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It’s All Greek to Me! by John Mole

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Family matters

At that time we lived in Kifissia, a suburb of Athens. Until recently it had been a sleepy summer resort for upper-class Athenians escaping the heat of the city in the breezes and pines of the foothills of Mount Pendeli. A Roman tomb in the main street set the tone for this Kifissia, funereal mansions and mausoleum hotels haunted in the daytime by ancient ladies in twinsets and gentlemen in barathea suits.

Another Kifissia came alive at night. All through the year people came up by car or the little metro, the elektriko, to indulge in the Greek national pastime, eating. After a perfunctory stroll to get the digestion going, they descended on some of the best tavernas you could find anywhere in Athens. At midnight or so they could ...

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