We arrive bedraggled in Athens after an overnight flight from Toronto. Ordinarily if these were pre-COVID times we would risk waiting two hours in Athens for a connecting flight to Samos but instead decided to say overnight 17 kilometres from the Athens Airport at a town called Vravrona at a hotel called Dolce by Wyndham. The hotel faces the water but we are in a cliff view room. There are two conventions going on one with physicians from Australia. The hotel is massive probably a 4 star. But it is impersonal. Whilst the convention hotel is a type of property I am familiar with in North America I have never seen something like this in Greece. Nice accommodation great location but a Greece I am not familiar with.
Logic declared after a short nap best to have a light supper at the hotel and crash out for an early morning flight to Samos but I am in Greece so why eat in a North American style hotel. So we trudge on a path and by goodness Vravrona seems to be somewhat of an Athenian beach town not surprising with its beaches. Finally hit the main drag but not much there. We do manage to find a psarotaverna (fish tavern) called Korali (The Coral) in a small town called Artemedia. Delicious seafood. For two some ouzo to start then a half litre of white wine with grilled octopus, calamari, Greek salad, eggplant dip, fries, zucchini fritters and a complimentary dessert. For 41 Euros no complaining! The Greece I am familiar with.
Back to Dolce in an exhausted trance to listen to some Moroccan hip hop and trundle off to bed. This hotel has multi convention rooms, basketball, tennis, volleyball multiple pools and restaurants. With these features why leave North America! No burger and pizza please! Chicken fingers for the children.