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    THE OFFICIAL CITY OF ATHENS MAGAZINE FOR TOURISM PROFESSIONALSwww.breathtakingathens.com

    MAR-MAY2009 / issue03

  • 3EDITORIAL

    7

    BUSINESS NEWS

    8

    ATHENS TOP 10

    12

    GREEK PASCHA

    16

    ROCKWAVE FESTIVAL 2009

    20

    ATHENS WITH KIDS

    24

    GRAND RESORT LAGONISSSI

    28

    SEMIRAMIS HOTEL

    32

    INTERVIEW WITH SAKIS ROUVAS

    38

    MONASTIRAKI, ANAFIOTIKA, PLAKA

    40

    IN AND AROUND ACROPOLIS

    44

    SPRING CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS

    48

    FOOD: EASTER IN THE COUNTRY

    AND IN THE CITY

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    YELLOW PAGES

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    A View of the Ancients. With breathtaking views of the famed

    Acropolis and Parthenon, regal Constitution Square and the Parliament, lush Lycabettus

    Hill, or the original Olympic Stadium, the Hotel Grande Bretagne oers unrivaled

    perspectives of Athens mythical history.

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    The Breathtaking mag is a quarterly publication of the Athens Tourism and Economic Development Company

    Contact:

    7 Xenofontos Street, Syntagma105 57 Athens, Greece

    T. +30 210 32 53 123F. +30 210 32 16 653 E. info@atedco.grwww.breathtakingathens.com

    Production

    LIVANIS PUBLISHING ORGANIZATION 98, Solonos Street, 106 80 Athens. T. 210 36 61 200, F. 210 36 17 791

    www.livanis.gr

    editorial Director

    Giorgos Salamas

    Art Director

    Angie Paragoulia

    Design Director

    Charalambos Andreanidis

    editorial Team

    Nikolas DervenoulasStavros Dioskouridis

    Cover illustration

    Lila Kalogeri

    Photography

    Gerasimos Domenikos Dimitris Koilalous

    Translation Proofreading

    Yorgos AvgoustisDanae Seemann

    Athens Tourism and economic Development Company

    President

    Aikaterini Katsabe

    CeO

    Panagiotis Arkoumaneas

    Director, Tourism Development

    Manolis Psarros

    Director, Athens Convention Bureau

    George N. Angelis

    Public Relations Director

    Katerina Papadopoulou

    Breathtaking mag. All rights reserved. Neither this publication nor any part of it may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the Ath-ens Tourism and Economic Development Company.

    Where opinion is expressed it is that of the authors and does not necessarily coincide with the editorial views of the publisher of the Breathtaking mag. All information in this magazine is verified to the best of the authors and the pub-lishers ability. However, the Breathtaking mag does not accept responsibility for any loss arising from reliance on it.

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    ATHENS INTERNATIONAL

    AIRPORT

    12

    BUSINESS

    NEWS

    8

    GRAND RESORT

    LAGONISSI

    The Elegant &

    Exciting Escape

    28

    ATHENS

    WITH KIDS

    24SPRING

    CULTURAL

    HIGHLIGHTS

    48

    GREEK PASCHA

    A Resurrection

    of Souls

    16

    SEMIRAMIS HOTEL

    Focus

    on positive

    energy

    32

  • SPRING IS CONSIDERED BY MANY TO BE THE BEST TIME OF YEAR

    TO VISIT ATHENS, AS THE WORLD-RENOWNED ATTICA LIGHT IS

    AT ITS BEST AND THE CITY FILLS WITH FRAGRANCES AND COLORS

    TO MATCH.

    In our spring issue, you will read all the latest business news concern-

    ing Athenian tourism and much more. We will offer you some excel-

    lent suggestions in making your accommodation choices, highlight-

    ing two luxurious hotels. This issue also features an introduction to

    Greek Easter (Pascha), a presentation of the biggest rock music fes-

    tival-Rockwave 2009 in Athens, an interview with Greek pop star

    Sakis Rouvas talking about Athens, a Top 10 list of things to do in

    Athens and a guide to the area in and around the Acropolis.

    Furthermore, you will learn about the cultural events taking place

    in Athens, get an introduction to the Monastiraki Plaka Anafi-

    otika districts and view the helpful yellow pages that will guide you

    through the city.

    We hope you enjoy your reading and look forward to seeing you in

    Athens soon!

    For more information on Athens, you can visit our brand-new web-

    site www.breathtakingathens.com

    We look forward to seeing you in Athens.

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    EDITORIAL Panagiotis Arkoumaneas

    CeO / Athens Tourism and economic Development Company

  • Business News

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    inFO KiOsK AT AThens inTeRnATiOnAl AiRPORT

    ATEDCo has introduced tourist info-

    points in the Arrivals area of Athens

    International Airport to better in-

    form and welcome incoming visitors

    to Athens.

    Through these hospitable and effi-

    cient kiosks, visitors may get infor-

    mation from specially trained staff

    and receive brochures providing ex-

    tensive details on all that Athens as

    a tourism destination has to offer.

    These offerings include recommen-

    dations for sightseeing, dining,

    nightlife, day trips and shopping; in-

    cluded in the brochures are a map

    and a Whats Hot insert listing all

    current events.

    A plasma TV screen at these points

    shows various video spots around

    Athens. There is also a special in-

    formational touch-screen connect-

    ing users to the Athens web site

    www.breathtakingathens.com,

    which also provides a variety of tour-

    ist information. The Info Points at

    Athens International Airport are the

    first of a broader information net-

    work serving visitors which will

    gradually be extended to all points

    of entry to the city, as well as to

    other locations of interest to tour-

    ists, with the aim of providing the

    best possible service for visitors to

    Athens.

    Five new gAlleRies OPeneD AT nATiOnAl ARChAeOlOgiCAl MuseuM OF AThens

    More than 2,500 objects, including

    figurines, vessels, gold jewellery

    and silver utensils, among others,

    now grace five new exhibition halls

    at the National Archaeological Mu-

    seum of Athens, completing the mu-

    seums re-exhibition process.

    The grand opening was held Thurs-

    day at a newly opened wing which

    served as the Numismatic Museum

    from 1946 to 1998. This 500 m2-

    wing will house parts of the Vases

    and Small Objects Collection and

    includes objects never before exhib-

    ited publicly.

    The ceremony launched a series of

    events to mark the 120 years since

    the National Archaeological Muse-

    um of Athens was first opened at

    this location (1889), as well as the

    180 years since its founding in

    1829.

    The first gallery features vessels

    from the Hellenistic period (4th-1st

    century BC), which are notable for

    the variety of their shapes as well as

    for their rare decorative images.

    These are followed by approximate-

    ly 500 ceramic figurines, exhibited

    in sections according to their asso-

    ciation with specific areas of ancient

    Greek society, such as religion, the-

    atre, agricultural life, womens ac-

    tivities and childhood.

    The Vlastou-Serpieri Collection is

    displayed as a distinct category and

    includes ancient items from Greece

    and Taranta, Italy.

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    The ancient Greek art of gold- and silver-

    smithing is presented in an exhibition of

    artfully made gold jewellery and silver

    utensils. There are about 600 objects,

    notable for their originality, elegance and

    the fine detail of their craftsmanship.

    The final gallery features rare glass ves-

    sels from the Epirus and island regions

    of Greece, from the Archaic period

    through the Byzantine era (6th century

    BC-6th century AD).

    These are followed by approximately

    500 ceramic figurines, exhibited in sec-

    tions according to their association with

    specific areas of ancient Greek society,

    such as religion, theatre, agricultural life,

    womens activities and childhood.

    The Vlastou-Serpieri Collection is dis-

    played as a distinct category and in-

    cludes ancient items from Greece and

    Taranta, Italy. The ancient Greek art of

    gold- and silversmithing is presented in

    an exhibition of artfully made gold jewel-

    lery and silver utensils. There are about

    600 objects, notable for their originality,

    elegance and the fine detail of their

    craftsmanship.

    The final gallery features rare glass ves-

    sels from the Epirus and island regions

    of Greece, from the Archaic period

    through the Byzantine era (6th century

    BC-6th century AD).

    AiR ARABiA TO inTRODuCe seRviCe TO AThens

    Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost

    carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North

    Africa, announced today that it will

    launch service to the city of Athens, be-

    ginning April 21, 2009.

    Roundtrip flights will operate three times

    per week between Athens Eleftherios

    Venizelos International Airport in the

    capital of Greece, and Air Arabias hub

    in Sharjah. Air Arabia is the first LCC in

    the Middle East to commence operations

    to Athens.

    The LCC will fly to Athens on Tuesdays,

    Thursd