During our time in Greece, Lauren and I stayed in the historic Athenian neighbourhood of Plaka. Clustered around the northern slopes of the Acropolis, Plaka is Athens oldest and most beautiful neighbourhood and Lauren and I were absolutely thrilled to find our rented apartment right it its heart. The majority of Plaka is closed to cars and taxis, so is ideal for leisurely strolls through its winding, cobblestoned streets. It’s easy to get wonderfully lost wandering by foot, and it is only a short taxi ride down to the water where the ferries leave for the Greek Islands.
Sadly, our time in Athens was marred by a series of unfortunate events including a delayed flight out of Nice, a missed connecting flight from Barcelona and lost luggage for the entirely of our Greek adventure. We still managed to enjoy our time in Athens and certainly made the best of the situation but we certainly weren’t feeling as carefree and happy as we could have been sans all our possessions. Still, we set off on a day cruise of the Greek Islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina (I’ll share all about that soon!) and had the most wonderful time exploring the streets of Plaka.
Our apartment was a quiet oasis in the heart of busy Plaka, and only a short walk to the commercial area that surrounds Ermou Street. Here, we did lots of shopping to replace the items we were missing in our lost luggage. In Plaka, there was one cafe in particular that deserves mentioning should you ever find yourself in this part of the world. Sadly, I don’t remember its name (isn’t that terrible!) but it is on Kidathineon Street, just a little bit down from the intersection with Chrisostomou Street. This cafe was the culinary highlight of our time in Athens – the moussaka and Greek Salad were out of this world!
Have you visited Athens? Did you discover Plaka too? And tell me, have you ever lost your luggage while travelling? I feel like it happens fairly often so is probably bound to happen at least once!