The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Name: Laurent Magnin Title: Chief executive officer Company, city: XL Airways; Paris, France Number of employees: 800 Recent project: Expanding service to the United States is our goal; in the last three years, we’ve launched service to San Francisco and Miami. We are also focused on opening service to additional cities in France. First job: I left school at 15; my father was in the airline business, and he put me to work. I started with Corsair and was there for 25 years. Little-known fact about you: I am crazy about trains. I also own 10,000 records; I love rock music.