I visited Athens in the late 1970s and found a dirty, rather unpleasant place. A menu item summed it up for me then: Bowels in Sauce.
Visiting again recently, I was cautious. I needn’t have been. Despite the economic crisis that Greece still labours with, Athens is a much improved city – gorgeous really. Infrastructure and transport are much improved and the Athenians are some of the most hospitable people I’ve met. It’s almost as if adversity has brought out the best in them.
Here’s my story published in The Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age Traveller on November 21-22, 2015, titled Ruins not Ruined. You can also read it online here: