Destination: Athens, Greece

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One of the world’s oldest cities, and known as the cradle of democracy and western civilisation, Athens is a vibrant and exciting metropolis with much to see and do. But if you have less than a day to spend in the city, like I did, then hone in on the Acropolis, Plaka and Monastiraki, which are all within short walking distance from each other.

There are many historical sites in Athens, and the most important is probably the Acropolis of Athens, the ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop overlooking the entire city, which contains the ruins of several ancient buildings, including the famous Parthenon.

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Below the Acropolis is Monastiraki, a shopping area with a flea market and many souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants; and Plaka a pretty historical neighbourhood with many beautiful neoclassical buildings.

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A walk down Athina Street from Monastiraki metro station will take you to the Central Market of Athens, where you can buy fresh local produce like pistachios, olives, cheeses, cured meats and spices.

Cuisine: Restaurants and cafes specialising in gyros and souvlakis are what you’ll find on many street in Athens, and they’re tasty, satisfying and affordable. Throw in a Greek salad, and you’ve got yourself a cheap, well-balanced meal. Also try halva – a sweet, crumbly dessert made from sesame paste, butter and sugar, and spanakopita – a savory spinach pie that you can find at almost all local bakeries.

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