendly and she looked very wise.I
don 't believe in those things but I believe that they are
part of monastiraki and plaka 's world.
Also it would be interesting for the ''naive american viewers"
:)) ,to take some pictures of gamblers in the street,if you
find them, in the same areas again.They usally play a game
called ''papas'' if you know it.They have three cards, one of
them is a king, and the change their position on the table
very fast and then you must find where is the king.These guys
are real ''rebetes'' they are part of the underground world.
I don 't know your two friends who work in antenna.I am
working in the antenna internet department and they must work
in the antenna tv which is in another building.Anyway it 's a
small world.You never know....
Once again congratulations for the good work.
Your page is THE BEST i've ever seen on internet,even
beats most of the books abuot greece in us.i can tell,
i've been living in athens over a year,many years ago...
Dear Matt, Just wanted to add that your Travel Newsletter was
great, but then I went to the Athens survival guide!! It is
fantastic! Chock full of information! EPHARISTO, GRACIAS, DANKE, !
Matt - Thank you for having such a wonderful web site. I have been
several time before, but I just found you. I know enough to know
know what you are talking about and that is rare, as you know. I
all my travel friends about you. Thanks again!
Again, thank you for your most informative information on Greece.
We didn't make the sandalmaker, but we did make just about
everybody else in your Plaka shopping guide. My wife enjoyed
Byzantino's and did buy. We never could make out if Kosta was the
owner and what was the connection with Olympico, where my wife
also bought. Did try Byzantinio's on more than one occasion as we
were in the area. Very good. Saw them actually shoo some itinerent
musicians away. Visited Brettos and my wife bought much at 107
On leaving the Attalos, I gave all your website information I had
downloaded to a couple checking in and wished them a good stay
All the best to you and your family.
Arlene & Ray Best
We've just come back from Athens where we spent a really nice
weekend thanks to your guide. All your enormous writings about Athens
on athensguide.com were really helpful for us, because your advices
matched our desires. We not only discovered a wonderful greek history,
but also could have a lot of pleasure.
One hour after landing in Athens, we could check that "Matt" is a
magic word... We arrived at Paradosiako, met Dimitri who first shook
his head to say no when he guessed that we wanted a table, because the
terrace was full, but I just had to say the magic word and Dimitri
found 3 small tables inside just beside the fridge. And then we had one
of our best moments in Athens, eating so fresh fish and Greek salads,
and trying our first Greek words with Dimitri.
We also enjoyed so much the Taverna Tou Psiri and To Cafeneon. The
magic word also worked with Angelo the King when we searched for good
Really thank you for all that work you've made on athensguide.com.
PS: I would be interested in how you can live with your passion, if you're OK to explain me.
My name is Ann-Marie and I just wanted to say that I think
that you Athensguide site is EXCELLENT, you make it all so
easy to read and understand, I have been searching the web for
details on shopping etc in Athens and nothing compares to
this, I jsut happen to stumble across this site (isn't it
always the way - when you are looking for something you can't
find it, then when you least expect it, it appears before your
eyes?) I have really enjoyed reading this and love the way you
have set it all out, I have even had a little chuckle here and
Thank-you for making my trip to Athens that much easier and
I am one of the visitors of your web page
(http://www.athensguide.com/) and I am really glad of what you
are writing in those pages, since I am a Greek and I know how
accurate are whatever you write in there.
Please accept my congratulations, for the quality of your web
page and the honest way you are describing everything in
there. It seems that you have worked very hard to create this
web page and I totally appreciate your hard work!
I have been surfing in your web site for only 30 minutes and I
felt that I wanted to express you how much I am enjoying it,
so I decided to write you this note.
"BRAVO" again for the GREAT work!
I hope you keep working in this page and let American people
(and not only) know more about Athens/Greece.
With great appreciation,
I am thoroughly enjoying your Athens guide. Printing like
crazy. Would like all the info I can receive before Oct 23rd
when I leave Los Angeles for Greece and the Islands. Thanks,
I wanted to thank you for your web site. I have visited Greece once before in 1999, but I just returned from a wedding in Greece for my girlfriend. We went through Athens to Santorini.
We took advantage of George the taxi driver because we only had one full day in Athens and it was a marvelous experience. I printed out all of your descriptions and pronunciations for food, and that was incredibly advantagous.
Thank you for all of your work and information. Your help made our trip incredibly easy, safe and much more enjoyable.
I happened upon your site last month, just before going to
Athens. I have
been to Athens many times before, but had more fun this time than
I have had
for years following some of your suggestions, such as those you
have in your
guide to the Plaka (e.g., the restaurant and jewelry store both
Byzantinos, Brattos, etc.). Congratulations. By the
way, I don't recall
that your guide mentions the restaurant Strofi, which is across
Odeon of Herod Atticus and has a rooftop restaurant with
of the Parthenon. We liked it very much. You might
want to check it out.
HI Matt,I have just spent 4 glorious days in Athens.Weather for mid March 17
to 25 celsius.Tried several eateries you recomend,all good. I would add
though that there are many more that would more than pass.
We had several student marches ,none of which caused many problems.
The only downside were the heavily coated women at the archealogical
sites,very aggresive and dictatorial.
Your webb site more than helpful a great aid to anyone touring Athens.
Come upon your web site as part of my research for my
honeymoon. It was the
most informative site/source I found- by far. Thank you very
In particular, we bought some jewelry from Laura at
Byzantino and used your
recommendations for the Cine Paris, getting Ouzo, dinners, and
The only critique I can provide is that the Armonia Hotel was
disappointing. I would recommend taking it off of your site.
Just our two
Best regards and thanks-
Will and Laurie Moselle
I just found your Athens guide site - at last someone with
something good to say about the place!!
I have loved Athens since the first time I was there in 1967, (it
was late April - just about when the tanks started rolling) on my
way to India. I was there again in 1969, (when they were having
the vote for the syntagma), this time on my way back from India. I
stopped there for a month, living on the roof of a small pension
in Plaka - it was great, I had a perfect view of the Acropolis
from my sleeping bag.
More recently I dragged my wife and eldest daughter out to Kerkyra
in '87, where we stayed for about a year and a half, (in the
meantime managing to produce another daughter, who was born
there), and then after a spell back here in England, I dragged
them off to Greece again, this time to Gytheion, where we were for
about two years. However the dearest beloved prevailed again (the
girls education the reason - I thought the Greek system was just
fine, but was overruled).
So here we stay for a while, at least until Maria (the youngest,
now just approaching 14) finishes her education.
I don't know where you are at the moment, but if you are in
Athens, I will be there with Suzy, my wife, for a couple of days
October 8th to 10th. If you fancy swapping a couple of anecdotes
over a beer or three get in touch. We will be staying at the
Adonis hotel, just off Nikis st. in Plaka.
Love to hear from you, keep up the good work.
p.s. Is the spearfishing in the title of your book (I haven't read
it yet) that ever popular sport of kamaki ?
Hello Matt: We just returned from Greece and found your
guides very helpful. I downloaded your guide to the Plaka
and found it very useful. We took it with us and followed your
guide and found all the places you recommended. We bought liquor
at your friends store. There were 6 of us so we spent quite a bit.
The guys said the brandy was the best they had ever had and wished
they could have gone back for more. Also your guides to the
islands was very helpful. The only thing that I would
recommend that you put on your web sight is a caution about the
cabs. Most are very honest, but my sister and her husband were
ripped off by a very dishonest and scary cabbie. He was taking
them from the Parthanon to our hotel in Vouliegmeni. We knew that
it was more expensive and we were told to set the price
first, which they did at 7000 drachmas,but the cab driver would
not let them out of the cab until they had paid him over $200.00
He then let them out in the middle of nowhere. If it hadn't been
for the very helpful bus drivers they might still be wandering
around Athens. We recommended to everyone that they take down the
cabs drivers licence before they got in. Because they had not they
could not identify him and the police could do nothing. Other than
that incident every thing else was wonderful. Thankyou again for
your insight into Greece, it made for a wonderful holiday.
Loved this guide. Top quality - keep up the good work!
Producer: Internet Travel Guides
We just returned from Athens yesterday (12/17/01) for a week of
business for my husband. I had contacted you before we left
about a real estate agent you might know since my job for the week
was to try and locate an area we might want to live if we relocate
to Athens. You recommended I contact Dorian for this problem
and I should have!! But, the Greek company who will partner
with my husband's company said they would help me - but it turned
out they were so very busy that didn't happen.
I had contacted George for taxi service - but again, the Greek
company arranged to pick us up at the airport. Again, I
should have followed your advise and called on George to take
me around to some of the neighborhoods - it would have saved
me so much time!!
I have so many thanks you's to you for your wonderful web site
and your recommendations. Since I don't speak Greek
(yet), the thought of trying to figure out which neighborhood
we would like was a daunting task. So, my first stop was
Tommy at his rug shop in the Plaka!! He spent about an
hour with me while we talked about locations and modes of
travel (for my husband who will be working at the Athens Tower
near American Embassy). He gave me some wonderful
insight into different neighborhoods and things to look for in
housing. All in all, a wonderful man and a source of
valuable information. He even walked me across the
street to the Skynet Cafe to make sure I got the help I needed
in connecting to the internet while there. I had my
laptop with me, but had not been able to log on at the hotel -
found out from the helpful folks at Skynet it's probably my
modem not recognizing the dial tone!!
On our last day, Saturday, we finally had time to visit some
of your other recommendations in the Plaka. We found
Brettos, sampled his Ouzo, bought 2 to bring home - and
toasted you with a drink. Mr. Brettos is a gracious
gentleman and we enjoyed our visit with him and his wonderful
Next on MY list was BYZANTINO's where we were greeted by
"Jimmy". Laura, Kostas and George were off Saturday so
we missed meeting them. But Jimmy was a wonderful host
for the 2 hours of our visit!! He treated us with a
special drink and I was treated with my Christmas
present!!! I'm attaching a picture of the absolutely
beautiful necklace and earrings my husband bought for
me. It's a work of art - I hope your wife enjoys seeing
the picture. They are everything you said they would be
- a lovely shop and wonderful people. I sent them an
email this morning thanking them and received a wonderful note
back from Laura!
For your information and possibly your web site, I located a
relocation service in Athens. Maria Shuman of Cendant
Mobility Globalnet (email@example.com) is a Greek-American
living in Glyfada and provides a full service relocation
service. I talked with her several times and she was
wonderful! Since my job was neighborhood locations not
only for us (2 adults) but three other families, one with
school age children, she was a life saver. For anyone
visiting your web site who need this type of service for
a move, they would find her extremely helpful. She takes
care of everything!
Now, my one question - which language learning tapes do you
recommend? The one by Dr. Balanis or Helen Dumas?
Matt, sorry for this long email - but I wanted to let you know
what a help your web site has been and what wonderful people
we met through you. Please feel free to edit any portion
of this for your testimonials.
Thanks again, I'll keep in touch and please add me to your
P.S. If we relocate to Athens, you will now have another
place to visit/stay!!
i suppose you get alot of mail saying this but i just thought i
let you know my wife and i have just returned from athens and we
had a great time with a lot of help from your site and we have
returned with ouzo from mr brettos
i hope thats right
First of all, your website is awesome! I had an internship in
summer and moved there knowing very little. Your site gave me the
insight, and knowledge I needed to survive in the chaotic city I
myself falling in love with. Thank you!
I'm on a hunt for something very near and dear to my heart (or my
stomach)...a frappe mixer! I think the Greek grocery store I'm
soon will carry Nescafe but I would really like the actual mixer
the mixing cup). Any ideas where I can find one?
Dear Matt Barrett,
I have friends leaving for a trip to Greece in September, and I am
a list of things for them to experience in their three days in
went to school in Athens in 1995, and found the 1st cemetery by
too was profoundly moved in the time I spent there. The
Jewish section, and
non-Greek Orthodox section were also fascinating. What a
story of history,
and of lives. Thank you for the respectful appreciative way
in which you
share this amazing place. I will be sharing your site with my
Thank you for your superb Athens Survival Guide. I've just got back from my
first trip there for 13 years - I felt like I knew the city pretty well
thanks to the wealth of information on your site. It made the whole trip so
easy and extremely enjoyable.If I hear of anyone I know planning a holiday
in Greece I will be sure to direct them to one of your sites; meanwhile I'm
going to start planning my own next trip to the islands
Thanks again, and keep up the good work.
I just want to thank you for an excellent guide on
Athens! I have been to Greece several times, but never
to the capitol. I started to search my local library
and bookstores, but the guides they offered were just
that - guides for the typical tourist places. Your
guide says so much more!
So - thank you very much for making and displaying
your guide for free. So much work, and no money in it
for you - I´m impressed. The world (and the Internet)
would be a much better place if there were more people
Sincerly, Randi Elisabeth
I am a British student taking a degree in Classical Civilisation,
and i fell i must write in response to the comment on the Elgin
marbles (or parthenon sculptures). although there is certainly a
point to be made about the marbles being returned to Greece, you
offer such a one-sided and biased argument that i feel it is
rather unacceptable to demand to everybody that they shoud sign
the petition to have them returned.
in reality, countries all over the world have other countries'
various artifacts and ancient cultural heritage. just because the
Greek government is kicking up such a fuss people seem to be
assuming that this is an entirely unique situation between GB and
Greece. aside from this issue it is important to remember that the
British have taken exceptional care over the marbles continuing up
to the present day. Lord Elgin acutally picked up the pieces of
the marbles as they were lying on the ground having been blown off
the Parthenon in the middle of a war between the Greeks and the
Turks. Now suddenly the Greek government realises that they they
really do want them afterall. Purely on a practical note, far more
tourists vistit London than anywhere else in Europe and the
marbles will be seen by far more people than if they were taken
back to Greece. The marbles remain one of the most important
pieces in the British Museum and countless acedemic scholars are
doing work with them all the time. Also, whilst they have been in
the museum the marbles have been inside and clear of the dangers
of acid rain that have all but ruined many of the sculptures that
remain exposed to the elements back in Athens - not to mention the
potential for damage if the marbles were moved from the museum and
transported all the way to Greece.
Now, i am by no means marginalising the Greek government's
argument for having the marbles back, and I for one argree that
they have a good point. I am not stating catagorically that the
marbles should remain in Britain, but i am aware of both sides of
the argument. i felt that perhaps whoever wrote their piece on the
Elgin Marbles was not, so i wrote in reply...
apart from that i think your site is very informative and
Hello Mr Matt Barrett,
Thanks for your nice guide through Athens. It was very helpful to
me. I visited Athens the first weekend of February. We only had
three days in which we travelled a lot on foot, but with your
guide in hand, it took me a bit faster through the less
interesting areas and into the more interesting sites. We stayed
in the Royal Olympic Hotel, which is in walking distance from the
I just wanted to add that we had a marvellous time in a small
restaurant in the Plaka on Mnisikleou Street, called Taverna O
Geros Toy Moria. Although we didn't get much choice in desert
(everbody in the restaurant got real good yoghurt and honey and
some fruit) the food which we did order ourselves was excellent,
fresh, well taken care of.
But most of all, the music was really fantastic. Unfortunately I
forgot to ask the name of the band. There were three men playing,
to elder men and one younger one (I guess around 30 years old).
And later a lady singer joined the group. Her voice was very good,
especially in combination with the male singer. Although I don't
really like Greek music for a whole evening (it gets on my
nerves), I could really appreciate this band. At a later stage two
young men left their tables and started to dance some authentic
Greek dances. Very beautiful to watch.
The price for the whole evening was reasonable and the service was
splendid. The owner
(I think) was very busy outside trying to get people inside. We
were the firts but of course we are stupid tourist who are already
hungry at 20.30 hrs. But at 23.00 hrs the restaurant was totally
full (I guess because of the great music).
We had a great time in Ahthens but of course we paid too much for
several things. Problem is... It's my vacation and I don't like to
pump up my adrenaline-level to try and get the best bargain.
Sometimes I'm just too tired hassle. But thank God it was a
businesstrip for my partner, all expenses paid. So I didn't feel
too bad when we really overpaid the taxidriver to the new airport.
The taxidriver and me had a very nice conversation. I speak about
50 words Greek and I can read the letters. As soon as I answer a
Greek "nèh" (yes) they start rabbling on in Greek, presuming I
know all the other words as well. But this taxidriver luckily also
Thanks again and greetings from your friend Nick Nikolau, the
ringseller. We met and had a nice talk.
Dear Matt Barrett,
Thank you very much for your email - I have thoroughly enjoyed
website and I look forward to visiting some of the places you
of course try the Frapouzo.
Hello Matt, I thought I'd just let you know we went to Athens for New Year.
It was really fabulous. We can't wait to go back. I think it was great to
go at a quiet time, we visited the Acropolis on New Years Eve (jolly cold)
and there was only a handful of people, so we were able to really linger
even though we were freezing. New Years day was blue skies and warm and we
walked across the City and spent a couple of hours enjoying the truly
breathtaking views from Lykavittos.
Anyway, great website, thanks for sharing.
I have been obsessing over your marvelous Survival Guide for the
few nights. To Greece in May/June! The photographs of the
cemetary with the Cavafy poems are unusually lovely and unusual
have been traveling since 1966, with my first visit to cemetaries
Wales. I have painted, drawn and enjoyed the peace of cemetaries
then. One of my most profound moments was in a cemetary near
Switzerland where the marble was sculpted by a nearby shop. There
infant/child section. The Swiss make gardens of the graves. It
sunset. It was my last night in Europe. I cried. How sad to
death of such young ones amid such beauty. Thanks for the
tribute. Anne Mansfield Portland, OR.
I may be a Brit but i found your site very helpful for my first
visit to Athens last week.
My time would have been far less usefully spent without it.
Special thanks for guiding me to Patsa at Papandreau and ouzo at
Brettos. There is little chance I would have found these delights
on my own.
I am sure when you update the bus/metro data you will mention the
day ticket for 2.90 euro which is excellent value and can be used
for any 24 hour period from the validation time. From then on you
can hop on and off without any further transactions.
I note the mission you refer to and will send them something in
appreciation when I work out how to do it from UK.
Hi, Matt: Just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed your
Athens guide. What an amazing amount of work and care you've put
into it! I found the link on jeeves two weeks ago while I was
feeling jealous and nostalgic - two dear friends spent their
honeymoon on Rhodes and asked my advice about things to do in
I was married to a Greek, and we spent about a year and a half
total there in 1991 and 1994. I love the downtown area of the
city, and especially Plaka and all the ancient sites. I was also
excited to excess to discover you knew about my favorite
restarant! I think the little place in the meat market is the
absolute best place to eat in the whole city.
I've really enjoyed reading what's new in the city - it's only too
bad I don't miss the man like I miss Athina! Again, absolutely
fantastic job on the whole site - your writing and photography are
wonderful. It's like walking down the streets again. Thanks for a
great experience! Regards from Shelli
My boyfriend and I just got back from Greece. I wanted to let you
that we used the information provided on your web-site at every
was extremely helpful...especially your tips on where to get the
souvlaki in Athens. We loved the food!! Your descriptions,
recommendations, and directions were always right on the mark.
beats any travel book we consulted. Thanks so much. Keep up
work...its invaluable to anyone planning a trip to Greece.
Your friends from Canada,
Kerry and Adam
Congratulations on capturing so much of the essence of Athens. I
am visiting the city for a week long "journalists of Greek
descent" conference (two days in Cyprus as well) on Sunday.
If nothing else, reading your web page has certainly got me even
more excited about my trip.
I return to Greece June 15th with my family this time but I will
be spending most of my time in the Northwestern part, Kastoria.
Yes, it's Greece, Greece, Greece this year and I am not
complaining one bit!
Cheers and thanks again.
Just thought I'd let you know how much I enjoyed your web page
Although I know (or "KNEW") Athens quite well, it has been a
while, and you certainly brought me up to date, and also taught me
quite a bit that I never knew !
You see, I too was an expatiate living and working in Greece. I
first went to Greece in 1961 for a few months & returned in
1962 for almost 2 years, again in 1965 for a few months....after
that it was 1985 when I went as a tourist, and AGAIN in 1991 to
play a concert in Likavitos. I am professional musician (Trumpet),
and I gather you play Bass? (Are you still playing? ) I opened the
ATHENS HILTON, and worked there for a year with Gerassimos
Lavranos Orchestra , also worked at Mont Parnes, Acropole Palace,
Nereida, and recorded with many of the "Greek Stars". Of course it
was back in the 60's in the "Golden Age" of Athens, when every
hotel had an 8 piece band and we would work until 4 or 5 every
Of course, I too learned the language and have managed to keep it
up (more or less) by working here in the New York area with Greeks
(Gamos kai Horospirides)b They SAVED me when I hit New York...
after being on the road with Buddy DeFranco & The Glenn Miller
Orch.(It didn't mean skata, to the NY musicians ....but the Greeks
took me in again,and I managed to make a decent living playing
Enough about me and my self -grandizing...My wife and I are hoping
to get to Greece in mid- August untill mid- September....I will
look up some old ("OLD") friends and your web page will be very
helpful. f you have a minute, drop me a line, and maybe we can say
"Hello" in Athens this summer.
Efharisto kai igiasou..
My name is Sarah Roberts. I am writing to thank you for your
wonderful "Athens Survival Guide" website. I am a college student
who spent last fall semester studing abroad in Athens. Prior to my
trip I found your website and read everything you had written
about Greece and Athens. While living in Athens (Pagrati) I used
your website as source for chosing everything from restraunts and
rembetikis to islands and museums.
I was on the computer today and I came across your website in my
list of favorite sites. It was such a joy to look at your site
again. Reading about frappes and souvlaki and seeing all the
wonderful photos of Athens and it's people really brought joy to
my heart. It brought back so many wonderful memories of the four
months that I spent there. Greece really is an amazing country and
Athens will always hold special place in my heart. The open air
markets, street performers, stray dogs, mopeds, and crooked
sidewalks give it a a charm and character that no other city
Thank you again for your informative website. It really helped me
to make the most out of my experience in Greece and it's a joy to
look at it now and be reminded of the great times I had there.
I would like to thank you for the brilliant Athens guidebook at
http://www.athensguide.com. It helped me a lot while I was
trip to Athens because I had never ever been there before, nor did
know anyone who had been there (everybody has been to at least one
the Greek islands, though). Especially sections "Walking in
"Getting out of Athens" (the Greek Island Synopsis) provided me a
I arrived in Athens on June 11th and stayed there for a week,
the two-day trip to Santorini which is perhaps the most beautiful
I've ever been to! I'm about to book a longer Santorini vacation
next summer. :) In Athens, I visited many of the sights and the
mentioned in "Walking in Athens", especially I enjoyed the
flea market, so thanks for spreading the info! Also, the Plaka
neat, lots of lovely things to buy and nice restaurants to go
I read in your guide about the taxi drivers in Athens but still I
not careful enough. It seems that the bus stop for airport buses
Syntagma square is quite a popular place among the crooked taxi
of Athens to lurk for tourists. As soon as I got down of the bus
them came to me and offered to take me to my hotel. I kind of knew
away he's gonna fool me but as it was the only option for me to
my hotel (I did not have a clue about my whereabouts) I jumped in
taxi. It was about a 7-minute trip and he charged me 25 euros
quite a lot but, however, it did not crash my budget. A couple of
later a night time taxi from the same place to the hotel cost 2,50
euros, only then I knew how badly the first driver fooled me.
Well, it became quite a long story. :) Once again, thank you for
website. Now, I think, it's time for me to start surfing the
travel guide of yours in order to find something about
Igoumenitsa where I'll go in October. :)
Greetings from sunny Finland,
Funny and also loaded with tips.
Good work fella.
You didn't know me at ACS....I'm a few years younger. I was
friends with your brother, Dave. I just wanted to let you know how
much I enjoy your website -
Athens Guide. I am now a corporate travel agent but our liesure
agents always come to me when we have clients going to Greece. I
always recommend your site as a MUST in planning. I know you do
this to share your experience with future travellers to a country
you love, and it is appreciated.
Sue Cole Feldkamp
ACS class of '75
I was so lucky to find your site before I took a week long trip to
My first day in Athens was hell-my sister and I could not find
were hot, we were sweaty, but above all we were hungry. And all we
find was a China 88 (Chinese fast food).
Our second day was so much better. We had the forethought to
print outs we had from your site. And we decided to visit Psaras
Taverna for dinner. We couldn't have been happier. It was
lamb, grilled squid, taziki and greek salads, etc. We ate like
Just as we asked for the check a little older man came over and
everything was alright. We gushed on and on, we were so happy and
he said he would send us dessert.
He sent over a custard dessert and two pieces of baklava, on the
Both were delightful. Then he told us to remember that he has a
dessert house, I think it is called Metropole. We were too tired
to do anything other than sleep. But believe our surprise when two
later we walked by Metropole and he ran outside to greet us!
Imagine a man
that sees hundreds of tourists everyday, and he remembered us 2
We felt very special. He kept trying to get us to come in for
coffee on the
house, but we had already made plans.
Thank you so much for recommending Psaras. And if you can check to
the name Metropole, please add them as well.
Just wanted to say thanks for such a helpful site. I leave this
Sunday from Wisconsin, America to come to Athens Greece for about
7 months. I am playing professional basketball for one of the
women's teams. And your site was the most helpful in finding out
about Athens! You should come check out one of the games!! :)
That was absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing that, and
all the work that you have put into your guide. I don't
believe I have ever seen a site so dedicated, and so original,
to any city such as this one. Especially a city that
guidebooks, at times, tend to downplay.
I had read about Cavafy in some article (in which he was
featured alongside Portugal's Fernando Pessoa) and only caught
just a wee bit of his poetry. I intended to look him up some
more of work later, which hadn't yet come--and then your 1st
cemetery/Cavafy piece really showed what a soulful generousity
and knowingness of human nature he possessed. I'm definitely
going to look around for more of his poetry.
Thank you for this site. I hope one day to visit Athens &
I wouldn't dream of going without jotting down the wealth of
information you provide. Unlike most "guides", you really make
the city breathe. Fantastic.
Matt You were right on the money on nearly all topics.
1 Greece is truly beautiful
2The Plaka is my favorite place.
3 The Greek people are sincere, warm &friendly.
4 Cafe 's need lessons in making espresso. Best espresso in Greece
at Athens airport in McDonalds no less.
5 Public toilets ( WC ) are a disaster, & even some in fairly
Would I go again you bet but I would pick one spot Athens,
Thessalonica & stay for 3 or 4 weeks. Island hopping was very
difficult for me. We took many pictures .
Matt-I used several suggestions that you made and I feel it made
our trip go much smoother. I would like to make a contribution to
your favorite place which I think you mentioned in your
information, but I can not seem to find it now.
I also wanted to say that we met Laura at the Byzantino Jewelry
Store and made a few purchases. She was very helpful and directed
us to two of her favorite restaurants and also where to catch a
cab and not have to deal with the Plaka cabbies. We bought Ouzo
from the Brettos Liquor Store and had ouzo there many times during
our stay. Our favorite experience was the CineParis because it was
so unusual and we wouldn't have known about it if we hadn't read
Although we had two days scheduled with George, he got tied up and
sent Paul. Although we loved our two days with Paul and learned
alot about his family and Greek ways, I felt he was not very
knowledgable about the sites. In fact we asked what the name of
the tall, narrow tree that you see all over the Athens country
side and he didn't know. We later found it was a cypress tree. The
up side was that he took us to two cafes for lunch that had GREAT
food and a WONDERFUL view....no tour buses or rude tour people
pushing. He was worth the money! It was also great to have him
stop whenever we saw something to photograph or investigate.
I also wanted to tell you about a very good bakery and coffee shop
in Plaka called K. Kotsolis on Adrianou str. 112 Plaka, l05 58
Athens-Hellas Tel. (01) 32 21 164. It is run by the grand children
of the man who started the business. The pastry was good (by my
standards); they had American and Greek coffee and was the
cleanest place I have been in. We stopped in every day for an
afternoon rest the 5 days we were in Athens.
Last but not least there were two negative things that I came away
with. Dealing with the cab drivers was not only a chore but very
tiresome. Even at our hotel, the Metropolitian, we had a bad
expericence with a cabby who bargained with us infront of the
bellman who called him and then took us to a restaurant we didn't
want to go to in the Plaka (we asked Laura and she said it was a
good place for music but not the food). He waited outside until we
had made a dinner reservation. We did not return but found this
cab outside our hotel every night! Our tour director with Insight
was going to talk to the hotel.
Honest, the last thing I'll bother you with is the fact that you
might want to warn people about all the stray animals in Athens
and Plaka. Although I am not an animal activist, I am an animal
lover and I realize that people in other places have different
ideas on pets and domestic animals. It was not that people were
cruel to these strays but rather indifferent. Many shop keepers
fed them and had water out, but after we asked Paul about why
there were so many, he said people don't board them. When they go
on vacation, they simply turn them free and purchase another when
they return. Nor do they have a neuter program. It was very
upsetting to my sister and I and we carried several McDonald
hamburgers in our bags to feed the worst of them.
We loved our trip and the Greek people and would return in a
heartbeat. Thanks for all your helpful information and if you'd
email me your favorite charity I'd like to make a contribution.
Just to tell you that I read many Internet guides to Athens and
the most complete. Good luck!
Have just stumbled on your website by accident through a search on
Athens. Am off to Rafina next weekend and visiting friends of many
years but this time taking somebody very special. Usually we stay
in Rafina and only occasionally go into Athens. This trip we are
planning to spend time in the city and your site has given me
loads of ideas. Simply the most useful and interesting site that I
have visited for a long time. The jewellry is beautiful.
Thanks for raising my level of appreciation for the musicians and
people of Athens to a new level!!
Vista, California, USA
Thanks so much for your web site. We just returned from our
definitely not last trip to Athens. Unfortunate the National
closed but your suggestion about Benaki was great. We used
recommendations and they were great as well. Thanks. We had a
I have been reading your Greek Island and Athens survival guides,
I visited Athens for the first time this year, in March, a
conference to do with my job, wasnt really looking forward to the
thing, I was told that Athens is crap, smelly, crowded, polluted,
clogged with traffic, concrete jungle and unfriendly locals. What
a load of rubbish it was brilliant the best capital city in
Europe! I knew that a return was on the cards, so in May I took my
Wife, we had the best holiday for years.
We have both looked at your survival guide to reminisce about our
Susie and David Simpson
After going on holiday to Greece since 1991
(about 20 times), we made our first trip to Athene from
26/12/2002 until 30/12/2002.
Thanks to your "Athens Survival Guide" and
thanks to some guidelines a few Greek friends gave us, we
have had a wonderfull time in Athens and we are
already certain to go back in the near future.
Your "Athens Survival Guide" has been a
great help to us, although we could have managed by
ourselves as we have a great deal of experience concerning
Greece and its inhabitants and their mentality. That is
one of the most obvious reasons why we go to Greece two or
three times a year. We even went to evening school for 5
years to learn the language. I even teach Greek now in one
of them. Nobody in Athens was able to detect the fact that
we were foreigners, this maybe has advantages, but could
as well have disadvantages.
We are very greatfull for the restaurants
and the café's that you recommend on your site: we had
lovely evenings at the Byzantino restaurant and at the
Kouklis ouzeri, we had splendid coffees at the Oionos Café
and we even bought ouzo and raki at the Brettos
In four days we managed to see quite a lot
of the center of Athens: the Plaka, Anafiotika, the
Actropolis and its museum, Monastiraki, Thission, Psiri,
the Meat Market, Omonia, Kolonaki, the Lykavittos,
Syntagma, the National Gardens, the Zappio, the Ancient
Stadium, the Benaki Museum, the changing of the guards in
front of the Parlaiment Building, a.s.o. (we even made a
trip with the metro to Pireas). This would not have been
possible if we had not had the splendid blue sky and the
sunshine, we o,ly had rain for 3 or 4 hours.
We got back home, very tired (I had the
feeling I had walked 100 miles), but incredibly satisfied
and incredibly enthousiastic about the number 1 town of
our beloved Greece.
Thanks again for all the information we
could find on your site and keep up the good work. In
fact, if one has read the "Athens Survival Guide", one
does not at all need other (expensive) guidebooks. We will
mention your site to all our filellines that go to Greece
Have a splendid 2003 ! ! ! ! !
We are back in the UK now
having experience a marvellous NY holiday in
From your website we
contacted Dolphin Hellas who were very good at making a
booking for the hotel and arranged a taxi to collect
us from the airport on the 29th.
On the 30th, we took
your advice on the Platia Iroon Ouzerie.
Good food and excellent
We had visited Platia Iroon
during the day reconnoitre and it is obviously still part
of "real Athens" as we witnessed sheep carcases hanging
from a clothes rail being sold to passers by. Very
Platia Iroon is also
the centre of the universe because as we disgorged from
the taxi in the evening, 2 friends who live a mile away
from our house walked past heading for a restaurant called
New Year's Eve was
spent in the dining room of our hotel, the St George
Lycabettus. very pricey but what a view of the city and of
the midnight fireworks. And the bands played on until 0600
apparently. We were in bed before that. Some of our
friends reported being woken by a 21 gun salute at 0730.
We never heard a thing!
The evening was worth every
We then went on to
Crete to for 2 days to stop with our friend Nicos Terzakis
who owns the aparthotel Mia Hara, just outside the small
resort of Sissi. Even if we are biased, we can highly
There is a website. Nicos
also breeds pedigree Labradors - see website "Lasithi
Labradors". Only 3 puppies left as of last Friday. These
are English stock - top quality.
And no snow - 18/65
degrees. We got home to 30F and snow.
Cheers and good
Shiela & David Carlton
The most heartwarming pictures I've
seen in years. I visit your survival guide daily. Just
dreaming of late April -early May this year; praying that nothing
happens to block my trip to Greece.
I can't tell you how much your Guide and net info enhanced our
We had it "wired" when we arrived at the airport and it was all
from there - so to speak.
Staying at the Hotel Attalos was perfect, allowing us daily
or access to rail and bus travel.
The Plaka was our favorite "hangout" but, I was determined to find
Diros and the Secret Underground Tavenas - and did! Of
course, with your
coaching, we were right at home! The gentlemen at the Diros
even took me
aside for Retsina "toasts" (guess I've still "got it" - or they
I must mention here that we were looking for a special piece of
(for me) as a memento and found all of your suggested shops.
for "the norm", I kept my eye out for something different and - ah
THE JEWEL - a tiny, tiny shop at 29 Pandrosou St, Monastiraki,
attention. Michael Abatzis with his wife, were gracious
both had spent a good bit of time in Australia so their
English had a
wonderful mix of Greek and Aussie to it. We got on so well,
invited us to join him in an Ouzo, which we did, having a
He showed us a letter from Princess Cruises offering to "steer"
his way, for a sum of $1,300 ($1,500 ?) per year. He
that his shop was far too small to accommodate a cruise shopping
He also showed us a design for a necklace and earrings that he had
commissioned to do for a Princess (can't remember the country) -
completed by February. With 40 years on "the bench", he was
accomplished, but a great representative of his craft and Athens,
well. I came home with a beautiful Alexandreite (sp?)
in a setting of
his imagination - which was beautiful - and his prices, for that
gold chain (which he insisted in doing a true tug of war to prove
strong it was) were amazing.
Most of all, our experiences in Athens were grand, thanks to
guidance and the wonderful nature of the residents of Athens.
We went into the university and a gentlemen saw us admiring the
Speaking no English, we took us in tow and unlocked doors, giving
personal tour! Amazing! At the Benaki, a group of
approached me with questions in English about my age (?), name,
Before we left, we had completed first name introductions all
So, THAT is what the travel experience is to me....personal
amazement, appreciation and more. We can't wait to
return. We hiked
the hill behind the Monastery of Daphne (which was closed) and I
truly old piece of pottery, unearthed by the rains. I
it away, so it would remain where it belonged - and hopefully, it
be spotted anytime soon. It has been in it's place for so
So, again, a huge thanks from a California school employee and a
Peacekeeper, getting a one week break from Kosovo, for making our
experience so enjoyable. Please don't forget Michael Abatzis
Jewel. His smile is as large as an Athens sun and never could
Happy Travels, Matt!
Patricia Dickson (Calif)
Michael Rodley (presently - Kosovo)
Great site about Athens.
I you do not mind, I'd like to include it
on our church's link for our Greekfest.
last time i went to athens (it hapends twice per year) i checked
your web site and the first thing i did was going to plaka to buy
from Bretos ! It's deliciouse !!!!
Thanks for your tips !
My name is Kristen Updegraff, a physician in Manhattan, and I took
my first trip to Greece in October of 2002. I never did
thank you for the incredible love and work that is in the pages of
your website - how everything you wrote helped my mother (63 - her
first trip there, too) and myself have the most wonderful, most
unique time. We even got kisses from Mr. Brettos after we
mentioned your name :-)
Many, many thanks and know you are so appreciated!
I've never been to Athens (I'll go there only next week), but I
guide excellent: highly informative and interestingly
pictures are also splendid.
Birger Lohse, Copenhagen
I travel a lot and have recently just got back from
Morocco(February) and Prague (March...my 10th time). Since I
often travel alone, I would make quite a research on the places I
have charted for that year and Athens is one of the places I plan
to visit this year.
With all the going-ons in the world, I felt that this should not
stop me from doing what I love most, which is to travel. You
site has just given me more reason(s) to see Athens. While
reading your guide, I was also purchasing a ticket to
Athens. I'm sure a lot of people must have told you this,
but your site is amazing and I can not wait to test them, from the
hotel to the taxi guy.
Hi there, Matt!
I feel I
know you quite well after trawling through your
Alan & myself returned from Athens two days ago.
We found, what we thought was, a nice taverna so thought
I'd write to you about it. It is called Hermion and
it's at 15 Pandrossou St, Plaka.
the place - O.K. so we're not 21 anymore so that
probably means we incline to something that looks
somewhat sanitised by comparison
to other places. The food was good - it
was actually hot - & there was a really good choice.
They have live music and the service we had was good
and the prices were reasonable.What more can you ask for?
It was well patronised by the locals (always a good sign).
Don't advise anyone with a guilty conscience to go there
as there were quite a few priests eating there
suggest you look at their website.I can't believe you
don't know the place but, just in case............
I have been
looking through your photo album today - I don't know why
I bothered taking a camera with me! They're
Thank you for all the useful information that I have
gained from your site much of which I printed out &
took with me. We are off to Barcelona next month & I
hope we can find a fraction of the information.
Yah sas Matt Barrett!! My friend and I are at the internet cafe in
Syndagma right now and decided to mail you. We both found your web
site very helpful for all of our Greek information. We have been
studying at the Athens Centre for two months and will be here for
two more weeks. If you happen to be in Athens in that time we
would love to meet up and have some slouvaki or something. Thanks
again for all the help. -Mia Alkire and Olivia Corr.
Hi - - I lived in Greece for three years (Papagos area) until
and have been reading & looking at pictures of greece ever
Your website is very entertaining and informing, and I very much
enjoyed looking through all of your photos of Greece (particularly
the street scenes in Athens). It makes me want to visit there
all the more.
A very good website.
I had a great holiday in Greece. Thanks very much for your advice
went. I have a couple of comments which you may like to take
1) The Athens Metro now runs direct from Ethniki Amina to
don't have to change at Syntagma). The Monastiraki station opened
in May. I
got either the E94 or E95 bus from the airport to Ethniki Amina
and then the
Metro direct to Monastiraki. This is not only a lot cheaper than a
euros) but the ticket is valid for public transport (bus and
Athens for 24 hours, which is brilliant. Also it is actually
quicker to go
by Metro and bus than it is to go by taxi. Plus it means that I
horrendous traffic in central Athens and the aggressive driving
mean there are a lot of accidents (one of the worst traffic
in Europe). The paper Metro map doesn't show the direct link
Amina to Monastiraki but the Metro signs lead to Monastiraki at
Eth. Am. so
I took a risk and stayed on the Metro and sure enough, it's the
after Syntagma. At the airport Tourist Information they have bus
transport maps and timetables. Very useful.
2) I stayed at the Cecil Hotel in Athens and it was OK but a bit
that is a recommended hotel (and certainly it is recommended by
all sorts of
guide books as well as you) it makes me wonder what all the other
Athens are like. It is in a very handy position for central Athens
transport systems though, especially now the Metro has opened, as
one of the
station exits is on Athinas Street, so I would probably on balance
recommend it. Also, when I asked the hotel about buses and the
had no idea. I cannot believe that everyone travels by taxis. The
receptionist (not George) and I had an interesting chat about the
charge in London. Surely Athens has to do something before the
3) I spent most of my time on Skyros, in Skyros town, on holiday
Skyros Centre www.skyros.com an alternative holiday centre
centres - one more open air, sports and fun based, off the beaten
one with varied and interesting activities at the edge of the
little town -
population of Skyros 3000 people). I really loved Skyros as
it seemed to be
a real Greek village, not overrun by tourists. It was a holiday
people with an active mind and an able body would find
interesting. Most of
the people who go to the Centre are British but I would recommend
anybody who speaks English. I was able to practice my limited
Greek in the
village as well and wander about completely independently as well
the courses. There are some lovely walks in the hills and valleys
town. Everybody was very friendly. It's easy to fly to Skyros from
and very cheap if you book the internal flight direct with Olympic
Check it out.
Anyway, I had a great time and all my worries proved
I hope you enjoy your year and your time in Greece.
Your website on Athens is the most comprehensive free
on-line site I have ever found. I have traveled to
Greece several times and your information is quite
accurate and easy to use.
Thanks for continuing to provide this service.
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your website. I
have had the amazing good fortune to visit Greece twice in my life,
and I plan to return one day. I'm so happy to find that you have a
little article about the Telis Brizole Restaurant! My husband and I
were staying in a hotel off of Eleftherios Square in 1998. We were
returning from the Plaka one night, very tired, very hungry and
late. There were no places open in the square, so we wandered around
until we found food! And it was at the 2 pork chop restaurants side
by side that we found ourselves. While we were waiting for our meal,
a group of musicians - returning from their work, stopped for their
supper and played for everyone while they waited. It was an amazing
night that we will not forget. Thank you so much for bringing back
our memories of Athens!
hi there, just wanted to say what a great web site.
I only found it today so haven't had time to read much you are a
life saver. I love athens but haven't been since i split with my
greek boyfriend who gave me the info i required to get around. I
was really worried about going again without him but wow the gods
sent me your page so I don't need to give up Athens.LOL
Going to Symi on saturday but when I get back I will plan my
next trip to the city of my heart!! thank you very much keep
up the good work. kylethalassa
I wanted to tell you that I first visited
your site in 2000, when we first visited Greece. I
printed out a lot of your pages, and tips for the Plaka,
and I brought it along on the plane with me, and it got
passed around and read by a lot of folks. We hired
George to take us on a day trip to Delphi, and it was
FABULOUS. I think if we book this cruise, we will
hire George again to go to Mycenae. (Not sure if I
spelled that right).
We also sought out that Ouzo store you told
us about, and went in and bought 2 bottles from the owner,
and told him we had read about him on your website.
Your advice was very helpful and I appreciated it.
Thanks again for answering my Olympics
Just returned from a wonderful
trip to summy (and HOT) Athens. I've been studying Greek
history aat school and with a little help from your
survirval guide these days in Athens have been the best so
far in my life.
One thing I thought about;
reading your homepage doesn't inform that a lot of sights
are closed due to renovation before the Olympic next year.
We went there to go to The National Arch. Museum and the
Kerameikos as some of the main reasons for travelling...
Without knowing they were both closed for public.
You have such a wonderful and
amazing homepage - wouldn't it be possible to tell the
visitors about this??? I guess a lot of people would like
PS; Have you been to Athens
this summer? Isn't it amazing a mess all this rebuilding
Thank you so much for this excellent site and all your advice! We had an amazing time in Greece. We stayed at the Attalos and everyone was so wonderful there, that was a great recommendation. They also helped us get a rental car and we found a nice hotel in Delphi. We also went down to the bay of Corinth from Delphi and had lunch. The weather wasn't the best but compared to Germany where we live now it was amazing. We followed a lot of your tips but still went out and adventured
our own and had a great time. We only had time for Athens and Delphi partly because a lot of the sites were closed on Christmas and the day after. We felt like we did not have enough time to see it all! Next year we plan on seeing some of the islands and staying longer.
It was a wonderful trip and we thank you for helping give us some hints to make it great!
-Alison and Aaron :)
Hope I got that right, I'm
just a beginner with Greek. Anyway greetings from
I had a brief correspondence
with you last year prior to my first trip to Greece. We
had ten days sailing and then about 14 days to
meteora, delphi and the peloponesses. Certainly Athens
itself was one of our highlights. Loved the view at sunset
from the roof bar at the Attalos and spending a day at the
Archaelogical museum (not enough). Pylos, down in the far
south west of pel is an undiscovered gem. Definitely
recommend the Twelve Gods for accomodation
We are planning to make a
return journey next September after the Olympics.
We want to spend a week
at least back on the pel then a few days in Athens and
maybe a week on Kea. Or maybe up at Volos and the
Pelion peninsula (for the mezedes and tsipouro). Anyway
plenty of time.
Have you been in Greece this
summer? How is the Omonia square work going?
Do you think they will be
ready for the Olympics
Please put me down for your
I got back from Greece a couple of weeks ago and just
wanted to thank you for your web pages. My friend
Nancy (who's already written to you) downloaded a bunch of
them and they really proved helpful, particularly the
sections on Plaka and Psiri. We found the little
place that distils the ouzo and raki (and I have a large
metal canister sitting on the shelf waiting for a cold
evening in December when I can open it and remember
beautiful warm Greek summer evenings). We also tried
the restaurant (Platia Iroon) in Psiri that you
recommended, the one owned by the musical Leonard Cohen
fan. He said to tell you that he gets lots of
customers through your website. We also found a
wonderful restaurant in Argostoli, which you probably
won't have heard of as it has only been open two months.I
can't remember the name but I'll mail you later.
Thanks again for helping to make a very memorable holiday
I have dreamed of
going to greece since I was a child, after reading
wonderfoul myths and stories from greek hystory. that
dream came true few years ago, when I was on excursion
with school - we were in athens but also traveled and seen
some other important places in greece, such as epidaurus,
sounion, mikena..... but athens was something special.
those 5 days were so special, the town itself is more than
beautifoul, the sent of culture and tradition in the air
was amazing.... I personally felt like I was ment to be
there, to absorb that something which is the soul of the
tonite I lokeed to
my 'favorites' and saw 'athens survival guide':) I can see
that the page is even better now than when I visited it
last time, and I want to thank you for it. all those
pictures bring me back to the time of total happines when
I was walking down the beautifoul streets with so many
cute guys arond.... so I can't wait to go there
again!!! and, who knows - maybe I meet you there some
vanja from novi sad, serbia &
Just returned from Greece once again...and your
site was helpful as always..the unification project is
incredible!! no one could tell me if vasilissas olgas avenue
was going to be pedestrian in time for the olympics....read an
article in usa today which state that over 10 miles was to be
pedestrian in time for 2004...do you have any info on this.....and
do you know anything about the new museum..so many conflicting
hope to hear from you soon
have a great day
You probably don't
remember me, but I had written you back in 1998/99 time
frame. I was going to Greece for my first time to meet my
family there. Since then we have all grown close, with
lots of phone calls, E-mails and frequent visits. I have
to thank you for your web site, as it has been very
helpful in giving me many ideas about where to go and what
to do everywhere I go.
The question that I
have for you concerns marriage. I have read your section
on getting married in Greece, but I still have some
I have been seeing a
Greek Woman who lives in Brazil. Her parents immigrated
from Greece to Brazil. She has dual citizenship with
Brazil and Greece. She has two degrees. One in
mechanical engineering, and the other in law. We want to
get married in Greece next summer/ fall...after the
Olympics in my families village of Kimi on Evia. I need to
know what is the best way to proceed with this. I would
like to have a church wedding, as we are both orthodox. I
also would like to know if , once we are married in
Greece, this would allow her to come to the U.S as my
wife. I know that the U.S. Government is wary of
foreigners getting married only to move to the U.S. This
is not a reason, as we have been seeing each other and
communicating for two years or more.
you could give me would be very helpful. I have to say
thank you again for your web site. If I was a tour
director, I believe that I could direct many successful
tours, just by using your site.
I hope to hear from you
soon. Oh, and by the way, the last time I was in Athens, I
stopped by Brettos ouzouira, and had some of the best ouzo
I have ever had. I asked the old man behind the counter if
he knew you and he said "Oh yes" and we had quite a
conversation. It seems like your as well known in Greece
as in the U.S.
Write soon, as any
arrangements to be made must be made soon I fear. Thanks
again for your help.
Not sure where I am supposed to send this, so I used this
I have to say that your site is absolutely magnificent. I am
Greek, I am
living in Athens, and even for me it is a great source of
dozens of interesting places and shops to visit. I recommend this
all travelling discussion boards I participate in (following your
and wish you the very best of lack with the site. Admittedly, the
needs a lot of work, but the content is plain perfect.
I sincerely hope you will never get tired of Athens Guide, and
that it will
always be on-line.
I do not know what you do for a living or if this site generates
of income for you, but if you ever deside you do not have the time
to support it please give it to someone else. It owuld be a shame
all this great stuff you have gathered here.
best regards, Yiannis
Thanks a lot for your Athens Survival Guide. When the work is
my relax is to go to these pages.
My family and me visited Athens two times, so I can remember
moments we spent in this "incredible" city. I hope to go there
Sixto Santonja Hernández
We would first like to take this opportunity to thank you for your
wonderful Athens Guide. We were in Greece for three and a
half weeks, the last of week of August and first part of
September. You're guide proved to ve invaluable and was put
to a lot of use. We used George's taxi service to go to
Meteora and Delphi and also our airport transfers. There
were fantastic! We used your guide all over Athens and
especially through the Plaka - of course we found Jimmie at
Byzantino's - we did some major damage there!! They were the
greatest people. We then were on the island of Skiathos for two
weeks and did the day trips to Alonosis and Skopolos from
there. Had a great time.
Hi Matt. My name is Brittney and I live in Ontario, Canada. I just
wanted to say thanks for your webpage! A little while ago I had a
school assignment to plan a trip (our teacher wanted us to learn
how to book flights,etc, although we wouldn't actually
be taking the trip). I chose to go to Athens but couldn't find
much information, especially about recreational activities to do
there. Your site was a life saver! It was really helpful, so like
I said I just wanted to thank you for that.
We downloaded all your pages
re Athens and the Plaka before this years holiday. It was
our second on the mainland, i.e peloponese. WE stayed in
tolon but alsobooked for Athens for two days and did it
all via public transport!!!! The arrangements in
Athens were something else but we wouldn't hyave missed it
for the world!!!. Have some of Mr Brettos Ouzo and
look forward to Christmas day!!! Thanks for the
guidance it was brilliant for novices to Athens!!! I've
always wanted to see it and now I have
Penny& Kevin Smith
Mabuhay! I am Paolo, 25 years old from Manila,
Philippines. I visited your website and let me tell
you how happy I am to be reunited, once again,
with my old friend (i.e. Athens). Its been
seven years since I last set foot to athens, but I feel
like I was strolling yesterday around Pandrossou Street
and Omonia, eating Algida and buying "eisiteria" in a
"periptero", and most of all listening to the music of...I
forgot the name of the instrument played on the
streets. Its like a piano but it is played by a
Gosh, I was surprised to see the Syntagma Station! 7
years ago, I was passing at an old, dark station with no
escalators. Honestly, i was really surprised with the big
transformation of the Station.
Two thumbs up for your site, Matt! Keep it up.
I came across your web site
(very extensive!) before we traveled to Greece.....It
helped us "break out" of the tourist mode a bit. One
thing I decided I wanted to see was the central market
after you wrote about finding good olives there.....After
lots of walking throughout the Plaka and then into the
market area, we "stolled" through all the hanging meat
(and walked through animal parts of all types on the
floor) along with the "fragrant" fish market. Found
the olives----but the market wasn't the "farmers market"
of Pennsylvania I had envisioned (stalls of vegs, baked
goods, cheeses, meats, other products) but it was
something a lot of tourists probably don't seek out and
I think exploring your site
more now that we are home from Greece will help us
remember what we saw and bring back memories of a great
trip throughout the land and islands.
Dear Matt Barrett,
My husband and I would like to express our sincerest thank you
introducing us to the Lake Vouliagmeni. This is a paradise which
definetely not have found without the introduction from your
Survival Guide. We visited the lake twice during our 14 days visit
enjoyed both sun-bathing and the wonderful water in quiet
suiting 2 adults with no children much better than a noisy beach.
memories we will treasure and a place we will come back to!
We have just returned from our 2nd visit to Athens and we also
use for several of your other tips and information. (Not a word
garbage collectors strike.....)
Keep up-dating the site, please. We will be sure to visit it again
our next visit to Athens / Greece.
Bodil W. Schmidt
A Dane living in Sandefjord, Norway.
Some time ago you sent me information about your newsletter - many
thanks. In my email I mentioned I was going to Greece. We went to
Thessaloniki & Athens & had a wonderful time. I've been to
Thessaloniki twice before abut Athens I've been to many many times
- almost every year since 1987 & twice in some years. My
favourite hotel is the Philippos & I've stayed there many
times though I've stayed in several other hotels over the years.
While we were there this time we found your two favourite hotels
& picked up their cards - so we may try one of them next
We also tried a couple of your food recommendations - the Psaras
which was wonderful - food & atmosphere. We also ate in the
meat market & I tried the patsa! The Kouklis ouzeri has been a
favourite for many years & we were there again on this
I am a lover of Greek music too & have a good collection. Many
of the cds have been bought in Greece but I have bought many
others from Trehantiri here in London. I bought a couple of your
favourites in Greece this time - the Dalaras Rembetika cd &
The Greece of Tsitsanis - love them both. Recently I saw Dalaras
& Marinella in concert together in London - a really wonderful
I've printed off quite a lot of your information & hope to do
more now I have a new supply of ink. I love to spend time reading
about Greece & now I have a new really interesting &
Many thanks for all the pleasure you give through your website -
keep up the good work!
all the best
I will be going to Athens, Greece in January for several weeks to
with the planning for the Olympics and then hopefully back in May
I've never been there and find your site very helpful and
Lieutenant Scott Blackburn
Dear Matt Barrett:
As I was browsing this site about Athens, Greece, I had no idea
that I was
so unprepared for the laugh explosion that would hit me...in the
For several instances, I had to count on the help of my klinex to
tears of my eyes!!!
I was laughing so much that my co-workers thought that I was
I know very well what you meant, for the only reason that I am a
kiria, married to a sovaro kirio Greek sisigo( husband). I have
Greece several times, ( and I love Greece very so much), have
without the stroller, on many of the places mentioned on your
article. And I
know very well how the Greeks are!
I tell you...I had not exploded in laughs, like today as when I
Congratulations!!! That's fantastic. I will forward it
to my friends.
Dear Mr. Barrett,
Thank you for a wonderful website. I am greek, but your
website helped me
with our recent trip from South Africa where we live to Greece
boyfriend, 2 kids and the in-laws. I also had the pleasure
to meet your
daughter at the Hotel Attalos (it was in August).
Next year, I am going with my sister in law, would you know of
go in Greece to swim with Dolphins?
Thank you in advance.
Best regards, Claudine
I am a Greek-American who is currently living in Greece for the
next couple of months. I just wanted to write you and thank you
for the great website, it's so informative. You know Athens
better than most Greeks!
Anyway, if you're going to be in Athens in the next few months,
drop me a line, otherwise I'll see you in NY in February.
Matt, thanks so much for all the
time and effort you've put into your web sites. I returned
from Greece Nov. 11, 2003. I had a fantastic trip.
Your Guide was very very useful. Currently I'm
organizing my 100+ pictures together and your site was again the
place to go to get proper names and spellings. One day I
will return. I made some interesting
Thanks again and keep up the good
I spend two hours on your site, and I never do such a thing,
I really love it , specially now where I'm far away from home for
Being an IT guy I can tell you this..
I would not find a better athens guide on the web.
Keep it up and thanks for making me smile on my late night
I wonder if you are applying for a greek passport too.well you
You know Athens better than I do my friend
Just got back from my first ever trip to Greece.
(Basically Athens for six days.) Though I had purchased
several touring books, printouts from your site quickly became my
"bible" for our trip. Walked our legs off around the city
and made a Metro\Ferry trip to Aegina on our own (with your
BTW there's a ton of construction and re-construction going on
right now - No doubt in prep for Olympics visitors.
I really can't begin to tell you what a help your site was.
We'll go back after the Olympics and things settle down.
Thanks again - keep up the good work, Rick Hubner &
I would just like to thank you for your e-mail. It was very
took your advice and hung around at the airport for about an hour
amazing how quiet the busses are after the planes have stopped
Piraeus was fine, apart from one pack of dogs that decided we
allowed to walk along one part of the harbour, and the cafe was
All in all, a really good holiday was had, and I am sure your
contributed to it starting off very successfully.
Many Thanks for your help
you so much for such an informative and helpful guide.
Even though we booked a tour vacation to Greece, we used
your guide for most of our travels. Laura (you need a new
picture of her, my wife and I were arguing if that was her
or not) from Byzantino was fantastic (yes we bought),
George was a gem that is one of a kind and is an asset to
his country. The whole vacation was just wonderful thanks
in part to your web page! If we could buy that distillery
(Brettos), we would. And yes we brought back some liquor.
I think the tourist information place moved again though.
We found the one you said moved and it was an empty
building with a little sign on it, but no one was
Thanks to the generosity of the people
and your web site it was still no trouble to find
and Elizabeth Kiersh
I just wanted to thank you for
all of your references. We had a great week in Greece. The
people at the Attalos Hotel were wonderful. The taxi
service was great. And, I'm drinking an ouzo from Brettos
as I'm sitting here in San Diego writing you right now.
Thanks again. Keep doing a great job for all of us.
Last time I was in Athens, Omonia was still being built (for the
in my life time). I wanted to see if the project had been
completed, so I
did a Google search and came upon your short narrative
As an Athenian living in the US for the past 26 years, I relate so
your review of Omonia! I could have not said it better myself!
What a joke,
what a fiasco! And all this for the Olympics! Regrettably, I think
committing cultural suicide in its xenocratic mania to appear
"Civilized". I think the majority will be "proud" of this
as they were about Pizza Hut when it first opened in Kifissia!
Thanks for your insight.
Dear Matt - i'm writing you from Skopje, Macedonia - My wife is
with USAID. We're going down to Athens over new years.
Thanks much for
the very excellent site. It's really exactly what i was
looking for. -
Happy Holidays - John
I am TOTALLY impressed by your informative, enthusiastic
and candid website on Athens. It sums up everything
I feel about my favourite city. I have lived here
for 10 years and still can't eloquently put into words
exactly what it is that I love about this place, but
whatever it is, you obviously feel it also. I have
an American artist friend who's visiting from an island
for a few days and although she's been in Greece for
several years, can rarely be dragged away from her
painting and her mountain village and knows very little
about Athens. She's skeptical, but I've told her to
look through your website before she comes. I think
that might just do the trick.
I'll send a donation to your cause.
Keep up the good work.
Erika Kenyon (ex-England)
are two Italian tourists and we just came
back from Athens.
It was the first time there and thanks to your suggestions we
had wonderful meals, we had fun and this mail is just to say
to you: many thanks!
We will tell to all friends about the site
We also tried to find by ourselves a nice place to go… and
finally found one:
) with live Greek music, not expensive
atmosphere in a brand new restaurant… do
you already know it?
Greetings from Italy!!!
Barbara and Massimo
Just returned from our second
Xmas trip to Athens and wanted to say how much we
appreciated your website. On both occasions we have
had several meals at one of your recommended
restaurants called the Diros and have really enjoyed
them. This year we had a meal at another place quite
close called the Fidias which I would like like to warn
you about. The food was great however we were
astonished to find that the bill was much more than we had
anticipated and we had been overcharged by two meals and
we had paid 8 euros for french fries for my grandson which
worked out to about 30 cents per chip. On
complaining to the manager the bill was reduced by the two
meals we had not received but the prices in this place are
very high and we certainly will not be eating there
again. Once again many thanks for your brilliant
site and also a big thanks to your daughter from my
I'm sure I wont be saying anything that
hasn't already been said and I know my story is a little
postponed but here goes.
I went to Athens a year ago to build a planetarium
dome for the Eugenides foundation.Thats right,I build
planetarium domes.You know..the place you take kids to
see movies about the stars or constellations or just
plain movies on a big round dome that totally surrounds
you.(I'm sure you always wondered who built those
things).I was there for about 2 1/2 months and luckily I
found your website before I went.I cannot stress enough to
anyone who has never been there that your site is not only
the best step by step city travel site I've ever seen for
ANY city but that if you dont read Matts site and heed
what it says you might just find yourself in deep
trouble.By trouble I mean spending alot of money
needlessly,dealing with some unsavory characters i.e. the
malaka cab drivers or even having an actual boring
time.Just read Matts site and if you dont follow it at
least keep some of the things you read on the site in
your mind.It is really a great help.Thanks Matt,and if you
get a chance take your family and see a show at
the planetarium, kids usually love it.
International Planetarium Dome Installation
Dear Matt –
I’ve just returned from a few days in Athens as a surprise
birthday present for my wife. We’ve had family holidays on
but this was our first visit to Athens, and the first time to
Greece without our children (thanks to the Grandparents!). I
discovered your guide a couple of weeks before departure so
had plenty of time to absorb your advice, and it was time well
spent – many thanks for an excellent web site! We were bowled
over by the hospitality shown at places such as
restaurant, and (although we didn’t even buy anything) the
jewelers helped us from getting lost on our first
I should add
that we have had the rare pleasure of experiencing Athens in
the snow – indeed our flight in on Saturday
was delayed because of snow-blocked runways.
that meant that George the Famous Taxi driver missed picking
us up, his wife and George both phoned the airport to be told
that the flight from the UK was cancelled, so he was very
apologetic when I phoned him from the airport when we arrived.
It was not a good idea for George to venture out into the snow
drifts to fetch us (we didn’t expect him to) so we never got
the chance to meet him. Apart from Sunday (bright but snowy –
I can email photos if of interest) the weather was pretty cold
and grey, but we still had a great time. We were booked into
the Acropolis Select hotel on
but due to the snow our room was still occupied by stranded
passengers so were
upgraded to the
St instead. A bit of a typical upper
standard business class hotel so not very atmospheric, but
high standard and lovely staff – the guys serving cocktails in
bar were great, and the basement souvenir shop actually was
pretty good value for money, undercutting the
shops for ‘official Athens 2004 Olympics’ merchandise. On that
theme, we took a ride on the Metro to see the construction
site – I’ll be amazed and impressed if our Greek friends
really have it all finished in time!
was not up early enough to go to the English language service
you mention on Sunday morning, though on Tuesday I noticed
that there was a Greek Evangelical church on
near Hadrian’s Arch that proclaimed ‘simultaneous English
translation’ according to the board outside.
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for some great recommendations I took from your Athens Guide website. The Attalos Hotel inAthenswas exactly what we were looking for. The Platia Iroon was superb; we went back for more our second night inAthens. I showed them the page of your guide where you talked about their restaurant and they were ecstatic. Your walking guide of the Acropolis had me and my two traveling
chuckling all the way. So thank you very much for taking the time to share your insight onAthens. We also spent a few days in Santorini and I want to plug our hotel and the best meal we had while we were in Greece . Uranos Traditional Houses in Imerovigli was the perfect place for us to stay. At a mere 70 euros a night we had what I believe to be the best apartment, the best view, and the best hostess (Dora rocks!) in all of Santorini. Our meal at the Katina Fish Tavern in Amoudi
was also out of this world. The immense sea bass we ordered fed the 6 of us to capacity, and there was plenty left over, and all of the other goodies they served us were equally tasty. When we hesitated ordering the fish because we though it was a bit expensive the owner said we could all drink for free (I don’t think he realized what he was getting himself into, but he never complained once). Anyway, suffice to say it was a meal for the books.
OK, that’s all for now. It was a short trip toGreece (we live in Saudi so it was a close jaunt) and my first, but I will certainly be back. Thanks again for your tips.
Don't know whether or not I'll
find my way to Athens ... am looking at possible theatre
work there ... but regardless your site is a gift ...
Santa Barbara, CA
I'm Vandana from London... At the moment I'm completing a
piece of databases coursework for my degree - making a
booking system for tourists, it's based completely on
Athens. I've found your site a brilliant resource, and
I did not have get any more information from a
multitude of sites as there were on your one
Greetings friend, im a greek canadian and am happy to
say im moving to athens to work downtown after
finishing university here. since i dont know anyone in
athens except old family friends, i was imagining
athens as a cold concrete jungle which was told to me
by parents and other ignorant people here. Your
website has taken ALL THE anguish and fear of living
in the heart of Greece, completely away. However even
if i still had this anguish i still go, cause my soul
is in Greece and have been counting down the days to
move back. KEEP UP THE AMAZING WORK!!! YOUVE TAKEN ANY
DOUBTS that i had about living here, you made athens
have a life and a soul with friendly people thank you
Sam, Paraskevas Toronto, Ontario Canada.
Hello, I have been perusing your Greece
site, and I love it. I did click on the Cemetary
photos, and the poetry that went along with it was quite
moving. I would think that this would be interesting
to see. Thanks for the great Greece tips, i'll need
it, i am hoping to get there in August as an Olympic
volunteer from Canada.
Lynn Waller~Cookie Diva
BC Product Marketing Adviser
Girl Guide Cookies
I just want to say thankyou for your site
if it wasn't for your site, i wouldn't have had a lot of help for my school project on Athens [Greece]
your site had a lot of useful info and everything i need!
i just wanted you to know i appreciated your site and keep doing what you do!
good luck for the future
I have just returned from my
first week in Athens (not Greece, went to Corfu
several times in the 70's having read 'My Family and other
Animals' at school!)
Thankyou for a wonderful
website I am suffering from post-Athens cold-turkey and
can look at it from time to time to keep me going until
the next visit.
Spent Easter there so it was
amazingly quiet for much of the week, stayed in the
Herodion Hotel (nicknamed Heroin by my teenage, slightly
dyslexic, son) after a surprise upgrade due to
ours being full, so felt we were really near some of the
best bits. Couldn't keep away from the 'blue and
white village' under the Acrop.
My reaction to the street
people is similar to yours, and the dogs and cats, live
and let live. Without them Athens would not be what
it is. The Plaka photgrapher is now on my kitchen
wall, having seen him several times during the week I now
feel sad that we didn't use his services. Where does
he live? He look like a retired teacher.
Have you seen the man outside
the Acropolis who gives impromtu history lessons to
anyone who will listen, in what seems to be any
language? I imagined that he was a failed
university lecturer! He carries a blue plastic
bag full of baguette and hugs the people he has talked to
when they leave him. He has a sun-drenched face and
is not very old. If you see him why not put him on
the web-site. Funnily enough I met a man just like
him in Prague, not so sun-drenched obviously!
keep up the good work.
Penny (primary school teacher
in the wilds of Suffolk, England)
Omygod! What a great site! And I'm not even going to Athens. My brother
his wife and son and son's girlfriend are - next week. I'm going to
them and tell them they have to check out your website. Love
recommendations and humor. Right up their alley. Thanks!
Thank you for your reply, I have come back from Greece, it
is a fantastic place, I had a really good time there, and
came across many friends there.
Based on your information, I am really feel ease there,
thank your for all your effort and good luck!
My daughter, a crew member of
Hola Airlines, Pilar Goffa, stayed at the
Hotel Armonia in
Athens, and was very pleased in all ways regarding the
The very efficient staff, the
delicious food, very clean.
A privilege site.
I also like to thank you very
much for helping me get the e.mail address from Hotel
Armonia, I have been able to send mails to my daughter
instead of the very expensive phone calls.
Many kind regards from Aline
I will be visiting Athens and Greek Islands for the first time in
I stumbled across your fantastic website a month ago and have
surfing the site and its links over and over.
You have done a great job.
Many thanks for the hours of enjoyment we've had and now we are
more than ever looking forward to our trip.
I just wanted to thank you so much for the most comprehensive guide to Greece on the Internet! I am a Fulbright professor to the University of Athens. My wife and I arrived 10 days ago and we will be here 4 months. We have rented an apartment in Paleo Faliro, very conveniently located next to the tram.
I'm not sure people express their gratitude as often as they should. I know that all the information you have provided was a great help as we prepared for our trip, and we continue to use it as we look for restaurants, excursions, etc. I expect many other people have been helped by your work.
Department of Telecommunications
Ball State University
Just wanted to send a note of thanks for sharing the
wealth and insight of your travels. We toured
the streets of Plaka, visited the Byzantino Jewelry
Store, and stopped off at numerous coffee shops and
restaurants as recommended in your guide. I'm
into scavenging on a tight schedule with two nights and
three days in Athens the pages I downloaded from your site
accompanied us as we wandered the streets. The
English speaking tour guide at the Acropolis made our
experience unforgettable. As first timers to Athens
we did all right thanks to research and guidance from an
Matt- Your online guide to Athens is mind
blowingly awesome! It has been far more helpful than the
stack of travel books on my night stand. Where have you
been for my entire travel life? Do you have any other
sites on other locations? -Jenn in Redlands, California
We used your site three years ago to plan a
ten day trip to Mykonos and Athens with our newborn
We loved our trip so much, more than
anything because of all the wonderful tips we got from
your site, that we are scrambling to organize another last
minute trip this August.
I just thought you would like to know how
much we appreciate all your hard work, and that you made
hellophiles out of one American and one Italian. Everyone
is always so surprised when we name Athens as one of our
favorite cities, but with your wonderful guide to the
Plaka we spent a fabulous four days there. We had a
hotel problem, but the lady (Wanda?) over at the
travel agency (was it Dolphin?, I can't remember) came
down personally to the hotel and, after much shouting and
gesticulating, a room magically appeared for us. It
This time we are hoping to use the sailing
company you recommend. Rebecca
Just reading through, and don’t want to stop! I’m making the
trip in September to watch my husband compete in the
Paralympic games. Keep up the wonderful writing, research and
sharing of your passion for this wonderful place! My favorite
thing so far is the list of gifts to buy for all the people
back home – WONDERFUL! I’m so excited for this trip, you’re an
Back during Greek Easter my
husband, aunt and I spent two weeks in Greece, one in Athens
and the other on a cruise to surrounding islands. You
gave me some good recommendations for restaurants and for
George the Taxi Driver. I wanted to thank you for
answering my questions and for providing such a great service
with your site. There were several things, such as going
to the top of Mt. Lykavittos, I probably would not have
done. I enjoyed my trip IMMENSELY and hope to return in
the near future. Thanks so much again!
I cannot tell you how great your website has been, and I
cant wait go go to Greece at the end of the month.
I was wondering is it possible to take the new "
metro" from the airport to say the Glyfada area of athens
and grab a taxi from there? or would you just
reccomend taking a taxi from the airport to our
Thanks you so much for you time and the Amazing web site,
if has been more useful than all 3 travel books I have
I am one of the many excited fans of these Olympics
and I enjoyed reading your site
I found it very easy to read with a lot of information
(history, facts etc).
Congratulations on providing a clear picture
of how when and what is expected from an
My wish is that the hope we are all looking for will
come out from these Olympics and bring the world together
again in these scary times that we are living in.
Please keep up the good work,
An Olympic fan.
-in-Exile, I am writing to say how much I enjoy your “Athens
Survival Guide” webpage.
You really know Athens…better than my relative
Your website for Greece is amazing! I love it.
I think I read or have printed almost every
page! I leave for Greece for the Olympics in a week
and a half, and I know this will be helpful
I just wanted to say that your website is very useful. My
family and I
stayed at the Armonia Hotel in Vouliagemini a few weeks ago after
them through your website. We had a very enjoyable stay and
read a lot of
information on Athens from your website prior to our holiday.
Just to say thank you! I was in AThens this last weekend. I was
reading your guide in advance and I took parts of it with me
during my trip. I really enjoyed it (both, your guide and Athens)
When I was reading your guide before to arrive, I felt that I just
wanted to arrive and go for a wolk, looking for that Athens
described by you. I really liked Athens, its bars, "ouzeries",
people, the food! I think the next one, I''l be capable to follow
you "guide for a trip to Aegina" (or something like that..:)
Congratulations, and I hope to see you sometime..
Cristina (from Argentina, but living in Switzerland...)
Hi my family and i are from new zealand and we leave for
greece tommorrow. My husband is in
the olympic's. Just want to say a very big thank you
for your wonderful survival guide. It has helped us
with alot of information and has put i know my mind at
ease. I'm taking my son and i feel alot more
comfortable knowing that there will be great food and
activities and many other things that will help his trip
be better. Thanks again. Really appreciate all your
advice and tips. I'm even more excited now and am
looking forward to an excellent trip.
I'd like to thank you for providing an absolutely
fantastic guide. I will be in Athens for three days only
for the Olympics and wanted to get the most out of those
I have now planned my trip down the to finest detail,
thanks mainly to your wonderful site. I'll let you know
how I get on!
Hello Mr. Matt
I just wanted to personally
thank you, along with all the various online information
presenters associated with you and others, for all the
time and effort you put into your online travel
Thanks to your guides my time
in the Athens area went smoothly and was
much more predictible. Thank you once, again,
i read most of your guide before i visited Greece and was
glad that i did!!
Mr Ami R
Hello just got back from 4 days in Athens. We used your
guide and found it really helpfull. When we visited the
Plaka Restaurant they saw the guide and the picture from
it, The owner was very pleased and insisted that he would
decide what we would eat and promptly took away the menu,
his choice was absolutely delicious, the best meal of our
time away, thanks again.
Sent an email last nite,
continued reading your website and decided winter maybe
Christmas was the time for me to go....had great laughs at
your Christmas that wasn't story. You had me
chuckling mightily cuz' that's my feeling about air travel
exactly. Thoughts of impending doom every time I get
on a plane. Sat down this morning with coffee in
hand to read my latest copy of Harpers and went to the
classified section and what did I find but your ad in the
travel & tourism section. Now, I think that is
what I would call serendipity and thought I would again
contact you about Greece travel for sure. Live in
Prescott, Arizona weather is spectacular this year
couldn't find a better place but need a real, real change
of perspective and again want to find my roots. As I
mentioned in my first email... father was Harry
George Eliades his father Polycrates and my grandmother
was originally Mary Tragedis from Bournabout(sp?)
Turkey. I will no doubt be travelling alone.
Thanks for your articles so interesting and exceptionally
( pardon the expression, almost anally
Nanci H (aka Eliades)
I came across your website
whilst looking for information for my son's school project
IT IS FANTASTIC!!!
I showed my husband, we spent
a long time looking at everything on this site and WOW, we
now are saving to go for a trip to Athens, thank
Your dedication to this site
and your love for Greece and Athens is so obvious.
WELL DONE!!! I
think every travel agent here in Australia needs to know
about this site.
Thank you again,
Hello Mr. Barrett,
I'm sure you recieve a lot of emails praising your Greece &
but I'm sure another one wouldn't hurt. You have done an
excellent job both
in the information provided on your website as well as the format
presentation. I am a Greek-American that has spent
significant amount of
time in Greece, summers on Kefalonia, even living in Glyfada and
when I was younger. I must say that you have managed
to capture the
wonderful diversity and menagerie that is Athens perfectly.
I have not
visited all the restaurants you state, but I have visited "tou
ever since the first time I went there (about 5 years ago) I make
sure to go
back every time I am in Athens because it is possibly the best
combiniation in the city as far as I'm concerned. I'll take
a moment here
to tell you that you should check out another restaurant called
(Rovertou Galli 25, Athens, Greece; Phone: 210.921.4130)
next time you are
in Athens. It is on the south side of the Acropolis and they
seating on their roof and while the service may be a little gruff,
is very good, and the view is amazing. You will likely have
to call for
reservations, and make sure to bring your camera and tripod.
Again, I just
wanted to let you know that your work is useful and
job. I hope you enjoyed watching the Olympics.
Dear Mr. Barret:
I find your information very useful. I wished I have
read this information before my first trip to Athens on
I am reading all the valuable information about
Athens.Congratulations what a magnificent work you have
done..Have you published this information on a book-guide
travel to Athens?. I would like to know about
Again let me congratulate you and wish you a lot of
success on your future. I will transfer this infomation to
my friends who want to travel to Athens.
Have a wonderful day.
My name is Adrijana and I am from Croatia,
I just want to say how much I like your site
and that it is very interesting an helpfull !!
Greece is my love, two days ago I have returned from Athens,
that was my fourth time that I was visiting Greece (started in 2003).
I hope that one day I will also have chance to live in Greece.... I really hope....
I wish you to continue with this site!!!
Hi again Matt
Just wanted to let you know that our trip to Athens was great. We
all really enjoyed it.
We had timed the visit to see the last few days of the Paralympics
- but it was funny because just like you say on your site, the
city itself had so much to see and do as well. Not just the
obvious must see places like the Acropolis, which of course was
excellent, but just simply walking around the city was great fun.
I loved just walking and discovering places.
The Games themselves were well worth going to - we were at the
Marathon finish last Sunday morning in the old stadium - I've
always wanted to see that stadium and it really is stunning - and
we saw some swimming at the indoor pool and athletics at the new
stadium on Mon, and the Closing Ceremony on Tues. The terrible
school bus crash happened during our visit - the minutes silence
for that at the Closing Ceremony was very moving.
But the Ceremony was still very uplifting too - a mixture of
emotions, celebration for the athletes, and sadness for the
Omonia Sq turned out to be fine, just as you said it would. I'm
regularly in London and theres parts there that are far more
threatening than anything we encountered in Athens. It definitely
felt like a very safe city. We were on the metro till late most
nights and ate in Cafe Neon on Omonia a few times late at night
too, and never had problems going to our hotel.
You were right about the Grecotel Athens Acropol too. I was very
impressed with the hotel. The staff were about the best I've ever
had in a hotel. They were always friendly and extremely helpful.
Quality of the rooms were excellent too.
The only downside was having to come home! It was 28 in Athens but
only 15 here in 'sunny' UK lol.
Next time we definitely intend to go for a bit longer. Maybe get
to see some of the closer islands too on a day trip. And also take
a couple of days out of Athens to visit Olympia.
Anyway, thank you very much once again for your advice before we
went, and for your site. Your information proved invaluable and
made us feel like we knew a lot before we even arrived. So we felt
a lot more at ease and greatly enjoyed the city.
All the best,
You help me keep my sanity as I sit in Montana and yearn
to return to Greece. I visit your site at least once
a week. And we're just completing the renovation of
our kitchen into a taverna -- blue, white, a poster print
of my best shot of the Acropolis from the Hill of the
Muses, and one print my son took of his pizza at the
We were there in March 2004 during the Olympic
preparations. Although we were aware of the
skepticism over the completion, after meeting the Hellenes
we had no doubt it would be done and be fabulous.
Thanks for your Olympics page. I'd been wanting an
Every time I read your guide information about Athens I
find more interesting places that i wished visit them when
I was there for only a week on my trip to Athens..I
am recommending this "website" to all my friends who are
going to visit Athens.
CONGRATULATIONS..You have made an EXCELLENT
Thank you for your wonderful website of Athens. I found it while taking a break from work … well, a really long break. You gave an excellent tour of the city through the pictures and humorous and informational comments. I’ve only spent an hour and a half on the site so far but I felt like I had to write and tell you how much I’ve enjoyed it so far. I should go back to work now, but I will be coming back for more
boyfriend is in athens (destined for corfu) and i miss him
terribly, but i came across your awesome site and now i
have a much better picture of where he is, what he's
seeing, and i can now picture him in the markets and
plazas and cafes. thanks so much and good luck with
I literally stumbled across your website this afternoon
and love it. I lived in Greece for a year in the
late 1970s (taught at Athens College in Psychiko
immediately after graduating from college) and traveled
extensively throughout the country, in the days when a
young American could still do so on $10 a day, pretty
comfortably. It was a life-transforming experience,
and I think I had something of the same kind of "hard
landing" when I returned to the states after living in
Greece -- it took me a number of years to
re-acculturate. After the experience of immersion in
Greek life, I'm still not happy about a lot of the
American values we take for granted.
I'm delighted to see pictures of Athens on your page that
show a city much improved from a quarter-century
ago. At the time (this was 4-5 years after the
fall of the Colonels) I found it really took a lot of work
to enjoy it. I will certainly go back to your site
frequently to enjoy it, and hope to return to visit the
country (the last time was 1980 I'm sorry to say, although
I keep up my Greek a bit on a monthly basis with my
In the meantime I would love to be on e-mail distribution
for your newsletter and will keep an eye out for your
guidebook. I also read wistfully in the Athens News
column of your prescriptions for the city if you were
mayor -- your ideas are right on.
We returned last month from our biking trip in Greece, and I want
you for all the help your site provided. Of course we reserved
with George, the Famous Taxi driver, and although we did not get
George in person, we met Panos and Paul, both
efficient, accommodating and all around terrific. Besides the
Paul took us on a 1/2 day trip to Sounio, early in the morning
crowds arrived, and then stopped at a nearby bay so we could take
refreshing swim. Just fabulous! Also, we stopped into Fantasy
booked a one-day cruise of the Saronic Gulf. They were very nice
helpful. Another good referral.
Again, many thanks for all you do. Now we are planning a trip to
Anne and Ben S
Hello. My wife and just returned from 8 days in Greece, 3 on
3 on Santirini and 2 in Athens. Your web site was incredibly
Everything that interested me from your web site I was able
to find or
see. My only issue was with the restaurant called Thespidos
Plaka. We searched it out for lunch and the setting was
and quiet but the food was standard at best. I also think we
ripped off. We had the bread, shared a Greek salad,
1/2liter of house
wine, 2 Mythos, 2 entrees and 2 Greek coffees which came to 55
We had the same amount of food the next day for lunch at Byzantino
it was only 35 Euros for much better food. We also had
dinner a place
on Adrianou on a square (can't remember the name) where we had
cloth napkins and that meal was only around 35 Euros. Maybe
is under new management or maybe we caught it at bad time.
Brettos was a real treat. There is an expat gentleman in his
50's, maybe early 60's who has lived in Greece for about 25 years
Bretto's nightly expounding philisophical ideals and political
thoughts. He says he is a poet and he was very poetic in his
conversation (before the Mythos and Amstel took its toll on us
It was great fun.
Thanks again for all the wonderful, useful information. The
can be a great thing sometimes.
Senior Art Director
Special Recognition, Inc.
I am flying to greece in 6 days... staying for 3 weeks and
found your site to be VERY VERY informative and helpful.
WOW! A great resource... added it to my "favorites" to
read through more in the next 6 days!
thanks for all the info
Your website rocks and we think your daughter and your
stories are adorable. We are a bunch of confused, lost,
and poor college students visiting Greece and trying to
get to Aegina. We didn't have much time to plan so
detailed sites such as your's helped tremedously(and we
don't feel so stupid). Thanks so much.
Students from University of California
my name is Micol and I am a 27 years old Italian woman; this e
mail is just
to give u al the compliments for the site about Athens.
I discovered it by chance last year, while I was in Greece for a
exchange project lasting 6 months. My project took place in Lamia
Komotini but I was in Athens very often for seminars and
Now that I have a boybriend from athens and that, unfortunatelly,
I am in
italy, surfing in Athens survival presents me a smile.
Thank you so much,
This is Maritza Avendano. My daughter Melissa and I wanted
to thank you for the package that you prepared for us when
we were there last month (the 4 of Oct) I am sorry
we took this long to thank you but we want you to know
that we enjoyed our trip very much. We will come to see
you again next time we are in Greece.
Thanks again ,
My whirlwind trip to Athens
was great. Thanks so much for your suggestion about
the Attalos Hotel and George the Famous Taxi
Love The Athens Survival Guide. Have made two visits this
year to Athens, and have used the guide and really enjoyed
it. Keep up the good work.
Just got back from Greece, a 9 day tour of the inland and
Athens. Beautiful, lovely, enchanting, learning...those
words can not even come close to describing the
experience. Will never know why it took me 53 years
to visit but, better late than never.
Somewhere in the Athens Survival Guide, ( proven to be the
most helpful of all pages I read prior to traveling), you
mentioned an old man from Plaka who would not be
photographed. Well, I got him, sitting on a bench, smoking
a cigarrette. The photo has not been developed yet,
but it will this week. If you are interested, I will
be glad to furnish it to you for publication, just give me
the credit that I took it. Let me know. And, I
am not sure if you mention a restaurant in Plaka named
Taverna Byzantina...OUtstanding food for very cheap
price. Best wine, plenty of food, lots of choice and
taste so wonderful you hated to finish your dinner.
Matt I am going to Chania, Crete in March after spending
New Year in Athens - I will then be going back to Athens
to teach and be with my boyfriend Thanasis who is from
Chalkida, Evia. I looked at your pictures of Athens to
give me a feel of what the place is like - they are
incredible and I loved looking at them - I have since been
back to your sight a few times and have gone through them
whilst on a quiet night shift - Well done, I think
the web sight is excellent .
South Yorkshire Police
My husband and I just returned
from a trip to Athens and wanted to tell you that your
survival guide was great! We printed out many of the
pages and carried them with us as we explored the city.
We spent so much time on your website that Athens felt
familiar to us.
I've got a great pair of sandals -
thanks to your note about Melissinos moving from 89 Pondrossou
we found it without difficulty and we were treated like family
at Plaka Tavern when they spotted the print out I was carrying
from your website. (I think they owe you a fruit
plate!) You were absolutely right about the ouzo at
Brettos, too. We came home with three of the metal
containers and now are sorry we didn't get more.
Thank you so much for helping to
make this a great trip. We can't wait to go back!
Where on earth are you from?
Why did I just find you alien? Your site is superb. Iam an
Australian Greek now living in Greece and your site has
been so helpfull, you do not understand. You need to get
this to become the offical tourist site of Greece, but
getting things done here - forget it.
Great siet and info.
Hi Matt. My name is Oscar
Montes from Mexico. I got a schlarship to study in France
lst year and had the chance to wander around in Europe. I
do consider myself a lucky man since not everyone in
Mexico has this opportunity that often.
I visited many places in
France and other countries such as England, Scotland,
Ireland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland,
Denmark and of course, Greece.
I must say Athens stole my
heart. Maybe because it reminded me a little of home,
maybe because I fell infatuated with it, don't know
I really loved you r site
since it shows the real Athens, the real people who live
and dwell there. I loved the metro pictures and those of
I am working on my website
now, would be glad if you could visit it someday.
Take care and
I amplanning to go back to
Athens or other city in Greece (just visited small cities
around Athens) to stay there for a while and learn the
I recently took a trip to
Greece with my mother and daughter and, luckily for us,
found your "Athens Guide" site a couple of weeks before we
took off. Kudos for the great information presented
in a down-to-earth easy to read format. We managed to
find the Byzantino Restaurant in the Plaka and had a
fabulous meal per your recommendation. We also
contacted George the Taxi Driver for a day trip to
Delphi. We didn't get to meet George, but our driver,
Christos, was kind, easy-going and very helpful - what a
wonderful day (and a very comfortable taxi ride)!
We travel quite a bit
(Africa, London and now Greece in one year), and I wish
there were more sites out there like yours to pave the
way. Again, thank you for the great information and
if you'd like to view the web site I made of our trip, you
can find it at
http://home.earthlink.net/~ashleyfogarty/. I've also
put in a few links to your "Athens Guide" web site.
Feel free to add any of
this information to your testimonials and Thanks
I would like to thank you for
the invaluable information you gave on your website.
My wife and I followed it to a T. Your advice of
restaurant 'Thanasis' and 'Ihogram 'for music was
fantastic. I bought an album of Haris Alexiou for 16:95
euros which cost 27:95 in other places. and the sheer
range was unbelievable. Who would believe that a shop
tucked away in a side street could have such a wide range
of Greek music. I made it a point to tell the staff that
you had recommended the shop. Thanks once again. I
would advise all travellers to Athens to first take a look
at this website before doing anything else.
Dear Matt Barret
I have used your guide for my first time visit. Right now I
am very happy
after a nice meal after a nice fried cod with excellent white
wine, in a
place in a cellar I would never have entered if not for your web
have just one day now left to enjoy this wonderful city, and keep
following your advice.
Millions of thanks from me and my vife
Just a note of my appreciation for your guide!
I visited Athens for the first time last week (it was snowing
times!), situated in a nice hotel (Arion) fortunately in
guide was very useful in making the most of my week in town.
many of the sites, and enjoyed the Monastiraki neighborhood the
Sounio was a fun side trip too. Coincidentally, I ate at
Mpairaktaris (my favorite) before seeing their mention in your
they're both wonderful.
A bit of new info. There is now a solid metal staircase at
rock, perhaps installed at the time of the Olympics. Safer
yes, but an
eyesore. Also I found great inexpensive gyros at Alexandria
a couple of
blocks from the Central Market (corner of Menandrou and
Cheers, Erik S -Los Angeles, California
We just got back
from our trip to Athens. Thank you so much for your Athens
survival guide. I spent many hours looking at your site
and found the information so useful. Now that we are home,
it is such fun to look at the photos and remember all the
wonderful things we saw and did while we were there. I am
going to keep your site bookmarked on my computer so I can
go back and look at it whenever I feel lonely for
Hi Matt, my husband, Richard, and I have just returned from a long
in Athens (we live in Reading, UK) and I just wanted to say thank
all your very helpful information. Amongst other things, we
went to Brettos
and had some of his lovely brandy. We mentioned your name,
next time you're in, you'll get a freebie.
We had the most wonderful time. It was a bit like a
pilgrimage for me as,
although we've been to a number of other places in Greece -
first meeting on Santorini - I've not been to Athens before.
When I was a
teenager, my bedroom walls were covered with pictures of the
my age away here!), apart from one corner which had the Parthenon
Winged Nike of Samothraki on it. I saw the latter last year
in the Louvre,
but the big one was this last weekend. Don't have to tell you what
As an afterthought, we're thinking of going to Samos in July, but
bit worried that it'll be too touristy. Any thoughts?
With best wishes.
Just returned from Greece last night from our amazing trip. It
have gone more smoothly - a wonderful adventure for the 3 of us.
in lieu of George,
met us at the airport. He also took us to Delphi
later on that week, as well as taking us around Athens. Yanni
came to our rescue one night when we couldn't get our beargins in
to locate a particular restaurant he had recommended in the
area. We called him on his cell phone at 8pm and he said "Stay
there - I'll be there in 5 minutes!". Yanni was indeed there in
minutes and we were most grateful. Above and beyond service. We
all the highlights of Athens and had an additional delightful side
to Aegina on the most gloriously warm and sunny day.
Thank you for your most handy and informative website and for
personal attention. My daughter had a terrific time and ate a
repertoire of new non-vegetarian foods - pork, calamari, chicken,
- the works! (and loved every bit of it). Looking for a recipe
this a.m. for Tzaziki - want to make some tonight! And must get my
I'm from Romania and I have just visited Greece last
for me i find Your site about Athens just today. And more
unfortunately I visited Athens only one day, so i didn't see
much of it. But now yor site is helping me very much to find
out interesting things about this beautiful city. I guess that
you have worked very much to gather all the information. I
find it extremely exhaustive. And now I will enjoy my virtual
visit to Athens - Thank you.
Hey Matt ....... My wife and
I just got back from Greece (our first time
I got a real kick
out of your "survival guide" website and printed off a
pile of interesting stuff, ie: sites to see, places to
eat, what to eat and how to say it. and lots of other
stuff about 1/2" thick. Fortunately I had an
opportunity to read through it on the 7hr first leg from
Toronto to Frankfurt. I say fortunately as we misplaced it
in the Frankfurt airport. I thought it would be a real
kick if you heard from someone who may have found it and
was able to use it as I was some upset that I had
much time tonight but had a great time, stayed in Athens,
went to Hydra and went for a quick dip down from the
Sunset rsetaraunt then drove and ferried to Porosnd ate
some Octopuss YUCK!, had numerous meals at the Plaka area
(great fun) and caught that great Greek meat restaraunt
that you refered to on the way to the airport, can't
remember the name but had a great time and took in most of
the popular sightseeing places.
Took a few days to warm
up to the place, then did'nt want to leave. Would like to
go back sometime soon but take the kids next time.
I really like the Ouzo
been traveling to Greece nearly every year since 1976. I
was just researching info for a colleague...and found your
site. All I can say is "wow!" What an incredible
resource for visitors! I found things I'd never know,
places I want to see...on just about every page!
My favorite Souvlaki stand is on Mitropolis...on the right
side, immediately as you head up from the Metro
station. It has 2-level seating...plus outdoor
seating. I never did know the name of it. I
like the souvlaki plates vs. the sandwiches!
I just got back from Greece. Stayed mainly in Athens – no time
for the islands unfortunately. Had a nice time despite Delta
losing our luggage and everything being closed due to the
Easter holiday. The car service you recommended was very nice
(met little George on my departing trip). Also stopped off at
Byzantine. Bought a ring directly from Kostas who was very
amicable and gave us a great deal (even though he grumbled a
bit about taking such a huge profit cut – what can I say? My
boyfriend is a great negotiator!).
i loved this page, after living in
athens for 12 years[now back home]. it brought alot of happy
memories back. thanks
Dear Mr Barrett
I needed to write and thank you for your truly wonderful website - it is a joy to read!
I'm thrilled to have discovered it. My first trip to Athens was in 1980, and I quite simply fell in love with the city. Friends who had been were so disbelieving! - this made me feel that I had obviously stumbled onto a wonderful secret as I had found this city, including its faults, quite magical.
Reading your website,
with all your
invaluable information, and your inimitable style and grasp of what is important to a visitor, I felt I'd come home!
I shall recommend it to everyone!
My sincere thanks, and all good wishes to you and yours.
Matt, Thanks for the advice. I would like to take you and your wife to lunch
or dinner next June. Your restaurant of choice. If you ever go to the To
Hani, please say hi to the guys there for me. Tell them I was the American
who ordered my drinks in Greek like this "Ta ??e?a t??? t????, ed?, t??a,
taka taka pa?a?a??!" They may remember me. Warn them I'll be darkening their
doorway again in June. Best regards, Rick M
Just got back from a few days in Athens and a week on Kefalonia-all absolutely amazing! Because we had only 3 days in Athens, I searched the net fanatically, trying to plan as much as I could in those days. We used your guide so much, and were thrilled that we did! The best tips were Byzantino restaurant, Brettos, and especially Cine Paris. In the first place, I would never have thought to go to the
vacation, and from the front, it looks like the movies are either in French or Greek. We went in anyway, solely based on your review, and couldn't believe what a great experience it was! To sit above the Plaka in the open air, watch a great movie (in English-we saw "The Island") have a cocktail, and look to our left occasionally at the Acropolis, was a unique and wonderful experience we will never forget. Your have our eternal gratitude!
Lisa & Martin
I just wanted to say "thank you" for your informative site. We just got
back from a trip to Athens, and I used a lot of information I found on your
site during our stay. I am not a seasoned world traveler and still have
trouble with "haggling" or even contesting a bill (but that goes for in
English speaking places as well, so it's a different issue going on there!).
ANYWAY, big thanks for the site.
thing I noticed that NO one mentioned, or if they did, they did it in
really small print... you cannot take any bags up to the Acropolis. We had
to check our backpack in, and I got to lug around our cameras freehand. And
no one mentioned that the only water sold near the foothill of the entrance
is carbonated and bitter. What a laugh for 3 Euro a bottle!!!
Nice thing was that we got to take the Metro for 10 Euro from the Airport,
as they sell them in groups so for
two of us it was 10 Euro total. And
also, on the one day we were there they had a "free" day on the Metro until
5PM. (Don't know why, but it was pretty cool!)
And also, we had never had souvlaki - but I took a tip from your site, and
we tried it. The Smile Cafe staff was very nice to us, and the food was
EXCELLENT. We actually ate there twice during our stay (I wanted to try
more places since we had such good luck with them, so that's why only
many thanks. We definitely want to go back to Greece again, our trip
was so lovely. Maybe next time we'll try one of the Islands... I have your
site bookmarked so that I can let others know... I am trying to convince
everyone I know to visit Greece at least once in a lifetime!
Jacqueline & Elmer