By Catherine Tsounis
“In hospitality, the chief thing is good will,” says a Greek proverb. Hospitality came from the Gods, according to the Ancient Greeks. The host was expected to make sure the needs of his guests were satisfied. In Greek society, a person’s ability to offer hospitality, determined nobility and social standing. This concept has been woven into Greek culture for thousands of years. Hospitality is shown by offering the finest cuisine to one’s guests.
Grand Chalet restaurant at Plateia Areos, Paparrigopoulou 54, Tripolis, has been our favorite restaurant for takeout food for six years during our vacations. They prepare salt free grilled dishes on the spot, delivering them to our hotel, the Anaktorikon. Chrisanthi Papageorgiou, Filippos Gitzias and Giannis Papageorgiou helped us. Their hospitality inspired us to return.
Chrisanthi, took a genuine interest in learning about our trip and life. She is a microbiologist for seven years in a clinic. In the evenings, she works at Grand Chalet. Chrisanthi is a world traveler, visiting many countries. She wants to see Machu Picchu in Peru. Heart to heart conversations with Greece’s citizens is one of the best memories of Greece. They really want to know you and make you happy in their country. This is modern Greece: kind and gracious.