Street Photography

Wintry Scenes/Χειμερινές Σκηνές

A few photographs of the WORST snowfall I have ever seen in Athens! The historical and very rare snowstorm named ‘Elpis’ (Hope) ravaged parts of Greece that were not accustomed to this kind of weather. There was certainly no hope for the drivers whose cars got stuck on the road.

The drivers had no choice but to leave their vehicles on the side of the road and to walk to their homes. Also, there was no hope for the drivers on the highway that were stuck for over 5 hours. Some remainded until the morning! The army had to come in to assist in the situation.

It just goes to show how powerless humans against mother nature’s wrath.

From the extreme heat in the summer to the extreme cold this winter the climate is very much wacked! I prefer the cold to the heat here in Greece, but only when I am inside 😉

Μερικές φωτογραφίες από τη ΧΕΙΡΟΤΕΡΗ χιονόπτωση που έχω δει ποτέ στην Αθήνα! Η ιστορική και πολύ σπάνια χιονοθύελλα με το όνομα «Ελπίς» κατέστρεψε μέρη της Ελλάδας που δεν ήταν συνηθισμένα σε αυτό το είδος καιρού. Σίγουρα δεν υπήρχε ελπίδα για τους οδηγούς των οποίων τα αυτοκίνητα κόλλησαν στο δρόμο.

Οι οδηγοί δεν είχαν άλλη επιλογή από το να αφήσουν τα οχήματά τους στην άκρη του δρόμου και να περπατήσουν μέχρι τα σπίτια τους. Επίσης, δεν υπήρχε ‘ελπίδα’ για τους οδηγούς στην Αττικη Οδο που έμειναν καθηλωμένοι για πάνω από 5 ώρες. Κάποιοι έμειναν μέχρι το πρωί! Έπρεπε να μπει ο στρατός για να βοηθήσει στην κατάσταση!

Απλώς δείχνει πόσο ανίσχυροι είναι οι άνθρωποι ενάντια στην οργή της μητέρας φύσης.

Από την υπερβολική ζέστη του περασμένου καλοκαιριού μέχρι το ακραίο κρύο του φετινού χειμώνα, το κλίμα έχει τρελαθεί! Προτιμώ το κρύο από τη ζέστη εδώ στην Ελλάδα, αλλά μόνο όταν είμαι μέσα 😉

Old & New/Παλιο και Καινουριο

A view of Athens from a shop downtown.

Η θέα της Αθήνας από ένα μαγαζί στο κέντρο της πόλης.

An interesting contrast between classical building and some modern ones.

Μια ενδιαφέρουσα αντίθεση μεταξύ του κλασικού κτιρίου και ορισμένων σύγχρονων.

Inclusion/Συμπερίληψη

As I was walking through Syndagma square in downtown Athens, I came across an unusual scene. A group of youths were in the midst of a group hug and making strange noises similar to wolves. A rare thing to see especially in this day and age. They all looked like modern day hipppes. Someone standing next to me asked them what this was all about, and one of the girls said ‘inclusion’ with the most serene, and truly geniune smile I have seen in years.

Then I heard from someone else that they were pan handlers from all over Europe and this is their show of solidarity.

I am not sure what is was all about. but, I found their free spirits and positivity truly refreshing.

Καθώς περπατούσα στην πλατεία Συντάγματος στο κέντρο της Αθήνας, συνάντησα μια ασυνήθιστη σκηνή. Μια ομάδα νεαρών βρισκόταν στη μέση μιας ομαδικής αγκαλιάς και έβγαζε περίεργους θορύβους παρόμοιους με τους λύκους. Ένα σπάνιο θέαμα ειδικά στις μέρες μας. Ήταν πολύ χίπικο. Κάποιος που στεκόταν δίπλα μου τους ρώτησε περί τίνος πρόκειται και το ένα κορίτσι είπε «συμπερίληψη» με το πιο γαλήνιο και αληθινά γνήσιο χαμόγελο που έχω δει εδώ και χρόνια.

Τότε άκουσα από κάποιον άλλο ότι ήταν ζητιάνοι από όλη την Ευρώπη και αυτή είναι η επίδειξη αλληλεγγύης τους.

Έτσι, δεν είμαι σίγουρη περί τίνος πρόκειται, αλλά βρήκα το ελεύθερο πνεύμα και τη θετικότητά τους πραγματικά αναζωογονητικo.

Dream a Little Dream..

I took a stroll through the Psirri district of Athens. Little Kook cafe always has the best decorations. This seasons’ theme is Peter Pan.

Come with me where dreams are born and time is never planned.” Peter Pan

“Stars are beautiful, but they may not take part in anything, they must just look on forever.” Peter Pan

“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.” Peter Pan

Final Goodbye/Τελευταιο Αντιο

Students carry a sign that says: ‘Τhese hearts only find comfort in justice’

I went for a stroll downtown today. It’s been a long, long time.

It was a extra chaotic day downtown, with the Acropolis Rally and the funeral service for Mikis Theodorakis still taking place, and the unexpected rainy weather. I didn’t expect any of these events to happen today.

I stumbled upon legendary Greek composers’ Mikis Theodorakis funeral service at the Metropolitan Church of Athens. He passed away on the 2nd of September, and I assumed that his casket would be in Crete by now where he is originally from. There were a lot of people with red roses in their hand waiting in line to enter the church and his other hardcore fans stood singing his songs in front of the church. It was very moving with the somber weather and the birds flying over us right after a lyric alluding to the birds was sung.

Therea are still a lot of tourists and it was very crowded and busy.

Ancient Downtown

At your own risk 😉
Cute instruments.
Wise words to live by.
A social distancing street musician.
The exterior of the Odeon of Herodes of Atticus. Completed in 161 A.D.
Steps leading to the ancient theater of Herodes of Atticus
A view of the Acropolis from the below.

Kalo Mina! (Happy New Month!)

As happy as anyone can be in these difficult times.

Resilience is the key. I am fearful of October..Let us pray!

These are a few street photos from a month ago that I took around the area of the Acropolis, Plaka, as well as the shopping district of Monastiraki. Of course it wasn’t as crowded as other years, but there were quite a few tourists.

I will be avoiding the downtown area as cases of Covid-19 have gone up there and I want to avoid the metro too.