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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 willbakker@democratsabroad.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
https://www.democratsabroad.org/2019_emea_regional_meeting


Register for the Friday reception, Saturday lunch, and Saturday dinner at
https://www.democratsabroad.org/athens_2019_food_and_drink_registration

Schedule of events

Date and timeActivity/EventRegistration required?
Thursday daytimeCruise of Greek islandsPickup at 7:15am at the Electra Metropolis. See https://www.facebook.com/events/675474652917050/permalink/692973537833828/
Thursday evening,
7:30pm
Welcome Party hosted by DA-RomaniaDetails below - no RSVP necessary
Friday morning,
10am
Acropolis TourPurchase tickets in advance AND inform the DA-Greece tour guide (see below)
Friday afternoon
2 - 5:00pm
Early check-inWelcome-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.)

Friday evening,
8:00pm - ???

Official Reception by DA-GreecePart 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 dayOfficial program for the meetingRegister at https://www.democratsabroad.org/2019_emea_regional_meeting
Saturday all dayCoffee breaks with foodRegister at https://www.democratsabroad.org/2019_emea_regional_meeting
Saturday from 1pmLunchPart of the form on https://www.democratsabroad.org/athens_2019_food_and_drink_registration
Saturday evening,
6:30pm to 8:00pm

EMEA Cocktail Party hosted by
Global Black Caucus and
Global Women's Caucus

RSVP at https://www.democratsabroad.org/emea_caucus_cocktail_party


Saturday evening,
8:00pm to ??

EMEA Saturday dinner

Purchase your choice of meals at https://www.democratsabroad.org/athens_2019_food_and_drink_registration

Menu for Saturday Dinner

Sunday until 1pmOfficial program for the meeting

Register at https://www.democratsabroad.org/2019_emea_regional_meeting
Stars with talk by DA-Greece member Brady Kiesling – see his bio below.

Sunday until 1pmCoffee breaks with foodRegister at https://www.democratsabroad.org/2019_emea_regional_meeting
Sunday afternoon,
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Women's Caucus luncheonRSVP at https://www.democratsabroad.org/annhesse/emea_regional_meeting_women_s_caucus_luncheon
Monday?Activities causally arrangedDiscuss on the private Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/675474652917050/



Latest additions

  • 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

Key Documents:

Most recent document with addresses and agenda, sent to registrants 8 October.

Google map with all key locations marked: https://goo.gl/maps/quafQZkCdEW2o8Fs9

 Booking information for venue hotels

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

https://electrametropolisathens.reserve-online.net/?bkcode=DEMOCRATSEMEAMEETING&checkin=2019-10-10 
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 reservationsem@electrahotels.gr by mentioning your reservation number.

The additional booking dates will be confirmed with the special rates upon availability of the hotel.

  

4* ELECTRA HOTEL

https://electraathens.reserve-online.net/?bkcode=DEMOCRATSEMEAMEETING&checkin=2019-10-10

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 reservationseh@electrahotels.gr by mentioning your reservation number.

The additional booking dates will be confirmed with the special rates upon availability of the hotel.


 DA-Romania reception Thursday evening

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; radu.florescu@centrade-cheil.com or Marina Coanda Bundac; unitedmind3@gmail.com

 Acropolis Tour Friday morning

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 westtothesea@hotmail.com with your name and the number of folks that will attend with you.
Brady's cell is available upon request.


More notes!

  • 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 bio

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!


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  1. Anonymous

    Any chance we can get a list of who attended?