Tuesday 23 July 2024

Eating out in Glyfada



I love the location of this taverna. It's right by the sea - as I am sitting at the table, if I moved my leg to the right, it would dip in the sea.




This is the view




and this




and this.







Sometimes we have company







As it starts getting dark the atmosphere changes




and if there's a moon it's magic








Beautiful reflections




and then we had a visitor.




I have to add through that the service is appalling - they are absolutely inefficient and awful. So, every time we come, which is about one evening every summer, I swear that I am not coming here again, but then, I get lured by the sea and the views and we come again.


 

Sunday 21 July 2024

Anti-racist festival, Athens


Last week we went to the anti-racist festival in Athens. It takes place every year in the park in Goudi and this was our third time.




We went early because we wanted to take a good look at the stalls. The park is extensive, and is overlooked by the Hymettus mountain range. 




Even though we were really early, there were already lots of meetings and speeches going on in various parts of the park.




We began going round all the stalls, 




starting with the books




Always interesting seeing what the Greek left are reading: Workers' resistance in Greece, Ernesto Che Guevara, Malcolm X




No need for translation here






Mandela, Che and Fidel Castro 







Karl Marx and F. Dostoyevsky




Rosa Luxemburg and Friedrich Engels on the Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State




Michel Foucault




On this stall all of the works of Louis Althusser - even some that I had not heard of - but nothing by Nikos Poulantzas!




Lots of banners, of course




Ursula Le Guin




Some more fiction: Orwell and Brecht




Mikhail Bakunin and Pasolini







Georg Lukazs



Judith Butler and Jacques Lacan




Simone de Beauvoir




More Foucault



Katerina Gogou, the anarchist poet from Exarcheia who left this life far too early




More Ursula Le Guin




More Emma Goldman




There seemed to be a lot of groups organising summer camping, this one to raise money for  Palestine




Black Lives Matter and black liberation




On Palestine




On the coup in Chile, plus Antonio Gramsci




This group offer free Greek and English lessons to immigrants and refugees





They are based in Exarchia




Mainly Leon Trotsky on this stall




The Palestinian flag everywhere




4th International stall: all of Ernest Mandel's works







Community Surgeries' Network: a lot of these sprang up 10 years ago during the economic crisis, and they are still going on




Lenin and Trotsky







T-shirts













badges







Palestine




This is the group who have been organising the Saturday vigils for Palestine in Syntagma square













more on Palestine




keffiyeh for sale




badges




Palestinian women







Che




trying to raise money to buy an ambulance and medical supplies for Palestine







So much about Palestine - as one would expect




Recognise the Palestinian State now







Free Palestine




Freedom for Palestine




Advertising the Feminist Festival that is going to take place in September




I have neutral to indifferent feelings about tattoos,  but I liked this one and asked if I could photograph it







Frieda Kahlo and Smash Patriarchy and what looks like it could be a Banksy 




Feminist writers' association




and their latest publication




against homophobia




Dusk was settling and everywhere, all around the park, small or large groups in workshops or listening to speeches













We then had a look at some of the other stalls



selling clothes,




jewellery




and accessories




mainly from Africa.




It was time to eat and we were truly spoilt for choice: so much to choose from, from so many different countries




Zimbabwe: rice with chicken curry or a vegan option of various beans, corn and nuts




The Kurds from Turkey were offering a type of kofte




Couscous with chicken and veg from Tunisia




Vegetable Wat from Ethiopia




Kofte Poluo from Afghanistan




a rice dish from Egypt



a dish from Cameroon




A vegetable curry, or a chicken a veg dish from the Congo




Kofte from Kurdistan




Chicken with rice or Akara (a falafel made of black-eyed beans with veg and rice) from Nigeria




Quinoa with vegetables from South Sudan




Falafels made out of lentils with pita bread, veg and tahini from Sudan




in the background you could see people rolling out the pitta breads




Spring rolls and noodles from the Philippines




and a whole bunch of people making them







The Greek taverna had quite an extensive menu




and here's the souvlaki preparation station.

At this point I stopped taking photos. We got ourselves some food and a bottle of wine, sat down and enjoyed our meal.  We then had a pudding each. 

We stayed for another three hours, mainly listening to the bands but we also wandered around. We had such a good time. As the evening progressed more and more people kept arriving so that by the time we left the whole place was buzzing - there were so many people enjoying themselves. A wonderful five hours.