You’ll be totally surprised at how much you can save while travelling. Travelling is a life enriching activity which makes it an excellent way to spend holidays either with family, friends or on your own. However, as enticing as it is, we cannot discount the fact that it may be taxing for other necessary objectives we may have. Therefore, planning for a less expensive yet relaxing kind of trip is a must. The idea may sound like it can take so much time, unless you already know how to go about it. The first thing we usually do when travelling is to look for a place where we can comfortably stay. This task requires at least basic information about the area which will guarantee the best deal possible. Here’s how:
Check the destination’s government authorized tourist website for a more secure and reliable information. These websites usually have “.gov” at the end of the website address or URL. Most of the time, the site offers freebies and discounts for tourists, tour recommendations and the address for its nearest office from where you will stay. You may also check the site if there are hotel discounts you can take advantage of while booking the hotel room. Most countries have these helpful schemes to promote tourism.
You can also check other government sponsored websites such as the one I found for Italy. On this site, I found a listing of hotels in Rome with prices ranging from a few hundred Euros to as low as 30 EUR. There is also a satellite map for the city and the entire country where the hotel locations are marked. The website allows a customized search according to your hotel specifications. I found a 2 star hotel, 150 meters from Termini Station, center of Rome for 40 EUR per night including breakfast, TV, direct dial telephone, mini bar and air conditioning. I checked the hotel’s home page and it matches the address and rate in the government listing. On another listing, I found a 1 star hotel with a Junior Suite for only 13 EUR per night, with WIFI and other amenities, 100 meters from Termini Station. However when I check its homepage, there is not a room type and rate listed under this category.
The Athens Transit System consists of a large bus fleet, a trolleybus fleet that mainly serves the downtown area. The city’s Metro, a tram line connecting the southern suburbs to the city centre, and the Athens Suburban Railway service..
While its main purpose is transport, the stations house Greek artifacts found during construction of the system. The two lines (red and blue) were constructed largely during the 1990s and the initial sections opened in January 2000. The lines run entirely underground. The metro network operates a fleet of 42 trains consisting of 252 cars with a daily occupancy of 550,000 passengers. The Blue Line runs from the western suburbs through the central Monastiraki and Syntagma stations to the northeastern suburbs and covers a distance of 16 km (10 mi), It then ascends to ground level and reaches Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport using the Suburban Railway infrastructure and extending its distance to 39 km (24 mi). The Red Line runs from Aghios Antonios to Aghios Dimitrios and covers a distance of 11.6 km (7 mi). Extensions to both these lines are under construction, most notably westwards to Piraeus and southwards to the Old Hellinikon Airport East Terminal (the future Metropolitan Park). The spring 2007 extension from Monastiraki, westwards to Egaleo, connected some of the main night life hubs of the city of Athens, namely Gazi (Kerameikos station), Psirri (Monastiraki station) and the city centre (Syntagma station).
This network runs the original metro line from Piraeus to Kifisia and serves 22 stations, with a network length of 25.6 km (15.9 mi), a fleet of 44 trains and 243 cars and a daily occupancy rate of 600,000 passengers. The historic Green Line is set to be extended to Agios Stefanos, a suburb located 23 km (14 mi) to the north of the city centre, reaching to 36 km (22 mi) in length.
This way, the Acropolis is the most visited destination in not only Athens, but in the entire Greece as well, being a major attraction for tourists from around the world who approach this region in order to meet these constructions.
The Acropolis hill, also known as the Sacred Rock, contains several ancient symbolic constructions such as per example, the Parthenon, the Temple of Nike, and the Erechtheion. These spots, built within the years 450 and 330 BC have gone through several different historical moments and meeting them is without any doubt as meeting the past in the present.
The Parthenon, in The Acropolis, is the most symbolic construction from Ancient Greece. The Parthenon was built between the years 446 and 432 BC in honor to the Goddess of Athens Athena Parthenos. This construction was built almost entirely with Pentelic marble and shows 8 columns at its two shorter sides and 17 columns at its longer ones, containing a statue of Athena in its central area.
The Temple of Athena Nike, another major construction in The Acropolis, was built around the year 420 BC. This construction shows four columns at its shorter sides and walls in the larger sides. This construction’s walls contains depictures of gods’ conferences and battles at each side. The Erechtelion, is another major construction in The Acropolis. This construction was originally divided in two main sections which were dedicated to the Goddess Athena and the God Poseidon.
Another major spot located in The Acropolis in Athena is The Propylaea. The Propylaea was built between the years 436 and 431 BC following a design of the architect Mnesikles. This construction was built with the purpose of being the main entrance to The Acropolis and contains rows of columns and decorated walls. It is interesting to know that, due to its paintingsFeature Articles, this construction is often known as the Pinakotheke.
At some time, no doubt, upon our travels together, we will pass by this royal palace, where once upon a time a prince and princess used to live in happier days – namely the current heir to the throne and the now deceased Lady Diana, who became the Princess of Wales.
So you may ask, what on earth could be the direct connection between this Royal Palace and a revolution that was known as “Glorious”? Why glorious anyway, you may well ask? Well, there we are – the story gets longer and longer, and eventually disappears into the mists of time.
This royal palace, although nowadays no longer a principal royal residence, is still used by certain members of the royal family even after the recent death of the queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, the death of the Princess of Wales on 31st August 1997, and the departure of HRH Prince Charles, following the separation of the couple in 1992.
The idea of this palace came about with accession of the Prince of Orange, the Dutch Stadtholder, as our William III, who was the son of the eldest daughter, Mary, of the executed (yes executed, in 1646) King of Great Britain, King Charles I. Interestingly, William III was married to an English Princess, also called Mary, who was a daughter of Charles II’s brother the Duke of York, who himself became a King, namely James II. So reader, if you are thinking “but this makes them cousins”, then you are quite correct.