Do you know what to do in Athens Greece? You may have been in Athens, Greece some times but it is a city of different surprises.
There are many things to do in Athens Greece.
Like, you can learn how to sing traditional songs, find about how modern Athens was built and learn the story behind it, eat at hidden backyards meze shops, and more things like that.
Keep on reading! You will no longer wonder on what to do in Athens, Greece.
This was the concept behind a walk with the team of travel bloggers (Travel Bloggers Greece) along with some great people who simply joined us in that old part of Athens.
Our guides were Aris and Katerina from LivinLovin who complimentary provided this service to us.
We expected to learn a few things but what was prepared for us was far from that.
We were even taught how to sing traditional songs! Yep, it was that good!
Our experience lasted 5 hours and at the end we felt so fulfilled and relaxed. We cannot even describe the feeling!
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What To Do in Athens Greece: Meeting the Team
We met at Acropolis Metro station. Funny thing? Most were not knowing who the others were, but somehow we gathered near the same area. Talking about attracting vibes, right?
Our walk started heading inside the area of Plaka.
The first thing someone meets on this path is the Choragic Monument of Lysikrates. It is related to the donation of Lysicrates after his win at a theatrical competition. In Greek, the phrase Chorigos is equal to Sponsor.
The area of Plaka is well known as the “Old Athens” since Athens originally consisted only from the part build around Acropolis. The rest of the area was vineyards, pasturage areas and plain open space. This area is otherwise known as historical center of Athens.
Here are photos from our walking inside the narrow streets of traditional buildings.
Every house at the old Athens had an internal courtyard. Most times more than one families lived in different apartments all using a common courtyard, while the whole complex was surrounded by tall walls with only one entrance. It was something like a mini castle.
The buildings are very beautiful, however some of them are abandoned while others that follow the neoclassical style keep on standing and are also renovated.
Every single corner in the area of Plaka is an opportunity for a photo full of memories.
This place reflects the way people lived after the ancient years and closely to the modern times (around 1960 when extensive building of Athens happened). Walking these streets is definitely one of the things to do in Athens.
There are tons of place to sit for a coffee, for a snack or to have lunch.
The wealth of the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments
We are Athenians and we had no idea that this place existed! Our surprise was so huge, but became even bigger when we saw the amazing work the museum guys has done with the place.
The whole museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments is hosted in an old and renovated traditional building which beams tranquility and -we dare to say- a kind of elevated culture.
See some of the instruments exhibited there.
Do you recognize any similarities with ones from your country?
How to sing Traditional Greek Songs
That was just one of the highlights of our walking tour. After the museum visit we met Evangelia which she drove us to another nearby building to… sing traditional songs. That building belongs to the Greek School of Fine Arts.
We got the songs in paper and we were taught on how to sing them, how to put emotion and passion behind them. The songs spoke about different situations from the life of people (emigration, lost countries, love) and they could generate images in our head and heart closely related to the lyrics.
Our teacher was excellent in explaining all and some senior students of Greek folk songs were also there to help along and keep the tempo! Listen to the voice of her. Isn’t she amazing?
Here is a video from all of us singing!
But that was not all. More things happened. Stand by for more posts from just this one day tour! You will see amazing graffiti, an island at the Acropolis hillside and that’s not all!
We definitely suggest to arrange to visit the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments. LivinLovin can arrange at least one of these happenings in the Museum.
Have you ever been to Plaka or at the Greek Popular Musical Instruments Museum? Do you know other things to do in Athens? Tell us about it!
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