|Subject: RE: trip to greece|
As living in Athens and just coming back from Rhodes, I think I can help you organizing better your trip.
First of all, I think that 3 days in Athens is not enough to see even the most known places, not to understand the style, the tone and the air of the city.
Athens is a very big city, with many places to visit, not only the center, the Acropolis, the Lycabetus and the National Archeological Museum. There are many-many interesting places and Museums to visit. Here are the most important
Archeological Sites * Acropolis * Areopagus (NW of Acropolis) * Ancient Agora, (below the Acropolis) * Hadrian's Library, (near the Roman Forum) * Keramikos Cemetery, (148 Ermou) * Philopappus or Muses Hill (opposite the Acropolis) * Lysicrates Monument or Diogenes' Lantern, (corner of Lyssicratous & Vyronos str., Plaka) * Pnyx (small hill opposite the Areopagus) * Hadrian's Arch (corner of Vassilissis Olgas &Amalias str.) * Roman Market (east of the start of Aiolou str.)
For information in details about sites opening hours you can look at the site of our Ministry of Culture, the address is http://www.culture.gr/2/21/iv-maps/index.html
While in Athens, DON'T miss a visit to Plaka neighborhood and to Pireas. The tour along the coast from Pireas to Glyfada is also very interesting.
I stayed in the town, close to old town, in the luxury (5*) hotel Rodos Park Suites (http://www.rodospark.gr) which I strongly recommend. The cost of course is higher than in a 3* hotel, but it is in a very good location, in the center, in a quiet street, with nice view to the walls of the castle. You need a car to do the tour of the whole island. The most important places to visit are: In the town: * The castle (medieval town) and inside that the Palace of the Grand Magister (Don't miss the exhibition Ancient Rhodes - 2,400 years http://www.culture.gr/2/21/211/21122m/e211vm02.html ), the Archeological Museum (at the end of Chevaliers str.), the Municipal Gallery, the Icons Collection at a church Panagia Kastrou at the end of Chevaliers str., the Roloi place. * The ancient Acropolis, the ancient Cemetery, the temples of Apollo and Artemis, the stadium, the theater (all in Monte Smith area). * The Rodini garden
Filerimos - Ancient Ialyssos Kameiros Lindos Tsampika Monastery
That's for now. About metro in Athens: The existing part, which is not underground, goes from Pireas to Kifissia neighborhood via the city center. The first part of the new lines will start to operate at the end of January. Next part will start to operate inside 2000 and they planning to extend metro until the train station going to the new airport until 2004.
Joanna in Athens