Athens Map Tourist Attractions

Athens Map Tourist Attractions


In the 1990s, an influx of refugees from unstable Balkan states prompted many Greeks to buy guard dogs. When local anxieties receded, unwanted pets were released into the streets. By 2001, Athens’s stray canine population was estimated to be over 3000, and increasing all the time. The animals have become so accustomed to city life that the furry quadrupeds can be seen standing patiently at crosswalks, waiting for the lights to turn green.

On the eve of the Olympic Games, the city has been consumed by spirited debates over how to control this problem. On New Year’s Day in 2003, over 60 canine carcasses were found strewn about a city park, the result of a nasty incident of rogue poisoning. Some, believing Olympic conspirators planned the extermination in preparation for the Games, banded together in demonstrations of unprecedented size.

On June 26, 2003, the Athens 2004 Committee announced a new initiative for dealing with the ever burgeoning canine population. The plan involves collecting, vaccinating, and neutering stray animals, before releasing them back onto the city streets. While the debate continues over the fate of Athens’s stray population, one thing is certain: these days, more time and energy has been going to the dogs-which may be a good thing.

Food Company, Anagnostopoulou 47, in Kolonaki. Translates the casual, gourmet lunch into an art. Try the lentil salad with goat cheese, parsley, and tomato (‚4). Open daily noon-11:30pm.

Healthy Food Vegetarian Restaurant, Panepistimiou 57, in Omonia. Serves huge portions of wholesome, fresh Greek food. Open M-Sa 8am-10pm, Su 10am-4pm. 0

Body Fuel, Stadiou 3, in Syndagma. A new-age food bar in a sleek setting with fresh and gourmet delights like salmon and vegetable salad (‚4.40) or mango, strawberry, and Greek grape fruit salad (‚2). Open M-F 10am-8:30pm.

Kallimarmaron, Eforionos 13, in Pangrati. From the old Olympic Stadium (with your back to it), take the closest street on the left and walk IV2 blocks. Some of the best traditional Greek food in the city. Spiced chicken on the spit with raisins is prepared from an ancient recipe (‚12). Open daily 8pm-midnight. DCMCV. O

Furin Kazan, Apollonos 2, in Syndagma. Follow Nikis to Apollonos, which is parallel to Mitropoleos and begins 1 block away from the square. Light Japanese fare. The grilled salmon and vegetable platter (‚15) makes a filling meal. Tuna roll ‚3.50. Open M-Sa llam-10:30pm.

Yiantes, Valtetsiou 44, next to the movie theater in Exharia. A spacious, open-air oasis for organic and ethnic cuisine accompanied by chill out music. Souga-nia (onions stuffed with minted meat, raisins and pine nuts) ‚6.80. Byzantium chicken ‚11. Vegetarian options ‚4-8. Fish ‚5.80-9. Open Su and Tu-Sa l:30pm-l:30am. MCV.

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