Archive for October, 2018

Ελληνικα Καλουδια – Ellinika Kaloudia grocery store

October 31, 2018

Ελληνικα Καλουδια, Ellinika Kaloudia, a lovely little deli behind the Acropolis Museum.

I picked up green olive oil, first of the season from Crete, regarded as the highest quality olive oil. Only one bottle left.  Next of the new season olive oil to arrive will be from  the Peloponnese

Nearby Little Tree, bookshop and coffee shop, books, food, coffee, craft beer.

 

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Foyer espresso bar

October 30, 2018

Were it not for my walking into a shop selling dried fruit and nuts I would have walked past Foyer espresso bar without giving a second glance. One of many coffee shops. Had I given more than a second glance, I would have noticed a board offering guest coffee from one of the top roasteries in Europe.

The owner suggested, if I wished for a coffee, pop next door. I said no, I was on my way to Taf.

He agreed, Taf excellent coffee. Then I do not know who was the more surprised, me when he wrote out a list of coffee shops worth visiting, or he when I said I already had and added to his list.

He said he owned the coffee shop next door.

I said I would look in, but that was all I was gong to do as I was on my way to Taf, until I saw what they were serving, Standart on sale (the only place I have seen Standart on sale). The guest coffee they were sourcing from some of the best coffee roasteries in Europe.

I stayed and had a coffee. An excellent cappuccino.

I was then offered a V60 to try. A single origin from Ethiopia. Again excellent.

On leaving, a visit to second floor toilet, I passed through a lounge on the first floor, with boards on the stairs giving more information on the guest coffee.

Not in a pleasant location, on a very busy main road. On the other hand, for the coffee shop a good location for passing trade with university nearby.

On leaving, I popped back into the little shop and thanked the owner for his recommendation and for excellent coffee.

As I was leaving, a customer with Coffee Island takeaway in her hand. A suggestion. If pour down the drain, we will offer you a free coffee. If like, please come back, bring your friends.

Lycabettus Hill

October 30, 2018

Each time I pass by or visit Taresso coffee shop, I think having got this far, I ought to climb Lycabettus Hill. But never go so far as to climb.

Today I decided to climb, even though late in the afternoon.

First, a flight of steps to climb.

Then a dead end. I followed the road around and found myself at St George Lycabettus Hotel. This was where in 2013, Paulo Coelho held a press conference and then at night hosted a party.

Outside the hotel, a path leads up through the lower wooded slops of Lycabettus Hill. A strange wood, pine trees and prickly pear cactus.

Views over Athens unfold as climb up through the wood.

Eventually pass through the wood, now a rocky outcrop to climb with prickly pear cactus.

At the top a church.

I was surprised by the number of people, then realised, there to watch the sun go down.

 

Riot by black bloc

October 30, 2018

Following protest by students, a riot by black bloc.

It materialised out of nowhere and as rapidly dispersed.  Then Athens returned to normality.

First ATM machines were smashed, then traffic lights, rocks and bombs thrown, bins dragged into the middle of the street ad set ablaze.

Why the riot I do not know. There certainly was a lot of anger and seemingly mindless violence. This a country that has been brutally destroyed by EU. When I tell people the garbage that is spouted by supporters of EU in England they start laughing.

Report from Reuters false on several counts

  • not Syntagma
  • no riot police
  • no tear gas
  • no journalists
  • not students

I was in the middle of it. There were no riot police. They held back. It was not students, it was black bloc.

Student protest against education reforms

October 30, 2018

A big rally in Athens against changes to university entrance requirements.

One student said it would make it much harder to get into university.

If look to England, fourth rate universities bums on seats businesses churning out graduates with worthless degrees, then maybe no bad thing.

On the other hand, with youth unemployment at 60%, no future thanks to EU, then maybe not so good.

The protest was aimed at the government not the EU.

Protest was then followed by a riot by black bloc. It was not a riot by the students as incorrectly reported by Reuters.

Hill of the Muses

October 28, 2018

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Greek coffee at Just Made 33

October 28, 2018

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Green tea at Just Made 33

October 28, 2018

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Cappuccino at Just Made 33

October 28, 2018

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Cappuccino at The Underdog

October 28, 2018

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