Thursday, February 4, 2016

Walking with Bill - Part 4 Syntagma Square & Plaka

After the long walk we decided to stop for coffee at one of the cafes near Syntagma Square. Syntagma Square is the hub of public transportation in the city; buses, trolleys, trams, and the metro stops are here. It is the most important square of modern Athens from both a historical and social point of view.

The square also boasts a central fountain

Folks passing time at the square

Live basking

Done with coffee (and a couple of cigarettes for Bill) we were taken to Plaka - a famous neighborhood in the city of Athens.  Bill mentioned that Plaka is called many times in the Greek literature as the neighborhood of the Gods and also because Plaka dominates the sacred rock of the Acropolis. 

Streets in Plaka are mostly closed to automobile traffic. Very pedestrian friendly to visitors

A small school in Plaka. Parents were waiting to pick up their children

Bougainvilleas along the small and winding roads in Plaka

The many neoclassical mansions and houses on such small roads

Bill explaining something about these shops in Plaka

Jewelry store. It is said that these pieces are exact copies of the ones in the museum

Umppp...danger zone here!
Ear marking the restaurant for dinner perhaps?

Cafes and more cafes

Lemon trees are everywhere

Modern day graffiti adds colors to the mundane streets

A very narrow street

Where to next....

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