Part 4: Monastiraki Flea Market
& setting sail from Athens
After a long day in the sun exploring the Acropolis, the next morning we took a more chilled approach with a casual breakfast on our apartment balcony and a wander around the local area. Next stop for us tourists: The Monastiraki market. It’s the most famous flea market in Athens and has a long history in the city.
Starting at Ifestou and Adrianou we meandered our way through the streets looking at the stalls selling second-hand cameras, vintage lace and furniture and all sorts of other treasures. My kind of rummaging for sure.
TIP: The Monastiraki Metro Station, located on the square, serves both Line 1 and Line 3 of the Athens Metro.
Down some streets, the stalls turn into open-fronted shops selling leather goods and tourist souvenirs. I luckily struck a bargain on a real suede pink rucksack and later a pair of handmade silver leather sandals, only €20 each! You’ll also find some cool cafe’s and juice stores – look out for “ginger”.
The Poet Sandal Maker
Nearby, just turn off the main square at the Metro station on Agias Theklas, 2 & you can hunt down the famous Poet Sandal Maker. Found in a small workshop, Melissinos the poet & sandal maker has made authentic greek sandals for the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Sophia Loren and Jackie O. From around €40 up he will hand stitch a pair for you. It’s great to watch him work. (There are also lots of pre-made sandals for you to buy there and then).
Boarding the ship
Getting on board was a breeze. We got a taxi from our Air Bnb (Taxi Beat again of course) for about 11€ down to the port of Piraeus where we could see the huge ship at the dock.
Royal Princess staff were waiting to guide us through check in and collecting our cruise cards. We left our luggage there and walked up the gangway onto the ship. I couldn’t get over the size of it! Once onboard we had our photos taken for ID and were directed to our staterooms up on ‘Riviera’ Deck 14. Mine was an internal double cabin which was perfect for me and my parents had a mini suite with a balcony port side, ideal for evening drinks overlooking the coastline.
It wasn’t long until there was a knock on the door and we were greeted by our stewardess with a glass of champagne. And our luggage was delivered shortly after too. Everything was so efficient – great first impression Princess Cruises!
We took the opportunity to have a walk around the ship to get ourselves acquainted – it really was huge. I knew then that navigating was going to be a challenge. Up on the top deck, we joined the crowds of other passengers to watch the smooth sail away from Athens; well after some handy manoeuvring from the Captain to get us out of a tight corner that is!
Athens slipped away behind us and we set off towards the most hotly anticipated stop of our trip…
This is my last post about Athens – until I go back that is! There’s so much more to discover, I could have spent a week there. Check out my other posts about the city below and come back soon for the next instalment of my Cruise series… the beautiful Santorini!