When you see Athens today, you will understand why the Greeks insisted to have earlier elections for new government.

The city is full of ruined old buildings (and I don't speak about the buildings of the Acropolis). The capital is full of immigrants. Most of them are selling stolen watches, fake Prada purses and Police sunglasses promptly displayed on blankets on all central streets and squares. There are also beggars and street musicians that bribe you while you have dinner in any open air restaurant. It is not uncommon to see people taking drugs on the central streets or in front of an important public building.

Don't get me wrong, I agree that all big cities have immigration problems to solve but the case in Athens is major. The city stinks.

Enough said. Now back to the things that I loved:

This turtle was very friendly. All ancient sights in Athens are full of turtles (And dogs. But cats are rare - it seems that they prefer the taverns).

The party tonight is at Herodes'. The Odeon of Herodes is still used for cultural events.

But that day it rained and here is a picture of the coming clouds.

When in Athens don't forget to drop by the New museum in front of the Acropolis. It was open this July and the ticket till the end of the year is just one euro (1 euro!). Inside it is neat and tidy - I really loved it.

The whole museum is build on columns and in front of it and inside on the first floor visitors can see the ruins of large old building from 7c. AD.

Lol, and this is a picture of the museum after my camera broke. From this moment I had only the movie option.

The metro in Athens is full of displays of the ancient history. All central stations have pictures or replicas of statues, info boards with history info and so on. There are no poster ads, banners or ad screens.

Here we have a nice piece of street art.

There is the kiosk of a political party that has the sign of the communists. The words read like "Krisi. Ftoheia. Anergia. Katastoli. Antistasi" but I have no idea what does it mean. I guess it's a kind of "equal rights for all".

At night even the central streets are full of people who don’t seem happy to see you.

Of course not everything on the streets of Athens is disgusting. We saw great zoo-shop that had displayed some of the goods on the street and there among the empty bird cages and the dog snacks we saw the rabbits!

And the more I was watching them, the more I missed Hihi, and then I realized it is time to go home.


  1. It's true what you say about Athen but the Acropolis is great.

  2. Well, I was expecting something more of what I got so I was a little disappointed.

    The fact that I didn't spend the money I had planned for booklets, guidebooks or souvenirs proves it. Actually I didn't buy anything there.

    It is not that I didn't want to, it's that there wasn't anything to...