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 GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also 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. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include 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 leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.