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in: Charlie; Charlie > 2017-05-14

May 14, 2017 7:02 PM # 
Torino:
Saturday morning, you are still rowing at home and Sunday 1 pm (our time), you are already strolling around the Acropolis in Athens. I keep forgetting that from the East Coast, most destinations in Western Europe are not that far away. We're usually travelling much longer to Denver.
Have fun on your bike tour! The gastronomical descriptions are already starting with today's lunch, always so much fun to read and imagine the dishes.
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May 14, 2017 11:30 PM # 
chitownclark:
And how, Torino! But did you ever notice that Charlie is much more food-oriented when Rhonda is with him? Cannot wait to dine vicariously with him this week!

Sounds like he was lunching in the The Plaka, below the Acropolis on Sunday. Many great meals enjoyed there...and no cars!
May 15, 2017 5:11 PM # 
Charlie:
Well, still a bit of a journey, and I was pretty tired when we got here. We are staying in the Acropolis Museum Hotel, maybe 1k or less from the Acropolis itself. The very fine restaurant we ate at yesterday is not quite in the Plaka, but fairly near. Closer to our hotel. Quite a nice place. Today we did a fair amount of walking around. In the morning we were mostly east of the Acropolis, through the many dozens of restaurants and many more knickknack shops in the Plaka and stopping at several of the archaeological sites, including the Roman Agora with the tower of the winds, the old Agora, larger, with the beautifully restored Stoa and the temple of Hephaestus on the other end, Hadrian's library, less interesting, and a couple more. Took a break for a while, then back out in the afternoon, when we discovered the park on the hill of Philopappas. Rhonda was hungry so we went back to El Greco for another fine repast. She had the excellent grilled whole sea bream again, with roasted cauliflower, zucchini and carrots, I had grilled sardines with a grilled tomato. Who had what is a bit flexible, in that the way this usually works is that Rhonda eats about half of hers and I end up with the rest. Also some very nice toast to start, served with a thick yogurt with dill, much tastier than I had expected. Food is pretty inexpensive here, our tab for the two fish plates, a couple of glasses of wine and a beer was about 30 euros, before tip.
May 16, 2017 12:11 AM # 
BillD:
Dining vicariously, oh yes. And can you imagine what delicious ideas Chef Rhonda is picking up along the way?
May 17, 2017 12:33 AM # 
MJChilds:
So glad I thought to check on your log. Been thinking about you two and your trip since Friday. You're doing much more sightseeing than I expected, but how can you do otherwise in a setting with such an ancient and rich culture. The food sounds fabulous. Have fun!

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