I knew it was quite ugly; been here before. But i now have stayed in it for forty days, and walked around, and can firmly say that it is nothing short of emetic. I was particularly disgusted by the "plaka" region, at the foot of the acropolis. I felt ashamed that so many petty merchants - most of them greek, and with shops - presented their batrachian forms and eldrich lack of sensibility in trying to lure equally petty tourists to their low quality memorabilia. I am at athens for publishing work, including my contract for translating the whole literary output of h.p.lovecraft. -if you have been to athens you can share your view of it.