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January 14, 2008
From journal Greek Adventures in Athens
by Kyrios Iasonas
January 26, 2006
A must-see when visiting Athens. The best time to go is on a Sunday, when the locals are out and browsing through the shops, street stands, and impromptu counters, where the people from all walks of like hawk their goods. Monastiraki has anything and everything to be found in Athens, like fresh fruit and vegetables, hip and trendy clothing shops, antique shops and outside vending areas, and, of course, countless individual sellers working in a flea market manner.
It's crowded and the smells of the tavernas and souvlaki stands fill the air, along with the music flowing from the shops, vending areas, and passersby. All of this makes for an eclectic mix of sights, sounds, and smells, which has a wonderful effect on the senses.
Monastiraki Market can’t be missed when in Athens, set against the backdrop of the Acropolis on one side and modern, bustling city on the other. Bring your Euros, your appetite, and your sense of adventure.
Tip: Try Thanassis for one of the best souvlaki plates in Athens!
From journal Athens, Greece: In-Depth
December 2, 2003
From journal Athens for Thanksgiving
State College, Pennsylvania
February 12, 2002
Unfortunately a little bit of the culture seems to have been temporarily lost with the switch to the euro. The hard and fast haggling, little old ladies shouting prices back and forth has been considerably slow. Now it consists more of two people tied to their euro calculators trying to figure out just how much they are paying or getting for the goods. I'm sure that given more time to acclimate themselves to the new currency one will see a remergence of the haggle til death attitude on the streets of Monastiraki.
A sidenote for those of you (like me), who aren't into being jostled and pushed which you will be if you attempt to shop at the flea market. I've found that I enjoy the market much more if I manage to snag an open table outside of one of the Taverna's, order a coffee and spend some time watching the people pass me by.
From journal It's All Greek To Me