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Ο Παπαδιαμάντης στην Αθήνα – Αναζητώντας τα βήματα του “αγίου των γραμμάτων”.

Τὸ ἐπ’ ἐμοί, ἐνόσω ζῶ καὶ ἀναπνέω καὶ σωφρονῶ, δεν θὰ παύσω πάντοτε, ἰδίως δὲ κατὰ τάς πανεκλάμπρους ταύτας ἡμέρας, νὰ ὑμνῷ μετὰ λατρείας τὸν Χριστόν μου, να περιγράφω μετ’ ἔρωτος τὴν φύσιν καὶ να ζωγραφῶ μετὰ στοργῆς τὰ γνήσια ἑλληνικὰ ἤθη. Αλέξανδρος Παπαδιαμάντης. Ο Αλέξανδρος Παπαδιαμάντης (Σκιάθος, 4 Μαρτίου 1851 – Σκιάθος, 3 Ιανουαρίου…

4 of the best places for pasta in Athens

Pasta (makaronia/μακαρόνια in Greek) is one of the most popular foods in the world that started in Italy and conquered the planet. In Athens, as in every European capital, there are hundreds of places to try a plate with pasta. From fast-food chains to Michelin-starred restaurants, the choices are endless. In this article, we present…

Always fresh – The best traditional dairy stores in Athens

[Μπορείτε να διαβάσετε εδώ την Ελληνική έκδοση του άρθρου μας] In a large urban area like Athens, the concept of the traditional workshop is something difficult to maintain and also to locate. However, there are some places within the city limits, where the tradition of the old dairy store (in Greek galaktopoleio/γαλακτοπωλείο), which is selling…

Πάντα φρέσκο – Τα καλύτερα παραδοσιακά γαλακτοπωλεία στην Αθήνα

Σε μια μεγάλη αστική περιοχή όπως η Αθήνα, η έννοια του παραδοσιακού εργαστηρίου είναι κάτι δύσκολο να διατηρηθεί και επίσης δύσκολο να εντοπιστεί. Ωστόσο, υπάρχουν κάποια σημεία εντός των ορίων της πόλης όπου η παράδοση του παλιού γαλακτοπωλείου διατηρείται ζωντανή και περνά από γενιά σε γενιά. Είναι μικρές οάσεις γαστρονομικής παράδοσης με προϊόντα υψηλής ποιότητας…

Βρυσάκι – Η χαμένη γειτονιά της Αθήνας

Η Αρχαία Αγορά Αθηνών είναι ίσως ο πιο διάσημος και επισκέψιμος αρχαιολογικός χώρος της Αθήνας μετά την Ακρόπολη. Ήταν το κέντρο της κοινωνικής, οικονομικής και πολιτικής ζωής της αρχαίας πόλης. Ωστόσο, λίγοι από τους χιλιάδες κάθε χρόνο Έλληνες και ξένους επισκέπτες της γνωρίζουν ότι μέχρι τη δεκαετία του 1930 ήταν η τοποθεσία μιας από τις…

Akadimia Platonos: Where modern Athens embraces its ancient past

Akadimia Platonos (Ακαδημία Πλάτωνος) is an area in the northwestern part of Athens. It owes its name to the hero Akadimos (Ακάδημος), and the school of philosophy, the Academy, founded by Plato (Πλάτωνας). This area was defined by the hill Ippios Kolonos, near today’s Lenorman Street, and by the ancient banks of the river Kifissos….

Figlmüller Wien: The world’s best schnitzel

Schnitzel is a slice of meat that is thinned by pounding and breaded before frying. Breaded schnitzel is popular in many countries and it is usually made using veal, pork, chicken, beef or turkey. Schnitzel is very similar to the dish escalope in France, tonkatsu in Japan and cotoletta in Italy. In particular, Wiener Schnitzel is a popular Viennese dish made of veal and…

Konstantinos Koukidis Column in Anafiotika – A monument to an unsung hero or a modern myth ?

Although thousands of visitors coming to Athens have learned about its hidden secret, the scenic neighbourhood of Anafiotika (Αναφιώτικα) in the shadow of the Acropolis (Ακρόπολις), few of them must have noticed the slightly faded relief column dedicated to the hero Konstantinos Koukidis (Κωνσταντίνος Κουκίδης) on Stratonos Street. Anafiotika is part of the old historical…

The best street food in Pagrati

Pagrati or Pangrati (Παγκράτι) is one of the most interesting urban areas of Athens that has always played an important role in the life of the city. It was loved by artists and writers, and was a favourite place of residence for intellectuals. The old inhabitants of Pagrati are still proud to call themselves true…

Nikolai Quarter (Nikolaiviertel): The birthplace of Berlin

#uniquedestinations In the centre of the ever-bustling Berlin, next to the impressive Rotes Rathaus and the iconic Berliner Fernsehturm (TV Tower), lies the unique and picturesque Nikolai Quarter or Nikolaiviertel in German. Although the district is the oldest residential area in the city, it was built in its current form after World War II. It…

Papadiamantis in Athens – Tracing the footsteps of the “saint of letters”

[Μπορείτε να διαβάσετε εδώ την Ελληνική έκδοση του άρθρου μας] As long as I live and breathe and be sensible, I will not stop praising my Christ, lovingly describing nature and painting with affection the genuine Greek customs. Alexandros Papadiamantis. Alexandros Papadiamantis / Αλέξανδρος Παπαδιαμάντης (Skiathos, March 4, 1851 – Skiathos, January 3, 1911) is one…

The Golden Chippy – The world’s best fish and chips

Fish and chips is considered the British national dish and it is a common take-away food all over the United Kingdom. It consists of fried fish (most common are cod and haddock) in crispy batter, served with chips (French fries or wedges). The dish originated in England, where these two components had been introduced from…

Street Art in Athens – Drawing a portrait of the city

People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish… but that’s only if it’s done properly. Banksy, Wall and Piece Street art is a form of art that is created and displayed in public places. According to Wikipedia : “Many instances come in the form of guerrilla art, which is intended to make a personal statement about…

Limeni – The historic harbour with the emerald waters

Limeni (Λιμένι) in Mani (Μάνη), in the south Peloponnese, is one of those magical places that if you visit it once it is certain that you will never forget it. It is a small settlement and harbour, with a long and important history that leaves its visitors speechless with its unique wild beauty and the…

Where to taste the best focaccia in Genoa

Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread similar in style and texture to pizza; in some places in Italy, it is called “pizza bianca”. Focaccia can be served as a side dish or as sandwich bread with various toppings (mainly savoury but also sweet). In Ancient Rome, panis focacius was a flatbread baked on the hearth. The word is derived from the Latin focus which means…

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