Breakfast ticked off another Greek food - Greek yoghurt with honey!
We checked into our hotel, situated just off Athenian street which was very handy. First stop was another food-stop and we just couldn’t resist having another gyros pita - this time ‘kebab’ flavour!
The fast food place was across the road from a massive food market so, of course, we had to explore!There was masses of dried fruits and nuts, including red pistachios (Fystiki) which were super-salty. This exclusive pistachio is grown on the island of Aegina and often salt-roasted.
|Anyone for intestines?|
|Made me think of Lord of The Flies!|
|I always keep my iced coffee with my sheep's head|
|Then measure out the dough into balls|
|Put the dough balls into the hot oil|
|When golden brown, take out and EAT!|
|Greek (iced) coffee time while waiting for our doughnuts to cook...|
Athens is named after the goddess of wisdom, Athena, and it’s history is a mixture of mythology and fact. The city is full of bustling streets, ancient ruins, lively cafes and scrummy food - a perfect combination!
We peeked in at bakeries lining the streets to admire the Greek sweets, including: Kandaifi (similar to baklava with a base of shrewd filo dough, filled with chopped nuts and swimming in a rich syrup); Galaktoboureko (custard baked between layers of filo, then soaked with lemon-scented honey syrup); Loukoumia (similar to Turkish delight, made from starch and sugar and flavoured with rose water or mastic) and Bougatsa (sweet semolina custard, wrapped in fresh filo pastry and sprinkled with sugar).
|Ready to start the hike up...|
There is a €12 ticket you can buy in Athens which is valid for four days and gives you entry to the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Keramikos, Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Theatre of Dionysos.After a hot and intense sightseeing session we walked through the markets, heading back to Plateia Monastiraki...
Back to the hotel for showers where I changed into bright blue in honour of our Greek location to celebrate our last night of holiday. We headed out for dinner in Monastiraki at a bustling restaurant.
|Being serenaded as we ate and drank...|
Greek white wine to started, before...
Then our mixed meat platter arrived - amazing!
There was kalamaki (the Athenian version of souvlaki - grilled meats, sprinkled with oregano, lemon and salt) plus keftedes (meatballs), chicken fillet, pork sausages, pork steaks all served with a mound of fried potatoes and salad!
|And this is the SMALL platter!|
Drinks-time and we sought out Masticha (a Greek after-dinner digestive, made from mastic - a Mediterranean tree resin - into a flavourful liquor native to Chios island).
It was served in a little jug, accompanied by shot glasses and a small jug of water. It was sweet and syrupy and we happily sipped our drink as the lively streets filled with performers and people.
There was just time for a quick honey rakia shot before bed!