>I was in Athens last week for a few days on business. In many ways, it’s like Lisbon. Some nice old buildings (and I don’t mean the Parthenon…) but a city badly in need of a few billion euro being spent on it.

Like in Lisbon, the natives of Athens are not particularly friendly (the impatient saleslady in the icon shop being a case in point), but they are marginally more polite than their colleagues in Portugal.

Weather was very pleasant – 31c last Saturday, and neither particularly humid nor hot on the skin. Good weather for walking around in.

Athens wouldn’t be in my top 10 cities in the world, but I’d certainly consider a short winter break there if I got a good deal.