So we are staying at Sweet Home Boutique Hotel in the Plaka district in the heart of touristy Athens near the Acropolis and Syntagma Square. I hear American accents and Yanks everywhere. In fact there has been such an influx of American tourists this September leaving me thinking where have all the Greeks gone?
Just down the street from our hotel there is a restaurant called Athinaikon on 34 Mitropoleos Street. It is a very hip looking place that could very well be a top end eatery in New York or Paris. But at our farewell dinner there are no Greeks in the restaurant. It is full of Americans completely underdressed, loud and cocky. Have the Greeks been outnumbered or are they heading for the hills? Greece desperately requires tourist revenue to survive and all foreigners are welcomed (how sincerely?) with open arms. Restaurants like this serve top quality food but I would rather feel like I am in Athens than in Manhattan.