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Marios Mantzoukis, co-founder of Barley Cargo. Photograph: Why Athens

City Life: Culture, Trends, People 

What is Athens?

We explore the culture, trends and people that make up modern Athens today. With new ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit, Athens is in the midst of a start-up movement. Our Athenian Stories and Video sections uncovers this new way of thinking that seems to be growing, spurring dynamic change in and around the city.

  • Greek Beer Barley Cargo Marios

    Make it a Greek beer please

    Marios Mantzoukis, is somewhat of a beer sommelier and a very passionate one at that. As the co-owner of one of the most comprehensive beer bars in Athens, he is excited and proud of the new and emerging independent Greek beer industry that is producing first-rate beers and winning awards all over the world. So…

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    Detours in Athens

    Everywhere you look in Athens, there’s a story to be told. There are so many things that make this city unique; from its ancient and modern history, to its architecture, food and way of life. It’s the small things too, from sunflowers basking in the summer sun, to the gentle old Greek tortoises you’ll find crawling around ancient monuments.

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    A new age for Athens at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center

    The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is modern architectural elegance at its best. A glass-fronted multi-angular building is built on the edge of the Faliro Delta and perched above a hill that connects and punctuates it into the Athenian skyline. It was in 2006, well before any sign of the global or Greek economic…

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  • Greek ceramics Attic Black Athens

    Preserving an ancient art form

    Archaeological scientist Eleni Aloupi-Siotis and her team of expert potters and painters have become renowned in Greece for their skill and workmanship of creating identical replicas of ancient Greek ceramics. Black glazing and Athenian pottery making flourished during the 5th and 6th centuries BC but the methods the ancient Greeks used eluded even the best scholars….

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  • Buying Property in Athens Cityscape Suburb

    Buying Property in Athens – things to know about investing in the capital

    Buying property in Athens has never been more enticing. It’s a city blessed by the gods with its crystal blue coastline, magical sunsets and mountainous landscape. But before you sign on the dotted line in a post-holiday haze, it helps to do some homework. Greece has traditionally been a nation of land or home owners…

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  • Evzones Uniform Greek Soldier Athens

    Evzones uniform, the costume of an elite Greek soldier

    The Greek Presidential Guard or Evzones are a group of elite Greek soldiers who are trained to perform various ceremonial duties. They stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Presidential Palace and also raise and lower the flag at the Acropolis every Sunday. The Evzones uniform is handmade with intricate detail, taking many months to complete…

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