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Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

Coffee at the Superfly Cafe in Athens, Greece

What a cool and fun cafe & bar!

The Superfly Cafe and Bar was on the Mister’s radar. So, on our last day in Athens, we went to search for it. We even walked past a few other cafes to get to this one.

We looked out of place again — surprise, surprise. But, the barista/bartender greeted us and made us feel so welcome. Our fredo expressos came out in cute jam jars.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
Comfy seating was available everywhere. You can find a couch or a table with a suitcase for a table top. Take your pick. There were young people hanging out, having their coffee, and smoking away.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian LeeThere were pinball machines.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
We sat near an old Commodore computer and some lady pin-up posters.

The one thing that threw me for a loop, I must say, when in Athens was the smoking while indoors culture. I take for granted not having to inhale smoke in small, confined spaces because within the hour my throat got dry and I started coughing. Not fun.

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Superfly Cafe and Bar
ΕΜΠΕΔΟΚΛΕΟΥΣ 28, 11636
Athens, Greece

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

Ninnola Gelato Artigianale in Athens

There’s always room for dessert even if you feel as if there’s no more room in your stomach. Our meal beforehand was off the wall.

But continued onwards to Ninnola, makers of artisanal gelato, which was a close walk by. The shop decor immediately transported me straight to Brooklyn. There was even a baby blue retro scooter inside — super cool.

I only tried a couple flavors before committing to a scoop of the Kinder Bueno (hazelnut) and the vanilla ice cream laced with strawberry & chocolate. Loved the gelato and the combination 🙂

Modern Greek Cuisine in Greece

You would think we would be sick of kebabs by now, but no. We wanted to try this “marinated spicy souvlakia”.

Our friends love this particular restaurant (which I unfortunately did not get the name of) and wanted to share with us what modern Greek food is all about. We headed out to a suburb of Athens lined with small streets, boutique shops, and a little cinema. It was definitely the swankier part of town.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
A nice starter salad of spinach and pomegranate.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
Fried cheese drizzled with honey.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
Three types of grilled mushrooms with a honey vinaigrette. I just couldn’t get enough of these.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
A lovely shot of tsipouri to cleanse the palatte. Yamas!

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
A phyllo dough nest with chicken and a cream sauce made with mastic. This was a stand-out. I’d never had any of these flavors before.

It was great to experience the variety of Greek cuisine. Prior to coming to Greece, I never had fantastic Greek food. Now, I know.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

A Day at the Parthenon on the Acropolis at Athens, Greece

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

After studying six years of latin and learning Greek history at Boston Latin School, it was a surreal moment to finally climb up the large steps to the Parthenon and experience the size of the massive columns. But, even as breath-taking is seeing how visible the Parthenon is around the city. It’s a part of the cityscape — you look up and it’s right there.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
The Caryatid Porch of the Erechtheion on the Acropolis at Athens. I’m glad that I caught the Greek exhibit at the British Museum while in London since most of the original statues are there.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
Hello, Bojack Horseman
. Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
The Temple of Athena Nike holds a special place in my heart. I’ll always remember that time when my high school teacher marked my answer of Nike as one of the Greek gods and goddesses as incorrect. I was right, dammit.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
The Temple of Olympian Zeus with the backdrop of the city of Athens. It’s kinda remarkable to see the ancient past and the modern times together.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, an outdoor theatre below the Acropolis which is still in use today.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
The Theatre of Dionysus, which some say is the birthplace of modern theatre. I tried out the seating and it’s pretty awesome.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
Hanging out on the marble steps of the Propylaea, a huge entrance building at the top of the stairway into the main Acropolis complex.

What an amazing experience!

Greece 2016 | by Lillian Lee

Watching James Bond in Spectre at the Movie Theatre in Athens

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

We got to the theatre late. Traffic back into town after our seafood feast was kinda crazy. I think we missed a good beginning of it, which seemed to be important. But, it was a pretty good action flick just the same. Truth be told, I don’t recall the last 007 movie I watched.

We watched Spectre at one of the older movie theatres in Athens. The most jarring part of the experience other than seeing Greek subtitles was intermission. What? Yes. This particular theatre had intermission.

All of a sudden the movie stopped and the lights came on. The Mister and I thought there was some sort of emergency until our friends told us it was intermission. I guess it’s a good thing considering more and more movies nowaday are going beyond the two hour mark.

Ironic that I would be watching Spectre in Athens versus in London where I’d just flew in from too. This was probably more fun though.

Some Exceptional Lamb Chops in Greece

Lamb chops for dinner at Το Πιθάρι in Greece. Our friends made a booking beforehand to ensure that lamb chops would indeed be available as they do sell out.

I was a little bit hesitant about having lamb chops as I’ve never appreciated the taste. It was always game-y or had a milky taste to it which I just couldn’t get over. And, I did give it a try many times over with the same disappointing results.

But, everyone said that I HAD to have lamb in Greece. It would totally change my whole outlook on the animal. And…it did. Holy manoly, I was just inhaling one lamb chop after another. We ordered two platters of it and it was completely annihilated.

It’s true. Lamb tastes exceptionally better when in Greece.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
Some ouzo, which had to be prepared in a specific way — over ice and then you wait until it starts having a cloudy look to it. It had a very strong liquorice taste.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
Fried zucchini is so sweet!

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
A traditional Greek dessert of cake with an ice cream flavored with mastic, which had an interesting consistency.

If only such a place could exist in Boston. I guess I will have to live on with the memories until my next visit to Greece.

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Το Πιθάρι
Πλ.Παπαδιαμάντη 1-Δροσινη 14
Athens, Greece

Greece 2016 | by Lillian Lee

A Night View of the Acropolis

 

Our friends brought us to this really swanky bar called 360 Cocktailbar situated at the rooftop of a hotel.

My janky iPhone 5 camera did not do this view any justice. But, it was simply breath-taking.

I was in awe. I really had no idea how close the Acropolis was to Athens and that it’s such a huge part of its cityscape. For some reason, I kept imagining it on the outskirts of the city because it’s an ancient site. I’m glad I was wrong.

Greece 2016 | by Lillian Lee

Having a gin cocktail with a magnificent view. Yamas, Athens!

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