I was cleaning up my bookshelves and found all my old travel "diaries"...the first one when I was 9 years old, and my Great Aunt in Athens gave me a blank book to write experiences of my summer in Greece. With that old, (and I mean old like 1967 old!) journal I just had to share some of this with you..It is travel related..at least historically, from ancient times (mine!)Our trip was for business/pleasure and our 6 weeks turned into 4 months (Greek government moved very slow in foreign
business those days..even slower than now)...
here are some of my pre adolescent observations..
"I cannot believe there is no TV anywhere"
"Thank God, Mom brought peanut butter"
"Greeks eat late..everynight we eat dinner after my bedtime, this is so cool"
...after a week there.. "why is there no Coke or Pepsi in this place? They have soda called TamTam, its like bad coke"
..."Mom and I took the yellow VW (rental) to Sounion, and Mom got pulled over..the cop said she was speeding, she did not get a ticket..he said not many women drive here"
..."it was really good, until they told me it was Octopus!"
..."4th of July... I can't believe the only place that has aircon is the Hilton Lobby and arcades..it is really hot"
My favorite spots for food (I grew up with 'foodies')
..Tudor Hall, Gerofinikas (with a tree in the middle), Ideal, Zonars, Flocas, and I keep writing about hamburgers and fries at the Hilton coffee shop!
and in my journal were the carbon copies bills of the hotels we stayed at... the recently completed, Esperia Palace with
conversion from drachma to US dollar (10 dollars a night w/breakfast)..The Diomia (now my old fave the Cypria), I wrote bad things about..i think I must have been getting homesick..plus I always hated that "old wing" LOL!..9 dollars a night for a double with breakfast! (I write like a spoiled brat here..and complain of an inside air shaft!)
I also found my journals from other Greek trips from 1967 to 1987...the funniest entries from my first trip solo at 17...and again the prices made me scream laughing..
My Mom sublet an apartment on Kapsali Street (Kolonaki)trip for 2 months, and paid a big 250 dollars a month for a furnished 2 bedroom apt! Now that was luxury! I am sure this post will get closed,
but I thought I would share some old "Papou" Johnnie
...and, what ever happened to Gerofinikas restaurant, it was between Kolonaki and Parliament.
Have fun! Blizzard here today!