This post has been long outstanding. It’s been 3 months since my trip to Greece and the photos (thousands of them!) have been lying dormant in my thumb-drive. Amazing how time really flew! I was so caught up with other stuff the past few months, since returning from Greece & Abu Dhabi. There was the New Year, then Chinese New Year and in between, my medical woes…. which hopefully have been settled now.
So… there you have up there that beautiful pic of the Acropolis, as seen from our hotel window. It’s so spectacular, isn’t it? Especially when viewed at night! We did climb right up to the site on one of the mornings and the view of Athens from there was breath-taking. I shall cover the sights of Greece in Raynebows later.
We chose a central location to stay – Monastiraki – a very hustle-bustle area with everything right at our doorstep – shops, restaurants and the Flea Market in the Plaka area! The train station is merely 300m away from our hotel – a really “plus” point, especially when we had to lug our baggage to go to the airport! It was such a breeze as the train goes straight to the airport – no need to change train/station at all!
So…. how did I find Greek food?
I shall elaborate more on what we actually ate there… but first, I want to showcase some of their desserts…
I have no idea what they are called. We found all these in a local food outlet which sold cooked food as well as a wide array of their sweets! They were all placed on HUGE trays and quite a number of them were soaking in thick syrup… they do look verrrryyy sweet & rich, don’t they??
The Greeks are great meat eaters. Lamb and pork are the firm favourites… beef don’t feature much on their menus but are available. Chicken and seafood are not really favoured there… maybe not in winter…
What about vegetables? Well, you only have one choice – Salads! This is the typical Greek Salad – tomatoes, capsicum, onions, croutons and chunks of feta cheese! I love their juicy tomatoes and capsicum but can do without the feta cheese, thank you 🙂
In the background there is a slice of their Spinach Pie – mashed spinach rolled in pastry…
Since we were staying in Monastiraki, we were recommended to try “The Best Pork Chops in Athens” which was located in a dark creepy side alley – it was quite a hair-raising walk that night as we went in search of this place, frequented mainly by the locals. It seems to be a family-run business… here you can see the very-buff son doing his thing grilling the pork chops…
All my close-up pics of the pork chops didn’t turn out well, mainly because the lighting was very dim where we were seated. But I can tell you how they tasted – they were extremely salty!!! And hard! Because they were over-grilled! What they did was grill these thin slices of lean pork and then sprinkle handfuls of salt over the meat and then pile them onto a plate to serve to you!
This was the only seafood item we ate while in Greece… a plate of Little Fried Fish – yes, that’s how it was listed on their menu! This was at the cafe by the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion.
Firstly, you can see all their workers/vendors donning white coats – very “clinical”, don’t you think??
I will post about the sights of this trip in Raynebows, hopefully soon 🙂 So… do check that out later!