The Greek Islands
Posted by Timetraveler
on 2003-05-24 13:00:28 My Score:
I lived in Athens for a couple of years (69-71), went to ACS there. The Greek Islands have got to be my most favorite memories. However, in Athens there were also some cool spots. In Plaka there was Johns, a 50 cents a night flop house with communal bedding and an eatery across the alley where you could get the best spaghetti with meat sauce also for 50 cents. Souvlaki Pitas were very cheap (33 cents at the little Tabernas) and the local wines (Domestica, Retsina) cost like 7 cents a glass, although Retsina tastes like crap (resin). There were lots of flop houses like Johns all around Plaka where most of the Hippies stayed. The American Express office at Syntagma Square was always crowded with Hippies passing through who used AE as a mail drop box. Hashish was always in abundance. Athens and the Greek Islands were a crossroads at the time for most Hippies traveling to the middle east, India and Nepal as well as the north African countries, so the stories told and heard in the Hippie meeting places were enchanting and alluring. Some of peoples most fascinating adventures were recounted to groups of strangers in crowded Pensions and Tabernas. Some travelers even changed their itineraries after hearing a story from someone who had just come from a particular country or place. Many of the Hippies on the worlds roads back then didn't have a particular destination other than the next point on a map. After that...we'll see. And the clothes..., many Hippies adopted the local dress styles, or at least a variation of it from the countries they've visited so that at a Hippie meeting place it wasn't unusual to see people wearing clothes from all over. The Islands are still beautiful (took my family there in '92) with Hydra, Mykonos and Rodos being my favorites. You could always find a cheap bed and great Greek food on any island for just a few cents. The town of Khania on Crete is postcard beautiful with live Greek dancing in many little Tabernas. But it's the beaches and the ultra clear water that make you never to want to leave. And some didn't.