The street is lined with dessert and ice cream shops.
So cute and pretty!
The ice cream lady in costume.
All kinds of gelato.
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.
I want this teddy bear! lol
If I can’t eat all of you, then I’ll just shoot all of you!
Christmas time is approaching and the streets are busy with people shopping or window shopping er the economy still stinks. Nonetheless, the lights and store displays are what make the holiday season even more enchanting.
A cute little coffee shop at Monastiraki square. I don’t drink coffee, but they have delicious hot chocolate!
A family walks by graffiti and merchandise.
The place to shop when WW3 happens..
Cover art of vintage records on the wall of a shop.
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 😉
Meat galore. Not for the vegan types!
Go green! Can’t tell if it’s real or fake foliage. Interesting nonetheless.
Crowds gather outside a deli shop.
This shop caught me by surprise with its unusual decor.
Croissants, all kinds of bread, and Greek ‘halvas’.
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.
A smaller copy of the Trojan Horse in Mycenae.
An antiques shop close to the town of the ancient site of Mycenae in the Peloponnese.
‘Trojans, don’t trust this horse.
Whatever it is, I’m afraid of Greeks even those bearing gifts.’-Virgil
And the ever-present Greek frozen yogurt shop.
I love this windmill!
Plenty of handmade items in this shop.
Bracelets, sling shots and umm..no further comment.
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!
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.