6 THINGS YOU MUST DO IN...ATHENS; ATHENS ACROPOLIS WOW: Athens' Most Stunning Site Has a New Museum to Reveal More of Its secrets6THINGS

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6 THINGS YOU MUST DO IN...ATHENS; ATHENS ACROPOLIS WOW: Athens' Most Stunning Site Has a New Museum to Reveal More of Its secrets6THINGS


Byline: GARETH HUW DAVIES

MARVEL AT THE MARBLES THE fabulous finds from the Acropolis, at theheart of the city, are crammed into a museum almost as old as the artefactsthemselves. But from early 2008 - though there is no firm date yet - thesewonders of the world get the presentation they merit. The new Acropolis Museumwill show ten times as many artefacts, displaying more than 4,000 objects foundon the hill. Only one thing is missing ... the Greeks have left gaps for theElgin Marbles, currently in the British Museum. This great new buildingcertainly helps their case for the marbles' return.

The museum will show the half of the famous frieze the Greeks still have,mounted in a place that gives a direct view to the not-too-distant Parthenon,the ancient temple from which the marbles came.

ENJOY THE OLYMPIC LEGACY IN Britain we are promised a legacy of fine facilitiesto keep after the 2012 London Olympics.

And you can see how Athens fared in the aftermath of its 2004 Games with thetrain into the city centre (27 minutes - [pounds sterling]5.30) from the fine new airport. TheAthens Metro, with its long marble halls, is dignified, magnificent and,notably, advert-free. Several city centre stations - Syntagma Square is thebest - double as free museums, displaying relics uncovered during building. Thecity has many pedestrianised routes, such as the walk to the Acropolis. On yourway down, visit the ancient Herod Atticus theatre. To end the day, take a cablecar up to Mount Lycabettus for the view of the sunset.

ALL ABOARD FOR THE BEACH IT WAS Athens' big problem. Searing summer heat, andtoo far from the beach. They put that right with a new tram route offeringcrazily cheap (80p return) trips to the seaside. From Syntagma Square, the tramruns 16 miles past shaded squares and old churches, through narrow canyons ofstreets, all the way to the chic new seaside resort of Glyfada, the nearest tocentral Athens, stretching out from the foot of Hymettus mountain to theAegean. Saunter round the marina or wander down to the fish docks. …

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