Blue and White Stripes in Athens
I am back in Athens! Although I was in the Greek capital last month, I wanted to come back to indulge in some vitamin C and to spend some more time with Tristan before we have to endure another month apart. Last time we had a bit of a whirlwind few days, visiting the Acropolis and a lot of the museums, and doing all the necessary “tourist” things in the city. Without the pressure of having to see all the hectic sites, this time has been a lot more chilled and has felt a lot more like “normal life”. He goes to class during the day while I am working in various coffee shops, and then we meet in the evening for gym sessions and dinner. That’s how the week flew by and so we made sure to do some exploring over the weekend.
On Friday night we went out for dinner at Black Sheep with one of my friends from college and one of his friends from study abroad. This cute little Greek restaurant is in Tristan’s neighbourhood and is somewhere we have eaten a number of times. Afterwards, we headed to Six d.o.g.s in Monastiraki for a couple of cocktails and more catch-up. The weather on Saturday wasn’t great, so we spent the day vintage shopping in the centre and then in the Mall of Athens, before having a movie date night and seeing Get Out (which I highly recommend!)
The cultural centre is a multifunctional and environmentally sustainable education, arts and recreation destination. The new home of the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, these two buildings are amazingly located underneath the Stavros Niarchos Park. When walking through the park, you would have no idea that you were standing on top of a library! On this Sunday afternoon, there were so many families utilising the public space. Young children were kicking footballs around in every direction, while parents sat back in the sunshine — ice-cream and beer in hand.
A short walk from the cultural center is Flisvos Marina, a mega-yacht destination that infuses a cosmopolitan flair to the area. We strolled along the waterfront, picking out our dream boats and imagining the travel itineraries we could design if we owned one. Finally stopping for a Greek fro-yo at Chillbox, we staked out a little area next to the water where we could sit and take in the moment.
After being in freezing cold places, I am thrilled to be somewhere that I can finally wear some of my new spring pieces (although my denim jacket was a necessity as we were by the water). I was recently sent this jumpsuit by SheIn and love how it combines ruffles and stripes, two of my favourite spring trends. This is the first item I have ever had from the website, but now I have lots more pieces on my wish-list, like this blue and white striped bow tie split sleeve shirt dress, this cartoon print box pleated skirt, this one shoulder striped shirt, and this pinstripe A-line skirt.
I picked up this colourful little bag while in Portugal (see my vintage haul here) and love that it brings a pop of pink to all my blue pieces. I always love wearing blue and white in the summer (as seen here, here, here, here, here, and here), so I know I will get a lot of wear out of this in the coming months.
I am a massive proponent of slow travel and/or visiting places multiple times, as that is how you really get a feel for a place. I like to be able to have the flexibility to see some areas of a city that aren’t always at the top of a tourist’s priority list. This weekend definitely allowed me to see a more normal, local side of Athens, outside of the dominating Acropolis. Now I am really looking forward to another week of wandering Athens and doing a couple of day-trips – make sure to follow along on Instagram/Instastories!
Photos by Tristan Marsh