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The Hungry Nomad: A Weekend Out (Athens, Greece)

February 20, 2011

A Weekend Out (Athens, Greece)

Athens is a city which has lots to offer: history, culture, arts, food. You name it, you'll find it. And if there is one thing Athens is good at, it's entertaining its visitors. Two places I'll share with you today. Both a little outside the city centre, both equally enjoyable but each with its own distinct flavor. I apologize for the slightly dim pictures, I sometimes still struggle with my camera after dark..

The Railway Carriage Theatre 'To Treno sto Rouf' (The Train at Rouf) runs theatre and music shows in some beautifully renovated train wagons. The music wagon of today is the original restaurant wagon of the famous 'Orient Express' dating back to 1924. While enjoying a meal, a small band plays on around you in the intimate surroundings of the wagon. I haven't experienced any concert like this before and I absolutely love the concept, especially for a romantic night out. If you're in town, be sure to check out what shows are on.

Another nice stop for the weekend- but in size exactly the opposite- is the Kitchen Bar in the Kalamaki area. This spacious bar/restaurant offers coffee, drinks and American-style food. I am a big fan of the traditional Greek cafés and small taverns in the centre of Athens. But if you're looking to escape the city bustle just for a bit, the Kitchen Bar offers you a view of the bay and an island-feel from their airy and pleasant restaurant. You'll find a mixed crowd here, which makes for great people watching.

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