Today we traveled back to Athens on the fast ferry—we were so sad at to leave the beautiful islands behind, but excited to spend more time in the capital city. We arrived in early afternoon and had some free time to relax in the hotel before heading out to the optional dinner and show at a traditional Greek tavern.
On our way to the tavern in the Plaka district, Gloria told us about the different dances we were to see at the show and of the keyword we’d be using the whole night: “opa!” Gloria related the phrase to something like “go for it!” In English, and it was cheered throughout the night as different dancers took the stage, as the dancing picked up and even as a plate accidentally broke in the dining room (more on broken plates later).
While we dined on an array of typical appetizers, Greek salad, souvlaki and loukoumades, traditional dances from all of the different islands were performed on the stage before us.
There were acrobatics representing the strong butchers of Crete, tea light dances symbolizing good wishes for the coming harvest and even belly dancers who performed with two batons of fire.
Jessie and Jenna are making their way through Greece, from Athens to the islands of the Aegean. Follow along as they blog on tour!