Trip Start Apr 18, 2012
Trip End Sep 12, 2012

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

April 21, 2012
Today George, Aspasia and I traveled to Monastiraki for a leisurly lunch and to walk around the many shops. Moraki is an agora near the heart of Athens; it is next to the Parliament building and the Acropolis can be seen in the air, majestically watching over the city from its lofty perch. Although we did not visit the Parthenon and the Acropolis on this day, I have visited before and when you look out, the whole of Athens is laid out before you. You can see for miles: the water, the city, the surrounding hills and mountains. Even standing before the Parthenon itself is a wonder. The structure is an achitectual brilliance. However, I digress. Monastiraki is a 25 minute metro ride from Neo Heraklio, but, in order to walk through a bit more of the city, we detrained at Omonia and walked through streets lined with vendors (both carts and stores) and filled with loud, beeping horns and much yelling. It was quite exciting! By the time we passed in front of Syntagma Sqare and the Parliament building (which was riot free today), it was nearly noon. We spent the next two hours wandering in and out of Monatiraki's many small streets, which are lined with little shops selling everything from shoes (so many shoes!) to souvineers, to jewelry, to music and clothes and more. In addition to the stores, there are many cafes and restaurants, one after another and more than one can count. 
After we had seen all the shops, we sat at a cafe for lunch. In Greece, lunch is no small affair. George, in peticular, takes lunch seriously and ordered many plates. We had lamb chops atop of oven potatoes, grilled feta with olive oil and peppers, large Greek salads filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and peppers, spinach and meal dishes, and last but not least: canteens of wine. Although it was much too much food for me to eat, I did my best, launching in with gusto, for it was all delicious! After about two hours of eating and nibbling, nibbling and drinking, watching people go by and the cats chase the birds, we departed the restaurant. We then walked out of Monastiraki and arround the neighboring area of Thissio, where the artists had their wares at tables to sell while they worked. All the while, the Acropolis remained high in the sky, continuing to watch over the city it has guarded for thousands of years. 

We returned to Neo Heraklion by 4pm, and after a couple hours of rest, the evening concluded with a visit from George's daughter and her husband and son. 
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Nick <Dad> on

George hasn't changed one bit from three-years ago and from twelve-years ago.He's retired-pensioner coast guard office in his 90's and he keeps on going.

lydia157 on

Yep!! And actually, he is 84 this year. 1927 he told me.

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