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Eclipse over the Acropolis with a Greek Fish in parchment paper


The earth’s shadow swept past the moon late last night turning a shining full moon of August into a dim red one and finally blackening it out of view.

The partial lunar eclipse occurred late in the night in Athens around 10 p.m.At about 9 p.m. my husband asked me if I wanted to go to the Acropolis to see the eclipse and without hesitation we got into the car and were there around 9.30 p.m.We had to park the car in the narrow streets of Plaka somewhere opposite Zappeio and walked our way up to the Acropolis.

The new museum of the Acropolis

The worse part began after the entrance to the ancient theatre of Herodou tou Attikou.  I couldn’t believe what I saw.I thought that Athens was empty due to summer holidays but the streets were packed with both locals and tourists. I distinguished British American and Australian accents, I heard people speaking Italian, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, Cypriot, German and some other I could not recognize.

The queue was about 100 metres x 5 metres and it took about half an hour to pass inside the Acropolis.

When we arrived the moon was still full and when descending it was half moon but although I took some pictures I did not manage to capture it.

I am sorry about the bad quality of my photos by it was the first time I took photos during night.Although I turned it to night scene I didn’t know much about it and most of my pictures are dim and shaking.

The Propylaea (main gateway)


Photo of Propylaea, courtesy Wikipedia

Photo of the Parthenon (Wikipedia)

The eclipse has already began.

If you have not visited the Acropolis it’s not easy to capture what an accomplishment this building was to build 400 years b.C. during the rule of Pericles by Iktinos and Kallicratis. The ancient Greek temple known as the Parthenon (Greek for “the virgin’s place” i.e. Athena) was constructed between 447 and 432 b.C. Considered a masterpiece of Greek architecture, it was built atop the Acropolis, a hill overlooking the city of Athens. To give you a small example, each pillar is 1.9 m in diameter and 10.4 m high. If you are near the pilar you realize that three grown ups are needed to embrace it pillar.

Hope you enjoyed the tour even if the photos are blurry and now to our recipe.

Perka me marathoriza sti ladokolla

I hope the name did not scare you away. Perka is a fish of the grouper family and marathoriza is fennel bulb aka finocchio.

I chose this recipe as ancient Greeks ate a lot of fish. I prepared the fish with herbs and spices used in Greek cuisine and although it is wrapped in parchment paper, with all due respect to our ancestors, I wouldn’t call it kleftiko, as I have seen it in another blog.

A few weeks ago I went to the farmers’ market and bought this lovely fillet of painted comber aka grouper. When I bought the fish I did not have a recipe in mind but I combined some of the Greek herbs and vegetables I bought and wrapped the fish in parchment paper. When I finished wrapping it I saw that there was still some space left at the four corners, so I quickly unwrapped it and filled in the gaps with mushrooms.

Well there are not enough words to describe the result of this dish. I kept hearing my family saying wow, mmmm, yummy, delicious, fantastic.

I strongly recommend this dish and I am sure that even the most eclectic taste buds will be satisfied.

Perka me Marathoriza sti ladokolla (Perch with fennel bulb  in Parchment Paper)

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Serves: 5


  • 1 ½ kilo filleted painted comber (2 fillets) or any other fillet you like
  • 1 fennel bulb, cut into slices (next time I shall add at least 2)
  • 2 onions cut into slices
  • 3 cloves of garlic, cut into slices
  • ¼ cup of parsley, finely cut
  • ¼ cup of dill, finely cut
  • 1 teaspoon of coarse sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of Greek oregano
  • 4 slices of lemon on each fillet
  • 6 mushrooms, cut into slices
  • 3 spoonfuls of olive oil
  • 1 shot of ouzo


  1. Wash the fish and add salt, pepper, oregano and coriander.
  2. Prepare all vegetables and cut them.
  3. On the parchment paper layer the fennel bulb, the onions, garlic, dill and parsley. Place the fish on top and add the olive oil and ouzo. Cover with the lemon slices and between the gaps add the mushrooms, sprinkling some salt, ground pepper, oregano and coriander on top.
  4. Fold the parchment paper and seal the baking tin with aluminum foil making sure that it is covered well so as to prevent the steam from escaping.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven to 180 degrees centigrade for 30 minutes.


Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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17 Responses

  1. Cakelaw

    Looks delicious Ivy – the name doesn’t put me off.

    Love your pics of the lunar eclipse – they’re fabulous, thanks for sharing!

  2. Peter G

    How magical to be at the Acropolis and see the eclipse…I love the Acropolis Ivy! The fish dish cooked in the parcel sounds fantastic and the flavour of the fennel seems very complementary.

  3. Ivy

    Thanks Cake and Peter. It was indeed magical to be up there watching the eclipse.

  4. I am quite impressed with the new site Ivy. It would have been spectacular to see the eclipse from the Acropolis just as the ancients did as well.

  5. WOW Ivy…lucky you to be at the Acropolis watching the eclipse. Must have certainly been magical. And congrats for the big move. IT IS WONDERFUL; LOVE THE NEW LOOK!! I hope I can attempt the same one day…& I will then bother you for help! xoxoxo Deeba

  6. Delicious looking dish, Ivy! And it looks great on your new blog!

  7. admin

    What a joy sis. You are the first to comment on the new site. I am so glad that all your comments were transferred together with the posts. The only disadvantage I see up to now is that I don’t get to see your photos any more.

  8. Ivy

    Thanks Deeba, it’s so good to see you here as well. For a moment I thought I deleted your comment by mistake (lol) but I was relieved when I saw it posted. Any time Deeba, you or anybody else, wants help to move I would be glad to help but make it soon as I am getting old and forget quickly.

  9. Ivy

    Lulu, thanks. It seems that now I can see only the Avatars supported by WordPress.

  10. We had the eclipse here too but because of the monsoons, it was raining and the sky was overcast. So we didn’t see it.

    I have been thinking of WordPress, but I’m not courageous enough to attempt it.:(
    And I’m not too savvy with things like HTML and CSS, so……

  11. Ivy

    What a pity you didn’t have the chance to watch it Aparna.
    Regarding WordPress, I felt exactly the same and my computer skills are not better than yours but there are a lot of friends willing to help, if you ever decide.

  12. pixen

    heyyyy I’m here Ivy..:-) Finally you moved to WordPress ??? Anyway, glad to see you here as well!

    So, more adventures and more recipes to share. BTW, I saw the video you posted in Great Cooks Community. It was so hilarious! I wished I have grandparents like them…Thank you for sharing!


  13. Ivy

    Hey Pixen, good to see you here as well!!! The Cypriot couple is hilarious indeed and I wish I had grandparents like them as well.

  14. I loved the read on Acropolis.. The pics are awesome and I remembered my trip there fondly…

  15. This looks delicious, thanks for sharing! I found your site from Jeena’s roundup and I will try out this recipe since you found some of my favorite ingredients- fennel and grouper (or grouper style) fish! Thanks!

  16. Ivy

    Thanks Cindy for visiting. I tried to leave a message at your site but was not successful.

  17. <a href=http://www.cityphotology.com/2008/09/athens-acropolis-parthenon-west-side.html)The Parthenon (ancient Greek: Παρθενών) was a temple of Athena, built in the 5th century BC on the Acropolis of Athens