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Monastiraki

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  • Day4

    Hans und Gretel

    June 16, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    Dieser Laden ist ein Paradies!
    Man betritt ihn und ist umgeben von Süßigkeiten und Eis. Es riecht süß nach Kuchen und man möchte nie wieder gehen.
    Und alles ist farbenfroh und wie in einem Märchen.
    Im hinteren Teil des Ladens findet man einen Eingang zu einem Häuschen, mit kleinen Stühlen und Tisch, einem Kamin. Wir wollten unser Märchenland gar nicht mehr verlassen :D
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  • Day2

    Eis und Iced Latte in Athen

    June 14, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    Nach der anstrengenden Zeit auf der Akropolis und einigen Erkundungsgängen in Plaka erreichten wir irgendwann auch Monastiraki.
    In einem kleinen Café holten wir uns Eis das in einer Waffel mit Sprinkles war.
    Es gibt dort tatsächlich sehr oft Waffeln mit Sprinkles oder Schokolade.

    Unser nächstes Ziel war ein Roof Garden. Wir wollten unbedingt in einem Café auf dem Dach sitzen und einen guten Blick auf die Akropolis haben.
    Wir hatten darüber im Internet und Reiseführer gelesen, fragten aber schlussendlich eine Griechin, die uns ein Café empfahl, das MS Roof Garden.
    Der Preis für ein Iced Latte war natürlich etwas höher als in anderen Cafés, aber der Blick war perfekt. :)
    Zudem bekamen wir ein Glas Wasser zu unserer Bestellung, das jedes Mal aufgefüllt wurde, wenn es leer/halb leer war!
    Wir wussten ja, dass man auch Wasser bekommt, normalerweise beschränkt sich das aber nur auf ein Glas. So konnte man dort oben gleich noch viel besser sitzen.
    Zudem war die Bedienung sehr freundlich und es herrschte eine gute Atmosphäre auf dem Dach.
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  • Day5

    Monastiraki Square

    May 14, 2015 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Tonight we went to the Monastiraki Square for dinner, the meal was delicious and a very generous size - I could only eat half of it! We then made our way to Yum... Me for frozen yogurt. After that nearly everyone else went back to the hotel a few of us decided to stay and go to a roof top bar for a cocktail naking our way through Monastiraki Square to get there we were hassled by several gypsys. The view of the city from the rooftop bar was absolutely stunning, such a shame photos don't do it justice. We made our way back to the hotel after having done a little bit of exploring.Read more

  • Day61

    Monastiraki Square, Athens

    October 29, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We said a sad goodbye to Santorini today and made our way to Athens by plane. What I didn’t know when booking our flights was that the plane from Santorini to Athens is a small plane, a very small plane. Brad got so excited when we checked in at the airport and asked how full the plane was and the reply was that there were only 40 people booked for the flight. He had started picturing us having an aisle of seats each for the flight, room to spread out etc. What we discovered upon boarding the plane was that it only fit 40 people!! And we had to wait on the tarmac for the pilot to casually arrive before we could board. Brad was positive he was going to die on his birthday. I didn’t mind the smaller plane as we flew a bit closer to the ground and could see a lot more. I figured there was also less distance to fall should we have any issues. Needless to say Brad was more than relieved when we landed in Athens.

    Our next adventure was with our taxi driver. Brad found a mobile phone on his seat when he hopped in the taxi and our driver said it belonged to his friend. Anyway, his friend happened to pass us on the highway so our taxi driver went after him, honking his horn trying to get him to pull over. It had the opposite effect with the other taxi driver driving even faster. I think at one point we were doing close to 160km/h trying to get this guy’s attention. He eventually realised who was chasing him and finally pulled over – in the middle of the highway. And we thought the Italians thought they were indestructible on the roads. It certainly was an experience.

    We somehow managed to survive the flight and the taxi ride and finally made it to our accommodation for the next couple of nights. Due to changes in our itinerary we now have six nights in Athens instead of four but were unable to extend our original booking so we booked a room at Athens’s Luxury Suites. Our room was great, spacious with a very big comfy bed and a roomy bright red bathroom. We were impressed.

    After checking in and a rest we headed out for dinner and to check out our surroundings. We could see the Acropolis and the Parthenon lit up in the distance and can’t wait to visit it tomorrow. We walked down to the Monastiraki Square, the main square in the old town of Athens. This seemed to be the central spot for the neighbourhood and everywhere we visited always seemed to return to this spot. From here we made our way to a street full of restaurants, with hosts trying to entice passers-by inside with their colourful menus and iPads, very 21st century. We chose to have dinner at Efxaris, a traditional Greek restaurant. I happened to mention it was Brad’s birthday and boy did he get spoilt. We were given free drinks and desserts and the band even sang Happy Birthday to Brad, which embarrassed him completely. The food was delicious, and it is nice to try another cuisine.

    We ended the night with a stroll through the area, being amazed at the ruins we were walking amongst, checking out some of the market stalls and trying our first Greek gelato. We are looking forward to hitting the streets tomorrow.
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  • Day66

    Athens - Last night

    November 3, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We made the most of our last night in Athens with dinner at Heliaia, with the amazing view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon lit up against the inky black sky. It was an amazing setting and the food was delicious. Except for a couple of odd meals, we have been very lucky to enjoy so many amazing dishes on our trip. It is great to experience other cultures and to try their food, something I am getting better at doing.

    We even got to experience a Greek Halloween parade which was very much in the Day of the Dead fashion. It wound its way throughout the Plaka district and was pretty cool to see.

    We ended the night with a gelato from Davinici Gelato. We have walked past this shop every day we have been here and had yet to try one. The shop is such a delight to the senses, with so much to look at, such delicious smells, and so many choices to make... the gelato was worth the wait and the indecision!! It was so creamy and flavoursome. A very enjoyable treat to end our last night in Athens.
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  • Day2

    Last night in Athens (panoramic view)

    September 4 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    As soon as the sun descend below the horizon line, we visit a church and walk by the Acrópolis museum, before starting heading back to our apartment. This actually proves to be more complicated than expected (my GPS seems to be more in retirement phase than on a holiday break). Anyways, in the end we make it back "home" and even get to see some now unexplored places of Athens thanks to the unvolountary detour. Tonight we enjoy a home-made dinner using the cooking facilities of our apartment: salmon in tomato sauce! 🐠🍅😋

    Tomorrow morning we have a veeery early start (we need to wake up at 4.30am at the latest), but we want to enjoy Athens until the very end, especially since we have already lost one day because of Lufthansa.

    Gari, a Greek-born colleague of Ludo, recommended us to check out a bar with a rooftop offering a great view of the Acrópolis. And, even if it's already quite late, we decide to follow her tip. A decision we definitely don't regret!

    When we finally get close to the bar - called "A for Athens" - we are overwhelmed by the view from the square: the Parthenon and the whole Acrópolis are exquisitely illuminated with warm lights and stand out against the black sky of the night.

    Full of expectations, we enter the building carrying the "A for Athens" sign and, to be honest, we are taken by surprise: everything, lift included, feels like a red-light nightclub! 😲
    Luckily, as soon as we reach the top, the ambience changes drastically and, after a short wait, we are finally admitted to the famous terrace. All I can say is that Gari was totally right: this place is definitely worth the cost of a drink! And it's the beat possible way to say goodbye to Athens.. 😍
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  • Day10

    Agoraphobie

    September 22, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Agoraphobie – Warum man ausgerechnet diesen Begriff gewählt hat, um ein Form von Platzangst zu beschreiben, erschließt sich, wenn man die Agora, also den Versammlungs-Begräbnis-Regierungsplatz der griechischen Hauptstadt betrachtet.

    Allerdings sind die meisten Gebäude aus historischer Zeit nicht erhalten geblieben, so dass der Charakter des Platzes heute ein ganz anderer ist als vor 2.500 Jahren.
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  • Day12

    Church of Panagia Kapnikarea

    July 5, 2016 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    A short walk down from Syntagma on Ermou street is located the Church of Panagia Kapnikarea. It is an early Christian church that was built around 1050. Like many early churches in Greece, it was built upon the site of pagan antiquities, a temple dedicated toi the goddess Athena or Demeter. You can see the walls of the church incorporate white marble pieces found in the original temple site.Read more

  • Day585

    Day 586: Back to Athens

    September 23, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Up at 5am, taxi pickup at 5:30am, arrive at the dock by 6am where we wait around for a bit and then depart on the ferry at 7am. Crazy early.

    The weather had calmed down the last few days so it was pretty smooth, and the first leg of the journey was great - the boat was less than half full so we could spread out, I had my laptop plugged in and was doing editing. But after the second stop (Naxos and then Paros), the boat was basically full and that meant people with reserved seats started wanting them! Eventually we had to move and find other spots which we only just managed. A nice man gave up his seat so that we could stick together and we finished off doing some planning for the USA. Might be a bit tough to visit some of the national parks in the west as it's getting cold by November!

    Finally we arrived in Athens around 5pm and super glad to get off the boat. Schnitzel had been in his little bag for about 12 hours by this point but had been very well behaved! We let him out for a pee and then straight back in and onto the underground into the city. I wasn't expecting great things from the Athens metro but it's fine for getting people between Piraeus and the old city where we were staying.

    After a wrong turn or two we found our Airbnb, a loft-style apartment about six floors up. Fairly newly renovated so it's quite nice, though the internet is quite slow again. Can't have it all I guess - it does come with a view of the Acropolis!

    I had a nap while Shandos explored a bit, only venturing out later to grab a gyros. Not super impressed with Athens at first glance; it's very run-down and grungy like Rome or Naples, and with a slight hostile edge in the air as well.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Monastiráki, Monastiraki, موناستيراكي, Μοναστηράκι, Монастираки, Монастиракі, 蒙纳斯提拉奇

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