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katerina

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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.

I remember a rather odd life changing travel experience during a weekend I spent in Germany in theatrical seminars. I was participating in a lord of the ring role-playing activity where the game-master gave us the mission to search for a fellow elf into the woods at night. I may not remember a lot that day but I certainly can recall the sound of the raindrops on the leaves of those tall German trees as we were walking slowly in utter silence so as not to wake up the animals in the forest. It was at that moment when all our senses awoke as if we became the inhabitants of that forest ourselves. I realized that detecting beauty is a constant exercise.  Sensitivity, adaptability and acknowledgement of the beauty around us, of the small things that turn out to be big only if we slow down and observe them. And of course, I recall the ties of friendship with the people I bonded with that weekend, breaking all language barriers.

Through the years, traveling has become exactly that to me: the sum of silence, observation and attention to small details of beautiful things. Greece is a canvas of them with its history, colors and contrasts.

And as one of my favorite Greek poets says ....

You can build brand new stories from scatch with only sky and salt.

To remind you a bit of autumn, a lot of summer and that eternal spring

Menelaos Lountemis

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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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Tania

Guide

“I was about five, and I was taking part in a school celebration. Dressed in a traditional costume like all the other members of my “troupe”, I was waiting to recite the lines of the poem I had painstakingly learnt by heart. At last, my turn came. But when I stood behind the microphone, my mind went blank and my mouth went dry. Tears 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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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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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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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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Antigoni

Guide

There is a theory that claims that your name determines

 who you are. Antigone was the heroine of a Greek tragedy

wriiten by Sofokles in 441BC.

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"It was the highlight of our trip! Such a unique and fun way to get to know Athens. Our guide, Nikos, was very knowledgeable about the art and the history and context of street art in Greece. If you're a fan of art or just want an interesting way to explore the city, I highly recommend this tour."

Rebecca H - TripAdvisor

"This tour is not only about the food, it also highlights the history and culture of the Athenians, it’s a great way to enjoy Athens and to learn about the country.  We had a lovely time, couldn't have found these locations even through a map without getting lost. Tania was very helpful as our guide and we are thankful."

rajiv517- Sri Lanka

"I had done the ruins, statues and historical sights. I wanted something modern and eclectic and I found it on a Street Art Tour offered by Alternative Athens. Our guide Nikos is an artist and offered so much insight into the artists and street art!"

Adventureglo61, Vancouver, Canada - TripAdvisor