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Need meal and site advice for not often discussed Greek Islands & Places

Old Oct 1st, 2014, 08:02 PM
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Well, we're leaving on Monday, so I thought I'd bring this back up to the top of the Europe pile to see if anyone had any other comments or opinions, and if Frances made it back from Greece!

One more thing . . . any thoughts on good places to eat in Athens? We'll be in the Plaka area . . . fun places with a groovy atmosphere are more our style . . . not too bright (don't want too many wrinkles to show!). Can't be bland, we like spicy stuff, and not fancy.

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Old Oct 2nd, 2014, 10:08 AM
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From your itinerary, I'm guessing that you are on some sort of sailing tour like the Harmony Yacht tours (they seem to start from Kea, and have those short-stays in places like Nafplio) -- so I wish you the Best of Luck! This time of year, when the sea gets rough, sometimes you have to skip a port entirely. Here's hoping it goes well. As for your stops:

NAFPLIO -- I do hope you used the visitnafplio link & studied it well. Also print out a map of Old Town. This is considered the most beautiful Old Town in Greece (some call it the Proposal capital of the country because so many Greeks take girfriends there to pop the question). ANd frankly, I think the sunsets -- viewed from the cushioned loveseats in the row of cafes along the seafront -- "eclipse" any from Santorini. I like several small tavernas that are 1-2 streets in from the seafront promenade ... OMORFO on Vas Olgas and PALIO ARCHONTIKO (Taverna Old Town)and BYZANTINO on Vas Alexandrou ... As for nightlife, if u are here on a weekend, there will be more going on (this is a fave weekend getaway for Athenians); best to ask the waiters at your restaurant for night spots w. some music & fun.

ATHENS - "Plaka area" is laaarge ... for dinner near Acropolis museum area, Mani Mani is good authentic food, south of Acropolis .. 1 block off Syntagma on Mitropoleos, "O Tzitzika & Mermigas" (ant & butterfly) has some yummy dishes... & both greeks & tourists eat at these. For more pep & action & nightlife, maybe look at Gazi district.

KEA (Btw, the Greeks call this Tzia, pronounce Tzee-AH; don't ask) -- I spent a fun few days hiking on this very untouristed island, in 2008 but no foodie finds to report, alas. Tried all the 3-4 tavernas portside & at a small yachtie port, all mediocre. I DID encounter two jolly mustachioed geezers who kept trying to buy me drinks (at 11 am!!) all because I'd mastered a couple of words of rude Greek slang, which I used when they asked about President Bush.
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Old Oct 2nd, 2014, 11:49 AM
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travelerjan, you NAILED it! (I will not tell my husband about the potentially rough waters . . . I'll just make sure he brings Dramamine!).

I will try all of the places you mentioned . . . perfect! We'll be at the Electra Palace hotel, so it should be near the restaurants you mentioned.

And thanks also for the info on Nafplio -- I love sunsets, and I think after 29 years of marriage, we still like the romantic spots. The comment reminds me of Tennysen's Ulysses, which is the basis for this year's trip: To sail beyond the sunset and the baths of all the western stars . . . .
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Old Oct 2nd, 2014, 01:45 PM
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That's a good poem to ponder when sailing in Greece -- here's an even better one, "Ithaka" by Constantine Cavafy (Greece's greatest modern poet) -- I give a copy of of this to every person who comes to Greece w. me http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/181782
-- translation by Edmund Keeley (my husband's college friend -- IMO the foremost translator of modern greek poetry)
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