Where is the event being held?
Conference sessions will take place at the Hellenic American Union’s Main Conference room, the Theater on the 2nd Floor, and the seminar rooms on the 4th and 6th floor, at Massalias 22, Athens.
Conference facilities are very near bus and trolley-bus stops (Akadimias Ave.) and Metro stations (Metro: Panepistimio).
Welcome to Athens – or Athina (/a' θ ina/) – as Greeks or Hellenes (/' ε lin ε s /) call it.
With thousands of years of history and a tradition steeped in mythology, the city – named after Athena, the goddess of wisdom – is the capital of Greece or Hellas (/e'las/), with a population of roughly 3,500,000 citizens.
Throughout, there are ancient remains, the most prominent of which is the Acropolis, a reminder of the glory of the 5th century B.C. Athenian Democracy (/ð imokra'tia/), the first ever democracy in the world. You can also see many Byzantine churches and monasteries and admire the well-preserved neo-classical buildings to be found in the center and in older neighborhoods such as Plaka.
Of course, Athens is a modern city as well. The host of the 2004 Olympic Games (the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896), it boasts an expanding new subway (The Metro) and tram systems.
It is a hospitable city, with many outdoor cafes, pedestrian streets, parks, and gardens, and nightlife for all budgets and tastes.
Also, the center of Athens is only 35' away by subway to the port of Piraeus (/pir ε ' as/). From there, you can take boats to all the nearby islands of the Saronic Gulf (Hydra, Poros, Aegina, Spetses), the Cycladic islands, the islands of the Dodecanese, Crete, and many others.
If you wish to enjoy the beach, the nearest ones can easily be accessed by tram.
Enjoy your stay!
Shopping and Entertainment
The venue is very centrally located and within walking distance to all major Athens shopping and recreation areas, such as the following:
- Kolonaki area: Rather expensive stores by major Greek and international designers – Cafés – Restaurants – Bars (Metro: Evangelisomos)
- Syntagma Square: The Greek Parliament – Expensive hotels with classy cafés, bars, and restaurants (Metro: Syntagma)
- Ermou Street: Moderate priced stores for all tastes, esp. women's footwear, clothes, and cosmetics (Metro: Syntagma)
- Plaka: Below the Acropolis, traditional Athenian tavernas (some with live Greek music) – Souvenir stores – Paved streets and neoclassical buildings (Metro: Syntagma)
- Monastiraki: Flea Market – A “must” on Sundays – Inexpensive stores with new and used clothing, items, antiques – Bargaining is imperative! (Metro: Monastiraki)
- Psyri: Traditional Greek mezedopolia with tasty titbits (some with live Greek music) – Cafés – Restaurants – Bars – Clubs – Antique stores (Metro: Monastiraki)
Most major art galleries and museums are either within walking distance or quite close by means of transport.
- Benaki Museum – Metro : Evangelismos
- Byzantine and Christian Museum – Metro : Evangelismos
- Museum of Cycladic Art – Metro : Evangelismos
- National Gallery – Metro : Evangelismos