“Monastiraki”

Athens, Greece. June 2018 (11 photos)

This is Part 1 of my Greece 2018 photo series, and also Part 10 of my Europe 2018 photo series.

Leaving Vienna, I headed towards the Mediterranean and arrived onto Greek soil for a 10 day stay, dividing my time between 3 vastly different parts of Greece. Athens was the first of those areas I visited in Greece. Here’s a quick look at Athens.

Above is part of Monastiraki, with a view to the Acropolis in the background.

“Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea”

Dwarfed by more modern buildings.

“Athenian Street Art”

Street art, good and bad, is a major feature in Athens, post Greek Financial Crisis.

“In the Plaka”

Tables at a taverna in the Plaka district. In fact, I ended up back here for lunch a few hours later, seated at the 3rd table up.

“Lunch is late”

Still in the Plaka area.

“Greek Market”

Central Municipal Athens Market

“A view above Athens”

“Sunset on the Acropolis”

The Acropolis is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon which you can see on the right.

“The Parthenon”

The Parthenon is a former temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, daughter of Zeus, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the peak of its power.

“Watching the father”

The view from the Acropolis, looking toward the Temple of Olympian Zeus. On the bottom left of the photo you can see The Arch of Hadrian, supposedly built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and to honour him for his many benefactions to the city, on the occasion of the dedication of the nearby temple complex in 131 AD.

The Temple of Olympian Zeus is a former colossal temple dedicated to “Olympian” Zeus, a name originating from his position as head of the Olympian gods. Construction began in the 6th century BC during the rule of the Athenian tyrants, who envisaged building the greatest temple in the ancient world.

Zeus is the sky and thunder god in ancient Greek religion, who rules as king of the gods of Mount Olympus. Looking upon the ruins, I was reminded of a poem by Percy Shelley, entitled: Ozymandias.

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert… near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;

And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings;
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

“Zeus was here…

…and so was Draco”

This is Part 1 of my Greece 2018 photo series.
This is Part 10 of my Europe 2018 photo series, including Czechia (The Czech Republic), The Netherlands, France, Italy, Austria, Greece and Germany.

Leica Etcetera, Photography Etcetera

Zeus was here

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72 thoughts on “Zeus was here

  1. Delicious treats all of them – love especially the Plaka and “Lunch is late”. So Greek! I had not read Shelleys poem before, thank you for posting it! I wonder how the fires were managed. Hopefully they are under control now. Looking forward to your next post.

    • Thank you. The poem is very apt. We’re all just temporary, no matter what monuments we might try to leave. I’m not sure why the latest status of the fires is, but I read that over 90 people died. Such a disaster.

  2. Wow! You have had a wonderful European ‘Grand Tour’ LD. Similar to what I did as a 17 yr old hitch-hiking through Europe and ending up in Athens. For some reason I loved Athens despite it being noisy and dirty and full of petrol fumes! Bought sandals from the Plaka, ate souvlakia and gyro all the time! Camped at Dafni on the outskirts where there was a wine festival next door. Oh, dear. Bringing back lots of wonderful memories πŸ™‚

    Loving your photos as I didn’t take very many and what I did were not brilliant.

    • Greece just seemed like a relaxed country compared to others. It must be the attitude of the people, not particularly tense and always offering a complimentary dish or drink at dinner – just making you feel welcome. Yes, good memories particularly from the location for the next post.

      • I have always enjoyed my visits to Greece: as you say the people there are so very friendly and willing to share even if they don’t have a lot. When I was travelling with my two small children they were always being given fruit and bread rolls along with a pat on their very blonde heads πŸ™‚

    • Imagine if i did have coffee with Zeus. It would be a clash of the titans – oh wait! I should use that as a post title. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
      The tables were stable enough, but I didn’t do any leaning back on my chair.

  3. Beautiful shots Draco and the Monastiraki, Plaka, the street market and views from higher up look just how I remember them from thirty one years ago. Thank you for this lovely tour and for bringing back happy memories πŸ™‚ It was such a welcoming place then too and it is so sad what happened with the recent fires.

    • Thank you very much. I’m glad my photos have brought back happy memories. Those places have a wonderful character. The recent fires in Athens were very distressing to see. I hope the recovery is swift.

  4. Dear Draco, another lovely visit you share, with absolutely exquisite photos. You sweep us away to new lands, and I so enjoy it. I like how you gave us here in this astounding city the overview, and then a close-up within it. Even with the Parthenon under scaffolding, you managed to present a corner of it in unfettered beauty. Thank you for taking us up, down and all around in beautiful Athens. Especially moving after the recent and devastating fires.

    • Thank you very much, Jet. I like to give a variety of differentviews when I can. It helps to appreciate the location better. The fires were a disaster, and you would know that very well. I hope your own recovery is progressing well.

      • Thank you Draco. Our recovery is progressing, albeit slowly. This week electricity at our house was restored, and a new well was installed, so we should be able to move back next month. Many thanks for sharing your fine travels and photographic panache.

  5. Lunch is Late is such a pretty picture with the lovely door, beautiful light, and perfect cat (I’m not even a fan of cats!). Did you just happen to come across this purrfect feline model by chance?

  6. Walking around and standing in the Acropolis was such a thrill for someone interested in Greek and Roman history (and other history). Thanks for bringing back good memories. I also have great memories of souvlaki (skewers or gyros) and baklava every day and discovering yogurt to which I added fresh figs. Yum!!

    janet

    • I know how you would have felt. There’s a certain awe that envelops you as you stand where Roman emperors once stood, where ancient peoples once lived and monuments stand, since B.C. days.
      Souvlaki, gyros, lamb, octopus, calamari. They were all ticked off my list of foods to eat in Greece, with great delight. Watermelon cakes and milk cakes for breakfast. And yes, baklava! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you. We only have a short history in Australia. Experiencing monuments built in the B.C. years was a remarkable feeling. Seeing murals of centaurs and other mythical creatures brought ancient history to life. I even saw the location where the real “300” battle occurred. Amazing.

  7. You sure visited a wide variety of places on your European trip. Greece is one of the handful of European countries that I never got around to visiting. Too bad about the fires. Greece seems to have more than its fair share of disasters.

    • They are resilient people when you consider their ancient and modern history. I saw so many abandoned buildings, victims of the Greek financial crisis.
      Yes, I experienced a wide variety of Europe. Yet I didn’t feel rushed at all. Still so much more to see one day.

  8. You are a contemporary Strabo,Draco.What a nice feeling to see Athens through your lens.Modern Greece,despite all the adversities,works very hard to preserve and keep alive her 2.500 year old civilisation.
    Wonderful all your photos,great the choice of the poem which overtly refers to the human vanity and morality,and to the inescapable fate of the powerful.It reminds me of “The King of Asini” written by the Greek poet-diplomat George Seferis.Glad I spotted your post on Greece before being completely off.Looking forward to your next ones.

    • Thank you very much for that compliment. I’m honoured to be compared to Strabo. Yes, time conquers human vanity relentlessly.
      Thank you for stopping by on your way to some beautiful location, somewhere in the world. My other posts about Greece will be here when you return.

  9. Zeus was here…

    …and so was Draco
    …and so was Bojana

    Makes you feel like a God, doesn’t it….Or at least closer to Gods.
    Wonderful account. Athens, one and only, I could never get tired of it.

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