Pedion Areos, Athens, Greece | Part II

Posted on 1st February 2014 in adventure, explored, wandering

Pedion Areos is an extremely beautiful park that I found on one of my last days in Athens. One thing I learned, thinking back on it no, is that if you want to find statues, go into parks!

This park had every little nook and cranny filled with beautiful statues. There was a whole alley that was lined with them. As I stepped into the alley, I came across a group of 7 or so doing a filming next to the statues I was so looking forward to photographing. Luckily, it was nothing like the film crews we’re used to here in North America, and there was only a handful of crew there. No pylons, no red tape.

After exploring for a while, I sat down and watched some old men playing what looked to me like backgammon and chewing sunflower seeds manically. There were little boys that came and accosted me, trying to get me to buy their seeds! After my experience in Istanbul, I knew to be wary of them youngins.

This is part II of my statues series in Athens. Part I is found here.

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Statues of Athens, Greece | Part I

Posted on 1st February 2014 in adventure, explored, wandering

I’ve been doing a lot of posts about my time in Athens. It’s true, there was so much to see there, so much that fascinated me. So much history, so much mythology. I’d walk the days around just clicking my camera all day.

One art form that I feel doesn’t get enough fame is sculpture. Perhaps it’s because of the length of time a sculpture usually takes. It’s no secret how our world is getting more and more into instant gratification… Athens had some monumental sculpture hundreds of years old. It is always a pretty cool experience for me to walk up and see the face of somebody who’s been gone from this world for many many years. I just wish I could have read the signs to identify who I was looking at!

It shocked me to see some of the busts hit with graffiti. There’s some things that just shouldn’t be done in my books…

This is Part I of my statues series in Athens. Part II is found here.

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