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 (@LeonKaye) 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.