Ioannina, Greece

Earlier: Meteora and Kalabaka

There's not that much to do here, but there is the Byzantine Museum (mildly interesting - it will at least get you out of the rain). More creepy Jesus stuff.
Somewhat more interestingly, you can take a tour through a pretty sweet cave.


Ioannina seemed to have its shit together in terms of bakery + coffee combo places and more modern kinds of business, attire, English-speaking in general. But good luck finding parking. It seemed that the tourist neighborhood near the Byzantine Museum was where all the parking and most of the restaurants were.


We finally found a restaurant near the water called, uh, Tavern, maybe, where a man greeted us and happily responded that yes he spoke English and had English menus.

The napkins there - I'll probably use this somewhere on my blog.




The bread here was toasted and oiled and lightly seasoned, one of the best bread experiences I had in the Balkans.


We got the appetizer medley for three, which consisted of fried zucchini slices, "flogeres" (little fried ham and cheese rolls), fried cheese balls, fried peppers, a few olives, some Tzatziki, babaghanoush or "eggplant salad" and what they called "cream cheese," which was some kind of cream cheese dip anyway. Good shit.

My friend got this awesome wrap. On the menu it was said Pita or something like that, and it was like 2 euros for this huge wrap with fries, onions, lettuce, tzatziki, and chicken.

Bobby got some kind of meat he said was pretty good. He's not picky.

The porgy (or flatfish) was good, very mild. Not too much oil on everything, which was a nice reprieve. The fries were flavorless and not served totally hot, poor timing on the cook's part. Once again, the fish was the right choice.
For those interested in menus









Chestnut ice cream and coffee ice cream (they had rose, caramel, pistachio, and many more), plus dozens of other desserts and samples of delicious baklava and chocolate halva.


Next: Monodendri