This year, 15 August is Monday and and even those who do not have a long vacation are enjoying at least a "tri-imero (3-day)" leave.
And in any case, around 15 August, Athens is almost empty, as most of the Athenians leave for somewhere else for vacation.
So those who remain in town, like us, can enjoy empty Athens where without traffic jam and full of parking lots. We thought it was hard to miss the opportunity and went to Thissio for a coffee.
We stopped at our usual Syn Athina.
Not many people, but not empty either. There was quite a lot of Greek youth. Can you see the fans with water spray? These bring a nice chill.
A waitress spoke to us in English: How are you? To which we replied: "Fine eimaste". And we all laughed.
A view of Acropolis from my seat.
A frappe & a freddo espresso.
And a waffle with sour cherry preserve & sauce served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The waffle was light & crunchy type. I prefer heavier waffle, but Hubby said he preferred this way.
Then we walked toward Monastiraki.
We found that Kuzina restaurant is offering 4 course menu for 20 Euro.
Personally, this restaurant is too expensive for what they are offering. However, 20 Euro for 4 courses is a good deal. Why don't you try, if you have not yet done? (I saw this on 14 August 2011 and don't know until when this offer continues).
And in Monastiraki Square we saw a new terrace cafe (do you see the roof top of the building at the centre of the photo?). We went closer to see what it was.
It turned out to be a new hotel called "A For Athens". The roof top might not be exclusive to the hotel guests. We will try at the next occasion.
We saw some new restaurants along Adrianou as well. It is nice to see that people keep on investing in Athens.