My family recently came back from a wonderful trip to Athens, Greece. We saw the Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athena, the new Acropolis Museum, winding streets in Plaka, Syntagma Square and Monastraki among many other beautiful sites. In addition we took side trips to Ancient Corinth, Pycenae, Epidaurus, The Poseidon Temple in Sounion and the island Hydra.
After a long day ferrying to and from Hydra, a beautiful island off the coast of Greece, my family was too tired to look for the subway stop and fight the traffic back to Athens from the port city of Piraeus. Instead we found a taxi to drive us back to town. This taxi was driven by Leonardis Benakis who quickly became a good friend. In between sharing pieces of Greek history, mythology and sites, he told us about his family and living in Greece.
On the way back to the hotel, he decided that we should meet his friend Steve who has a wonderful jewelry shop in the Plaka area of Athens. This is an old part of town at the base of the Acropolis that is filled with wonderful outside tavernas, narrow cobblestone roads, Byzantine churches and a wide variety of shops to satisfy every shopper. Five minutes after meeting Steve Dimos, owner of Dimos Jewellery, we were served espresso and felt as though we had known him for years. He takes pride in his work as he has done considerable research on ancient jewelry so he could incorporate the themes into his designs. Piece after piece, each was more spectacular in design and craftsmanship than the previous one. After some time, my husband and children got their first taste of ouzo, the traditional Greek liquor. His beautiful shop is located on Benizelou Street in Mitropoleos Square.
The morning we left Athens to return home, Leonardis drove us to the airport. Since we were all friends, he shared some of the treats that were made by his wife. They were delicious – I loved the favor that the mint gave to the cheese.
My entire family can’t wait to go back next year! σας ευχαριστώ!
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