by Joyce-Ann Gatsoulis
is known for history, so it’s hard to imagine that
the home to the Acropolis would be awake into the early
morning hours, alive with hot nightclubs and cool hangouts.
This is what the Night + Day guidebooks are all about—the
idea that adventures can continue past sunset. Yet this
Athens guide does not fail to catch visitors during the
daytime. Contained in this small book are listings for
museums, historical sites, beaches, live music venues
and cinemas. Descriptions for destinations such as the
Byzantine Museum and the open air Mt. Lycabettus Theater
are just as informative as the listings for dance clubs
like the cabaret-themed Privilege or the edgy, techno
Mao. Included in entries are phone numbers, addresses,
price ranges and symbols indicating noise levels.
The Athens guide contains detailed chapters
including “Experience Athens,” a section of
three-day itineraries with themes like “Downtown”
and “By-the-Water.” And what guidebook would
be complete without hotel and restaurant listings? The
Black Book section at the end of the guide is not an extensive
list of all available lodgings and eateries, but a short,
informative list of hand-picked venues. Although the book
lacks colorful pictures and contains very few maps—facts
which might deter some travelers—adults in the mood
for a string of adventures will find Night + Day’s
Athens guide quite suitable for pursuits at any time.
+ Day books are published by Pulse Guides, and this new
series also includes guides to New York, Paris and San
Francisco. For more information, visit www.pulseguides.com.