Day & Night

Thursday, April 26th, 2012 15:09
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I recently spent an evening at A For Athens, where the views were spectacular. This is just one of many reasons I choose to call this city home.

A For Athens ~ Day A For Athens ~ Night


Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 22:27
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My lovely friend [personal profile] cookwitch recently came to visit me. I do love having friends visit, as I am reminded of the beauty and culture of my adopted home town. We were quite fortunate that the days were wonderfully clear and sunny, so we spent much of our time sitting in the ancient sites, admiring the views and enjoying the sunshine on our faces. This is the life.

Athens Parnorama
Panorama of Athens

More photographs )
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Due to starting my own business, I've not had the chance to leave Athens since August last year (woe!), however an accidental bus ride (Athenian buses and I do not have a comfortable relationship) on my way to pay some bills on my day off, found me in the centre of the city on a sunny spring day. I took the opportunity to wander around and remind myself of the beauty that can be found in my adopted home town.

Hadrian's Arch
Hadrian's Arch

Five more under the cut )


Thursday, January 28th, 2010 00:29
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There is no such thing in my life as Too Much Snow, so I'd been keeping a keen eye on the weather and snow was foreast in northern Athens over the last few days, so while my suburb is sadly snow-free, the nearby mountains are a beautiful frosty white. On Monday my lovely boyfriend took me on a drive to Parnitha where I squeed, faffed and generally bounced around in the snow. Of course, I also took dozens of photographs, here are a few of my favourites...


Seven more under the cut )

The full set of photos are on Flickr.
strangelover: (Αθήνα)
On Saturday The Boyfriend and I decided to make the most of the unseasonably warm day and wander around Athens. As we were collecting tickets for a show the following night, we walked past the Academy of Athens - the sun was beaming onto the buildings, with not a cloud in the impossibly blue sky, so we stopped to take some photographs.

Standing Guard

Gods & Thinkers )

There are more in my Athens set on Flickr.
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Back in March 2008 I spent the day wandering around Athens with The Boyfriend's camera, a week or two before I got my own. One of the photographs I took on that day turned out to be the second favourite shot I've taken in the city I call my home (the first being the top image in this entry). I've posted the below photograph before, as a sepia, but as I'm always learning new techniques, I decided to have another attempt at editing the photograph of the Vallianios National Library. I'm quite happy with the result.

Vallianios National Library
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Unlike the rest of my journal, this entry isn't about travel, rather it's about something equally important to me (if not more so) - the current situation in the country I choose to call my home.


This Friday there is a silent protest about the fires burning down a significant portion of Attica, outside Syntagma (the parliament), and I'm in two minds about going.

On the one hand, many people are going to go to the protest, have their minute of silence and think they did their bit. These are probably the very same twatbags who throw their cigarettes out of car windows and chuck their empty frappe cups and wrappers on the ground. Trying to shake sense into these people is a waste of time, they are quick to hop on a bandwagon for the 15 minutes it's fashionable for, but beyond that, it's in the past, irrelevant.

I've lost count the amount of times I've seen people throw lit cigarettes on the ground in dry, forested areas. Or how many times The Boyfriend and I have come across a veritable tip in our travels, where people have left all their litter behind (which we collect in a rubbish bag and dispose of in a proper bin). There is more to caring about the environment (and your country) than standing silently for a moment or two. Ultimately the protest is merely a symbolic gesture, what really matters is what you do on either side of it.

While the firefighters do an amazing (and often thankless) job, both on the ground and in the air, the government makes empty promises, year after year. "This will never happen again!" they swore after the 2007 fires, yet here we are again. How about a slight cut in the defence budget (one of the highest in the world), and throw a few hundred thousand euros towards more fire-fighting planes and training? But no, instead they make ridiculous excuses, like "Φταίνε τα πεύκα!" (The pine trees are to blame!), which is the headline on today's ΤΑ ΝΕΑ newspaper. The pine trees? Seriously? Apparently they hamper the fire-fighting efforts. Yes, I am WTF-ing too.

Thankfully no-one has died, but homes have been lost and approximately 45,000 acres have burnt down in Attica over the last few days. Without getting drawn into conspiracy theories (keep them out of here, please!), but this article (in Greek only and pre-dating the fires by more than three months) is, as The Boyfriend said "a shopping list", noting down (mostly forested) suburbs in Attica (but not yet Athens). *insert political backstory here* Pretty much every suburb on that list burnt over the weekend.

Just because the fires are apparently sorted (well, actually, they're not, planes have been flying overhead for much of the day, it's just the news has stopped broadcasting constantly about it; while they have died down, they aren't all out), doesn't mean everything is okay. It's so very far from okay.

But on the other hand, I think people need to stand up and do something. As tragically and horrifically beautiful as these photographs are, I've seen enough to last me a lifetime. I honestly hope I never have to wake to a sight like this again. I feel the need to add my voice, to express my dissatisfaction (and heartache and disappointment and anger) at the situation, and so, I'll most likely go.

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