Wednesday 20 February 2019

On a bright sunny Sunday...

Five weeks of storms with the odd reprieve, and last Sunday was just that, a bright, sunny day so we decided to go to Athens and walk around the roads at the base of the Acropolis.

Dionyssou Aeropagitou Avenue is our starting point, and there is an atmosphere of celebration in the air: everyone is out, strolling along, enjoying the good weather.

The Acropolis on our right



and street sellers, abound.

The Acropolis Museum on our left

next to it, one of the few remaining Art Deco buildings in Athens.

Some very nice buildings on this stretch

on our left, Philopappu Hill with the ancient Greek mausolum dedicated to Gaius Julius Antiochus Epiphanes, sitting on top

a  limited view of the Roman theatre of Iridou Attikou

where the Athens festival takes place every summer

We can see a small section of the Acropolis on our right,

and if we turned right here, we would reach the entrance to the Acropolis.

But we continue straight ahead onto Apostolou Paulou Avenue. Normally, the crowds tend to thin out from now on, but not today - it's very busy

and the whole of this section is lined with street sellers.

You can see how thick the crowd is - I have never seen it like this before

A good view of the Acropolis from here

the Church of St Marina

with the tiny Byzantine church in its grounds.

We can also see the Athens Observatory from here. This is where we saw the most wonderful exhibition, The Theatre of Disappearance by Adrian Villar Rojas, 18 months ago. It was truly memorable.

We have now reached an area full of cafeterias

and they are heaving.

The next stretch is full of street sellers

which enhances the festive atmosphere on this rare, sunny day

which includes a Salepi seller.

We turn right into Adrianou Street

and reach Kuzina, one of our favourite restaurants,

 where we have a delicious lunch, and watch the world go by.

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