Athens: the birthplace of Greek Salad, the stomping ground of Hercules and the humble home of Ouzo. With so many fruits to offer the tourists and the world, I really have no idea why people give good old “Athina” such a bad rap.
Most travellers seem to pry away from the Greek Capital following talks of it being “too dirty”, or “depressing” as a result of the country’s financial crisis. But honestly, take a trip (if possible) and decide for yourself.
I personally love a good Athens session, here’s why!
Greek Yoghurt, everywhere.
Sure Frozen Yoghurt bars have taken over like a bad rash here in Melbourne, but it really can’t compete with the fresh, Greek style.
Some of us spend years, if not a lifetime trying to discover the “best” yoghurt, and those lucky little Greeks are fed it from birth. I may not ever come across such fresh from the pot, creamy, delicate, enveloping, porcelain white goodness, but I can die happy knowing that I did enjoy a few cups, topped with some outrageous honey and a few pistachios just for fun. If you are lucky enough to find yourself craving this treat in Athens, you just have to check out Fresko Yoghurt Bar! So good!
Soccer – Gate 7 Style.
If possible, find locals, become best mates and convince them to take you to a soccer game.
I thought my dad’s friends were a bit fanatic when it came to the AFL grand final, but a glimpse of Grecian Soccer within the renown Gate 7 area of utmost fanatical soccer-goers, puts even the Collingwood die-hards to shame.
I’m talking 3 hours of endless chants, flares and fireworks. My ears are still ringing, but I like it.
Minus the fleas. It’s always fun meandering through trinkets and bobbits and do-whats-its. Embrace it and buy something for your mum while you’re at it, she’ll love it.
Places like the Acropolis are older than your grandma’s, grandma’s great grandma! Pretty impressive right?
No skimping on the feta!
If the menu says it has feta, you better believe it, and you better like feta, because there is going to be a lot of it.
Don’t be shy, be the feta, love the feta.
I never would have picked it, but Athens has some of the coolest bars, in.the.world!
I’m talking art gallery drinking spots in old warehouses (The Art Foundation) and 75 flavour liqueur tasting houses (Brettos), and of course, we can’t forget a memorable rooftop – there’s plenty around with killer views!
Hands down the best thing I have ever tasted. Or maybe it was the 30C weather which made it taste so good. Either way, I vividly remember a party in my mouth!
That’s how you say ‘cheers’ in Greek. Fun fact.
I love you Athens!
Love Sheona x.