Athens, Greece
Maria, 44
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You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

The last night of the world (Miss Saigon Musical), All by myself (Celine Dion), How am i supposed to live without you (Michael Bolton), Because of you (Kelly Clarkson), Hard to say I'm sorry (Chicago)

What are the best TV shows of all time?

This is Us, Downton Abbey, Revenge, Glee

Name some spots in Athens that are good for a Tinder date.

Summer Cinema Al Fresco (eg Boboniera in Kifisia), Sunset at the Poseidon Temple in Sounio, Drinks around Kolokotroni & Praxitelous streets.

Who’s your hero and where in Athens would you take them out for a serious hang?

J.K. Rowling. I would take her to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre and the National Library of Greece.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Anywhere, anytime !

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Omonia square alone at night.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Organise an impromptu full moon beach party which includes lighting a fire, eating, singing and night swimming.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Athens and where did you get it?

Patsas. Close to the Syngrou Fix metro station after - after hours

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Athens that you particularly like?

Recipe Bar in Kifisia

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Athens? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Spondi, a 2 Michelin Star Restaurant. Cost is approx. 150 Euros per person for a 7 plate degustation meal.

What restaurant in Athens looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

"Psariston" a loud, overdecorated and usually over crowded fish tavern in Neo Irakleio

Where can you get the best cocktail in Athens? Which one do you like?

Noel

Where would you take your partner in Athens if you wanted to really pamper them?

For a romantic dinner at GB Roof Garden followed by an overnight stay.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Gyros in Pitta bread!!!

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Athens?

Asteras Beach in Vouliagmeni

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Athens?

National Garden in Syntagma. So much potential.

What are the Athens spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Acropolis Museum, Syntagma Square. But seriously...just keep walking!!

Tomorrow’s your last day in Athens. How do you spend it?

Taking an evening stroll around Plaka, eating souvlaki and ice cream

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

London. Because I have so many beautiful memories.

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