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Mykonos: Semeli Hotel Review (October 3)
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Santorini: Oia Hotels (June 26)
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Santorini: Itineraries (June 21)
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BEST RESTAURANTS IN ATHENS – School Pizza Bar – Located in the active neighborhood of Monastiraki by Agias Irinis Square since 2013. – This delicious Italian restaurant is a great alternative to Greek food. – A lively and trendy yet casual atmosphere. – The concept of the decor is based on an old school classroom, down to the chalkboard and chairs. – Indoor and outdoor seating. Sit at a table on the sidewalk and take in the cool city vibes of central Athens. – Menu consists of pizza, pasta, gnocchi, risotto and salads. Vegetarian options available. – Their specialty pizza, pizza bianca, is a perfectly baked thin crust with mozzarella, parmesan cheese, fresh tomatoes, roka, and vresaola (cured beef.) Also delicious is the arugula and gorgonzola salad with baby spinach, pear, caramelized walnuts, crispy prosciutto and a homemade vinaigrette made from the juice of various fruits. – A great selection of Greek and Italian wines and signature cocktails. – Affordable to moderate prices. – The staff are super friendly and the service is quick and efficient. Christo, the supervising host, will go out of his way to make sure you enjoy every minute of your time there. – Family friendly but can a little tight in the restaurant when it’s busy, and it usually is. – Reservations recommended but walk ins will be accommodated as long as you don’t mind waiting a little. – Open daily 10am to 3am. Breakfast available until 1:30pm. #sdathens

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BEST RESTAURANTS IN ATHENS – Tazza D’Oro Bistro and Wine Bar in Monastiraki – Enjoy the buzz and activity of the busy streets while dining or enjoying a beverage. – Popular with the locals. – Cosy and casual but modern with a flair of vintage decor. The decor grew over time to what it is today. Lila the owner and Sophia the manager have carefully selected items over the past 7 years since its opening. The bathroom is definitely worth a visit! – Mediterranean cuisine with Greek inspired dishes. Vegetarian, meat, pizza, pasta and risotto options. – The grilled seasonal fruit salad, mozzarella bruschetta with pesto and basil and the pork chop with grilled vegetables are delicious options. – Signature cocktails and a tasteful list of wines. – Moderately priced. – Indoor and outdoor seating. – Family friendly. – Open Monday to Thursday 7:30am to 1am, Friday – Saturday 8am to 2am and Sunday 11am to 1am. – Great spot for breakfast, served daily till 12:30pm. Sunday brunch 11am to 3pm. Sandwiches served daily until 8pm. – Friendly staff. Christos and Paris are exceptional hosts and servers! – Closest metro station is Monastiraki. About a 600 meter walk along the streets of the monastiraki area from there. #sdathens

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BEST RESTAURANTS IN ATHENS – The Old Tavern of Psara – In 1898, the tavern first opened its doors in the picturesque area of Plaka in central Athens. – It was in the Psara family for 3 generations until 1998 when Mr. Stathokostopoulos bought the restaurant from the Psara family. This is why it’s called “The Old” Tavern of Psara. – Mr. Stathokostopoulos kept the name of the restaurant because of its history. The original Mr. Psara fled from political turmoil from his original home of Constantinople to the United States where he worked as a dishwasher or whatever job he could find. He also found work in theatre where he met famous people like Lawrence Olivier, Vivian Lee and Graham Greene to name a few. When Mr. Psara eventually moved back to Athens, his new famous friends would come eat here. This made the restaurant very popular at that time in Athens and it’s popularity remains steady. – The building in which the restaurant sits used to be the Psara family home. – A romantic and charming atmosphere. – Traditional Greek food, meat, seafood and vegetarian options available. – Affordable prices. – Friendly and welcoming staff. – Indoor and outdoor seating. – Beautiful views of the city when you are sitting outside. – Family friendly. – Closest metro station is Monastiraki. It’s about a 550 meter walk from there along the quaint streets of Plaka where you can even do some souvenir shopping along the way. #sdathens

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BEST RESTAURANTS IN ATHENS – Geros tou Moira – A traditional Greek taverna located under the Acropolis in the beautiful Plaka area of central Athens. – Named after a Greek General, Theodoros Kolokotronis, who lead the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire. His nickname was geros tou Moira which means the old man from Moira, an area of the Peloponnese, where he was from. – A staple in the area, the restaurant has been at this location for 90 years! For the last 50, Pandeli and his brother Stefanos have owned it and are very welcoming and hospitable. – A warm and cosy atmosphere with indoor seating in 2 different buildings and outdoor seating under grape vines with beautiful views of the Acropolis and the city. – Very friendly staff that make you feel right at home! – Live Greek music every night. You might get a chance to learn Greek dancing! – Delicious traditional Greek food, meat, seafood and vegetarian options available. – The veal with eggplant in a tomato sauce, bekris mezes (veal or pork in flavourful seasoned tomato sauce), and seasonal steamed greens with lemon or vinegar and olive oil are all very tasty options. – Affordable prices. – Reservations recommended. – Family friendly. – Closet metro station is Monastiraki. About a 500 meter walk from there along the quaint streets of Plaka. #sdathens

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THINGS TO DO IN ATHENS – Changing of the Guard at the Greek Parliament Building – Evzones (also known as a Tsolias) are an elite group of soldiers and members of the Presidential Guard, a ceremonial unit that guards the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Parliament Building. – Evzone soldiers have distinctive uniforms with historical meaning. They have evolved from the uniforms worn by 2 groups of warriors called Kleftes and Armatoloi, Ottoman revolutionaries during the Greek War of Independence in 1821. – The white skirt of the Evzone has 400 folds to represent the 400 years of Ottoman rule over the Greeks. – There are 60 nails in the soles of their shoes (tsarouhia) creating the sound you hear every time they take a graceful step. The sound is symbolic: it’s made so that their ancestors can hear that Greeks are alive and well. – The official Changing of the Guard happens every Sunday morning at 11am with all the official customs. – You can also see hourly Changing of the Guard but without the official customs. – Evzones guard for about an hour at a time, 3 times in total every 48 hours. – They undergo strenuous military training and have to be in great physical shape to be able to fulfill their duties. – During this hour, they have to stand perfectly still until it’s time to change with another guard. – During the changing they work in pairs which helps them perfectly coordinate their moves. – They make these moves in really slow motion to protect their blood circulation after being still for an hour. #sdathens

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CHRISTMAS IN ATHENS – Little Kook in Psirri – A themed cafe located in a small alley in the hip district of Psirri. – At this time of year, it’s adorned with everything Christmas! It takes the cafe about a week to decorate and bring down decorations to redecorate into another theme. Closed only during this time. – When it’s not a holiday inspired theme, it’s fairytale inspired decor that includes Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Jack and the Beanstalk rooms. – Plenty of tasty desserts to choose from including decadent cakes, cupcakes, pancakes and crepes. There’s also a few salty options for the crepes. – The cafe has managed to create enough magic to entice people of all ages to come in and enjoy a beverage or dessert. – Moderately priced. – Reservations not accepted so be prepared to wait in line for up to an hour (not always) if you want to get in. – Indoor seating available in 3 different buildings. Outdoor seating available during the summer. – Open 9am to 1am daily. #sdathens

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Sunset in Oia, Santorini.⁠ ⁠ #sdsantorini

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Delicious food at Avocado Restaurant. #sdsantorini

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Petra Honeymoon Villas in Imerovigli. #sdsantorini

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The sunset facing side of Oia. #sdsantorini

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Exploring the expansive ruins of Akrotiri. #sdsantorini

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Rooftop dining in Athens. Highly recommended. #sdathens

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My walk from Imerovigli to Oia today. #sdsantorini

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