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Enemy/Εχθρός

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The lines have been drawn

The walls have been built

The enemy puffs at the gate

Forever lingering like a loyal dog

The bear, the shark, the snake, and black dog

All symbolize

The enemy, the  foe, the rival

They Claw,

Gnash with their teeth,

 Slither and howl

The tides of hate flow

Back and forth

And in a stormy black sea

 A lonely boat with a white flag

 Pleads for peace

But goes unheard

 Just muffled cries in the dark

Who will win, who will lose

It won’t matter

It will never end.

 

4oo followers!?! WOW!!!!!!Thank you for not being my enemy! 🙂

 


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Carnival Street/ Oδός Καρναβαλιού

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The street is lined with dessert and ice cream shops.

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So cute and pretty!

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The ice cream lady in costume.

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All kinds of gelato.

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That’s a tall order.

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.

 

It’s A Little Kitsch!/Είναι Λίγο Κιτς!

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A family walks by graffiti and merchandise.

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The place to shop when WW3 happens..

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Cover art of vintage records on the wall of a shop.

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Religious icons, Santa Claus, & jewelery all in one shop window!

Where ever you go in any city you are bound to see a few things that are little off. I  have seen some odd things during my walks in Athens. There are a few things that a tourist or even a local Greek would find ‘kitsch’ or odd and I love to capture these oddities with my camera..the stranger the better 😉

Strange Shops/Aσυνήθιστα Kαταστήματα

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Meat galore. Not for the vegan types!

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Go green! Can’t tell if it’s real or fake foliage. Interesting nonetheless.

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Crowds gather outside a deli shop.

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This shop caught me by surprise with its unusual decor.

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Croissants, all kinds of bread, and Greek ‘halvas’.

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The many brands of Greek honey.

In Athens, most of the merchandise is on the street so you don’t have to step into a shop to see what the store has to offer. It’s something you don’t see in many countries. Some of the items on display are really odd, like the wooden canes or the display case with the honey and alcohol on the wall of a shop. The shop with the sausages took me by surprise, that was a lot of meat! The shop attracted many people who were just walking by. Many were taking photos with their cell phones of the shops unique exterior.

Small Town Shops/Ta mικρά καταστήματα της πόλης

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And the ever-present Greek frozen yogurt shop.

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I love this windmill!

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Plenty of handmade items in this shop.

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Bracelets, sling shots and umm..no further comment.

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No relation..

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A couple walks by a charming little restaurant called ‘restaurant’ 🙂

Small towns like Nafplio have some of the prettiest store fronts that you’ll ever see. I loved the architecture of many of the buildings here, and there were so many things to shoot!

Μικρές πόλεις όπως το Ναύπλιο έχει μερικά από τα ομορφότερα προσόψεις καταστημάτων. Μου άρεσε πολύ η αρχιτεκτονική του Ναφπλιου, και είναι ένα εξαιρετικό μέρος για να βγάλετε φωτογραφίες!

The Agora of Athens/Η Αγορα Της Αθηνας

Creative Entrance at a Shop

Happy to Serve You! 

Bakery with heart-shaped chocolate cakes. Not for the diabetic.

Sign says ‘Small goods. Soft drinks and cigarettes’ Healthy stuff.

Colourful Chairs at Restaurant at Psirri

A basement shop that sells  Greek traditional clothing and footwear in Psirri

A Flea Market at Thiseio

Thousands of small business owners have had to close up their shops during the economic crisis in Greece.   Athenians can’t believe how  many ‘for rent’ signs they have seen on every shop window they happen to walk by. The hardest small businesses hit are the neighbourhood businesses just outside the city center. When a shop closes downtown a new one quickly opens because downtown Athens will always have its crowds of shoppers.  It’s a tourist area and there is a lot more to see and do than in any other area of Athens.   Many business owners have now realised that to survive they have to come up with an idea for a business that is s unique and creative and that people will really like and will want to come back to again.  Hundreds of  ‘souvlakia’ shops appeared like mushrooms and several months later those shops have had to close down.  How many ‘souvlakia’ can a person eat anyways? It’s not very healthy either.  Healthy eating is popular now and that is why frozen yogurt shops do well, but there are already enough of those now. The only positive thing about an economic crisis in that it can inspire people to be more creative. The competition is a lot more fierce now.  A new shop  cannot not be a carbon copy of a shop down the street.  The business should be unique and the business owners have to supply the people with the things that they really want.  Of course, it helps if  people (the customers) had  more money in their pockets too.