Introduction to Athens: Ancient Origins and Modern Charm with Smaro Touloupa - Context Travel

Introduction to Athens: Ancient Origins and Modern Charm with Smaro Touloupa


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Athens is a modern metropolis with a unique past. This conversation offers an introductory exploration of this fascinating city as we touch on its past, and focus on its modern-day life and charming local neighborhoods. Join a local expert as we discover this majestic Greek capital.

Athens is a modern, vibrant urban landscape with 5,000 years of history. After a very brief overview of the city’s ancient beginnings, we will travel through the vibrant contemporary city. We will dive into the puzzle pieces that make Athens so diverse: from the Acropolis area that impressed men like Lord Byron and Sigmund Freud, to historic churches and mosques; from the picturesque backstreets of the Plaka district and Greek food culture to the local markets where Athenians shop and eat; from the overwhelming street graffiti and political or historic landmarks to the must-see art museums and venues; to the Central food market, eateries and gastronomy, cozy neighborhoods and busy squares where life happens, ancient and modern, in the many pockets of the city. We’ll also share tips for activities in and around Athens.

Led by a local expert, Smaro Touloupa, this interactive seminar will explore the city of Athens. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a deeper appreciation for the city, its roots, and its contemporary culture.

Smaro Touloupa was born in Piraeus and lives in downtown Athens. She has a degree in sociology and a MA in Cultural Heritage Management and is a qualified guide. Since 1998 she has led educational, and alumni tours and has led private tours for Context Travel since 2013. She has published articles in British and Greek scientific journals and books on heritage interpretation. She is fascinated by human creation and adaptation in time and space and the power of cultural identity.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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D.W.
Outstanding

Smaro Touloupa is a wonderful lecturer. She really brought Athens to life, and I cannot wait to return.

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L.L.
Can I give 7 stars, or maybe 8?

What a wonderful, wonderful presentation! Can I give more than 5 stars? Smaro Touloupa did a marvelous job of combining ancient Athens history and sites, with more recent history and the current sites, neighborhoods and lifestyles. She shared so much information and ideas constantly, for about 80 minutes, with many photographs (old and new), paintings, and helpful maps. How I would love for Smaro to guide me around Athens and elsewhere in Greece!

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Inspiring overview

This was my first Context Conversation and I am very impressed. Smaro Touloupa is a wonderful guide to Athens, giving a thorough and extremely interesting well-illustrated introduction to many and varied aspects of the city.
It made me want to jump straight on a plane and head to the Greek capital!
I'll be looking out for more of her Conversations.

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A.
An amazing virtual tour in the city that gave birth to democracy

There are few professional guides like Smaro Touloupa: not only does she hold multiple advanced degrees apart from her professional license, Smaro is able to bring together the long and rich history and mythology of Athens into the contemporary life of one of the most vibrant European cities. From myths to history to contemporary politics and art, Smaro weaves a complex narrative that keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you cannot travel, the next best thing is to travel virtually to Greece with Smaro Touloupa.

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P.
Wonderful look at lovely Athens

I have been to Athens several times, but not for many years, unfortunately. So I was excited to see this beautiful city and hear about her from Smaro Touloupa who clearly is a knowledgeable and eloquent advocate for her city and country. I learned a lot, appreciating the orientation with maps and pictures that showed me places I knew and many I did not. I highly recommend this program to anyone and look forward to taking more tours with Smaro, whom I now feel is a friend. Thank you.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
100%
(9)
0%
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0%
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0%
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D
D.W.
Outstanding

Smaro Touloupa is a wonderful lecturer. She really brought Athens to life, and I cannot wait to return.

L
L.L.
Can I give 7 stars, or maybe 8?

What a wonderful, wonderful presentation! Can I give more than 5 stars? Smaro Touloupa did a marvelous job of combining ancient Athens history and sites, with more recent history and the current sites, neighborhoods and lifestyles. She shared so much information and ideas constantly, for about 80 minutes, with many photographs (old and new), paintings, and helpful maps. How I would love for Smaro to guide me around Athens and elsewhere in Greece!

B
B.
Inspiring overview

This was my first Context Conversation and I am very impressed. Smaro Touloupa is a wonderful guide to Athens, giving a thorough and extremely interesting well-illustrated introduction to many and varied aspects of the city.
It made me want to jump straight on a plane and head to the Greek capital!
I'll be looking out for more of her Conversations.

A
A.
An amazing virtual tour in the city that gave birth to democracy

There are few professional guides like Smaro Touloupa: not only does she hold multiple advanced degrees apart from her professional license, Smaro is able to bring together the long and rich history and mythology of Athens into the contemporary life of one of the most vibrant European cities. From myths to history to contemporary politics and art, Smaro weaves a complex narrative that keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you cannot travel, the next best thing is to travel virtually to Greece with Smaro Touloupa.

P
P.
Wonderful look at lovely Athens

I have been to Athens several times, but not for many years, unfortunately. So I was excited to see this beautiful city and hear about her from Smaro Touloupa who clearly is a knowledgeable and eloquent advocate for her city and country. I learned a lot, appreciating the orientation with maps and pictures that showed me places I knew and many I did not. I highly recommend this program to anyone and look forward to taking more tours with Smaro, whom I now feel is a friend. Thank you.