Ari and Jackie Onassis: The U.S. First Lady as Greek Wife & Paris Resident (Part 4)

In Greece, Jackie Onassis played a deferring wife to Ari Onassis.

In Greece, Jackie Onassis played a deferring wife to Ari Onassis.

The 40th birthday of Jackie Kennedy Onassis on July 28, 1969 was celebrated at a raucous all-night bash in an Athens nightclub, hosted by her husband. It lasted until seven the next morning.

After her Athens 40th birthday bash, Jackie Onassis and sister-in-law Artemis stroll Pandrossou.

After her Athens 40th birthday bash, Jackie Onassis and sister-in-law Artemis stroll Pandrossou.

Jackie Onassis in a china shop near the old market center.

Jackie Onassis in a china shop near the old market center.

Emerging into the daylight not only with the famous Apollo 11 jeweled earrings he gave her as a gift but also wearing a wild mod-patterned micro mini-skirt, Jackie Onassis wasn’t ready to head home with him.

Instead, she decided to start walking through the city with Artemis, who led her into the streets of the ancient Monastiraki district.

Here was not only the local food markets but also storefronts, carts and open-air stalls where native Greek wares from glass, pottery, clothes, and other items were sold by the hand-craftsmen who made them.

As it would turn out, it would be a place to which Jackie Onassis would return many times overs the years.  It was one of her favorite haunts in Athens.

Jackie Onassis shopping on Pandrossou Street where she met Melissinos the famous poet sandalmaker of Athens.
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