Historic Athens, and Athens Today!

Trip Start May 08, 2010
Trip End Jan 23, 2011

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Athens these days!!!
January 2011

I am here in Athens before my trip to Cyprus.  I have much time to myself and with the camera in my hand I take long walks in the centre of Athens walking for hours – something that I love doing. I am trying to capture in pictures what is going on lately with the economic problem and I state below some true facts about life in Greece in general these days.

It is the Sales Season, but the picture you get is disappointing. A couple of years back there would be crowds of people scattered in the central shopping areas in Athens holding at least 5 or 6 bags each and buying like crazy. I used to do that as well….but not any more. People from Cyprus would book a hotel for two or three nights and come to Athens to do their shopping and then get entertained in the different night clubs or theatres in the area. Not much of this is happening now. Only those who can still afford it and the very rich of course.

Material things are bought only if it is essential. Accessories and expensive shoes are not included in the list of essentials. Eatable things are more popular instead! Grocery shops might be full of people, but still people refuse to buy the quantities or the quality of things they used to buy some years back.  They buy much cheaper goods even if they know they are not nutrient. Everything is SO EXPENSIVE, and salaries are getting lower and lower almost every other month.  Petrol is so high and people are fed up with the whole situation.

I really have to admit how I pity shop owners in general these days.  I am not a racist but I don't like seeing all these foreign people of different nationalities selling their goods out in the streets, - laid down on cloth or plastic on the ground.  It is a fake of course but it is unfair to shop owners who try so hard these days to cope with life, earn their living….or pay for the monthly rent.  It is not only that it is a bad sight seeing them in the streets scattered all over, but it is unfair because these people don’t pay taxes while the rest of us do. They are chased by the police, but they are so many that you get the picture as if the police are doing nothing.

I have much free time to myself, and as I love walking I take long walks the time I am not with the kids.  I have taken some photos which I wish to share with you in my entries.  Some of them show interesting sights and others, show life in Athens in general.

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