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Culture hunting in Athens

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Do your holiday plans have you traveling to Greece within the next year? If so, there are many historical and cultural sights here that will broaden your horizons during your time here.

When you go culture hunting in Athens, don’t neglect to check out the following attractions and highlights…

1) Acropolis and Parthenon of Athens

No tour of Athens can conclude without seeing either the Acropolis or Parthenon, so if you have limited time, be sure to get these two out of the way first so you can focus on other things afterward.

The Acropolis was a fortress built in the Late Bronze Age to protect ancient Athens from external threats from across the Mediterranean.

Contained within its fortified embrace are several buildings of significant cultural importance, the most prominent of which is the Parthenon.

Dedicated to the goddess Athena, the Parthenon contains some of the most important symbols of Ancient Greek art within its crumbling facade, making it a must visit for any visitor to Athens.

2) National Archaeological Museum

While these buildings are impressive enough on their own for being well over 2,000 years old, virtually all artifacts have been removed from these world heritage sites.

While some has been shuttled abroad to venues like the British Museum, many of these irreplaceable items can be found in the National Archaeological Museum. From prehistory to the Late Antiquity period, the world’s richest collection of Greek artifacts can be found here.

3) Ancient Agora of Classical Athens

Many are aware that the system of governance present in ancient Athens has served as an antecedent for democracy as we know it today, but if you are looking for where it all went down in those days, make certain that you visit the Ancient Agora of Classical Athens.

It was here where public debates on important matters were held, but also where market items were sold and certain athletic competitions were had. A small museum on site contains a number of artifacts that were excavated from this specific site, which includes pieces of clay pottery, glass, and loose coins.

4) Panathenaic Stadium

As mentioned earlier, some sporting events were held at the Agora in those days, but the bigger athletic competitions were hosted at the Panathenaic Stadium during the days of the Ancient Olympic Games.

When the time came to re-start the Modern Olympics, the old stadium was refurbished, and opened in time to host track events for the 1896 event.

Going on a culture crawl in San Francisco

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San Francisco has long been a tourist draw for people heading to the United States on holiday, as it combines outstanding natural scenery with a number of interesting attractions. Of particular interest heading to San Fran is the number of cultural sights that this metropolis has to offer. Going on a culture crawl in San Francisco this year? Don’t miss out on these highlights…

1) San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Being a city renowned for its dynamic and progressive image, it makes sense to begin your cultural explorations at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Being the first museum on the West Coast to hold a collection exclusively consisting of pieces from artists that created their pieces in the 20th century, it is the perfect place to observe the bleeding edge of art today, as well as the pieces that inspired them in the recent past.

2) Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Occupying a central position on America’s position on the Pacific Rim, the presence of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco should hardly come as a surprise. Presently, it holds one of the largest collection of Asian art in the entire world, with drawings, sculptures and even a set of samurai armor on display. 18,000 pieces are present here, which should keep Asiaphiles busy for a while!

3) Davies Symphony Hall

As evening falls on the first night of your visit to San Francisco, take in a show at the Davies Symphony Hall. Serving as the permanent home of the San Francisco Symphony, it is a great spot to take in some rousing instrumental music in a live setting.

Making it all the more poignant is that the fact that this facility is equipped with a Fratelli Ruffatti concert organ, giving its player the ability play pieces dating back as far as the pre-Baroque era, while still having the flexibility to play more modern pieces using the same unit … cool.

4) GLBT Historical Society

San Francisco is one of the best havens for the LGBT community in the world, with the Castro being its standout centre. In this neighbourhood is the GLBT Historical Society, which chronicles not only the history of the gay community in San Fran, but in other places around the United States, as well as the past and present actions in the fight for civil rights for people that identify as LGBT.

A Hipster’s Guide to New York City

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Being one of the most significant cities on the world stage, NYC has an undeniable appeal to those that identify as hipsters. While the cost of living makes life tough on those trying to stay true to their style without selling out to Corporate America too much, those that are dedicated to riding the leading edge of cool have managed to continue to make it in The City That Never Sleeps by sticking to the undervalued hoods that remain in this burg. Continue reading