It has been many days that I wanted to stroll in Athens to take some photos and to show you just a glimpse of our capital. I know that Athens is not the most beautiful city in Europe. Actually, in my opinion maybe is one of the ugliest! But you can not say that has not its pretty spots! So, let’s begin!
One of the most innovative, beautiful and amazing coffee shops in Athens is in the area of Psyrri, the Little Kook. This small but incredible cafe is located a few steps from Monastiraki metro station and just a few meters from Monastiraki square. It changes the decoration depending the season. These days it is on Christmas mood.
It consists of 3 buildings in a small alley. The biggest is in front of you and to your right and left hand, you see the other two ones. The interior design is so awesome, I have not seen it in another coffee shop, and I’ ve been to many in Greece and abroad. Unfortunately, it was so crowded that I could not wait to get inside to take some photos. The specific coffee shop is so popular that most of the days there is a waiting line to get inside!!!
They serve some of the best desserts in Athens, actually, the pieces are huge! You order one and it is enough for 2 (normal!!!) people! Their coffee is just ok, but in this kind of cafes you do not go just for the coffee!
For my next photo, I thought to set my tripod to one of the most well-known spots in Athens: Monastiraki square. I realized that I did not have any photo of mine in the spot! So, I decided to change this!
Have you found yourself in Plaka? No? Well you should, next time you will be in Athens. On the footsteps of the Acropolis, it used to be the place where all the craftsmen had their labs during the ancient times. Some they say that the sculptors made statues so vivid and true to the last detail of the body anatomy, that they used to enchain them in order not to walk away!
One of the most famous monuments in Plaka is the Clock of Andronikos in the first century B.C. It used to tell the direction of the wind as well as the time, with the use of a hydraulic mechanism! Amazing you will tell me, but ancient Greeks were capable for many thinks like this!
One of the characteristics of Plaka is the narrow streets and its colorful, picturesque buildings. Most of them are museums, some are public buildings and some houses (these are the lucky Athenians!!)
After a few minutes of walking, I reached to Syntagma square. Syntagma is the most known square in Greece, as the House of Parliament is located there. It has a beautiful Christmas decoration and of course is one of the most popular meeting points in the city.
The Greek Parliament is among the landmarks of Athens that you should visit at least the exterior. It serves as the Parliament since 1935. The construction began in 1836.
We do have fountains in Athens! Is not like Fontana di Trevi, but it is ours and we love it!
In Syntagma square there are some of the most luxury and expensive hotels in Athens, like this. It is the preferred hotel for all the celebrities who visit Athens and do not wish to stay in a hotel close to the beach.
In front of the Parliament, there is the Monument of the Unknow Soldier. It is a shrine dedicated to all the Greek soldiers from antiquity till our modern time that gave their lives for us to be free and alive. Really something to feel proud of. There are Greek soldiers on 24 hours basis who guard this shrine as an homage to the deads.
As I was walking towards the metro, I passed outside the Greek Currency Museum and saw a very beautiful yard! I knew I was lucky enough to take that shot! That’s why you carry your tripod!
One of my favorite spots in Athens is the University of Athens, located to the main avenue of Athens and in a distance of about 500 meters from Syntagma Square. It has the same architecture like the Parliament.
Next to the University there is the National Library. These 3 buildings give you an idea of how Ancient Athens’ buildings should have been!
That was all! It was a short walk, it took me around 2 hours on foot. I plan to do a bigger and more complete photo walk of my city. Did you fnd my photos interesting enough? Have you been to these places? I ‘d love to see some photos of yours!
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