less than one day and already 2 glasses broken


granny with the leather pants



Dave and I arrived in Athens around noon today.  We took a walk through Plaka.  Tomorrow, we will go to the Acropolis.

Athens eats really late, so we had a 6:00 p.m. “snack” (Bruchetta and wine) at a cafe in the Platia Filomousou.  It was nice, and our waiter broke our wine glasses.  Then, we went back to the Electra Hotel to get ready for dinner.  We went out to dinner at Platanos Taverna, where we had a delicious dinner but learned that bread brought to the table is charged to you whether or not you eat it. Oh well, the food was good.  (Dave also complains that they didn’t bring him olive oil as his beverage).  After dinner, we attempted to go to Mostrou, as found in our Frommer’s guide to Athens … but it was not open.  But, from there we heard music from another restaurant/bar on Mniskleous, Krhtikou.   There, we saw live Greek music.  We arrived around 10:00, and at 12:30 Dave responded to my question “What is going on here” with “I don’t know, but everyone is eating their dinner except for us.”  Good response.  Well… I will introduce you to the players at this restaurant:

YOUNG COUPLE: They sat in front of us at the restaurant/bar.  The girl got up several times to dance, but they guy was seated the whole evening.  They made small conversation with us.

20/50 YEAR OLD:  I was watching this “young” woman dance, then I realized that she was closer to 50 than to 20, the age that I thought she was, when I saw her face.

BROWN SHIRT: This was Dave’s favorite dancer.  She knew all of the moves.  You can guess what color shirt she was wearing from her unique name.

EGGPLANT: She came late in the game, but she did a solo dance to end our evening.  She was wearing an eggplant color shirt.

DANCER MAN: He had a goatee, and was dancing like a crazy man.  He was dressed like a waiter, and he was trying to teach the young girls how to dance.  At times, his teaching techniques were rather inappropriate.

PROM QUEEN: She was dressed in a strapless hot pink dress with a black belt.  She knew all of the dances, but allowed the dancer man to teach her friends the moves.

CHILI PEPPER WINGS: This was a friend of the prom queen, who was crying in the bathroom at one point, I think because of boy drama.  But, Dave and I realized the truth of the matter.  She has two tatoos on her back that from afar look like wings, but are really chili peppers when you look closely.

PEACOCK: A woman wearing a peacock feather shirt.  She was a fantastic dancer, and occasionally made a dance floor of her own at random parts of the restaurant.

OLD MAN: An 80 yr old man, who danced by himself with others crouched nearby.  He could not do the fancy jumps that others did, but that does not mean he did not attempt.  I gasped when he hopped!  I feared for his safety.

GRANNY: A 70-something year old woman who was dressed in a long white t-shirt with gold embellishment and black leather pants, skin tight.  Yes, it is true.  In fact, I have shared a photo with you, but it does not really show the glory of the moment.  She was also quite the dance, and stayed out later than the two of us (we left at 2:30 a.m.).

Well, back to the drama that was unfolding in front of us:

We watched the Greek dances for quite a while.  It was really fun to watch.  Some of the dances I recognized from Hero’s sister’s weddings, but many of them were perplexing to me.  They were doing all sorts of crazy moves.  It was really exciting to watch.  Dave wanted to dance, so I tried to convince him to go up.  He didn’t want to, because it was mostly girls dancing for most of the songs.  Then, he heard a song that he recognized!   He danced the horah to a traditional jewish song (with PEACOCK).  Then, after the dance GRANNY took a stroll around the restaurant.  Dave gave her a smile, and she touched his shoulder.  He told me that he will never wash his shoulder again.   Uh oh …

Then, around 1:30 we were tired and ready to go home, so we asked for the check.  The waiter (and the couple at the table next to us) told us that we were not allowed to leave yet!  We didn’t get our check for another hour!

(By the way, according to Hero, we were at a rembetadiko).


One Response to “less than one day and already 2 glasses broken”

  1. Terese Fasy Says:

    Too funny!

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