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greek yoghurt on a white plate served with honey and walnuts on top

What to eat and drink in Athens

Hi Frugalistas!  This week I’m returning to Athens and looking at what to eat and drink.  Yes, there is souvlaki, yes, there is fetta cheese, baklava and ouzo.  But there’s so much more to Greek food and drink.  So join me on a culinary journey around the restaurants, tavernas and street side stalls of Athens […]

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Tabby cat sitting on a motorcycle in Anofiotika Athens Greece

Cats of Athens, oh, and a dog too!

Hi Frugalistas!  I’ve been having a lot of fun on Instagram over the past few weeks sharing photos of some very, very cute little kitties from my trip to Athens.  Athens is home to many, many cats (and quite a few dogs as well).  Around Monastiraki and Anofiotika they are a real attraction.  Please enjoy […]

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Ruins at the Acropolis in Athens

The do’s and don’ts of visiting Greek archaeological sites

Hi Frugalistas!  Greeks are proud of their history and culture.  As the cradle of democracy, philosophy, medicine and so many other cultural norms and institutions they are indeed right to do so.  Many visitors to Greece and to Athens in particular, visit to understand, experience and enjoy that history.  There are some rules for the unwary […]

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slab of Greek yoghurt with honey and walnuts

Eating in Athens on a Culinary Backstreets walk

Hi Frugalistas!  I’ve already written about our infamous visit to the Athens Central Market, but there was far more to our Culinary Backstreets walk in central Athens.  Starting with breakfast, we ate, walked, talked, photographed and ate even more around central Athens with our guide, the lovely Despina.  Join me on a feast of food […]

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blue door and pink bougainvillea Anafiotika, Athens

Anafiotika: a Greek Island in the foothills of the Acropolis

Hi Frugalistas!  When I visited Athens recently I was disappointed that I didn’t have time to fit in a visit to the Greek Islands.  I’d sailed in the Cycladic Islands many years ago and had fond memories of those glorious blue and white houses festooned with bright bougainvillea and geraniums.  Then upon studying my guidebook […]

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Trays of giblets and pork

The day four travel bloggers became celebrities in the Athens Central Market

Hi Frugalistas!  When it came time to organise my Culinary Backstreets walk in Athens I thought it might be nice to share the experience with some foodie friends.  So the team at A Taste of Travel Blog, and Vanessa from Turnipseed Travel eagerly put their hands up to join me.  The day started off quietly at […]

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The Athens fruit and vegetable market

Hi Frugalistas!  A more “gentle” Friday fotos this week as we visit the Athens central fruit and vegetable market.  Like many European cities fruit and vegetable stalls and small markets are dotted around the city in Athens.  As part of our Culinary Backstreets walk we visited the slightly larger produce market directly across the street […]

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What to do when your ship doesn’t come in: the day I didn’t go on a cruise with MSC cruises

Hi Frugalistas!  I was thrilled to be invited to join a pre-TBEX day sponsored by MSC Cruises on one of their ships in Athens.  The plan was that we would spend the day on the ship while it was docked in Athens as part of a cruise from Venice to Istanbul.  I had great plans about what I wanted […]

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fish stall in the Athens fish market

The Athens meat and fish market

Hi Frugalistas! Armed with my new camera, and some wonderful photos from Athens I’m bringing Friday fotos back for a new series.  First up, the Athens meat and fish market.  A word of warning though – the meat market is very, well, meaty.  A far cry from shopping in your local supermarket.  So if you don’t like meat […]

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the Acropolis, Greece

Reader poll: what frugalfirstclass travellers want and why I asked

Hi Frugalistas! Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the recent frugalfirstclasstravel reader survey.  So many of you took the time to tell me what you liked at frugalfirstclasstravel, and what you wanted to see more of.  As the Chief Frugalista I know what I like, but what did you like?  European destinations? Is […]

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