About Athens, HELLENIC AMERICAN UNION
The 3rd Biennial EATAW Conference was held in
Athens – or Athina (/a' θ ina/) – as Greeks or Hellenes (/' ε lin ε s /) call it.
With thousands of years of history and a tradition steeped in mythology, the city – named after Athena, the goddess of wisdom – is the capital of Greece or Hellas (/e'las/), with approximately 3,500,000 citizens.
Throughout, there are ancient remains, the most prominent of which is the Acropolis, a reminder of the glory of the 5 th century B.C. Athenian Democracy (/ð imokra'tia/) , the first ever democracy in the world. You can also see many Byzantine churches and monasteries and admire the well-preserved neo-classical buildings to be found in the center and in older neighborhoods such as Plaka.
Of course, Athens is a modern city as well. The host of the 2004 Olympic Games (the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896), it boasts an expanding new subway system and new metro and tram systems.
It is a hospitable city, with many outdoor cafes, pedestrian streets, parks, and gardens, and nightlife for all budgets and tastes.
Also, the center of Athens is only 35' away by subway to the port of Piraeus (/pir ε ' as/). From there, you can take boats to all the nearby islands of the Saronic Gulf (Hydra, Poros, Aegina, Spetses), the Cycladic islands, the islands of the Dodecanese, Crete, and many others.
Shopping and Entertainment
very centrally located and within walking distance to all major Athens shopping and recreation areas, such as the following:
- Kolonaki area: Rather expensive stores by major Greek and international designers – Cafés – Restaurants – Bars
- Syntagma Square: The Greek Parliament – Expensive hotels with classy cafés, bars, and restaurants (Metro: Syntagma)
- Ermou Street: Moderate priced stores for all tastes, esp. women's footwear, clothes, and cosmetics (Metro: Syntagma)
- Plaka: Below the Acropolis, traditional Athenian tavernas (some with live Greek music) – Souvenir stores – Paved streets and neoclassical buildings (Metro: Syntagma)
- Monastiraki: Flea Market – A “must” on Sundays – Inexpensive stores with new and used clothing, items, antiques – Bargaining is imperative! (Metro: Monastiraki)
- Psyri: Traditional Greek mezedopolia with tasty titbits (some with live Greek music) – Cafés – Restaurants – Bars – Clubs – Antique stores (Metro: Monastiraki)
Most major art galleries and museums are either within walking distance or quite close by means of transport.
Events in Athens, during the Conference
A lot of events took place in Athens, during the Conference. You might want to enjoy the following:
Travel in Greece
Transportation in Athens
Transportation to / from the airport
The Athens International Airport “ Eleftherios Venizelos ” is located 33km southeast of Athens and is easily accessible via Attiki Odos , a six-lane motorway constituting the Athens City Ring Road .
Connection with Athens and the port of Piraeus is provided by metro, railway and express airport buses, ensuring efficient transport for air travellers and facilitating linkage to key tourist attractions.
HELLENIC AMERICAN UNION (HAU)
During the Conference, use was made of the Hellenic American Union facilities located at its Main Building (Massalias 22).
How to get to the HAU.
Main Building (Massalias 22)
Fully renovated in 1998, the building houses the only multi-purpose conference center in the heart of Athens.
Plenaries were held in the Main Conference Hall (2nd floor) with a seating capacity of 200. The Main Conference Hall is fully equipped with the latest conference media equipment.
Workshops and parallel paper presentations were held in classrooms (3rd and 5th floors) , in computer labs (5th floor), and in the Seminar Room (4th floor).
Coffee breaks were offered in the 3rd and 5th floors and in the Union Café (2nd floor). Lunches were offered in the the Union Café and the HAU Roof Garden (8th floor), overlooking the Acropolis and the Saronic Gulf.
Participants were able to use the HAU Library (4th floor), with more than 55,000 books and 50 periodical tittles and, via EBSCOhost, had access to ERIC, Business Source Premier, and other on-line sources , such as e-brary.
Also, participants who had laptops with wireless cards were able to access the Internet via the HAU's wireless network (access codes were provided).
An “Internet park” with 20 computers was in operation in the Library, for the exclusive use of the participants.
Last, a Conference Registration and Information Desk and a fully equipped Secretariat were at the participants' disposal (Foyer).
Since the Main Building is very near bus and trolley bus stops and metro stations (Metro: Panepistimio ), participants used mostly means of transport.
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