Posts tagged ‘Athens’

July 24, 2014

City Break in Athens, my travel book

by Penny BroJacquie

And book it is. Or booklet if you prefer. After three months of writing, studying and researching here it is: my very first book, a travel guide for the city of Athens, Greece.


Collecting all the information needed for writing this travel guide wasn’t difficult at all to me. I had already gathered it while working for Yia Su, a successful travel service for those who want to plan their trip to Athens. What was most challenging to me was bringing this book to life.

English is my second language, so proofreading was essential. And maps; non travel guide should be published without maps in it.

I struggled to find a solution and by the time I hit a desperation point, there was a revelation:

I had never heard of Fiverr before until I came across one of my Twitter friends tweet. That was it. Now I wasn’t only able to hire skilled proof-readers and I also could work with talented map creators! And that happened only a month ago.

As soon I got my stuff proof-read and my maps created, all I had to do was convert my files into a PDF file. I created my booklet using Microsoft Publisher. All I had to do was to click the “File” tab and choose “Save As.” That displayed the “Save As” dialog. After I gave a name to my file, I clicked “OK” and that was it.

I’m not a US resident and that means getting published on Amazon or Barnes and Noble would be time consuming. There are several actions I have to do in order to create an author account and I have to double check my options.

That’s why I decided to start my self-publishing career in the most humble way. I listed my ebook on Yia Su Etsy shop. You can check it if you click on this link:


City Break in Athens, is live and right is all that matters to me. I’ve taken my first step into self-publishing industry. The road I have to travel is long and the possibility of failure has been always hiding around the corner.

But if I don’t take my chances, I’ll never know what’s the destination of this trip…

October 17, 2013

Monastiraki Sp with the famous flea market

by Penny BroJacquie

Monastiraki (which means little monastery) is a flea market neighbourhood in the old town of Athens, Greece, and is one of the principal shopping districts in Athens. The area is home to clothing boutiques, souvenir shops, and speciality stores, and is a major tourist attraction in Athens and Attica for bargain shopping. The area is named after Monastiraki Square, which in turn is named for the Pantanassa church monastery that is located within the square. The main streets of this area are Pandrossou Street and Adrianou Street.


When you get out of the Metro station “Monastiraki”, there is a sign that says “Athens Flea Market”. It’s actually a small winding street. There are shops on both sides of the street shelling running shoes, men/ladys outfits, and tourist stuff.

A few meters further lies a small square lined with antique shops mostly furniture themed. There are a lot of booths and second-hand “fleas”. There are also quite a few leather/fur stores . The winding street actually continues on the other side of the Metro station square.

 Photos provided by Pyksida ©

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May 25, 2013

Boukamvilias in Greece

by Penny BroJacquie


Bougainvillea also known as “napoleón” in Honduras, Veranera in Colombia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama, “trinitaria” in Colombia, Cuba, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic & Venezuela, “santa rita” in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay or “papelillo” in northern Peru is called “boukamvilia” in Greece. They are popular in central and south parts of Greece where the climate is warm.

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August 24, 2012

Kallimarmaron Stadion

by Penny BroJacquie

The Panathinaiko Stadion, also known as the Kallimarmaro Stadion, is an athletic stadium in Athens that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.  

Reconstructed from the remains of the ancient Greek stadium, the Panathinaiko is the only major stadium in the world built entirely of white marble (from Mount Penteli) and one of the oldest stadiums in the world.

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June 9, 2012

Olympic Flame Handover Ceremony 2012

by Penny BroJacquie

On 17th May 2012 the Olympic Flame Handover ceremony took place in Athens.

The Olympic flame has officially been handed over to organisers of the London 2012 Games at a ceremony held at Kallimarmaro Stadium (also called Panathenaic Stadium), the home of the first modern Olympics in Greece in 1896.

Greek veteran weighlifter Piros Dimas and Chinese gymnast Li Ning lit the cauldron with the Olympic flame. It was carried around Greece after being lit on 10 May in Olympia. It was taken into the stadium by torchbearer Christina Giazitzidou, Greece’s world champion in rowing, who also held aloft an olive branch of peace.

Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson, Sebastian Coe (chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games), footballer David Beckham and Mayor of London Boris Johnson attended.

Young people from schools in Greece and Britain carried flags in the stadium. Crowds celebrated the moment as both national anthems of the UK and Greece were sung by a British school choir and Greek tenor, Marios Fragoulis.

Greek veteran weighlifter Piros Dimas and Chinese gymnast Li Ning lit the cauldron with the Olympic flame. It was carried around Greece after being lit on 10 May in Olympia. It was taken into the stadium by torchbearer Christina Giazitzidou, Greece’s world champion in rowing, who also held aloft an olive branch of peace.

Actress Ino Menegaki performed the role of the high priestess and lit London’s Olympic torch with the flame.

The flame was passed by the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Spyros Capralos to Princess Anne who represented the UK in her role as president of the British Olympic Association and the flame became London 2012’s official responsibility.

The ceremony started in heavy rain but ended with a rainbow in the sky over the stadium…

March 25, 2012

Spring… At last!

by Penny BroJacquie

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December 5, 2011

Walking in the Zappeion Megaron gardens

by Penny BroJacquie


Photo by Konrad Zielinski

The Zappeion is actually a building in the National Gardens of Athens but Athenians use to call Zappeion the whole area. It’s situated in the heart of Athens and the main builing is generally used for meetings and ceremonies while the outside area is a popular meeting point.

The Zappeion was the first building to be erected specifically for the first Olympic Games in the modern world, that were held in Athens in 1896. It was designed by Danish architect Theophil Hansen and it was named after its benefactor, Evangelos Zappas.

It is surrounded by some of the most important buildings in Athens, such as the Parliament building and the official residence of the Prime Minister (Maximou Palace). It’s is also opposite the Panathinaic Stadium (also known as the Kallimarmaro) – the stadium that hosted the 1896 Olympic Games.

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The historic restaurant Aegli is located in the Zappion Gardens. Over the decades Aegli became an Athenian landmark and a common rendezvous point for social and intellectual gatherings with a unique view of the Acropolis.

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The following song was very popular during the Greek Belle Époque and the lyrics is about a man astonished by a blonde young girl he saw while walking in Zappeion Gardens.

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December 5, 2011

Pigeon kiss

by Penny BroJacquie

Pigeon love

September 6, 2011

Athens sea coast

by Penny BroJacquie

Athens, and Attica in general, are places of different aspects. The heart of Athens beats in the historic center where you can admire some of the most important archaeological monuments of the world, like Acropolis, while a few kilometers away you can relax by the sea.

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April 22, 2011

Maundry Thursday in Greece

by Penny BroJacquie

Maundry Thursday always brings Greek people to their neighborhood churches. Many of them are cute, small buildings and bring each other closer. That day of the year, Jesus on the cross is always at first sight.

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