The Goddess Athina

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End Jul 10, 2010

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Flag of Greece  , Attica,
Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hi everyone

Ly here, well I know I have been absent from the blog but I've been engrossed in reading a few books lately. Since our book splurge in Berlin I read 3 books which is more than I have read in the last four years. I actually picked up the swedish author's book the girl with the dragon tattoo series. I only read the 2nd and 3rd in the series after having seen the movie. I simply had to get through them, it was a book I couldn't put down. Daniel is now similarly going through the same thing now onto the 3rd book.

Well now onto Athens. Well Athens is a lot nicer than I thought it would be. It's an amazing historic town and nothing like the rest of Europe. The buildings here seem ancient and of course most are different shades of white. When we arrived I couldnt believe the humidity and heat. It felt like 30 degrees and with this heat my appetite had just disappeared. My love of ice teas grew though!

Our hotel looked like it was on a dodgy street but turned out that certain parts of Athens is just run down but there isnt a street where dodgy people or dealings are going on. Our room was simple but comfortable but most importantly for Daniel it had a fantastic powerful daikin air conditioner, although the sounds it made sounds like it was daikin's very first ever model!

I had a sleep, still recovering from all my late night reading and eventually I came out of my coma at 8pm!!! Four hours of sleeping and I was still sluggish. During that time Daniel who obviously was bored, wandered out for a beer - surprise surprise!! The weather I guess was perfect for it. Daniel didnt end up going far, just across the road to a delapidated restaurant who had a very friendly and keen waiter. Daniel tried a greek beer which was neither here or there and some tasty meatballs. The waiter then offered free semolina cake in honey like syrup and a shot of some red syrup liquer. Surprisingly this place as bad as it looked from the outside was actually well rated on Tripadviser for being authentic greek food.

Daniel came and went without me noticing and woke me up. We hit the streets in search of food but instead wandered around the main street where all the shops were. First thing I noticed were a lot black africans selling fake louis vuitton bags mainly, watches, sunglasses on bed sheets. At a moment's notice, if the police come they immediately grab the four corners and bolt out of there without a trace!!

I noticed here the greek girls aren't what you would expect. I was imagining most would look like Effie from the old show I grew up on Acropolis Now - you know girls with big hair, thick makeup, mega heels and that funny accent. Surprisingly Daniel has never heard of the show!!! But the women here are nothing like that. Instead they tend to have lovely complexions obviously used to getting some sun and are not loud mouthed or pushy at all. One thing I noticed they sell everywhere here is the maxi dress and plenty of gladiator shoes!!! Seems there are just shoe shops everywhere selling the most elaborate and ornate jeweled shoes I've ever seen! I could not help but treat myself to a lovely pair of leather sandals made from here. Something to remember Greece by. It was a wonderfully warm night and people were about wandering around. Shops were all open till about 9pm. We decided to go back to the restaurant that Daniel had been to across from our hotel. On the way we spied a pastry shop selling yummy baklavas so we went in to pick and choose a few different types we hadn't seen before.

For dinner we had octopus, an amazing eggplant dip, herb bread and some salted lamb with potatos. Although it was very good I cant say Im in love with greek food. We were treated to some semolina cake again and the shot of red liquer which I couldn't get through. Serivce was wonderfully friendly but it did seem like they were constantly shoving freebies our way and you felt obliged to eat it so not to offend the owners.

All in all, a great start to Athens. I'm loving the warm nights and the amosphere around the place.

Ly and Daniel

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Aunty Pete on

Wow guys what a view from the hotel! I had heard a rave review about the books you read and have just not got around to getting them, but will make more of an effort now. The food sounds like my kind of wholesome heavy stuff but you'd think with that weather it would be lighter and healthier. Its cold here in little Tassie in the mornings but the winter afternoons are delightful (looking out the window from work). Sadly by the time I get out its cold again. Next weekend I am in Adelaide to catch up with Aunty Dulcie and my mate Cat Stevens - woo hoo. So if you hear someone singing "I'm being followed by a moon shadow" - that would be me! Relax, enjoy and hve some mousakka for me. Love you heaps, xo

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