So, August is here and Athenians are fleeing the city like mice, escaping to the countryside and the islands. I will too, leave in a few days for vacations, as it is getting very hot in here! During June and July I spent almost every weekend by swimming and sun tanning (a bit) in Varkiza beach (one of Athens’ coastal suburbs). It’s the best time of the year to explore what the southern suburbs have to offer (food wise), which actually translates to many visits in Waffle House Vouliagmeni!
Our friends from Crete visited us in early July and it was the a nice opportunity to do a little bit of shopping and sightseeing around Athens’ city center. We visited the Acropolis museum, walked around Plaka and dined at Rock ‘n’ Balls in Agias Eirinis square (unfortunately now closed).
I discovered (actually my husband noticed it) a new ice cream parlor (and patisserie) in Athens called Balader. It’s centrally located in Kapnikareas square on Athens most popular shopping street Ermou. A review post is in the works, so I won’t say more! Update: Balader relocated to Valaoritou street as of November 2016 and goes by the name B Madame.
Those past months, I also revisited some older favorites like Mama Roux in Aiolou street and Peccati di Gola (an Italian restaurant) in Glyfada. Last but not least, I checked out the new National Opera and National Library buildings, which Stavros Niarchos Cultural Foundation build in Palaio Faliro. The buildings are surrounded by a beautiful park full of local flora, which is ideal for walks and picnics.
So enjoy a mish-mash on how I spent my summer in Athens. Now excuse me I have some bags to pack for my out of town vacations!