Athens / Greece / Photo Essays

Wandering Plaka

I love travel books.  Often, when browsing a bookstore, I find myself in front of the travel books and maps of foreign cities.  The debate begins:

I don’t need another travel book.  I really don’t need another travel book on my shelf.  Am I even ever going to go to Bucharest? …Well, I mean, look at those cobbled streets in Old Town!  It reminds me of Brugge… ooh!  And look at the food!  Ok, well, Bucharest is on the list now. … But still, I shouldn’t buy this until we are actually planning the trip, because I’ll just wind up wanting an updated version then. …  Well, but if I’m going to lobby for Bucharest, I have to know what I’m working with, right?  Sold!

Sigh.  I know.  I have a problem.

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One of the weaknesses of travel books though, is that they rarely show you the un-pretty side, and that’s as much a part of these cities often as the tourist sites.  If all we visit and all we photograph are the prettied parts, we haven’t really seen Athens now, have we?

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So, as we stroll, I’m just as likely to be taking photos of the worn out and dilapidated as I am of the Sights (with a capital S).  Many of those wind up being my favorite photos anyway, because they are far more interesting.

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I returned to this building twice during our trip, and it stands out in my mind when I remember Athens.  So worn out and tired looking… but the door is amazing, and those shutters… I love it.

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There are a strange number of street sign pictures in my stash.  More than half of them I can’t read, but that just makes me like them more.  Many in Athens have been graffittied to unreadability.

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You want to put a courtyard at your entryway.  You start the project and find – of course, this is Athens – ruins underneath!  Well, now you call in the powers that be, you go through the whole rig-a-ma-roll and learn these should be preserved.  What do you do now??  This is your front yard!  Well, here was a great solution… a see through floor on your courtyard…

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Oh, wait!  Roman Agora, that’s where we’re headed.

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For a handy traveler’s map of our favorite stops in Plaka, see our post: Map of Top Things to Do

 

 

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