The Northern Advocate
Athens is currently host to widespread political turmoil as the protests against austerity continue, but this is only a momentary happenstance in the city's long history. Tourists, however, can bypass the upheavals and still enjoy the Acropolis, Plaka, and the many ancient attractions that put the current crisis in perspective.
Despite the horror headlines about the Greek economy, a visit to Athens, the birthplace of democracy, remains one of Europe's best value experiences. If you're a lover of history, culture, music and food, irrepressible Athens will sweep you off your feet. Yes, the traffic can be abominable, the crowds can be suffocating and the summer heat oppressive, but with a bit of nous and well-tuned timing, the city will linger long in your memory. Steer clear of the old girl between July and August, when she's over-heated, over-crowded and ill-tempered. The shoulder months of April/May and September/October deliver a far more soothing experience.
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