It is not unusual, in an ancient city like Athens, to come across a cemetery with open tombs. This ancient cemetery is located in one of the most beautiful squares in downtown Athens called ‘Plateia Kotzia’ (Πλατεία Κοτζιά). The buildings at the square are neoclassical from the 19th Century and they are a wonderful contrast to the ancient grave site.
Unfortunately, stray cats and dogs are common sight all over Greece. These photographs were taken on a mountain just west of Athens. During the drive through the mountain I noticed many dogs, some like the ones pictured above, that didn’t look like they really belonged there; they were most likely abandoned by their owners. These strays seemed so foreign to this environment in comparison to the other dogs there that were a lot more wild than these friendlier ones. On the positive side, there have been some changes made in the past few years by Greeks. The mentality is a lot different, as people have become more sensitive towards animals and there are more cat and dog owners than ever. However, the financial crisis has been a major set back for those who want to help the animals and the government isn’t doing enough as other issues take precedent over the stray animal population.
Click here to see the people who are taking action and you can adopt a pet if you want 🙂
‘Slow but steady wins the race.’ A quote from my favourite childhood fable ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ by ancient Greek storyteller Aesop. In the fable, the humble slow-moving tortoise wins the race when the arrogant fast-moving hare seemed like he was sure to win. This is a great moral lesson in humility, something that is missing in our modern times.
My country may not have a booming economy now, but at least we have an abundance of fruit! Look at those huge pumpkins! The watermelons! Delicious! haha. They’re affordable and so fresh. We don’t have GMOS in Greece and we don’t have a company like Monsanto sticking their noses here.
Η χώρα μου μπορεί να μην ειναι στην αναπτυξη τωρα, αλλά τουλάχιστον έχει αφθονία φρούτων! Κοιτάξτε αυτές τις τεράστιες κολοκύθες! Τα καρπούζια! Τι Νόστιμια χαχα! Είναι πολυ προσιτες οι τιμες και τα φρουτα ειναι φρέσκα. Δεν έχουμε GMOs στην Ελλάδα και δεν έχουμε μια εταιρεία όπως τη Monsato να χωνετεαι την μύτη της εδώ.