It’s always fun to go downtown at the beginning of tourist season when the weather is warmer and the sun is shining. It makes my camera very happy. I think I took 100 photos! So many things to capture, from the people enjoying their stroll or the others at the coffee shops or restaurants, to the old buildings and the much older temples, nothing escapes my eye.
On my May-day excursion through touristy downtown Athens I stumbled upon this very vibrant street in the ‘Psirri’ area. The carnival atmosphere was a delightful surprise to see in the artsy but decaying part of the city. I did not know about this street with its’ colourful and lively shops, I think that it’s fairly new. I had a lot of fun taking pictures of everything that caught my eye.
Στην εκδρομή μου την Πρωτομαγιά πήγα στο τουριστικού κέντρου της Αθήνας, και σκόνταψα σε αυτόν τον πολύ ζωντανό δρόμο στην περιοχή του Ψυρρή. Η καρναβαλική ατμόσφαιρα ήταν μια ευχάριστη έκπληξη στη καλλιτεχνική , αλλά aποσυνθετική περιοχή της πόλης. Δεν ήξερα για αυτόν τον δρόμο με τα πολύχρωμα και ζωντανά καταστήματα, νομίζω ότι είναι αρκετά καινούριο. Πέρασα καλά τραβώντας φωτογραφίες όλα τα όμορφα πράγματα που έπεσε στην αντίληψή μου.
The ‘Retro Festival’ in Athens’ Gazi area is for the nostalgic people who yearn for the good old times. A place where you can spot some of your old furniture from your childhood home and cars you’ve probably never have driven in. It’s a place where hipsters and old people collide; and a few minutes in you start to feel regretful for throwing away old 70′ and 80’s items that are now considered cool.
Happy Canada day! I was born there..so yeah it’s a little confusing.
Oh how I wish it was 23 degrees celcius right now!
Αχ μακάρι να ήταν 23 βαθμοί Κελσίου τώρα!
A sneak peak at an ancient home in downtown Athens. I wonder how the site would have looked long ago.
Μια κλεφτή ματιά σε ένα αρχαίο σπίτι στο κέντρο της Αθήνας. Απορώ πώς η περιοχή θα φαινόταν πολύ καιρό πριν.
Is there beauty in urban decay? Why did this place piqued my interest?
Υπάρχει κάποια ομορφιά στην υποβάθμιση των πόλεων; Για ποιο λόγο αυτός ο τόπος κέντρισε την προσοχή μου;
Syntagma Square or ‘constitution square’ is the epicenter of Athens. The place where tourists and locals collide and where many government protests take place. That boy statue has seen it all!
Yesterday evening I went to the passing of the flame ceremony at the Panathinaiko stadium in Athens. The flame had travelled from Olympia through most of Greece and then to Athens at the Acropolis. After the Acropolis the flame was taken to the Panathinakio stadium where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896. It was an exciting and fun event with the Evzones, Opera singers, a kids choir, a band and orchestra. The Priestesses were the main highlight of the evening with their beautiful and powerful ancient dance. Then some Greek folk dancing followed by the Brazilian performers with their drums and their fit capoeira dancers. It was nice to see a celebration of culture and unity and many happy faces in a very difficult time for Greece and the world. And now the flame is off to Brazil and it’s 99 days until the games begin!
An oldie but goodie photograph that I captured in my early days of street photography. It’s one of my favourite captures. I love the light, the subject and the timing was very lucky. I took it as a sign that I should continue in my journey as a photographer.