Athens Greece Phone Directory
After a few hours I was in the International Athens Airport and then in cab to the big city. I knew no one there, the language they speech seems really impossible to understand and I couldn’t find anyone to help me with a few directions. So I stopped at a paper stand and asked the seller for some information (first of all I needed to find a hotel), so I asked him if he had a city guide for sale. He only had the Spanish and the Russian version, but he offered me a copy of the “Athens, Greece, phone directory” and told me that it was just as good as the city guide except for the fact that it didn’t have the Zeus story. At first I was a little reluctant to his suggestion, but not knowing what else to do, I bought the phone directory and started searching for a hotel.
To my surprise, the salesman was right, I found in there hotel and restaurant reviews, suggestions for a sightseeing tour and even detailed maps for the whole city. I found a nearby hotel, got some sleep and the next morning I started planning a small trip to the center of Athens. I looked up some interesting places, they mentioned the Acropolis, Syntagma Square (that is where the Parliament is), Plaka and Monastiraki (the old town), the National History Museum and so on. I looked through the maps of my directory and tried to find my way to the Syntagma Square. It seemed very easy because my hotel was on Paleo Faliro, on the beach, and I only had to take the train that would get me to my destination.
I managed to reach the center and I was even able to find the Acropolis with the help of the maps from the phone directory, so, later that day, I was standing on top of Athens taking pictures of the old sights and thinking about the Olympians and their history. It was very crowded that day, I was not the only tourist there, but I was the only one holding a copy of the “Athens, Greece, phone directory” in my hand.11