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Underneath bustling Syntagma Square, in the heart of Athens, the city of Athens holds a little secret … and it’s really too bad that it remains such, since I’ve been there a number of times for various exhibitions (mostly food and wine related) and always came away with a bag full of goodies – most often traditional products from all around Greece.

I love these 3 or 4 day exhibitions, kind of like an indoor farmer’s market, where you get to sample products, almost always direct from their source, the producer or farmer (or a family member).  I love meeting them, and I love the pride with which they share their creations.

This year there will be a festival presenting the traditional products of the Laconia region of Greece – for those who don’t know the area, it’s in the Peloponnese and the area is rich with many gifts that the locals have turned into agro businesses.   While the entire region is rich in olives (and thus olive oil), the area around Monemvassia is becoming Laconia’s wine region (and you are certain to find some at the Syntagma festival to sample and buy.

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!