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There is a theory that claims that your name determines who you are. Antigone was the heroine of a Greek tragedy written by Sofocles in 441 BC.  She was a very bold and righteous woman who defied the ruler's decree and buried the body of her deceased brother in order to honor him. For that she faced death. 

In this play, there is a quote that speaks to my heart: “I was born to love, not hate, that is my nature”. I owe a lot to love. If it wasn't for love my Grandmother, a young girl from Liverpool, wouldn't have said yes when my Grandfather, a Greek navy officer, proposed to her while his ship disembarked in Liverpool during WW2. If it wasn't for love my Mother, born and raised in Athens, wouldn't have fallen for the charming Cypriot who came to Athens to study dentistry, my Dad.

My family is a blend of cultures. I don't have one home. I have many. Or maybe I define home differently. 

I guess that's why I am addicted to travelling, why I feel there are no real boundaries between countries and why I have a genuine respect for diversity. I find the fact that people are so alike and different at the same time, so challenging that I decided to to get to know them better and train to be a psychologist, at a late age. It wasn't easy because life gets in the way sometimes, but, as the other Antigone said, “there is no failure without trial”.

Psychology for me is the art of connection and one thing you learn when becoming a psychologist is the importance of sharing. Sharing thoughts, fears, hopes, ideas, perspectives, content. I like connecting and I like sharing what I know about this country. So, pull up a chair, take a sip and join me!  After all, Antigone said «a city that belongs to just one man, is no true city».

 

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Tina

Founder

"In 2010, the Greek crisis hit and the country went into freefall. I was left without a job, a car or even medical insurance, and there was little perspective of finding a new job any time soon."

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Elissavet

Head of Travel Design

"I remember when I was about 17, my friend asked me what my plans for life were. Sincerely, I had no clue. I had some scattered images in my head of how I imagine myself. Like photographs. The only thing in common, I remember, was that all these images were in some far lands, with unusual landscapes and distant cultures. Living abroad was something I use to fantasize a lot as a kid. It was a constant change and an excitement over new things that attracted me."

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Andreas

Guide

“I grew up in a neighbourhood called Nea Smyrni. The first settlers here were refugees from Asia Minor. People in our neighbourhood are proud of where they come from; they respect history because many of their grandparents or great-grandparents were lost or had to emigrate following the end of the conflict between Greece and Turkey.”

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Pavlina

guide

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain

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Vassia

Guide

"There is a book I like a lot. Its final sentence reads: “It is never too late to have a happy childhood”. I was in my early twenties when I read it and my childhood had been relatively happy. But I tend to take stuff written in books very seriously. Why had the author chosen to end a book about an improbable love story with this sentence?

It was around that time that I started to travel."

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Niko a.k.a. Rude

Guide

"It must have been at the end of middle school when I discovered graffiti, although my fascination with drawing and the arts had been with me a lot longer. My new hobby began stealing ‘precious’ time I could have used for studying for school. I realised that action had to be taken..."

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Elizabeth

Guide

The French poet Arthur Rimbaud once wrote that "Eternity is the sea mingled with the sun " and I guess there' s a little bit of truth of that in me.

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Penny

travel designer

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

It all started during the period when the Greek crisis reached its zenith. A combination of many fruitless attempts in the Athenian job market as well as a huge loss in my family pushed me to search for a new start point; I was dreaming of my future in an island, so I took a job in one.

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maria

guide

Growing up, I had always thought that life, as if by magic, always puts us on the right path. As I got older, however, I discovered that sometimes you have to grab the steering wheel yourself, and turn your life in the right direction.

 

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katerina

Guide

I am a fan of poetry. Poems have the ability to paint a picture in just a few words. But what I find remarkable is that I often find my life painted in poems…especially while traveling.

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Tania

Guide

I was about five, and I was taking part in a school celebration. But when I sears welled up in my eyes. Terrified, I glanced over at my classmates who, grouped behind the wings and dressed in their own slightly silly costumes, were waiting to act their part.

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Laura

Guide

I started performing on the streets in Rome and realized very early what the audience wants to see on the streets of a city. It is not the best juggling trick or acrobatic skill. What they really wanted to see was me smiling and looking  them into their eyes - sharing playfulness.

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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"We had Alexandra as our tour guide and she was fantastic! She made the myths and legends so interesting and was very informative. She kept it entertaining, historical and relevant to all the places we visited"

Emily F

"It was as if we were shown around by a resident who knew everything about the city, its architecture, people and history rather than a tour guide."

Jim H

"We learned a lot about Athens life and Greek history while enjoying some delicious drinks. Antonis takes you to places that you would only know about from a local. We can not recommend it enough!!"

Bryan M