A Travellerspoint blog

A walk about Athens

and other strange happenings

sunny 19 °C

I went for another one of my solo walks tonight. I’ve come to enjoy the time alone in a way. I am able to reflect and really pay attention. When I’m with a group I tend to miss a lot. I like being with people but when it’s me and my camera three is a crowd.

Tonight I walked down Vas Constantinou past the stadium and onto the other side of the Temple of Zeus. At first I wondered if I was going the right way. I became a bit concerned that I would get lost, but I had my map, my phone, and my sense of adventure. My intended destination was Plaka which is near the Acropolis. I found some interesting graffiti on the way. I keep looking for different types of graffiti around town. Most of what I have found has been just words scrawled on a wall. Interesting words and pictures that we have yet to figure out.

DSCF0008.jpg

Like crew and buns.

crewbuns.jpg

I’ll have to do some research to see what the significance is.

Gangs?

Who knows. But I like this one.

DSCF0020.jpg

I made my way down past the Temple of Zeus and ended up turning down Syngrou, which went in the opposite direction from what I wanted. I finally figured out how to make my way toward Plaka by going up through Makrygianni.

DSCF0024.jpg

DSCF0030.jpg

Plaka is quite a different Athens from Pangrati where I live. Plaka is closest to the Acropolis and therefore caters to tourists. I didn’t make it up to the Acropolis but got close enough for some photos.

acropolis.jpg
From afar

acropoliscloser.jpg
A little closer....soon I'll get as close as you can!

I heard more English there than I’ve heard in a week, outside of my fellow students. I find the tourist sections of places a bit annoying because of the crowds, but I did find some familiar sights. Like the blue “evil eye” that was ubiquitous in Turkiye.

evileye.jpg

moreevileye.jpg

I was going to buy some but found that I had left my money purse at home. Next time.

Yes. Plaka is pure tourism. I do like the pedestrianized streets in Plaka. It makes for nice walking.

plakapriests.jpg

streetplaka.jpg

plaka.jpg

I was really craving some gelato, but with no money I was out of luck. So I walked on.

It was worth it. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. This scene was priceless. I just had to snap a photo and he was more than willing to oblige saying "well I have hands, what am I suppose to do with them?"

dontask.jpg

I just had to laugh.

Keeping with one of my usual themes when traveling I found two cats who were also willing to pose.

DSCF0035.jpg
Looking not too happy

DSCF0036.jpg

Moving my way through Plaka I eventually came out at Syntagma Square. It seems Syntagma is where I always end up.
It was a good thing though. I found an ATM so I was no longer without cash. I browsed Public, which is similar to our Best Buy, only hipper. I mean, they have a café and had a group that was singing rap from the balcony. What more could you ask for? I contemplated purchasing a printer but decided not to at this point. Printer was cheap. Ink is outrageous. I did stick around and enjoy the music though.

syntagma.jpg

I ended up at Politi.co, which is advertised as serving Anatolian cuisine. Of course my eyes lit up at that. I was simply ecstatic when I looked at the menu and saw several familiar dishes. Lamachun, doner kebap, Iskander kebap, and Adana kebap.
Yes, I was a happy woman.

politico.jpg

I had my long sought after lamachun. It wasn’t Turkiye but it was about as close as I am going to get until I can make it there. I normally don’t dine alone in a “sit down” restaurant but tonight I had no qualms. Lamachun made my evening complete.

lamachun-1.jpg

The spicy Adana kebap didn't hurt either.

adanakebab.jpg

I'll leave you with food, and with food for thought. I thought this was apropos in today's economic climate.

DSCF0051.jpg

Posted by oceanchild 14:02 Archived in Greece Tagged living_abroad

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

This blog requires you to be a logged in member of Travellerspoint to place comments.

Enter your Travellerspoint login details below

( What's this? )

If you aren't a member of Travellerspoint yet, you can join for free.

Join Travellerspoint