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Athens TA meet - report part two

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Athens TA meet - report part two

What a day!! - we arise quite early and hit the streets. Straight down to Karameikos where we wander for an hour or so. Very few people there except one tour group and several lizards basking in the sun. Very hot too - around 31c and of course, Karameikos sits beneath street level so very little air.

We then stroll back up Ermou; "look at that bloke" says Caroline and we watch this guy quite shamelessly walking towards us scratching hid nuts down the front of his shorts as if the world depends upon it. He has quite a self-satisfied smile on his face as he passes us......

OK - we take Athinias and look around the various markets for an hour or so. One guy is chopping up the largest fish I've ever seen and his stall has several enormous swordfishes and a shark's head but no sign of the shark's body. The fruit market is beautiful, stalls groaning under the weight of sun-ripened produce the likes of which we never see in the UK. Caged birds and a small aquarium full of hamsters, one of which has the largest pair of balls I've ever seen in my life. Caz giggles as we walk by, maybe he's related to the bloke on Ermou??

WE take some lunch at Baraiktaris and watch the world pass us by on Monastiraki SQuare which has had all it's renovation completed, including an authentic ancient McDonalds.

We look up and I see the familiar faces of Yiassas and Phil. "Thought we'd find you here" says Phil and we chat for a few mins before they continue their walk to the hotel, having agreed to meet later.

Caz and I wander around AQdrianou, past the shops full of tourist tat but it's a pleasant way to while away a couple of hours.

We head back to the hotel for an hour's kip before meeting Yiassas and Phil in the hotel lobby whereupon we head for Akropoli metro station to meet Gas at 7.30pm. WE take a seat and it's not long before Gas strides towrads us at 25 mph, his usual walking speed. "Handshakes, hellos and hugs" are exchanged then our group expands as ick, Spyros, Spartan Zoe, Nikolette, Traveller-Jan and Diane join us for the march to the restaurant.

Gas needs to change his name from GAS to GPS as we wander aimlessly around Plaka trying to find the restaurant but ebentually we find it and there is a huge long table set on the pavement for 20 people with mpoeds and taxis whizzing past our shoulders.

The food starts to arrive, and carries on arriving, and then still more. I can't recall some of what was there but we have fish, tzatziki, salads, meatballs, dolmades and so much more, all washed down with copious amounts of the very palatable house red.

Name call - Cameragirl and her daughter, Greekbrit, Panosath, Nikolette, Spartan Zoe, Diane, Traveller-Jan, Nick, Spyros, Gas, Thalia, Yiassas, Phil, Erik, Mitsa, Jim, Caz and me. If I have left anyone out then my apologies but I'm still half, pissed from last night and scarcely recall walking back to the hotel let alone who was in attendance!!

What a great evening, no-one gets run over, gifts are exchanged, a thousand photos are taken, some of which should be good earners in the blackmail stakes (no names, no pack drill), donkeys are photographed in extremely compromising positions and everyone laughs their heads off.

Thanks to everyone involved in organising a fantastic evening, the bill for the headache tablets is in the post.

More tomorrow!!

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1. Re: Athens TA meet - report part two

As I parted not being able to carry on, my hair in beer {don't ask}, my top drying off, and my vocal chords stretched to the limit, I had to make it an early night, but thank you all for a great night,,,

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Wouldn't have expected anything less;-) Sounds like major fun was had by all..naps for everyone..lol!! Great great great to hear everyone ENJOYED!

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Ohh my! What an incredible evening!!

As a newbie to the group, all I can say was that I received a tremendous welcome from some of the nicest people anyone could hope to meet. I feel like I've known you all for ages, now.

Diversity, warmth, humour and excellent company created a very special evening. I brought a bag of gifts home and thank all of you. Thalia, the location was fine and kudos for choosing it. :) Yiassas and Phil, thank you very much for those gifts and I'll send you some scanned photos, eventually from Petalidi in the late 70s.Cameragirl, it was a pleasure sitting next to you and guiding you through the assortment of dishes. I hope you and your daughter managed to wake up in time for your connection to Skopelos. Eric, is a super nice person and I escorted him back to his hotel at the end of the evening.

I'd just like to say that I'm proud of the hospitality and warmth that the Greek forum has and look forward to meeting you all again.

Graham and Caroline, I don't think I got to say a proper goodbye to you and to Yiassas and Phil...or did I? *insert confused smiley* ..you have it now. :)

Gas is a very friendly open person and a credit to the forum and Eleni, whom I met properly at the end is so very sweet...

Cobrasun (Nick), Zito Panathinaikos!!!! :)

Love and hugs to all,

John

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4. Re: Athens TA meet - report part two

John, the didn't wake up because they didn't sleep!!!! We parted at 4.45, only to give them an hour to pack their bags and head to Skopelos!

It was a fun night, wasn't it? I didn't get the chance to talk to everybody but we still have 2 days (more food, more booze)!

I am hoping that the donkeys behaved last night, although with Yiassas and Graham around... let's just say that I have my doubts.

Off to do some work and sort out my pile of pressies.

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5. Re: Athens TA meet - report part two

it sounds as if you all had a fantastic time together .Have a wonderful holiday everyone!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thalia, it was a blast and thanks so much for organising it and, as you see, Scholarchion was an excellent choice. I've known about it for years...it's a regular stop off after any concert t the Herodion.

Glad cameragirl and daughter left okay. They're still on American time..lol

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GBBBBBBBBBB u forgot meeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!how could u????? im not that tiny!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it was a pleasure to meet you all!!

john i hope you will be panathinaikos now!! it was nice to having dinner with you!

th13 r u sure they made it to the boat??? maybe they went back to the hotel and still napping!!!

th13 you have my gifts!!!

god bless you yiassas!!

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8. Re: Athens TA meet - report part two

Glad you liked it, John!

We have found another gem for after-Herodion dinners. Attikos reastaurant, almost next to Dionysos. We'll plan a meeting there soon.

I don't know what they put in the water in the States but Brenda, Kinsey, Mitsa and Jim were in perfect condition while I was "melting" on my chair!

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9. Re: Athens TA meet - report part two

Suncobra....I never forgot you....I just called you cobrasun lol...check my post..;)

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10. Re: Athens TA meet - report part two

so glad you guys all had fun...missing you all!