Author: Angela Zafiris

Hello! I'm a Artist/Writer/Photographer who lives in Athens, Greece. I have many creative ways from writing, photography, collage art, mixed-media art and poetry. I love sharing my work with people from all over the world through my blog.

At the Skate Rink

Ice skating has been growing in popularity these past few years in Greece. When I first came to Greece many years ago from Canada, outdoor ice rinks were no where to be found. Just looking at an ice rink brings me back to my childhood in Canada. It’s very surreal to see scenes like this in a hot country like Greece. But, it’s nice to see kids here having this experience.

Christmas Meets Culture (Day time)

My first batch of of photographs of the ‘Stavros Niarchos Culture Center’ (SNFCC). I took a lot of photographs in the day time and then a few more after the sunset. It was the day after Christmas and it was crowded with people. Parents with their kids enjoying their activities in the park. Some live music and the dancing fountains. It is a good place to get some exercise as the property is huge. When you are there you want to explore the whole place, so good thing I had my walking shoes on 😉

Happy New Year!

“A good half of the art of living is resilience.” – Alain de Botton

Athens By Night/Η Νυχτερινή Αθήνα

Another batch of photographs from the same city square as the previous post, but at night. I think Athens looks a lot more beautiful at night with all of the Christmas lights.

Άλλη μια παρτίδα φωτογραφιών από την ίδια πλατεία της πόλης με την προηγούμενη ανάρτηση, αλλά τη νύχτα. Νομίζω ότι η Αθήνα φαίνεται πολύ πιο όμορφη τη νύχτα με όλα τα χριστουγεννιάτικα φώτα.

Athens By Day/Η Αθηνα την Ημερα

My street photographs of downtown Athens, and Syndagma square taken on a moody, overcast day in December. The Christmas tree was not too impressive as you can see in the photograph. The decor is a lot more simplier this year than other years.

But, the city looks very beautiful with lit Christmas lights at night as you will see in my next post.

Οι φωτογραφίες του δρόμου μου από το κέντρο της Αθήνας και την πλατεία Συντάγματος τραβηγμένες μια κυκλοθυμική, συννεφιασμένη μέρα του Δεκεμβρίου. Το χριστουγεννιάτικο δέντρο δεν ήταν και πολύ εντυπωσιακό όπως μπορείτε να δείτε στη φωτογραφία. Η διακόσμηση είναι πολύ πιο απλή φέτος από άλλες χρονιές.

Όμως, η πόλη φαίνεται πολύ όμορφη με αναμμένα χριστουγεννιάτικα λαμπάκια το βράδυ όπως θα δείτε στην επόμενη ανάρτησή μου.

Corinth Canal/Διώρυγα της Κορίνθου

The Corinth Canal is a popular pitt stop for travellers either on their way to Athens from the Peloponnese or vice versa. I have passed by the canal many times during my short trips to the Peloponnese, and it never ceases to amaze me. It is an increadible feat of engineering that was only an idea in classical times.

There were many attempts by different rulers in antiquity to dig the canal, but they all failed. Then, in the 19th Century the vision was revived and then Greek prime minister Ioannis Kapodistrias hired a French company to begin construction on the canal. However, the French company went bankrupt, and the project was handed over to a Greek company. The canal was completed in 1893 on the 25th of July.

The narrow passage way means that large vessels cannot pass through. The canal closed in the beginning of 2021 due to landslides, and in will re-open in 2023.

Η Διώρυγα της Κορίνθου είναι μια δημοφιλής στάση για τους ταξιδιώτες είτε στο δρόμο τους προς την Αθήνα από την Πελοπόννησο είτε αντίστροφα. Έχω περάσει πολλές φορές από το κανάλι στα σύντομα ταξίδια μου στην Πελοπόννησο και δεν σταματά να με εκπλήσσει. Είναι ένα απίστευτο κατόρθωμα της μηχανικής που ήταν μόνο μια ιδέα στην κλασική εποχή.

Έγιναν πολλές προσπάθειες από διαφορετικούς ηγεμόνες στην αρχαιότητα να σκάψουν το κανάλι, αλλά όλες απέτυχαν. Στη συνέχεια, τον 19ο αιώνα το όραμα αναβίωσε και τότε ο Έλληνας πρωθυπουργός Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας προσέλαβε μια γαλλική εταιρεία για να ξεκινήσει την κατασκευή του καναλιού. Ωστόσο, η γαλλική εταιρεία χρεοκόπησε, και το έργο παραδόθηκε σε ελληνική εταιρεία. Το κανάλι ολοκληρώθηκε το 1893 στις 25 Ιουλίου.

Η στενή δίοδος σημαίνει ότι δεν μπορούν να περάσουν μεγάλα σκάφη. Το κανάλι έκλεισε στις αρχές του 2021 λόγω κατολισθήσεων και θα ανοίξει ξανά το 2023.

Omonia Square

Omonia square is a busy imtersection at the heart of the main roads of the city of Athens. Omonia is Greek for harmony, reflecting the informal political truce declared here in 1862 by the leaders of rival political parties in the wake of King Otto’s ousting.

It is one of the most grittiest neighbourhoods of the city, and admittedly not the prettiest. Run down buildings, crime, refugees, drug addicts and homeless people have tarnished the reputation of the area.

Some buildings should be demolished and a revitalization plan needs to be implemented, but unfortunately that is not up to me.

However, there have been some efforts to improve the area or a small portion of it. In May 2020 the squares’ new design was revealed and the fountain was restored with its 188 jets and 177 underwater spotlights built with eco-friendly materials and cool pavement technologies.

It is my hope that one day the Greek government will one day soon put the same amount of vision, work and funds, that has been put into the Athens Riviera and Hellenikon, as the neglected urban parts of Athens.