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Athens First Cemetery

Along with some cats and graffiti

sunny 23 °C

Sunday evening, after a day in of reading and homework, I decided to go out by myself (which I seem to be doing a lot of lately) and find the Athens cemetery. I’ve read about the cemetery and its wonderful sculpture and had wanted to find it for a while. It actually isn’t that far from my apartment. Finding it wasn’t hard, but finding the entrance took a few wrong turns. Those wrong turns brought me some interesting finds in both cats and graffiti. Graffiti first. Finally something that was not a random word scrawled on a wall. I still have to figure out what Buns, Subs, crew mean. That’s for another day though.

Sunday I found this sad little clown. He almost looks like a charcoal drawing. I think I would like to see him in color.

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Further up this wrong turn, I found the fish. It would be neat in color too.

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But best of all were these two mural-like pieces. It was color I wanted, it was color I got. I assume the same artist did them since the style is so similar and they all include elements of water. Either that or it was a copycat artist. None the less, I liked them. Especially the teddy bear holding the sickle and hammer. Interesting message behind it I’m sure. Considering the communist party is active in this country I wonder.

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I also discovered several cats on my walk. I first ran into this friendly orange fellow. He was soaking up all the attention he could get. In fact, he would not stay still enough for me to get a really good photo of him!

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While taking in the big graffiti wall I noticed some small cats peeking out from the brush at me. Since they were in a little fenced area and looked rather well taken care of I have to assume they were not strays. They were quick to check me out and I prayed they wouldn't try to follow me across the street. They didn't.

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As I walked back toward the cemetery, hoping to find the entrance, I noticed a group of cats eating out of some large bowls. As I approached slowly and bent to take a photo I noticed a woman also approaching. I said hello in Greek and she spoke something back to me. I told her I didn’t speak much Greek and then she told me she was Austrian. She said the cats weren’t hers but she feeds them. I was told it was mostly foreigners who feed the cats here. I thanked her for feeding them. Maybe I’ll run into her again and can chat. It was clear that she loved cats, even if it was just spaghetti they were getting.

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Handsome is as handsome does!!

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I finally found the entrance to the cemetery. What a cemetery it is! I did not get to do a great deal of exploring because 1) it was raining and 2) I was afraid of getting locked in since it was getting close to sunset. But I did get to see a few of the wonderful sculptures. I promise one day I will go back and explore every path, every monument, and every crypt! I understand it is not unusual to see people having a picnic in there! I’m not sure I’ll go that far though. Merlina Mercouri, a famous Greek actress is buried within, but I did not see her grave. I will have to find it as well as the grave of Heinrich Schleiman and the famous “Sleeping Girl” statue.

Entrance to the cemetery.....yes it was raining

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Church just inside the cemetery gates...this photo was taken from up on the hill outside the cemetery.

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Some of the sculptures.....

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This one struck me as particularly humorous, although I'm not sure it was meant to be....

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As I left the cemetery, in the rain, I discovered this beautiful little girl running to a dry place. I’ll leave you with that, and save my Anafiotika walk for another day.

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Posted by oceanchild 11:42 Archived in Greece Tagged living_abroad

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DD...I am enjoying your exploits so very much. Thanks for all the information and the pictures. It's so much fun reading of your adventures. What fun...

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