Walking in Athens city center can be real fun, on a warm, sunny day. The city's "historic triangle" and its half part, called "the commercial triangle" is full of old little shops, that set a colorful tone on the urban landscape, even in these days of economic malaise. Here's a brief photographic presentation of one of these main, narrow streets, called Karageorgi Servias. The street, starting from the central Syntagma Square, is named after a late 18th / early 19th century Serbian leader and hero in their fight against the Ottoman Turks.
|The intersection of Stadiou St.(right), Karageorgi Servias St. (straight) with Syntagma Square, not appearing, to the left.|
|Mopeds parked in front of the National Bank of Greece building, 4 Karagiorgi Servias St., with a sit-in protest behind them; the Greek Ministry of Finance is housed in buildings around Syntagma Square...|
|The minor but always busy intersection of Karagiorgi Servias & Voulis St., Athens, Greece|
|20 Karagiorgi Servias St. & Lekka St., looking towards Lekka St., Athens, Greece|
|Shop window with colorful beads at Karagiorgi Servias St., Athens, Greece|
At some point, the street name changes to Perikleous St. (named after ancient Athenian general and leader Pericles) and then later to Agias Irinis (St. Irene, named after a local church), but its character remains just the same: Small shops, mostly old ones going back several generations and related to textiles and fabrics, together with some pastry shops, souvenir shops and ...closed shops!
|Corner of Perikleous St. and Thisseos (pedestrian) Street, Athens, Greece|
|A neoclassical mansion, at the corner of 52 Perikleous and Thisseos (pedestrian) St.|
|Thisseos pedestrian alley, from the corner with PerikleousSt.|
|Store selling textiles, at Perikleous St., Athens, Greece|
|Fabric rolls, close-up; Perikleous St., Athens|
|Still in Perikleous St., Athens, have no doubt.|
|58 Perikleous St., in case you missed it. Still more textiles and motorbikes!|
After this point, the street name changes to Agias Irinis. Wait for the next installment of pictures in a couple of weeks.
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