Make no mistake that Athens, the Greek capital, has a vibrant and fighting spirit.
Despite everything the country has been through since 2008, there are new restaurants, stores, cultural institutions and a strong artistic presence. One big coup: Documenta, the longstanding European contemporary art fair, held its first expansion of the exhibit outside of Germany in Athens from April to July.
On many fronts, Greece is mining — and reviving — its long, rich history to build on traditions of innovation, creativity, and culinary ingenuity. This is to say that Athens isn’t a place to just pass through on your way to the islands.
Stay a few days to take in an ancient metropolis that should not be brushed aside because of its economic woes.
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