Being a Tourist in Athens – It’s All Greek to Me

Being a Tourist in Athens – It’s All Greek to Me

This is a joke that just did not get old, at least with us, during our time being a tourist in Athens.  It may annoy the Greeks, and it may be passé, but for us, it was truly our experience in Athens.  It’s All Greek to Me. Yes, I had that many problems with the language while being a tourist in Athens.  It was our experience in Athens. It’s All Greek to Me. http://ctt.ec/jbv84+Click To Tweet The Greek language uses the unique Greek alphabet, similar to Russian’s Cyrillic.  It may look slightly familiar to the Roman languages, but then there are these unusual looking characters that are stuck in there to make it just confusing enough to throw me off.  This was particularly true after visiting Spain and Italy for three weeks, where I can fumble my way through the language. Finding Food While Being a Tourist in Athens Unlike other cities we’ve visited, I cannot give specific examples or tips as far as what to eat, or even where to eat.  Often, Athenians would ask us the name of the restaurant we went to, and that we raved about, but we could not even give them the name of the restaurant, or the street, or even the neighborhood because it was written in Greek.  When staying at the Civitel Olympic hotel in northern Athens, they recommended a nearby square with restaurants.  We ate there twice. I cannot tell you the name of the square or the restaurant.  Our favorite seafood restaurant when we were living like locals in Athens was called Kiourtos.  I only know this because it said...
Climbing the Acropolis – The Plight of Perpetual Travelers

Climbing the Acropolis – The Plight of Perpetual Travelers

So, now is where you judge me, and write mean comments, telling me that I am nothing more than an over-entitled, over-traveled, and ungrateful person.  Or worse. Go ahead, I can take it.  It is just that at some point I stopped being impressed, or wowed, by some of the most popular sites in the world.  In Jordan, I was entirely underwhelmed by Petra, in part because of the cost of entry, but also because of the hype.  It is just that after so many countries, and so many European and international cities, and so many must-see landmarks, it is starting to take a lot more to wow us. I have always wanted to go to Greece.  It was one of the gaping holes in our European map.  I have been to Montenegro, but not to Greece. Kind of strange.  I always imagined that I would fly into Athens, stop to see the Acropolis, and then scoot out to some islands.  I never imagined spending over a week in Athens and its surrounding area.  Do We Have to Go? But, there we were, in town for TBEX, the travel bloggers’ conference.  And, despite being a history and political science major, and despite the fact that I studied art history, with classes that started even before the classical Greeks and Romans, I was not all that thrilled to go see the Acropolis. Perhaps it was that we were just tired and stuffed after our two weeks in Italy.  I am sure in some way it was on a bucket list of mine, but once I was there, in country, something...
Living Like Locals in Athens

Living Like Locals in Athens

After spending five nights at the Civitel hotel in northern Athens, and being left exhausted by a very long three days of TBEX, a travel bloggers’ conference, and in preparation for our 20 hour journey home to Bali, we needed a break. We had three nights to fill before we left Greece and knew that we would not want to board another flight at the end of an amazing month of eating and touring and eating more.  After all, we just wanted to be near the water, to rest up, maybe get some work done, and eat great Greek food.  We were also unsure of the late October weather in Greece, as we despise the cold (no big secret here), and were nervous about off-season island hopping in Greece.  That is how we found ourselves at a seaside apartment in the tiny suburb of Athens, Alimos, aka Kalamaki.  Instead of a trip to the airport, and all of the hassles that come from a plane flight anywhere, we paid about 15 Euros for a taxi through the city and south. It was quiet in town, being entirely off season.  This meant that when we ventured from our apartment, which was really only for meals, we were surrounded by locals.  This is certainly our goal anywhere we travel.  But, in this case, we perhaps lived a little too much like locals.  The apartment had a large TV with pretty good English language stations, which left plenty of opportunity to watch quality (and trash) TV, from old favorites like House Hunters International, to Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and lots of...
Eating With The Locals – Alternative Athens

Eating With The Locals – Alternative Athens

We may not be into seeking out the best museums or spend hours touring historical sites, but when it comes to learning about a city, and a culture, we tend to look straight to its food.  What kind of ingredients are used?  How is the food prepared?  What are the dining habits of the local people?  How can I spend time eating with the locals? Which is why an Alternative Athens tour, which promised a home-cooked lunch in an Athenian home, sounded perfect.  First off, I love seeing inside homes in other countries.  To get a glimpse of how people live.  I love exploring the kitchen appliance, how things differ, or how they are the same.  It is one of the reasons that I love renting apartments when I travel. Eating With the Locals is a Perfect Lunch Eleni’s top floor Athen’s apartment was more spacious than I had anticipated, with a large dining room table and several sitting areas.  I also never would have expected it to be surrounded, on all four sides, with a patio with views over Athens in every single direction.  We dined al fresco, on the balcony, with a view of the Acropolis in the distance.  It was a perfectly warm blue day, which made the afternoon eating with the locals even more special. Although the middle of the week, Eleni hosted a small group for what would be considered a typical Saturday or Sunday meal – several courses spanning an afternoon while engaged in lively conversation.  It was a perfect lunch at an Athenian home, and of course started with ouzo. Eleni served...
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