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Athens, Greece
« on: August 01, 2018, 04:31:25 AM »
Went skateboarding in Athens recently. Had my camera bag nicked. Bought a cheap DSLR with a kit lens and tried to make the most of it.

All pictures and a full write-up of the trip: https://www.joehawkes.co.uk/blog/2018/7/18/athens-2018




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Re: Athens, Greece
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2018, 12:54:28 AM »
Awesome writing and photos. After reading this and the Sofia thread, I know where my next holiday should be.

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Re: Athens, Greece
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2018, 01:07:29 AM »
sorry about your camera loss. great article
and photos. athens seems interesting. but
also like quite a rough area at the moment?

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Re: Athens, Greece
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2018, 06:46:52 AM »
Bumping this one bc I'm going to be in Athens next week. If anyone has any recommendations, skate or otherwise, I would love to hear em. Also if anyone knows and would like to share the location of that tiny bump to bar that was in both the primitive and passport greece edits, that would be cool too. Thanks!

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Re: Athens, Greece
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2018, 10:23:02 PM »
Juicy Grill has the best burgers in the whole world. Mystic Pizza is pretty awesome as well.

Color skateshop is awesome and try to go to one of the islands for at least a few days. Athens is nothing like the islands.

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Re: Athens, Greece
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2019, 12:33:12 PM »
Went skateboarding in Athens recently. Had my camera bag nicked. Bought a cheap DSLR with a kit lens and tried to make the most of it.

All pictures and a full write-up of the trip: https://www.joehawkes.co.uk/blog/2018/7/18/athens-2018


Sorry you lost your camera. I thought this was a great read n I love the photos. So many amazing spots. Love the nosegrind on the bench beside the water. It looks gorgeous there.
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Re: Athens, Greece
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2019, 10:17:09 PM »
i've noticed that there has been quite a bit of interest in greece lately, as teams seem to be heading over there recently and giving it some shine.

just wanted to share this video that a few friends of mine from greece made. as far as i know, it's filmed mostly in athens, with some thessaloniki in there. i've been to thessaloniki, it's up north from athens, and it's incredible to skate.

anyways, here it is:

https://www.freeskatemag.com/2019/04/23/the-lover-promo/


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Re: Athens, Greece
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2019, 04:44:29 AM »
Most of Athens is pretty sketchy, but if you keep your wits about you and don't do/go anywhere stupid you'll be fine. We stayed in Exarcheia, which is supposed to be the most dangerous place but it didn't feel too unsafe (I wouldn't walk around there alone, however).

Crime on tourists is high - I found out the hard way after having my camera bag robbed from beneath my feet. Pickpocketing is rife, but they can strike anywhere so there's nowhere to avoid. Don't carry anything too valuable and get travel insurance.

I assume you've seen my blog post on Athens if you're here - just shout if you need spot locations. Atlantic Drift did an edit not too long ago that has a few more spots.

The main thing is Athens is an incredible city that has loads of great skate spots and amazing(ly) cheap food. You'll have a great time.

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Re: Athens, Greece
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2019, 01:06:44 PM »
Most of Athens is pretty sketchy, but if you keep your wits about you and don't do/go anywhere stupid you'll be fine. We stayed in Exarcheia, which is supposed to be the most dangerous place but it didn't feel too unsafe (I wouldn't walk around there alone, however).

Crime on tourists is high - I found out the hard way after having my camera bag robbed from beneath my feet. Pickpocketing is rife, but they can strike anywhere so there's nowhere to avoid. Don't carry anything too valuable and get travel insurance.

I assume you've seen my blog post on Athens if you're here - just shout if you need spot locations. Atlantic Drift did an edit not too long ago that has a few more spots.

The main thing is Athens is an incredible city that has loads of great skate spots and amazing(ly) cheap food. You'll have a great time.

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There is a lot of resentment towards tourists because a TON of people have been displaced by AirBnB operations. In fact there's a lot of anarchist graffiti all over saying fuck off airbnb.

The whole city feels a bit eerie at night, beyond the fact that it's ancient. it's just a beast of a city and feels almost too quiet in some areas that are central. i fortunately didn't have a problem with anyone there but you can feel lurk in some of the big plaza's.

food is AMAZING and incredibly cheap. USD to Euro is practically 1:1 right now, and beers without needing to tip are essentially 3-4 USD for an ice cold .5L. That's insane coming from NYC. Islands are spectacular. spent a week in Paros which is about a 3 hour ferry ride.

Greece fucking rules.


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Re: Athens, Greece
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2019, 02:17:11 AM »
I grew up in Athens and here is some stuff you might find useful.
Athens is a big city and it has being withstanding one of the worst financial crises of modern Europe, so watch your stuff, people will steal anything for some dough. Always walk in groups especially in night time.
Try not to get scammed by taxi drivers
Go to skateshops and ask for locals to show you around, you'd be amazed by the abundance of hidden spots
There is a website called thespot.gr which has a decent sized database of spots, i do not know if it is available in english but you can also filter it based on what you want to skate.
If you are staying in Athens for a while, try to go to the island of Andros sometime, where this god sent, skate friendly hotel is situated http://www.bluenigma.com/
Last there is no really need to go to bars, just grab a beer from the shop and head down to the street where Color Skateshop is located, you would be amazed by how many skaters/people are hanging there during night time.


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