Greece is the Word – Day Thirteen

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.

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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.

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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!!!!!

Gross!!!

 

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 IMG_7248(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.

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We headed into the flea markets in Plaka after that.

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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.

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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????

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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.

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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!

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The Flagstaff

Today on the Dining Diaries…

We experience “diners regret”
We happen upon yet another salad bar and
We find a chef with a fridge full of cream and he’s not afraid to use it.

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Flagstaff Hotel – by day

Hello fellow diners. Today we’re at The Flagstaff; A hotel that’s situated on the corner of the busy South and Marion Road intersection.

We were here in the early evening and I couldn’t decide if the view of traffic speeding by with their twinkling head lights was strangely comforting or causing some mild anxiety.

Hubby and I had both had a bit of a stressful day and I don’t think we’d wound down enough when we entered the Hotel. I know I myself just wasn’t “feeling it” tonight and I don’t think that was The Flagstaff’s fault.

flagstaff-hotel (1)We walked into the large Bistro area dining room. Hubby saw the Salad Bar immediately and his eyes lit up but my guess is he researched this before we left home and that’s why he wanted to come here. Cheeky.

We felt a little lost but grabbed a table while I searched for some menu’s. There were a LOT of people here so this place is happening although I think we brought the average age level down a little when we walked in.

I thought there were lots of good options on the menu but nothing jumped out at me. It was regular good pub food. Again, I just wasn’t feeling it so I don’t want to blame that on The Flagstaff.
I waited in the long line to place our order while hubby gleefully raced to the salad bar. I ended up ordering the Baked Barramundi – Served with eggplant, truss tomatoes, ratatouille and a salsa verde (I’m not convinced I got all that) and hubby ordered the Pulled Pork Burger – slow cooked pork,double smoked bacon, tasty cheese, slaw, and kewpi mayonnaise on a glazed bun with sliced dill pickles and crunchy chips

The salad bar greatly lived up to hubby’s expectations. Lots of cold and hot choices AND two choices of soup as well. I noticed the potatoes, broccoli and pasta salad all had heavy doses of cream. I tried some of the “rich tomato soup” and I wasn’t sure what to think. It tasted like someone had added cream and cheese to a canned soup. Perhaps I’m being too harsh but it wasn’t to my liking, however everything else there was just fine.

We saw other meals coming out and immediately got diners envy. Everything looked big and delicious!

We weren’t disappointed with our plates when they came out either.

FullSizeRender (18)Hubby’s Pulled Pork Burger looked amazing!! Overflowing with that pork and just oozing yumminess.

I wasn’t sure how he was going to be able to eat it though and told him “good luck with that”.

I’m pretty sure he’d zoned out at that stage and only had senses for the burger he was about to devour.

Eventually he said “It’s a bitch to eat but I love it” which summed the dish up nicely!

The pulled pork was tender and had a gorgeous taste and was definitely a winner.

 

FullSizeRender (19)My Barramundi dish looked pretty good when it came out too.

I love the different colours. It definitely was an inviting dish but I just would have liked to have been able to see the fish.
You can just see it if you look hard enough.

The broccoli and greens were good. Tasty, crunchy and a nice compliment to the fish.

The fish itself was cooked really well and tasted lovely. I had no complaints about it although I really could have done without that sauce that was so very thick and rich.

I wasn’t won over by the ratatouille. It was almost like a carrot fritter. I’m assuming the orange thing is the ratatouille. I’m really not sure. The menu also said that there would be eggplant and truss tomatoes – or were they in the ratatouille? I don’t know, but I couldn’t taste them.
These are all just minor things. The star of the dish was the Barramundi and it was delicious.

I would recommend you try The Flagstaff for yourself. It’s very popular and you’re sure to find something you like on the menu – Dare I say it, the salad bar alone is worth the visit.

 

Have you been to The Flagstaff?
What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below!

Till next we chow…