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Suggestions needed for our first visit to Athens without speaking Greek

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My husband and I will be in Athens for 5 nights before beginning a 14 day cruise. I just bought a Greek phrase book and dictionary thinking I'd learn some key phrases before we get there. How does a first time visitor manage on their own without recognizing words or speaking the language? I may learn a few words but I don't see myself getting a decent grasp of the written language to read Greek restaurant menus or street signs.

We like to find places to eat away from tourist crowds. We typically avoid restaurants with picture menus or the ones with menus displayed in multiple languages. I'm wondering how easy is it to be an English speaking tourist in Athens and get away from the well worn tourist paths ;;)

I'm looking forward to the challenge of such a "foreign experience" but if there are suggestions for making our first visit a little easier, I'd love to hear about them.

Did you find Athens just as easy as other major cities in the EU for English speaking visitors?

Thanks for your comments, Deborah

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