City Guide – Athens

fancying a change of scene but not wanting to venture too far we decided on Athens for a few days away, having visited before and seen the main attractions we were looking forward to catching up with friends and trying some new places to eat, it is also a great meeting place for family travelling from the UK, we were lucky enough for my little brother to join us too.

We stayed in between Monastiraki and Psyri, not everyone’s cup of tea as a little rough around the edges but we loved it. We took the metro from the airport to Monastiraki station (around €11 one way) which took 40 minutes, it was then a few minutes walk to the apartment which from the outside was a little worrying, we were warned when we booked it to ignore the outside of the building but after a walk around the area we gathered this was the case for most places, the inside was incredible with the most amazing view of the Acropolis.

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We were able to walk pretty much everywhere, Syntagma was within 20 minutes where we enjoyed an afternoon of shopping and of course changing of the guard that happens every hour, well worth a look, the view from the top of the Public building is also worth a visit.

Food is definately my specialist subject and research on Instagram and Trip Advisor unearthed some fantastic places, a few recommendations below:

Cinque wine bar and deli on Agatharchou 15, 10554 Psyri was our first stop, a husband and wife set up, the bar is tiny but we sat outside under the heaters on the street and enjoyed a very good Santorini wine with the most incredible platter with meats and cheeses from the region, such warm and friendly hosts.

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Breakfast is most definately my favourite meal of the day, what with a lazy start most days we woke and went on a brunch fest, do try these places:

Spitimas is located in Psyri and specialises in breakfast and lunch, they are open till 6pm. Again a cozy set up inside, the novelty being the bed, yes literally breakfast in bed. The owner is super friendly and passionate about what she does and they use fresh locally sourced ingredients.

On Saturday we ventured into the classy area of Kolonaki, designer shops adorn the streets on both sides but tucked away is a place called Philos, again specialising in breakfast and lunch, the building itself is worth a visit, a little pricey but worth it.

A final brunch on Sunday took us to Zampano, located in Psyri, on Sunday they have a jazz band play from 1pm, they were fantastic. The restaurant is very 1920’s decor wise and next door they run a hostel called The Circus.

Thankfully we did alot of walking during our stay, a browse around the many antique markets is a must, on a Sunday there are more stalls. A stroll through the national gardens is a great place to get away from the bustling city, it is so peaceful.

and just in case you need another snack! there are numerous souvlaki stalls at the side of the road, my little brother couldn’t resist

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also worth the experience, the hop on hop off bus was a good way of taking in the sights if you’re short of time, they pick up from Syntagma on the hour and charge €20 each.

 

 

 

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Although a little late to the party

I’d like to wish you all a very Happy New year. What better way to start the year than a sunset walk with friends.

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seeing as the sun continues to shine

Marie Teare will be leading mass in the tranquility of her garden tomorrow, Pomegranate Cottage, Fontana at 11am, all welcome, directions are below in a previous post.

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and so another season comes to an end

as taverna’s and bar’s close and we say good bye to our summer friends it’s now that we have the time to sit and enjoy a coffee in the late summer sun and reflect on the season with friends we haven’t seen over the busy summer time. Guests regularly ask ‘what do you do in the winter’ my reply being ‘ what we don’t get the chance to do in the summer’ hobbies get pushed to one side over the summer, our homes and gardens feel a little neglected and now is our chance to travel if we so wish.

For the time-being I’m just enjoying the slower pace that the winter allows.

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Sunday mass

will be taking place at Pomegranate Cottage in Fontana, please see details below.

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Rekindled love

we’re all guilty of taking things for granted and having lived on the island for 11 years I some-times forget just how beautiful this place that I call home really is. My trip with Lethcothea yesterday to Anti-Paxos reminded me of why we moved here.

Leaving from Loggos at 5pm it was great to see familiar faces that I hadn’t caught up with for some time and also meet new guests to the island. The journey over was spent chatting and before we knew it we’d arrived at the old port of Anti-Paxos. The walk took us along a track that led to an ancient sterna and then onto a beautiful view, the 118 steps were worth it. From here we made our way through the village, picking figs from the trees and sharing them amongst us, stopping off at the church of Ayios Aimilianos that recently celebrated it’s name day on the 17th July and here we enjoyed some Anti-Paxos wine.

Arriving at Voutoumi beach when it was pretty much deserted was such a treat and a swim was more than welcome. More wine, fresh watermelon and some traditional music and dancing on the sand was a great way to end the day.

If you get the opportunity do join Lethcothea on this trip, her passion and love for the island is infectious, her office is located in Loggos opposite the Four seasons taverna.

info@paxos-thalasstravel.com/ 0030 6976944748

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‘One love’ comes to Paxos

The Paxos Reggae festival started last night in Loggos and will continue this evening from 6pm at Bounaos in Magazia and then onto Lakka at the Old School house from around 9pm. They are currently performing on Vrika beach on Anti-Paxos.

See https://www.facebook.com/paxosreggaefestival/ for further information of places and timings for Sunday.

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