What to Expect
We are proud of our apartments and you, our guests of Tales in Tiles, have all these years been showing so much gratitude for what we offer. We have improved and continue to do so, based on our great love for the Greek and Athenian culture and our longlines to share it with you. We keep also improving based on your feedback, which we always welcome.
There is a few of things for which there is not much we can do about:
A few guests have mentioned to us that the bell from the church in the neighborhood woke them up in the morning. Based on an old tradition of inviting people to the church’s morning ceremony, the church bell rings once at 7:15 am. If there is a ceremony, usually on Saturday and Sunday, or when a Saint is celebrated, it could be that it would ring again at 8:15 am and then at 9:15 am. I would invite people to indulge themselves in the tradition and perhaps even go for a short visit inside the church, with the beautiful temple and chants when there is a ceremony. I will never forget the mystery effect it had on me the waking up of the Muezzin’s prayer in Instabul, during my first visit there.
Still, I urge light sleepers to use the back bedrooms, instead of the front one, if they are here for resting and don’t want to wake up early in the morning from the church bell.
Based on legal requirements, we disinfect the whole building, twice a year. Two of our guests mentioned in their reviews that they found a few small ants in the kitchen sink. Although they rarely show up, when they do these small ants are part of nature and we wouldn’t want to further interfere. Please bear with them if you see them. I am sure you also see them in your house every now and then. But please do let us know if you see too many of them.
But there is so many other things – apart from the essentials, such as cleanliness, heating, air conditioning, extra towels and bed sheets – we generously offer you and you keep returning it back
We do not, as of yet, offer full breakfast, but do expect to find a kitchen stuffed, among others, with all kinds of coffee, different kind ofl teas, our homemade marmalade!, a loaf of fresh bread from our local bakery rizoselaia.gr, organic olive oil from ladolea.gr fruits and flowers from the “Laiki” – flea market – nearby.
Although lousy at painting and photography myself, I am a paintings and photography art lover, something you will realize the moment you walk in the building. You will see copies of many Greek painters in the entrance hall of the building, my favorite one being Yannis Μoralis (www.nationalgallery.gr). Inside the apartment you will find photographs from Santorini, from the Hephaestus & Calliste collection of photographer Yannis Kordakis, and photographs of Athens by my cousin Eleni (Elenibakagianni.com).
Books & Culture
Inside the master bedroom, you will find Vol. I of the book published for the new Goulandris museum, goulandris.gr. Vassilis Goulandris was one of the most well-known shipowners in this international market and, with his wife Eliza, they were art collectors. Shortly after their death, their dream of a museum hosting their rich private collection of International and Greek painters was implemented. You will find more Museum suggestions in our guide.
I found books in English, French and German and brought them to you. Some of my favorite books, like The Great Chimera by M. Karagatsis. A true piece of art