Street Photography

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.

City Squares/Πλατείες της Πόλης

Butterfly tree

‘Plateia Kotzia’

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Monastiraki square

Monastiraki Square

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Light sphere

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Planet of the apes!

Ermou st

The busy Ermou street

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Good idea!

Kiosk

Kiosk with magazines

It was a cold and at times rainy day downtown before New Years Eve, and before the colder weather and snowfall.  The snow that will completely cover the mountains in Attica.

Ήταν μια κρύα και μερικές φορές βροχερή μέρα στο κέντρο της πόλης πριν από την Πρωτοχρονιά και  πριν έρθει ο ψυχρότερος και χιονισμένος καιρός. Το χιόνι που θα καλύψει πλήρως τα βουνά της Αττικής.

Starry Night/ Τα Αστρα

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The addition of these stars on Dionysiou Areopagitou ( Διονυσίου Αρεοπαγίτου), street just below the Acropolis made for a great photographic opportunity. Great idea!

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Constitution Square/Στο Συνταγμα

x-mas tree at syndagma square

Syndagma Square

balloon sellers

Balloon Sellers

Christmas tree syndagma square

Santa and mickey

Santa & Mickey. Wow!

Parliament building

The Evzones in winter clothes.

X-Mas decor

Hotel Grand Brettagne

metro station

taxis

Taxis, everywhere taxis!

crossing the street

 

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Happy New Year! This will be my first blog post of the year. I got the lucky coin in my cake this year, so maybe I’ll have good luck this year.. we’ll see.

Last Sunday I took a stroll through Downtown Athens just for the purpose of taking some photographs for the blog. I think I was the only person walking around with a camera! It was the least busiest day, so it was much easier to move around and take clearer shots.

I took a lot more as I am a shutter bug and you will see more photographs in the next few posts 🙂

Ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος! Αυτό θα είναι το πρώτο μου μπλογκ ποστ της χρονιάς. Κερδισα  το φλουρί φετος για πρωτη φορα. Έτσι ίσως θα έχω καλή τύχη φέτος .. για να δούμε.

Την περασμένη Κυριακή έκανα μια βόλτα στο κέντρο της Αθήνας για να τραβήξω κάποιες φωτογραφίες για το μπλογκ.

Την περασμένη Κυριακή έκανα μια βόλτα στο κέντρο της Αθήνας μόνο για να τραβήξω κάποιες φωτογραφίες για το blog. Νομίζω ότι ήμουν το μόνο άτομο που περπατούσε με μια φωτογραφική μηχανή! Ευτυχος που δεν ηταν η πιο πολυσύχναστη μέρα, οπότε ήταν πολύ πιο εύκολο να μετακινηθω στη περιοχη και να τραβηξω πιο καθαρες φωτογραφιες.