Monday, August 8, 2011

Plaka The Neighborhood of the Gods

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Historic Plaka

We left The Acropolis by motorcoach for Plaka where we had an hour of free time to browse through this historic shopping district. The cobblestone pedestrian lanes are lined with boutiques, souvenir stands, jewelry stores and flea market stalls offering a wide variety of items.

Plaka is built on top of the residential areas of the ancient town of Athens. It is known as the "Neighborhood of the Gods" due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites.

Dolls in Costume

The Plaka is your spot to shop in Athens. Pandrossou is a pedestrian street, lined with shops, with plenty of fun stuff for kids – dolls in costume (some are museum reproductions), polished stone eggs, embroidered slippers, miniature Greek vases and statues, ceramic boxes, bronze helmets, ceramic horses, painted wooden donkeys, onyx boxes, Athena's owl. Andrianou is another good shopping street.

I am sitting here at my computer wearing the Greek embroidered slippers that were purchased in Plaka.   They are very comfortable and keep my feet cozy. 

Leather Goods

Another good find in Plaka is the selection of leather goods.  If you are looking for a new handbag, there is an ample selection and prices are reasonable.  As you can see from the photos, you don't even need to go inside the store, if you don't want to, because most of the shops have a selection of their wares on display along the pedestrian lane.

Although we only had an hour to explore Plaka, we made very good use of our time purchasing a few items that for ourselves and as gifts.   If we had a disappointment at all from our visit to the Plaka, it is that we couldn't have a meal there since upon conclusion of our free time, we were headed to our lunch stop.  The cafes and tavernas were inviting, and we felt bad making excuses for not stopping.

Lunch deserves its own post, so we'll tell you about that in another post.  Come back often to read the rest of the story of our Greek Isles adventure.

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