The Streets of Athens

Athens is generally a pleasant place to be walking for the most part (except when you need to go uphill) – roads are pedestrian-friendly and there’s tons of things you can see just by wandering around on foot.

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I’ve always loved the random cafes along the street that European cities have in abundance, and Athens has its fair share of charming street corners.

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Now what do we have to do to get beer that cheap around here?!

One thing I noticed though, is that Athens seemed to be probably the most graffiti-ed city I’d been to.

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Some of them were artistic…

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… and others, a little ominous.

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According to a reply from someone on Twitter in response to a graffiti picture I posted on Instagram, most of the graffiti only appeared after the economic crisis in Greek in 2008. I can’t verify the truth in that statement myself of course, but it could very well be possible, as you can also see quite a number of shuttered, abandoned buildings that have definitely seen better days.

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It’s not all urban decay though. Some parts of Athens, like the neighbourhood of Plaka at the bottom of the Acropolis, are perfectly charming and are worth taking a stroll through. You can pick up some cool souvenirs too along the endless row of shops!

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When you’re in Athens, just keep walking around and you’re bound to find something interesting.

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The Greeks have a pretty good sense of humour 😛

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And when you’re tired from all that walking, you can cool down with some Fanta Lemon, the best soft drink ever in the world!!! 😀

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Can you tell that I’m obsessed with Fanta Lemon? I dunno why I haven’t picketed outside the Fanta office to import it over here already 😦

Up next – my Athens free walking tour!

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2 Comments on “The Streets of Athens

  1. this is fantastic – you’ve captured the spirit of Athens so well, the old neighbourhoods, the chaos, the feeling – all the photos are GREAT, I chuckled at the tee shirt humour pic

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