Athens: A Historical and Gastronomical Delight

After a long journey from Paris, to Istanbul, and the Grecian Islands, we finally landed in Athens. I had never been to Athens, so I was very excited to see what this city had to offer. Once we left the boat, we were picked up in a car and driven to the Plaka, one of the oldest areas of Athens, sitting at the base of the Acropolis. We stayed at The Grand Electra Palace, a 5 star hotel with epic views.

The Electra Palace Hotel: The rooms were small but modern and nicely decorated. I did not have the greatest view, but there are rooms that have a view of the Acropolis. Service was great, all very polite and nice. The breakfast is fantastic. A huge spread of everything you can imagine. Such a great way to start the day. WiFi is only free in selected common areas, and you must pay if you’d like access while in your room.

Tudor Hall Restaurant at the King George Palace: This was one of the most fantastic restaurants I have been to. Not only was the view spectacular, the food was divine. We sat at an intimate table at the window looking onto all of Athens. Fantastic. I had a Creme of Mushroom Soup with black truffles and made with chanterelles. Unreal. For my second course, I had the lobster. Extraordinary. Others at the table had the Sea Bass, the Grilled Octopus (best I’ve ever had), and some other tantalizing gourmet creations. We ended our delectable feast with some gorgeous little sweet sensations, courtesy of the Chef. Not to mention he signed our menu as we were leaving! All-in-all, a 5 star dining experience.

Psaras Tavern: We ate here twice, need I say more? The food, the atmosphere, the service, and the house carafe of wine were all incredible. Their greek salad was the best I had while traveling, and their tarama wins the prize for all time best Tarama. That is a true accolade coming from me. Psaras is located in the Plaka, and covers about 3 different buildings and tiny streets bustling with both tourists and locals alike. During both our lunches here we sat for over 2 hours conversing, drinking, and enjoying everything the senses could take in. Tip: Ask them to let you choose your fish! The owner will take you through their kitchen, a true Grecian culinary experience if you ask me.

On our last day in Athens we ventured out to the Temple of Poseidon. The temple towers over a magnificent view of the water. A great place for a temple, I’d say. Athena may have one over Athens, but Poseidon had the view. The temple of Poseidon is quite magical and a great place to sit quietly and take it all in. It was the perfect end to an unreal trip. Tip: Take a private car out there. The trip is about an hour outside of Athens, and you definitely would not want to be sitting on a bus. It’s expensive, but worth every cent.

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