NYT: Athens Greece Surges Back

athensThe New York Times includes Greece’s capital, Athens, on the list of 52 places around the world that one should visit in 2014. The author of the article describes Athens as the city that recovers from a deep economic recession.

The other European recommendations of NYT along with Athens are the Albanian Coast, Rotterdam, Frankfurt, Scotland, Yorkshire in England, the Vatican, Highlands in Iceland, the Swedish city of Umea, Andermatt of Switzerland, Arctic Circle, the Serbian city Subotica, Elsinore in Denmark, the British Cartmel, Vienna and Varazdin of Croatia.

The author of the article writes about Athens: “vibrancy and innovation can bloom even in hard times. Exhibit A is Greece’s ancient capital, which was hit hard by the global economic crisis and yet is seeing change at sites old and new. First the old: At the Acropolis, the famous Caryatides statue continue to get a restoration in 2014; the  process will be on view in the Acropolis Museum through the end of the year. And the new: The National Museum of Contemporary Art opens this spring in a former brewery complex. Neighborhoods have also seen a resurgence, including the quickly gentrifying Monastiraki and the still gritty Kerameikos-Metaxourgeio; the latter will get a cultural lift in 2015 from the biannual ReMap art event. Travelers will have a new lodging option by summer, when revived Emporikon Hotel opens on Aiolou, a street that is also home to a host of new dining spots.”