Tuesday, 16 January 2018

A long walk by the sea

Having experienced a very cold winter in the UK so far this year, what a relief it was to arrive in sunny Athens where the temperatures reached 17oC. What better way to enjoy this weather, than going for a walk by the sea. We took the tram to Palaio Faliron and then started walking. The marina in Flisvos was packed last Sunday.

Children preparing the boats, ready for their sailing lesson.

The yachting club restaurant might look empty at 12:00, but all the tables were reserved

It's a good place to come for lunch, with excellent food and lovely views of the sea and the boats.

We wandered around for a while and eventually reached

Neraida (Mermaid) a boat that is a museum now. The tour of the boat includes a film that tells you all about its history. It was appropriated by the British during WWII who used it as an emergency medical boat. After the war the British refused to give the ship back, so one of the Greek ship owners bought the boat for £45,000 in 1954. It was used as a commercial passenger boat for 34 years but was also used in various films, most notably in Sofia Lauren's first starring role.

We continued with our walk

a different view of Neraida.

It's very pleasant walking around this area

which is full of bars and restaurants.

The boats here are massive, rich men's playthings.

We eventually left the marina and starting walking on the promenade

enjoying the huge expanse of blue.

We stopped at the fair ground for a bit

I was dead chuffed to get the bubbles on camera

and then back along the promenade

past the submarine memorial

where lots of people were having quiet moments.

Due to the horrendous oil spill in the area in September swimming is still not allowed in most parts of the Saronic Gulf. You can read about that here

After the main square in P. Faliron the promenade runs along the tram lines

past the chess players - you can see on the right hand side of this photograph two swimmers who are defying the swimming ban

we continued along the promenade which leads to the marina in our area and eventually back to where we started from - home.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

The art trail - January 2018

Another walk around Kolonaki which includes visiting some of the private galleries in the area. First stop, the shop of the Zoumboulakis galleries.

Nikos Nikolaou, Mask, (tempera on paper bag, inside plexiglass case)

Manolis Romantzis

Manolis Romantzis

Yannis Moralis, Erotic, 1991

Next stop, the shop of the Hadjikyriakos-Ghika annex of the Benaki Museum, which is just across the road.

Margarita Ecclesiarchou, bowl

Ecclesiarchou is one of my favourite Greek ceramicists and it's always a pleasure seeing her work. She's constantly changing, trying different approaches, breaking boundaries. You can see more of her work herehere , and  here

Margarita Ecclesiarchou

Margarita Ecclesiarchou

Margarita Ecclesiarchou

Just around the corner is Ekfrasi Gallery where there is an exhibition of Juliano Kaglis' abstract paintings.

We eventually ended up in Phillippou, our favourite taverna in Kolonaki and one we frequently visit.

The food is delicious, very reasonably priced and the service is excellent - what more could one want?

We arrived at 1:00 - too early for most Greeks, but by the time we left the place was full.

Artists who have patronised this taverna over the years - it was established in 1923 - have donated some of their work. This print is by Yannis Moralis as is the one below.

and this one is by Yannis Tsarouhis.

Saturday, 13 January 2018


Another visit to my favourite flower shop, Antonello.

Yellow is the predominant colour for this display.

Another look at the display in the window without the reflections this time.

This shelf is where the orchids are displayed, and yet they always manage to make it look different.

They manage to fit so much in the small space.

Looking closer at the central display

pumpkins, gourds and watermelons on the floor - all just so.