Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Out and About: Athens Edition

I know, I know I haven't been posting in a while. It's not my fault, really! I was out of the country for the past three weeks, and therefore had nothing to write about my adventures in New York City.

But... I am veering off the theme of this blog to share with you a small adventure I had in Athens, Greece. My stopover in Athens was 15 hours, so I had plenty of time to explore the city and do a bit of shopping. I was in Athens with a friend in the summer of '09, so I knew how to use the transportation system to get around. I must have looked like I knew what I was doing because a few tourists walked over and asked me for directions, which I gladly gave them!

I took the train from the airport to Syntagma Square in the City Center.

 The train stations have music playing in them! How cool. (Note to MTA: get music in our train stations!)

A classic European city, Athens has dozens of small little cobblestone streets leading off to who-knows-where. (This is Karaiskaki Street):

The most beautiful part about Athens is the Acropolis in the center of the city, clearly visible from wherever you are located.

At night:

There are also ruins practically everywhere:

I was on a mission to purchase a glass plate that I had seen the last time I visited Athens, so I made my way over to the flea market in Monastiraki Square.

One thing I noticed in Athens are the wild dogs. In NYC we have wild birds and squirrels, but in Greece they have dogs. No, they don't bite or hurt anyone... they just hang out and chill on benches and doorsteps. Go figure.

An old lady selling roasted chestnuts. They smelled really good! And check out the Greek graffiti in the background.

The Athens Flea Market is filled with many different colors and smells. You can find shoes, antiques, food, clothing, beads (Greece has beautiful beads), glass-work, and odds and ends there.

I bought a beautiful fused glass plate!

Stunning, right? I absolutely love fused glass.

If anyone ever has stop-over in Greece, even if it's just for a few hours, please let me know and I'll give you tips on where to go and what to do!

On my way to the train station, I passed the quieter Monastiraki Square. As much as I love NYC at night, Athens is a good runner-up.

Shout out to Rabbi and Mrs. Hendel: Thank you for taking such good care of me during the evening. It was great to see you again! The food was delicious, and it was especially thrilling to light a menorah on Chanukah in Athens, Greece!!

Regular NYC posts will resume shortly.