Just back from a few days in Greece. Kevin was working most of the time but I was able to play tourist for a few days. The highlight was a walking tour organised by Athens Walking Tours. Three hours in the company of one of the most interesting and informative guides. Voula shared not only her enthusiam for Ancient Greece but also insights into Greek daily life today and more recent Greek history. I hadn’t for example realised that Prince Otto of Germany was appointed King of Greece by Britain, Russia and Germany in 1833, the Greek’s first king! When he was overthrown some thirty years later the Greeks offered their thone to a Dane and their family continued as the Royal Family of Greece until the 1970’s.
In the evenings we ate in some great tavernas: “To Kafeneio” which had a wonderful log fire and is a bit off the beaten track, patronised by young Greeks rather than tourists, but still in Plaka. You may have seen this place in a Jamie Oliver tv programme on mezedes, but it is unspoiled by 15 minutes of fame. We ate there twice it was so good and got to taste their new wine which was wonderful! Our second find was a taverna simply named “Taberna” but known as “Dimitris and Grigoris” behind the Hotel Caravel. The menu had a selection of favourites and some more unusual dishes – a great lemony sauce on the stuffed vine leaves but the grilled peppers were mouth numbingly hot, lips and tongues were tingling for sometime afterwards.
And finally, in a basement bar “Bakaliarakia o Damigos” not far from Sytagmou Square specialising in cod as the name suggests, we devoured a lovely meat dish after a selection of freshly prepared mezedes. Their olives were very tasty too. Here the wine was served in aluminium jugs filled from huge barrels mounted above the diners heads and the staff were extremely friendly. Again no tourists, in fact we saw very few visitors anywhere, The weather was good, sunny but not too hot so I’d recommend Athens in November and if you want to locate these tavernas yourselves look them up on Trip Advisor.
More of our pictures of Athens in the Autumn here