The Greek capital has been in the news for all the wrong reasons over the last few years. However Athens – and Greece in general, represents first and foremost our history and heritage, somewhere we all come from, culturally at least. Athens is truly an endlessly amazing open-air museum, with old and modern merge at every corner, sometimes with a touch of grunge. After the hype of the Olympics and the current financial troubles, Athens is putting a brave face and there are lots of hip hotels, good restaurants and entertainment options. For many years Athens has been improving its record as a gay-friendly metropolis and Greece has embraced many LGBT rights in its legislation. For those looking for bars, clubs, etc, LGBT life is the Greek capital mostly centred around the Gazi district.