June 24th – Friday

Athens Overnight

The flight from Santorini was short and very smooth. There was no disruption of our arrangements, thanks to the quick work of our travel agent Mike.

I am sitting here in the top-floor balcony of  the Astor Hotel Athens – looking across the way at the Acropolis!  I can’t believe I am actually here!  Hello antiquity.  We have a corner room for this one night on the top floor; a “junior suite”.  Too bad it is only for one night, but we are thrilled to have it.  And for the same price, too!  The clerk told us that the Queen of Spain was coming tomorrow, so we couldn’t keep it.  His story is a little far-fetched, I think.  If the Queen of Spain is coming to Athens, she will probably stay in a nicer hotel!

I am out of sorts today.  I need a good night’s sleep and a little break.  I hope our three-day tour of the Peloponnesus will help.  Being with other people and under the care of a tour guide to set the agenda should help.

We walked in the streets of Athens near the hotel, had a crepe and coffee and looked at some shops, then came up to our room.  We talked about what to do tonight.  In this room, we will share a double bed, since that is all there is in this room.

We asked for a recommendation at the front desk.  They sent us to a place called Diros on Xenofondas Street at Syntagma Square.  The proprietor there was very nice and the meal was okay, but not special.  April had schnitzel and rice (breaded veal cutlet) and I had chicken soup with lemon (which was very good) and lamb and vegetables (which was poor).  We both had Greek salads: tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, olives, oil and vinegar.  I wish I could say it was delicious, but it was only just passable.  And it cost us 39.80 Euros, about $50!!

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