By Elena Sergeeva
I always feel that once in a while we should become tourists in our own city, and spend a day exploring the hidden gems, interact with others who definitely know something that you don’t, open your eyes to the surroundings and learn. Learning is a never ending process. On a beautiful Friday afternoon my friend and business partner Marissa and I were invited to get a taste of Athens, Art and Culture combined, a tailor made experience organized by Discover Greek Culture. Our guides for the day were Sotiris whose academic background is in history and archaeology, thus he is the one who will make sure that you learn quite a few interesting facts about Athens and its history, and Michael who is the man in charge of Marketing and Sales Coordination made sure that we had a very memorable experience.
Our meeting point was the Syntagma Square which is the main square of Athens and the one that received its name from the Constitution that the first King of Greece Otto was obliged to grant. Here you will find the Greek Parliament building which initially served as a palace of Kings Otto and George I. From here we headed down to the Ermou street which is the central shopping street of Athens and is one of the first three streets that were designed in modern Athens. The name Ermou or otherwise known as Hermes in English was named after the ancient Greek God Hermes who was the God of trade; therefore it is quite common that many of the commercial streets in Greece carry the name of Ermou. The street was very busy as all the Athenians were rushing to buy Christmas presents just before the holidays.
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A few words about Elena
Elena Sergeeva was born in Russia and lives in Greece for the past 22 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Hospitality & Tourism Leadership from the University of Wales and a Swiss Diploma in Hotel Management from Swiss Alpine Center. With over a decade’s experience in leading Greek hotel chains in Sales & Marketing, Elena is the founder of Passion for Greece and the creative founder of Passion for xoxoES brand.
Elena’s greatest passion is travel and she is set to become a citizen of the world.