Thursday, 1 October 2020

A wander around Plaka



The taxi dropped us off at the Stiles of Olympiou Dios, the entrance to the ancient temple on Sygkrou Avenue. We always use public transport in Athens, but not these days, not during the pandemic, particularly since Covid cases are rising in Attika, and there is talk of another lockdown. 

Our aim was to wander around Plaka.




The first part of Dionyssou Aeropagitou street is tree lined and oh so lovely.




I noticed this neo-classical building in one of the side streets, so went to have a closer look




Across the road, the Karolos Koun theatre




Back to Dionysou Aeropagitou, and then we turned right




another nice old building in the corner - they are so rare in Athens these days.




This is a busy shopping street, mainly tourist shops, but it was very quiet, due to the pandemic no doubt




an old town house




We used to come to this cafe bar a lot years ago. Not this bit on the pavement,




but here, behind and under the trees




The ancient Choragic monument of Lysicrates




yet another neo-classical building




We turned left, going up the shallow steps




it's all narrow streets here, with tavernas and bars




or just residential.









Eventually we reached Adrianou Street which is full of tourist shops




selling suits of armour seems to be in vogue this year




some of the houses are in need of renovation




a busker singing Greek folk songs




past the oldest house in Athens




another neo-classical building - note the mannequin sitting on the window ledge - this is a clothes shop now





a beautiful corner building




more steps on one of the side streets that will eventually lead to the Acropolis




We have reached the Square of the Ancient Agora which is full of cafeterias and bars










this one has a nicely-lit interior




and here is the ancient Agora itself







looking in through the railings







a bit further along, we turn left into




Pandrosou Street, which is full of tourist shops




the shop awnings which come across the whole street, give it the feel of an internal market







a Goth shop, with a tattooed Albert Einstein t-shirt in the window





We have reached Monastiraki Square




a meeting point, and a place where people congregate,




always very busy, but not that much today, I presume because of the pandemic




ancient foundations





preserved under glass




The metro station








A byzantine church




We went in - the amount of gold was blinding. Unfortunately, no photographs were allowed







This square is always buzzing - but it was safe, easy to avoid getting too close to people





The old mosque - now a museum




the entrance to the flea market - we wanted to go in, but there were too many people




so instead, we went a different way




past these buskers




and past the other end of the ancient Agora




you can see the Acropolis in the distance




and into the tail end of Adrianou Street, - this was the only tricky bit of our walk, and there were too many people, and keeping a distance was difficult, but we managed it





it's full of cafes here,




and they were all busy







past the Stoa tou Attalou







some of the old buildings have been preserved here




do you see what I mean? It's buzzing with people here. We ended up at Kuzina for lunch after visiting a ceramics shop and a museum. A good day.


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