It’s part Mexico City, part Rio, part Istanbul. I’m talking about Athens, probably one of the most under-appreciated cities around. The city is noisy, has its share of grit, traffic is a bear, drivers are unbearable. Nevertheless Athens has much for the visitor: great fresh food from fish to olives to vegetables; a subway line updated and streamlined thanks in part to the Olympics; and offers a bevy of architectural detail, from antiquity to neocolonialism to ü ber-modern.

I arrived here today, and will stay just long enough to get acclimated before I take off for Sofia on Friday. I haven’t visited in almost 8 years, but walking around Athens while enjoying the people-watching, smells, and life is not to be missed. Sure, they started the paramount healthy event, the Olympics, but Greeks are masters at coffee drinking; they may have every American and UK chain you can think of, but they are proud of their culture; and despite all the traffic, traipsing about sidewalks is a great way to spend a few hours. Here are a few random shots!

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.