“Travels to a Different Time” : 14 & 15 September 2022 Athens: Hanging on

We must move from Inn Athens to Home Sweet Home Athens as the room was only available for two nights. The ankle is now a shiny red and gleaming and yes more pain. It is very frustrating and tiring. Spent the day in bed reading. The hotel room is very 1970’s except the bathroom has been updated. The shower stall is retro. The hotel is in the Plaka district. A very simple lobby if you can call it a lobby. There are a few chairs and a sofa just off the reception area. The breakfast area is just off the reception. Very simple. Breakfast is more simplistic than other hotels we have stayed at on this trip but more than adequate. French toast for the Americans with Norwegian maple syrup. The manager makes the rounds saying hello, chatting and asking if there are any questions about the food. Breakfasts are interesting here as they always have some sort of regional speciality. The homemade marmalade is delicious. Most interesting was a Pontic Greek “pizza”. There are Pontic speaking Greeks in Northern Greece and when the manager heard that Fotini had relatives in Thessaloniki in Northern Greece she had the kitchen prepare this special breakfast “pizza” for us. Pontic Greek is also spoken in Turkey, Russia, Georgia and Armenia. And yes they have lose leaf tea! The staff here are super friendly.

Entrance Home Sweet Home Athens; Photo Robert K. Stephen

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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