Greece 2019 Part VII – Santorini

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Locals that dropped into our villa for a visit

Breakfast

Thirasia

Manolas, Thirasia

Ferry Passing Kameni Island

Café Bar Gateway, Spiliotica Café Bar

Thirasia & Oia from Hotel Sunny Villas, Imerovigli

A War Memorial, Thira, Santorini – 1912-1922

Rusted Water Pump, Thira

South Westerly View to Finikia, Firon-Ias, Thira

Eparchiaki Odos Firon-Ias, Thira

Derelict Gate

Orthodox Church

Hillside Village

Bar to Navagio

Kameni Islands

Holiday Accommodation

Timios Stavros Chapel, Thira

Dome of Agios Nikolaos, Thira

Cliff-side Villa Gates

Villa Window

Sunset Behind Thirasia from our Villa

Blue Note



Greece 2019 Part VI – Santorini

After Athens it’s just ashort flight to the Island of Santorini where we will spend a few days.


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Skaros Rock, Imerovigli, Santorini

Skaros Rock, Imerovigli, Santorini

To the left is the Island of Thirasia and on the headland to ther right is the town of Oia with the villas of Imerovigli in the foreground


Cruise Ships in the Caldera across Agios Georgios Chapel, Imerovigli

Bell Tower, Church of Panagia Malteza, Imerovigli

Bell Tower, Anastasi Orthodox Church, Imerovigli

Flaking Blue Door along the pathway between villas

Pathway between villas

Villa Steps, Sunny Villas, Imerovigli

Looking Inland From Blue Note Restaurant Bar, Imerovigli

Looking North to Oia From Blue Note Restaurant Bar, Imerovigli

Our villa is on the right

Mezzo Doorway, Imerovigli

(Restaurant / Bar – unfortunately closed when we were there.)

Kameni Islands, The Caldera across Agios Georgios Chapel, Imerovigli

Sunset Views from our villa at Sunny Villas, Imerovigli

Pathway behind Blue Note Restaurant Bar

Store Area Below the Bar

Night scenes around our villa

Entry to our villa

“Volkan” Santorini Blonde, Blue Note Restaurant Bar

First beer on the island



Greece 2019 Part V

Back to the Greek portion of our 2019 holiday where bwe contined walking around the city.


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The Benizelos Mansion, Adrianou, Plaka

The Benizelou Mansion or the House of St Philothei is (surprisingly) the oldest house of Athens. Visitors can see the amazing architectural elements of a typical konaki, or urban noble house, of the 17th century. The museum is based in the heart of the historical centre of Athens. It tells the story of the Benizelou family and St Philothei or Regoula Philothei and describes the habits and the traditions of the Athenian aristocracy before the revolution against the Ottoman Empire in 1821.

Derelict Building, Adrianou, Plaka

Doors, 74th Elementary School of Athens, Adianou, Plaka

Planter, Navarchou Nikodimou, Plaka

Agias Filotheis, Plaka

The dome in the distance is The Metropolitan Church of Athens

Gates, Agias Filotheis, Plaka

Retail Arcade, Agias Filotheis, Plaka

Shop for Religious Items, Cnr Agias Filotheis & Apollonos, Plaka

This area contained several shops that seemed to specialise it selling items for the Greek Orthodox church.

Church of Virgin Mary Gorgoepekoos and Saint Eleutherius, Plateía Mitropóleos, Aérides

Metropolitan Church of Athens Evangelismos Theotokou, Square Mitropoleos, Aérides

Statue of Constantine XI Palaiologos, Square Mitropoleos

Constantine XI Dragases Palaiologos or Dragaš Palaeologus, known in later Greek folklore as the Marble Emperor, was the last Byzantine emperor, reigning from 1449 to his death in battle at the Fall of Constantinople in 1453

Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Pl Kapnikareas, Politistikó Emporikó Kéntro

Buskers, Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Pl Kapnikareas, Politistikó Emporikó Kéntro

Retail Arcade, Ermou, Monastiráki

Buskers, Monastiráki Square, Monastiráki

Aiolou 27, Monastiráki

Church of Saint Eirini, Aiolou, Monastiráki

Church of Agia Kyriaki, Athinas, Psyrrí

Fruit & Vege Markets, Armodiou, Psyrri

Derelict Building, Theatrou, Psyrrí

Derelict Building, Cnr Sokratous and Theatrou, Psyrrí

There are many derelict buildings such as theseeverywhere we walked.

Graffitied Shops, Sokratous, Psyrrí

The Karamanlidika of Fanis, Mezetzidiko, Socrates (Restaurant), Sokratous, Psyrrí

Miran Pastourma, Evripidou, Psyrrí

Miran Pastourma is a famed pastourma and sujuk charcuterie business and market in Athens, Greece. The market has been in operation since 1922. It is considered the charcuterie of the connoisseurs.

Fotsi Spices, Evripodou, Psyrrí

Shop Doorway, Evbripidou, Psyrrí

Graffitied Pillars, Cosmote Department Store, Athinas

Hotel Cecil, Athinas, Psyrrí

Trezos Ribbons, Cnr Pallados and Kalamida, Psyrrí

This absolutely disgusting level of graffiti is a commopn sight everywhere we went in Athens

Graffitied Doorway, Athinas 33, Psyrrí

Clothing Retailer, Athinas, Psyrrí

Flea Market, Monastiráki

Monastiráki Square, Monastiráki

From the front of our hotel (360 Degrees Hotel)

The Parthenon, Acropolis

From our table at the rooftop bar 360 Degrees Hotel


Greece 2019 Part IV

A day in Athens to walk around and explore the area.


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Mater Terra Shoe Shop, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Souvenir Clothing Shops, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Flea Market, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Entrance to Hellenic Folk Art Exhibition, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Romios Tourist Shop, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Closed Tourist Shop, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Restaurants, Mitropoleos, Athens, Greece

Black Cat, Mitropoleos, Athens, Greece

There is no end of stray cats wandering around all over the place all over Greece!

Shopping Arcade, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Doorways, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Graffiti, Mnisikleous. Athens, Greece

Graffitied Doorways, Mpenizelou Paleologou, Athens, Greece

Athens is one of the worst places I have ever seen for graffiti…. sadly scenes such as this are absolutley everywhere you look all over the city. There is a definite sense of a lack of civic pride evident.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation, Mitropoleos Square, Athens, Greece

Light Standards, Square Mitropoleos, Athens, Greece

Church of Virgin Mary Gorgoepekoos and Saint Eleutherius, Mitropoleos Square, Athens, Greece

The church is built on top of the ruins of ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Eileithyia which is thought to possibly date to the 9th century.

Templar Cross, Church of Virgin Mary Gorgoepekoos and Saint Eleutherius, Mitropoleos Square, Athens, Greece

There are many wonderful and symbolic carvings in the walls of this church.

Apollonos, Athens, Greece

Gated Doorway, Apollonos, Athens, Greece

Architecture, Apollonos, Athens, Greece



Greece 2019 Part III

The time in Athens continues with the obligatory visit to Ther Parthenon at The Acropolis of Athens, a World Heritage Site.


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Greece 2019 Part II


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Church of the Pantanassa, Monastiraki Square, Athens, Greece

Flea Market, Normanou, Athens, Greece

Normanou, 5, Athens, Greece

Derelict, Ermou, Athens, Greece

Street Lamp, Agiou Filippou , Athens, Greece

Archaeology, Agiou Filippou, Athens, Greece

Church of the Apostle Phillip, Adrianou, Athens, Greece

Archaeology, Adrianou, Athens, Greece

Adrianou Suites, Kinetou, Athens, Greece

Hotel 360 Degrees, Monastirakiou. Athens, Greece
[Where we stayed in Athens]

Orthodox Priest, Monastiraki Square, Athens, Greece

Tzisdarakis Mosque, Monastiraki Square, Athens, Greece.JPG
[Now the Museum of Greek Folk Art]

The Parthenon, Athens, Greece
[Taken from our hotel]

Tour Bus, Ermou, Athens, Greece

Church of Agia Kyriaki, Athinas, Athens, Greece

Fountain, Kotzia Square, Athinas, Athens, Greece

Statue Of Pericles. Athinas, Athens, Greece

Urban Art, Menandrou, Athens, Greece

Sculpture, Panagi Tsaldari , Athens, Greece

Derelict Building, Kallirrois, Athens, Greece

[Buildings like this were not an uncommon sight in Athens]

Sleeping Dogs, Rovertou Galli, Athens, Greece

Wandering Cat, Acropolis, Athens, Greece

[Cats and dogs wander every where in Greece – not domestic in the main but survive due to locals feeding them]

Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athens, Greece

[Located on on the slopes of the Acropolis – built by the Romans in 161 AD]

Gathering Clouds, Terminal Car Park, Piraeus, Greece

Our Bus Caught Fire, Vassilisi Amalias Avenue, Athens, Greece



 

Greece 2019 Part I

We arrived in Athens at night and went to our hotel (360 Degrees Hotel) which is situated in Monastiraki Square it has a rooftop bar providing a magnificent view of the Acropolis and Parthenon. The hotel features a brilliant retro decor theme.


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The Acropolis from the rooftop bar of 360 Degrees Hotel

The Parthenon is a marble temple built between 447 and 432 BC, during the height of the ancient Greek Empire. It was dedicated to the Greek goddess Athenais located atop a compound of temples known as the Acropolis of Athens.

Altar of Aphrodite of Urania

As seen from the rooftop bar. The Altar of Aphrodite is the best preserved monument in the north side of the Agora. It was constructed in the 5th cent. BC, but remained in its place serving the adjacent temple dedicated to the same goddess, which flourished mainly during the Roman period. Most of the altar still survives.


Greek White Wine



Some of the Retro Decor both in our room and the hotel common areas.