22.09.2014 - 22.09.2014 31 °C
Sunny and 31 degrees.
I had a great sleep last night, from midnight until 8am, probably because we closed our balcony doors to keep the noise out and had the fan going on low. I also took a Polaramine antihistimine tablet to help with this allergy on my face, and they tend to make me drowzy. The sore muscle in my backside is still giving me trouble. I wish it would just go away because I don't know what will fix it, short of a massage from my physio in Canberra! The anti inflamatory tablets don't seem to be doing much good. I am falling apart!
But the good news is that the allergy on my face seems to be going down slowly, so that's good.
Phil and I went for a walk around Halandri this morning, just to kill some time before we went into the city and to try to change some Australian dollars into Euros. Both banks wouldn't change the money as they said we had to have an account with the bank first, then deposit the money, and then we could withdraw it within two days. However, they told us there were money changing facilities at the airport and Syntagma Square, so we decided to do it when we went into town.
Phil bought a small camera for Makis' bithday tomorrow that he can put on his computer and then we will be able to Skype each other when we go back to Australia.
We caught the bus at Halandri and after about 15 minutes hopped off at the Metro where Makis was waiting.
We all got on the train and headed off for Syntagma Square.
We were wandering around like tourists, taking photos and I noticed four young Greek girls taking photos too. We strolled slowly along the streets, taking photos and looking in shops, sometimes on quite deserted streets, and I noticed that the girls were following along too.
We came to the tinest little church that was constructed in the 12th century. It was tiny inside but had some lovely icons on the walls. I went inside and immediately the girls came in too, squashing up against me and I felt a thump on my backpack, twice. I went to leave and one of them was blocking the door and wouldn't get out of my way, so I pushed past her to get outside. All the while, I was wearing my handbag as a back pack.
We continued on slowly down the street and they were there too. By this time, I was becoming a bit suspicious, so I told Annetta that I thought they were trying to pickpocket us and told her why I thought that. We went into a couple of icon shops, looking at icons, and when we came out, Annetta just stared at the girls, and they turned around and went the other way. They knew we were on to them.
The next icon shop we went into, I took my bag off my back to get my glasses out, and I noticed it was unzipped! On reflection, I think they must have done that when they squashed against me in the tiny church and were waiting to get close again, to grab my purse. Nothing was missing, thank goodness! What a lucky escape I had. They looked like normal young Greek girls, dressed in modern clothing and taking photos as well. Nothing suspicious about them, but every time I looked around, they were there. It pays to be aware.
The church where the offence took place.
We wandered the Plaka for a while. It was quite warm so we stopped for a drink at this nice place. The waitress was so sour, I thought her face would crack if she smiled.
We wandered on some more and by this time it's about 4pm, so we decided to have a light snack, so that we could have dinner later tonight, and not miss out like last night. Phil, Makis and Annetta all had a toasted sandwich and I just had a juice. I am eating too much and will save up for tonight's dinner in Halandri.
Makis went home and will come to Halandri later for dinner. Phil, Annetta and I caught the metro all the way to Halandri, and then the bus to her home. It is now about 6.45 pm.
Just looking in my bag for something and realised that those little witches DID steal something from my bag! I had a light, flimsy cardigan stuffed in top of my bag, just in case I needed protection from the sun. They pinched that and were trying to go in for the kill - my purse! Oh well, at least they didn't get that, but my favourite top saved the day. This is the first thing I have ever had stolen!
Makis came to Halandri at about 9pm and we walked down to the pizza restaurant for dinner. We were the only ones in there, but I am getting the feeling that people are eating at a more normal hour these days. Anyway, the pizza was nice. The base was quite unusual, a bit like crunchy bread rather than the normal pizza base, but nice nevertheless. They gave us some bruschetta before our pizza and a small bowl of pannacotta after the meal for free. Another couple came in after us.
We walked home, Makis went back to his place and we went to sleep about 12.30 am.