Saturday, June 20, 2009


Today I went shoe shopping with my friend Sandi who's visiting from London. Sandi loves shoes but has size 35 feet and has trouble finding grown-up shoes to fit her.

Dubai was a total disappointment in this respect, but Athens came up trumps. In just three hours, Sandi purchased five pairs of shoes. We stopped for lunch, then she bought a sixth pair on the way to the metro station. You're either serious about shoes or you're not. This is her loot.

Not bad, huh? Especially considering the most popular style at the moment is the flat, strappy sandal, so it took some searching to find shoes suitable for wearing at work in a wet country.

The dusky pink patent leather ones are our favourite.


Trotter said...

Hi Tinsie! With so much shopping, there is no time to blogosphere... ;)
Six pairs on a day? She's definitely competing with Imelda... ;))

Blogtrotter has a moved to another country on its 250th post. Enjoy and have a great Sunday!

Tinsie said...

Haha indeed - even I couldn't keep up and I love shoes!

Anonymous said...

Greetings Tinsie from dull ol'London... the only reminder I have of my Athens trip is the gorgeous tan ;) I'm getting many admiring glances..or perhaps it's my new shoes!?

I had a lovely trip - and I'm very depressed today. My ears are still popping from my flight yesterday (I experienced the WORST turbulence ever-I'm not good in this scenario especially when I'm seating next to the wings which are flapping uncontrollably!). Yes, I did go home and despite being tired, lined up all my new fabulous shoes.. I like to think of myself as an Imelda in the making :) My 'know it all' Manager has just informed me that there was a new Musuem opening in Athens on Sat and there is a big feud going on between the British Museum and Greece over some artifacts we Brits won't give back. She can't help herself, she is the fountain of all knowledge. I should have told her that I did know and that we had many a debate over this whilst supping Ouzo at the beach >;-/
Any way, better check my emails - I'm trying not to look but I suppose I can't ignore them for ever.

Have a fab day and thanks again for your hospitality. I just showed all my colleague my shoe collection - they are sooo jealous.

Sandi xx

Tinsie said...

Hi Sandi,

Sorry to hear about the bumpy flight - glad you survived it. The wings are supposed to flap, if they don't that's a very bad sign indeed. Think of how birds manage to stay suspended in air ;-)

Your boss is well informed - the museum she's referring to is the New Acropolis Museum and the artifacts are the Elgin Marbles. Everyone is talking about it on the news, newspapers & of course Tripadvisor, and the museum opening is heavily advertised all over the metro network and on the trains. Some trains we took were in full Acropolis Museum livery. The fact that you didn't notice them could mean one of two things: either you were too focused on other things (shoes? partying? ouzo?) or the power of advertising isn't nearly as great as some marketing experts would like us to believe!

The museum is situated near the Acropolis metro station, which we used when we travelled to Plaka. It's a big glass building almost next to the station. If I'd thought your boss would mention it, I'd have pointed it out to you. The museum opened on Saturday but we couldn't visit because there are special opening exhibitions and ceremonies for the first four days and you needed to have booked tickets in advance. By the time I realised, there were no tickets left for the weekend. Eleni booked tickets for tomorrow morning, so this is when we're going. Tell your boss that if she's interested, I'll give you a blow by blow account tomorrow afternoon ;-)

Per Stromsjo said...

Not bad. I might have tried to find a seventh pair for late-late night photography in rugged terrain... ;)

Ah well, that's just me.

Karen said...

Those are WONDERFUL. I love shoes, too, but my work allows me to own a whole closet full of flat, strappy sandals.

When my mom and my mother-in-law came to Germany, they bought 6 or 10 pairs each. Both times. See? Shoes make happy memories.

Tinsie said...

@ Per Stromsjo: Hehe good point ;-)

@ Karen: If you like flat strappy sandals, Athens is the place to be at the moment. Many shoe shops have dozens, maybe even hundreds of different sandals in their window displays. If only I lived in a country with hot, dry summers.....

Karen said...

I've always known I needed to live in Greece, Tinsie. Now you've proven it!