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Athens Sightseeing: A Full Day Tour Of Athens

Akropolis by night

After visiting a number of European countries, all of them start to look pretty much the same right? Fortunately, that doesn’t apply to Athens. Athens is indeed a European country but it feels like it has been ‘spiced’ with many Middle Eastern colours and aromas.

Due to its geographical position, as well as the occupation from the Ottoman Empire for more than 400 years, have left Athens with a variety of cultural influences on landmarks and on it’s inhabitants.

Athens Kalimarmaro stadium

Athens besides the many archaeological sites has numerous beautiful seaside places where you can swim in the sea or just drink a cup of Greek coffee (like the locals do) and enjoy the views. Make sure you have more than one day to visit and explore all the hidden gems of the city.

Athens Metro

Best place to start your day tour of Athens is the Metro station of Acropolis. It is advisable to be there early in the morning to have a head start, as more tourists will be visiting later on and it will get crowded. Also you must remember that the Greek sun in the summer is really strong so make sure that you apply sun cream often and always have a bottle of water with you.

Walk the beautiful street of Dionysiou Areopageitou and buy yourself a ticket (20 Euros per person which applies for all the archaeological sites of Athens for 4 days). I could fill in at least ten pages with the facts and the history of Acropolis but this is neither the place nor the time to do so.

Always remember to support the campaign for returning the STOLEN artefacts of Parthenon, which are now located in the British Museum in London back to Greece, where they belong to.

So enjoy the beauty of Acropolis standing for more than 2000 years and wonder around it. Make sure you exit not from the typical exit, but from a downhill exit next to a small wooden kiosk that you will come across as you climb up the stairs. This way you will be able to see more sites and ancient constructions as well as an additional theatre.

Athens Archaeological Museum

Once you exit the site of Acropolis head the opposite way to the new museum of Acropolis, a construction that Greeks are really proud of since it was literally built upon ancient buildings but without causing any destruction to them. You will be able to see parts of them as you move though the Acropolis museum.

Exiting the museum of Acropolis and head left the same road you followed to go to Acropolis. Enjoy the weather and feel free to buy from the street vendors’ traditional artifacts and souvenirs which are actually in much better prices than the shops. Always try to support the local economy which really needs your help, especially these days!!!

Once you meet the first cafeterias’ with their tables outside you can go for a coffee to the roof gardens and admire the views of Acropolis.

Once you catch your breath continue and enter the ancient Agora from the small exit in front of the cafeterias with the same ticket that you bought in Acropolis. There are three must see places there among the many:

• The ancient temple that really looks like Acropolis.
• The old church with the unique pictures that were saved during the occupation from the Ottoman Empire (check out the Saints and Angels that their faces were removed by the occupants).
• The small museum which shows aspects of everyday life in Athens.

Exit the site from the main entrance and you are in Monastiraki area.

Day tour of Athens - Monastiraki

Warning!!!: As all the main tourist attractions around the world, the same rules apply in this area. Keep your bag zippers closed, leave no bags unattended and beware of your personal belongings in general. Pick pocketing is not a very common thing but not a very rare as well. Kindly decline any offers for sunglasses, perfumes or mobile phones since they will be 90 percent end in monkey business.

Monastiraki open flea market where you can shop various stuff

Shop around this area, you can find really good prices in leather and gold or buy some souvenirs for your friends back home. (Make sure you buy a hat for the rest of your vacations in Greece since the Greek sun is very strong. The area is ideal for taking pictures of locals restoring old furniture and buying antiques.

Hungry? I would suggest you head to the restaurant of Savvas with the amazing roof garden. It serves traditional Greek cuisine and the quality of the food is always very good, and of course you can stare (guess what???) Acropolis!

From there you can head to the Athens central meat & fish market called “Varvakios” to take some photos. Avoid it if you don’t have a strong stomach, watching hanged meats and the heavy smells might not be for everyone! The whole area is really popular for buying traditional products.

Head back to Ermou street (if you don’t know which one it is, simply ask an Athenian. The majority of the Greeks speak English and usually are very helpful with tourists.

Ermou street is the road with all the big brand names stores and you can always buy designer clothes or anything else you might need. Head up towards Syntagma square. On your way visit the small church (Kapnikarea) in the middle of the street.

It is estimated that the church was built some time in the 11th century, perhaps around 1050. As it was common with the early Christian churches, this was built over an ancient Greek pagan temple dedicated to the worship of a goddess, possibly Athena or Demeter. You can walk into it and light a small candle like Orthodox people do.

Efzonas on Syntagma sq in Athens

Reaching Syntagma square you will see the Greek parliament and the national guards called Efzones. They wear their traditional skirt (which has 400 foldings, one for each year of occupation under the Ottoman Empire).

Take some photos and walk until the national Library and Academy. Two amazing buildings built like the ancient Greek ones. Once you are done continue on to the Omonoia street where you need to ask the way to the National Museum which is just five minutes by foot.

The national Archeological museem of AthensThe National Museum even though it is last on the list, it is for me the most important sight of Athens. Make sure you do not miss it. It hosts an amazing collection of masterpieces of art of the ancient Greece.

Statues more than 5000 years old, jewels of the Macedonian family of Alexander, and the famous Machine of Antikythera.

That is a full a day tour of Athens, where you can cover all the main tourist attractions.

If you feel that your feet can still do some extra walk, you can always add one of the following sights to your tour. Plaka, Kallimarmaron, the National Garden, Zapeio, Likavitos and Glyfada area.

But my suggestion is to visit those places another day so you can take your time and enjoy them like they deserve to.

Spyros Skouris profile photoAbout the author

Spyros Skouris the author of the article “A full day tour of Athens” can help you arrange your dream vacations on your visit to Athens in Greece.

He also owns an apartment in Athens which is available to rent on Airbnb.

Vital information You Need to Know Before Travelling to the US

Need to Know Before Travelling to the US 2015One of the worst things you can do is to realize you have left out something or forgotten an important detail just before you board a plane to the United States.

Travelling today is a little bit technical due to issues of global terrorism, changing weather patterns and country specific restrictions that have to be adhered to.

To travel safely and comfortably, Hotels-Fairy.com has compiled a brief guide with the most important things you need to know before travelling to the US.

So here are a few things you might want to check out.

Delays could happen

Remember if you are travelling in winter snow storms could bring about cancellations and delays across the main airline hubs within the US. Before travelling, you might want to contact your airline or travel company to prepare accordingly. You can also monitor the US airport conditions online, such as through the Federal Aviation Administration site.

Do not forget that the US hurricane season usually begins from June all the way to November and it is capable of affecting the coastal regions of the United States.

Medical Cover

Almost 4 million people from Britain visit the US annually and while the visits are usually without any trouble, you might want to get yourself a comprehensive medical and travel cover before travelling. This is very important because anything could happen while in the New World.

Valid travel documents and detailsNew York city 2015

Before you travel to the United States ensure that your passport, Visa or any other travelling document is valid and has not expired. If you are from the UK and other 37 Visa Waiver countries you can easily enter the United States without a valid US visa for three months or 90 days.

The Visa Waiver Program allows you to visit the US for tourism or business reasons and you do not have to wait until a valid visa has been granted. However, as one of the citizens in the Visa Waiver countries you need to apply for ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) to be allowed to enter the country.

Citizens of other countries outside the Visa Waiver nations must apply for valid US visa to be allowed entry.

 Travellers from risky regions

It is worth noting that travellers arriving from countries affected by Ebola in West Africa, particularly Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea should arrive at any of the five main airports so that they can undergo proper health screening. While this can change, it is always important to clarify and counter check before you travel.

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Car hire

If you are planning to hire a car in the US to save time and money that you could have used in public transport and taxis, make the arrangements before you board the plane. Renting a car prior to travelling can help you save money and time, especially if done online due to immense deals offered to travellers.

Specific requirements

If you have unique requirements that might complicate your travelling or your health it is important to notify the airline as soon as possible. This could save you a lot of trouble as well as incurring losses while in America, which you could have avoided with a little planning.

Above all, you might want to remain as safe as you can and observe caution. Even in a great country like the US something negative could happen at any moment as history has shown.

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What Every Girl Needs to Pack for Traveling Abroad

travelling sing hotels fairyTraveling has always been a part of humanity since the dawn of time, an incredible experience and extremely safe as long as you are aware of the traditions and cultures of your destination.

Many travelers have crossed continents and oceans with the bare minimum for their travels, stocking up on essentials as they go along. It makes sense to travel light but what do you pack when you traveling abroad?

There are many travel guides that tackle this issue, what you should take with you and what you should live behind. However, when a girl is travelling the world unlike the guys she has to be really careful and take some time to pack well.

The following is a list of things every girl should pack when it comes to traveling abroad.

Pashmina/Sarong (Any huge scarf or wrap lives up to expectations here)-This is an absolute must have item when traveling abroad since it has a variety of uses:

  • If you happen to visit a Muslim nation or a mosque, you’ll need to cover your hair.
  • If it’s chilly outside or on a plane/train use it as a cover.
  • If you come across a shoreline and need to sit or lie on the sand park yourself on it.
  • Sometimes you’ll enter a conservative setting where you just have to cover up. You can use the wrap to cover your arms, midsection and back if required.

Tights and Leggings-They are elegant and comfortable amidst occupying a small space. If it’s chilly, include a layer. If it’s hot, haul them up to your knees.

Shades-Early morning visits prompt tired eyes and there might not be time for cosmetics. Spare time by taking negligible eye cosmetics and put on your shades for the photographs. Shades will also help you to take appealing and wonderful photographs.

What Every Girl Needs to Pack when traveling abroad

Colorful dresses-Packing one or a couple of colorful dresses is very important. They’re perfect as night outfits and cover-up by the beach just in case bikini’s only is not allowed. Choose a material that does not wrinkle a lot such as cotton and one you are comfortable adorning at a sandy beach.

Sleeves vital-If you are thinking about packing sleeveless shirts only, perhaps because you know you are visiting a hot country, you might want to think again. Also, once you have left your country respecting other cultures, religious behavior and traditional villages is very important such as covering up the shoulders in a Muslim country.

Booties/Flat boots-Traveling generally implies much strolling and touring. Subsequently, the best thing to combine with your tights and leggings are obviously comfortable boots.

What Every Girl Needs to Pack for a Trip Abroad Hotels fairy

Shoulder pack/Cross body-Cling on to your packs firmly to abstain from getting pick pocketed. The rovers in Europe will do the great to get their hands in your wallet. Verify that your bag is constantly secure and in sight.

Natural Tea-You never know when you may feel a bit under the climate or have a stomach upset. It’s generally shrewd to have a couple of packs of your most loved natural tea so as to simply add hot water and drink when need be.

Protein bars/Granola-Sometimes you may not appreciate the food accessible at your destination regardless of how receptive you may be. It’s generally astute to have some protein bars and you just might ensure you do not starve in a foreign country with weird delicacies.

Travel size tissues-You may experience new bathrooms abroad, particularly in Asia and the Middle East. The utilization of tissue might be science fiction and dirty, at least to them. Ensure you have abstained from hosing down in the open restrooms by keeping a pack of tissues handy at all times.

Girl Needs to Pack for a Trip Abroad

Open your eyes-Pay attention to your surroundings, particularly when traveling abroad alone. Scout how ladies dress, convey their satchels and in addition how they keep their hair. Attempt your best to copy their look to maintain avoid undesirable consideration from the others. The most secure thing to do is to attempt and mix in with local people. Carry yourself like the local ladies for your own security.

Know before you go– No matter where you are travelling, whether you had been there before or not you must do some research about the territory and any other change, political or otherwise that has taken place there. It’s also a sign of shrewdness to acquaint yourself with the laws of your travel destination before commencing with your excursion. Verify to avoid contravening any law.

You will always travel alongside numerous ladies around the world and it is always fun and very heartwarming. Being mindful is important, but you cannot let consternation keep you from seeing the huge number of excellent places, geography, cultures and people that adorn our beautiful world. Plan, prepare and pack wisely and keenly.

A world traveler has a trip ruined by worn passport

 

trip ruined by worn passport

The passport protector

Last summer Patrick Dichter had a two week trip to Europe ruined when his passport was denied for ‘wear and tear.’

As he was boarding the plane to Rome, an airline employee stopped him claiming the company could face a fine if immigration didn’t approve of his passport. Four days and $2500 later, Patrick salvaged the trip with new documentation.

After his travel nightmare, he created a solution for other travelers – a hardcore passport case.

The passport protector

The passport protector

The Passport Protector is the first of is kind with sleek design that is water proof and impact resistant.

The body is a hard ABS plastic and the top is made of a silicone blend to safely hold a traveler’s most important document and other small items such as cash, tickets, and credit cards.

After nine months of prototyping and design, the inventor has released a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to presell to early fans and raise funds for manufacturing. Backers can purchase before June 9th.

Patrick remains passionate about travel and has decided to add a charity element, donating a portion of sales from each unit sold to study abroad scholarships.

“Our slogan is ‘ensuring worldwide travel’ meaning you’re ensured your passport won’t be denied, and ensuring more people get the opportunity to go abroad,” Patrick says.

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The passport protector

In the first two weeks of the campaign, The Passport Protector has met great success from customers as well as support from the press in travel, universities and gear review sites.

About The Passport Protector LLC: The Passport Protector is a consumer product company based in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 2013, The Passport Protector has designed and produced a patent pending case for passports and international travel born out of necessity.

The company also donates a percentage of sales to study abroad scholarships and has elected to crowdfund initial sales through platform Indiegogo.

At Hotels-Fairy.com we really like the Passport Protector and we are supporting Patrick’s project.

If you like it too, please support Patrick’s crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo.com. There are only six days left to raise the necessary funds to get the Passport Protector into production and world wide distribution.

Why Menorca Is The Perfect Destination For Families

Any family planning an island holiday should consider travelling to Menorca. Menorca is the most tranquil of the Balearic Islands, situated in the welcoming climate of the Mediterranean Sea. There are many things to do and places to explore that are unique to the island, creating a distinctive experience that is difficult for other destinations to match. Here are some things that you should try to experience during your holiday in Menorca.

A quiet cove in Menorca

A quiet cove in Menorca

Staying On The Island 

Menorca is a perfect destination for a relaxing seaside holiday. While on holiday, you can stay at one of the well-appointed villas in Menorca. Many of the holiday villas in Menorca are located a short distance from the beaches, making it easy for the family enjoy the water at any time of day. Watch the sunrise from the comfort of the villa and let the sound of the surf lull you to sleep at the end of day.

These villas come with all of the modern conveniences, making it easy for you to care for your family during your holiday. This also comes in handy if the weather isn’t right for outside activities during one of the days you are staying on the island. With all of the comforts of home, you can spend quality family time together inside or outside of the villa.

Why Menorca Is The Perfect Destination For Families

Relax on a pool deck with great views


Wildlife Excursions 

Menorca is a stunning setting for many different types of wildlife. The island has some of the most beautiful nature preserves and unique archaeological sites in the world. Anyone that loves the outdoors will enjoy exploring the rolling hills of the countryside, the sandy beaches, or the rugged cliffs of the coastline.

Take your family and your cameras out to explore the flora and fauna of these untouched areas. You may see some species that you have never seen before living in their natural environment.

Pristine Beaches 

Menorca’s pristine beaches are another good reason for your family to visit the island. The island has 216 km of coastline to explore. A number of good swimming spots decorate the coast. Some of the spots are easy to get to while some are relatively remote and unexplored.

Find your own stretch of uncrowded, undeveloped coastline to enjoy in one of the remote sandy bays. It is easy to escape the areas that many tourists visit to create your own adventure.

Why Menorca Is The Perfect Destination For Families

Stunning views of Menorca’s beaches

The diversity of the restaurants, entertainment options, and holiday villas in Menorca make it likely that you will be able to plan the perfect destination holiday for your family. There is something for everyone on the island, giving you the chance to relax and truly enjoy the experience of your holiday.

What makes Cala d’Or the perfect base for a family holiday?

family holiday by the seaIt isn’t, perhaps, the first place you’d think to book a holiday. A small piece of land on the eastern shores of Majorca, it lacks the grandeur and five-star attractions that so many Mediterranean islands offer. You can walk the entire coast within a day, half a day if you hustle.

So why would anyone want to travel to Cala d’Or? Why should families choose this small dot on the map instead of one of the “big name” islands? Here are just a few reasons for the perfect base for a family holiday.

The Views 

Cala d’Or villas offer some of the most stunning sights in all of the Mediterranean. Not only are the beaches sky blue and crystal clear, but the mountains to the west offer a dramatic skyline and amazing sunsets. The villas themselves are beautiful, too, with dirt-paved rocks and white-washed buildings dating back centuries. The entire family will feel like they’ve stepped into a real life postcard.

Family holiday at Cala d`OrThe Adventure

Just because it’s small doesn’t mean it’s boring! Venture from the peace of Cala d’Or villas and have yourself an adventure at the marina. Explore the many shops, cafes and restaurants lining the coast; have fun with trampolines and go-carts in the children’s centre Mallorcalandia; take a glass-bottomed boat out on the water and admire the colourful fish that swim along with you. Whether you’re six or sixty, you’re sure to find a great holiday experience in Cala d’Or.

The Music

Cala d’Or is a quiet, peaceful island… most of the time. Several times a year, however, the island transforms itself into an international hub of music and dance, with all the local Cala d’Or villas coming together in a celebration of sound, culture and heritage.

The Fiesta of la Mare de Déu del Mar, or “Celebration of Our Lady of the Sea,” is a summertime festival with outdoor concerts and parades around the harbour. The Cala d’Or International Jazz Festival, also held during summer, attracts big-name jazz musicians from all around the world.

While jazz and maritime feasts might not be to your kids’ tastes, sometimes the adults have to have a little fun too, right?

Central Cala d'Or Pedestrian Zone

Central Cala d’Or Pedestrian Zone

These are just a few of the reasons to consider Cala d’Or as the perfect base for a family holiday. From beautiful villas to high-energy go-cart races, you can count on it to provide a unique, memorable trip for the whole family.

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