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Shopping and entertainment in downtown Athens

Shopping and entertainment in downtown Athens

Shoppers stop to listen to one of several bands and one-man shows that entertained and amused the public on downtown Athens’s Ermou Street off Syntagma Square on Saturday. Shops in many parts of Greece will stay open through the weekend – as they had done before Christmas – in response to the spike in business due to the holidays. On Monday, supermarkets and other retailers will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but will be closed on New Year’s Day and on January 2. They will return to regular operating hours on Thursday. [Alexandros Vlachos/ANA-MPA]