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July 30, 2007
Celia Sin-Tien Cheng

On my trip to Greece this month, I was amazed by the constant deep indigo of the Aegean Sea, and the way it melded with the striking azure of the cloudless sky.

In Mykonos, while the steady wind kept the ocean water in a state of constant motion, I couldn’t help but wonder what Odysseus’s seven-year journey was really like. I’ve always loved Greek mythology, as well as the epic poems of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and marveled at the uniquely advanced architecture and symbolism of the Parthenon, so it was spiritually and intellectually rewarding to finally get the chance to visit the land of these gods.

The Acropolis was on strike the weekend I visited Athens, so I settled for the satisfaction of catching spectacular views of the Parthenon from afar, both during meals at restaurants and from the balcony of my hotel room.

Seafood A. Papadakis

Reputed to have some of the freshest seafood in town, Papadakis is currently considered one of the top restaurants in Athens. The interior of the restaurant is bright and warm, with a modern atmosphere, and the effect extends to the menu, on which every dish looks cheerful and promising. I jumped at the chance to try the langoustines in oil and... full article

House Salad B. To Kafenio

History, breathtaking scenery and architecture aside, I am still a food critic, and the absolute highlight of my trip to Greece was my meal at To Kafenio. Unfortunately, it was my last day in Athens, but had I known how good it was, I would have come every day! This little Greek taverna in the charming and posh area of Kolonaki serves simple... full article

Souvlaki C. Thanasis

The souvlaki at Thanasis was my very first meal in Athens, and it was one of the most satisfying for being so inexpensive. Their famous kebabs are made from marinated lamb and beef, and are good as takeout or as a sit-down meal at one of their sidewalk tables. I’d recommend ordering the souvlaki on pita with fresh onions and tzatziki (yogurt... full article