About Nick E
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Oct 2013
50-64 year old male
I am a professional travel writer and have always preferred independent budget travel, making use of public transport and discovering the local way of life wherever I go. I have been to nearly fifty countries but my "holy triangle" is my native London, Greece and India. I lived in Athens for almost a decade and still visit Greece regularly. I was also based in Pittsburgh for nine years and return to that most underrated city when I get a chance. My total time spent in ever-fascinating India is now over four years and it is always a joy to return. I still cover large parts of Greece, India and the USA for the Rough Guides and occasionally get to go on a busman's holiday to somewhere new.
History Museums, Art Museums
The splendid new Acropolis Museum is beautifully designed and complements a visit to the Acropolis itself, adding more depth to your overall experience. The video shown on the top floor provides a great introduction and there is a superb collection of relics from the Acropolis on display, including the original Caryatids from the Erectheum.
The huge collection housed within this splendid Neoclassical building contains some of the most important archaeological finds from all over Greece, and puts the importance of Greek culture in its full context. Highlights include the gold Mask of Agamemnon, the golden-horned bull's head, the bronze Statue of Poseidon and the Little Jockey of Artemission, as well as some Minoan frescoes from Akrotiri on Thira (Santorini).
This excellent museum is not visited by the numbers it deserves, and contains an eclectic array of exhibits – from costumes and folk crafts, to early Greek gospels and Mycenaean jewelry. It is named after the merchant Antonis Benakis, who donated the collection to the state in the 1950s.
This small private museum houses the best display of Cycladic art under one roof, including a range of beautiful objects from the Bronze Age to around 700BC, such as the iconic female devotional figurines. There is also an impressive collection of Classical pottery, and temporary exhibitions are housed in the attractively refurbished Stathatos house behind.
This delightfully laid out museum chronicles the history of Christianity in Greece – from the visit of the Apostle Paul through to the latter days of the Byzantine Empire and beyond. The star exhibits are its many icons, along with some superb frescoes.
Right in the heart of Plaka, the museum displays a huge range of items, from traditional costumes to jewelry and various pieces of folk art. Don't miss the reconstructed room of the artist Theofilos on the first floor, renowned for his whimsical, child-like work.
This comprehensive collection of instruments, housed in an attractive mansion, is adequately complemented by displays chronicling the history of Greek music and its influences. You can also listen to samples on the headphones provided.
This small but moving museum contains many traditional items, most notably a recreation of the Patra synagogue. There is also a lot of historical information provided, especially surrounding the events of WWII.