Celebrating Cretan Art and Food


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Sunday 15th March 2015 saw another Travel Bloggers Greece meet up to discuss and share ideas, how we can positively promote Greece and work together.  This time we were invited to Grecotel Pallas Athena in dowtown Athens, to experience the  Cretan art of Alexandros Androulaks, a Cretan artist.

Alexandros showed us his works of art – my particular favourite being entitled “Despite the Recession,” depicting Greeks dancing and having fun, despite what is going on around them.  I felt his Cretan art made an important statement.

Alexandros Androulakis "Despite the Recession"
Alexandros Androulakis “Despite the Recession”

Artwork of Alexandros Androulakis
Artwork of Alexandros Androulakis

Cretan food

Afterwards we were also treated to a delicious buffet meal of various Cretan dishes.  Where to start?!  With the cheese, olives and bread? Octopus stew?  Or how about gamopilafo, a special Cretan risotto served exclusively during weddings on the island?

Snack anyone? Grecotel Pallas Athena at your service
Snack anyone? Grecotel Pallas Athena at your service
Wow - WHAT a Cretan spread!
Wow – WHAT a Cretan spread!  Thanks Grecotel Pallas Athena


Great crowd in Travel Bloggers Greece
Great crowd in Travel Bloggers Greece – Grecotel Pallas Athena hotel

It was wonderful to connect with other bloggers – both Greek and expat – and share ideas and discuss our different blogging styles, and draw from each other’s experiences.

Alexandros Androulaks’s exhibition will be running until 15th May 2015.  Grecotel Pallas Athena plans to showcase different artists every 2 months.  Check here for my last post where we were hosted by Grecotel – and take a look at their themed rooms!

And take a look here to read about a two week road trip around Crete and gain some inspiration summer holiday ideas.