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A long weekend in… Athens


"The classics never go out of style, but these days the Greek capital embraces contemporary art and architecture, buzzing bars and design-driven hotels. Rachel Howard joins the good timers."


Article by Rachel Howard, Financial Times



... Athens may be changing fast, but there are still pockets where time stands still. In Anafiotika, a miniature Cycladic island marooned below the Acropolis, cats snooze under cascades of bougainvillea. With tiny tables tumbling down the stairway, Yiasemi is an adorable bistro where you can linger for hours with an ouzo and a succession of home-cooked mezze. At outdoor cinemas, chain-smoking Greeks blithely gossip on their mobile phones while Audrey Hepburn takes a Roman holi­day beneath a canopy of stars. (Athenians have brushed off the July 1 smoking ban with their usual anti-authoritarian insouciance.) ...


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