Dates: 11-13 October 2019
Hosted by DA-Greece in Athens
The items below are, for now, roughly in need-to-know order. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details or questions about this meeting.
ALL members of Democrats Abroad are welcome to join this meeting. You can feel free to inform and invite members regardless of their involvement to date.
DEADLINES FOR THE MEETING AND SATURDAY DINNER
TODAY, 5 OCTOBER 2019
Register for the meeting and coffee breaks during the meeting at
Register for the Friday reception, Saturday lunch, and Saturday dinner at
Schedule of events
|Date and time||Activity/Event||Registration required?|
|Thursday daytime||Cruise of Greek islands||Pickup at 7:15am at the Electra Metropolis. See https://www.facebook.com/events/675474652917050/permalink/692973537833828/|
|Welcome Party hosted by DA-Romania||Details below - no RSVP necessary|
|Acropolis Tour||Purchase tickets in advance AND inform the DA-Greece tour guide (see below)|
2 - 5:00pm
|Early check-in||Welcome-sign-in table in the Electra Metropolis foyer so that early arrivals can collect the materials and peruse documents and info packets.|
(Note the change: formerly 3-6pm in front of the meeting room.)
|Official Reception by DA-Greece||Part of the form on https://www.democratsabroad.org/athens_2019_food_and_drink_registration|
Webster University Athens Cultural Center: Marcou Aureliou 5, Plaka 10556
|Saturday all day||Official program for the meeting||Register at https://www.democratsabroad.org/2019_emea_regional_meeting|
|Saturday all day||Coffee breaks with food||Register at https://www.democratsabroad.org/2019_emea_regional_meeting|
|Saturday from 1pm||Lunch||Part of the form on https://www.democratsabroad.org/athens_2019_food_and_drink_registration|
6:30pm to 8:00pm
EMEA Cocktail Party hosted by
|EMEA Saturday dinner|
Purchase your choice of meals at https://www.democratsabroad.org/athens_2019_food_and_drink_registration
|Sunday until 1pm||Official program for the meeting|
Register at https://www.democratsabroad.org/2019_emea_regional_meeting
|Sunday until 1pm||Coffee breaks with food||Register at https://www.democratsabroad.org/2019_emea_regional_meeting|
1:00pm to 3:00pm
|Women's Caucus luncheon||RSVP at https://www.democratsabroad.org/annhesse/emea_regional_meeting_women_s_caucus_luncheon|
|Monday?||Activities causally arranged||Discuss on the private Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/675474652917050/|
- Added nearly-final agenda (Oct 8)
- Added Brady Kiesling's bio
- Confirmations sent out Saturday, 5 October
- Corrected Friday registration and added Google Map
- Added DA-Romania Thursday event
- Added instructions for Acropolis tour
- Added link to Food & Drink registration
- Added tentative agenda
- Private Facebook event for chat and sharing photos
- Antiquities app by DAGR member
- Registration for meeting available
- New guide to Getting to Athens and Spending Time There by DA-Greece
Most recent document with addresses and agenda, sent to registrants 8 October.
Google map with all key locations marked: https://goo.gl/maps/quafQZkCdEW2o8Fs9
The Democrats Party Committee Abroad made a special room block for the dates 10-13/10/2019 at the 5* Electra Metropolis & 4* Electra Hotel, members of Electra Hotels & Resorts, with special rates for your attendance in DEMOCRATS EMEA MEETING 2019. The meeting will take place in Electra Metropolis but both hotels are in the city center and very close to each other.
In order to take advantage of the special agreement and to proceed with a room reservation you can visit the following links:
5* ELECTRA METROPOLIS
After finalizing your reservation via the booking code and in case you would like to extend your stay prior or after the main stay you can contact our reservations department at email@example.com by mentioning your reservation number.
The additional booking dates will be confirmed with the special rates upon availability of the hotel.
4* ELECTRA HOTEL
After finalizing your reservation via the booking code and in case you would like to extend your stay prior or after the main stay you can contact our reservations department at firstname.lastname@example.org by mentioning your reservation number.
The additional booking dates will be confirmed with the special rates upon availability of the hotel.
In Athens Thursday night before the Regional Meeting? If so, DA Romania cordially invites you for drinks at our place for a quiet evening of socializing and networking. Drinks will start at 7:30pm, so drop by anytime and say hello!
The address is: Granikou 7, Athina, 104 35, Greece
Please, the only thing you need to bring is a warm smile and a “defeat Trump now attitude”!! The wine and beer are on us! We look forward to seeing you then. Any questions? Contact Radu Florescu; email@example.com or Marina Coanda Bundac; firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, October 11; 10 am; Acropolis tour with DAGR Local Brady Kiesling
Climb to the Acropolis to view the Parthenon, Karyatides and stunning views of the Athens Skyline and Seascape from one of the highest points inside the city limits.
Tour will begin at 10 am, just outside the entry gates, a few hundred feet down from the entry to the Acropolis Museum.
Please purchase your entry tickets in advance--online is easiest as lines tend to be long--up to 30 minutes even in October.
Here is the link:
Buy your tickets online | Greek Archaeological Sites | e-tickets Greece
The price is 20 Euros, however if you have time an plan to visit other sites, there is a combined ticket that gives you a bit of a reduction.
The tour will take about two hours from the entrance to the exit. Rough, slippery stones, so no high heels or flip flops. Hats and a small water bottle advised.
The Acropolis and the Acropolis MUSEUM ARE TWO SEPARATE TICKETS.
Brady's tour is for the Acropolis. If you would like to visit the museum following the tour and have lunch at the rooftop restaurant with a stunning view of the Acropolis here is the link to purchase Acropolis Museum tickets on-line in advance.
Hours and ticketing | Acropolis Museum
Wear a hat and sunscreen--even in October the sun is strong.
Closed, sturdy athletic shoes with soles that have good traction are best as you will walk over steep and slick marble steps. You are making a slow climb up a mountain. If you do not walk regularly visiting this site may be challenging.
You should carry a bottle of water with you. The tour will last about two hours.
If you are using data on your phone please download the app: http://www.topostext.com
This app was created by Brady for sites from antiquity across Europe. It will give you a map of the temple, sanctuary or space as well as the writings associated with this site.
Once you have your tickets and you plan to attend please send an email to email@example.com with your name and the number of folks that will attend with you.
Brady's cell is available upon request.
- The point to meet is in front of the pay phone [a truly ancient artifact], outside the entry/ticket booth to the Acropolis South Slope at the Theater of Dionysos entrance.
- Those 65 or over who buy the reduced-price ticket electronically will receive a voucher, not a ticket. They must go straight to the ticket window with ID (proof of age) to collect their ticket. NO NEED TO WAIT IN THE LINE, I am told, so just look purposeful and walk past if there is a line.
Getting to Athens and Spending Time in Athens by DA-Greece
Addendum: Don't miss a bit of history during your trip by using the smartphone app created by one of DA-Greece's members and a former ExCom officer -- Brady Kiesling. Brady has mapped more than 6000 venues of antiquity. ToposText is a free tool, a mobile app and website, for going back to the primary sources and historic roots of western civilization, and in particular a tool for students and travelers eager to experience the ancient world through its surviving texts.
Brady Kiesling is a historian, archaeologist, columnist, and former U.S. diplomat, who has spent 23 of the past 40 years in Greece. After studying Classics and archaeology at Swarthmore College, the University of California at Berkeley, and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, he joined the U.S. State Department in 1983, and served in Israel, Morocco, Greece, Armenia, and Washington. In February 2003, he resigned his position, chief of the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in Athens, to protest the impending war with Iraq. His resignation letter to Colin Powell went viral after it was published by the New York Times.
After a year at Princeton University, he returned to Greece to write. He is the author of Diplomacy Lessons: Realism for an Unloved Superpower, which discusses the bureaucratic and political habits that led to disaster in Iraq. His second book, Greek Urban Warriors, untangles the history of far-left political violence in Greece since the 1967 dictatorship. His latest project is ToposText, a free mobile application organizing ancient primary sources around a detailed map of the ancient Greek world, enriched by Kiesling’s bicycle explorations.
Kiesling is a former secretary of Democrats Abroad Greece. He has taken part in multiple excavations in Greece, Turkey, and Armenia. His daughter Lydia is a novelist in Portland, Oregon.
Bid documents: slides and narrative document from Athens's bid, as presented in June 2019.
Announcements and other Messages
The official program of the meeting is planned to begin with DA-Greece's reception at 8 or 9 P.M. local time on Friday evening.
In outline, the tentative program runs from 9h00 on Saturday morning until 17h30, with a break from 13h00 to 14h45. On Sunday, it will be 9h00 to 13h00. There are informal or caucus-related activities planned for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
We have created a private event on Facebook for the regional meeting in Athens this October. This space will be used to coordinate informal plans and, as we get closer to the event, to share photos and other media. Those who formally register for the event will be invited to the Facebook event and able to participate. Feel free to use the private event page as a space for coordinating travel, finding roommates, asking for hotel suggestions, and making tourist recommendations.
The public event for the meeting on Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/events/969628183375722/ – please share widely!