Last weekend, (13th November 2016) it was the Athens Marathon. When this event takes place, the city centre is closed to traffic, as the race ends at the old Olympic stadium. That being the case, my friends can’t ply their trade as taxi drivers, which means a day off to go to our favourite fish taverna just outside Corinth.
This time we were on a mission to buy some tsipourou, almost the local equivalent of fire water if it is not very good. However, as with its fish and seafood, the taverna has some excellent tsipourou.
As it was a Sunday, there was a guy playing a bouzouki, and everyone had a bit of a sing-song. The singing was aided by the tsipourou and wine.
My friend asked about taking some tsipourou home with us, but there wasn’t enough, so we were resigned to coming back to Athens without it. We were told that if we wanted any, we should phone a day or two in advance of our next visit. So we were disappointed.
Then the day was saved by the owner, pictured above with a glass of tsipourou in his hand. He made a phone call, and our tsipourou (3 litres of it) was delivered, by taxi, to the taverna. The owner sat at our table and brought us a couple more glasses of it. He finally allowed us to go back to Athens, and I have to say that a fine time was had by the three of us.
I can’t wait for our next visit!