Today was out last full day in Greece. Though I’m sad about that, we have seen and done a lot of things in a short time here. I loved seeing all the historic sites and I loved shopping for trinkets. Today was mostly about that.
Something I’ve noticed here is that often we’ll hear loud shouting. We look around anxiously thinking people may be fighting or something may be going down but it’s usually just a couple of people being very passionate in their conversation.
We headed back into the centre of Athens. The traffic was just horrendous! I’d hate to drive here. In fact, I’m almost certain I wouldn’t
We were so looking forward to shopping but before we did that, we stopped to see the Greek Parliament which is housed in an imposing building situated at the east side of Syntagma Square.
At one point the guards started doing something. It may have been part of the “changing of the guards” ritual but I’m not sure. I didn’t ask but I did take some video and if you’re interested, you can see it here. I didn’t video the whole thing.
I also took a few pics of that area… including of the people who actually allow these rats of the air to land and eat seed off of them!!!!!
We stopped for a quick bite to eat. I can’t believe how cheap some of this food is here.
We got a couple of “wraps”.
That’s how they were described on the menu. I had chicken meat in mine.
They also come with fries in them. I realised too late that I didn’t take a photo of the one I was eating but it was pita bread, wrapped cone like, with the meat, chips (fries), tzatziki and some salad stuff in it.
It was only 2.8 Euro!
So cheap and so filling!
I did take a picture of the display in the shop window though.
We headed into the flea markets in Plaka after that.
I must admit, I was a little nervous.
There are all sorts of people there trying to get money off of you one way or another.
Either they are just begging for it or trying to deceive you by offering “free” gifts.
There’s also sad cases.
We saw a couple of people afflicted by some condition and it just broke my heart to see them out on the street begging. It just doesn’t seem right.
All these people throwing away money at touristy junk while other people are fighting for another 24 hours to live.
We had some lunch. We were told the pizza at this place we went to was amazingly different to anywhere else. It was traditional Greek pizza. I would have to agree it was different. I don’t know that I’d go out of my way for it but I did like it.
Hubby and I don’t eat seafood but I took a pic of the seafood platter that came out for those who are into that sort of thing (see above)
I ordered grilled vegetables and just absolutely loved them!!! Eggplant is fast becoming one of my favourite vegetables.
Oh and I’ll just leave this here. Make of it what you will but these “items” are sold all over the place in tourist shops.
There must be some meaning, I’d imagine to do with fertility, but I haven’t looked into it.
Who are buying these things????
We had had a leisurely lunch so it was quite late when we headed back.
Hubby and googled and found there was an outlet mall very close to where we’re staying.
We asked to be dropped off there but once our ride had left, we discovered it was NOT an outlet mall at all. It may have been once upon a time, but it was now very much deserted!!!
Lots of closed up shops. The only thing that was open was a Marks and Spencer Store.
We walked home but not before heading into a supermarket for a few supplies to last us these next 12 hours.
You will not believe what I found…. If only I had seen this 12 days ago!!!!!!!!
Diet Lemonade I have missed you so much!
We headed into Glyfada for our last night. I’m going to miss this. Late Summer nights. The coast, the company, the atmosphere. Greece you have been good to us.
Tomorrow we are having a change of pace and it will be interesting to see how different it will be…. I’m not sure how reliable our internet is going to be but I hope to have the next post up within twenty four hours.
Where will we be this time tomorrow? Stay tuned!