Graffiti in Greece

One thing that was somewhat surprising about our trip to Greece was the pervasiveness of graffiti. Everywhere we went, people had taken it upon themselves to decorate the spaces around them.

The only places that were mostly free of graffiti were the A-list archaeological sites – places that were gated and guarded, and places that were brand new like the National roads.

The graffiti ranged from artistic to incomprehensible…

Commonplace to clever…

Some in English…

Lots of Antifa and other anarchist graffiti…

Would-be artists often use stencils…

Signs and posts are almost universally covered with stickers…

Even the signs inside the jetway at the airport had been doctored…

Pickpockets, gypsies, and dummies

When we were getting ready to travel to Greece, the travel guides, internet sites, and our Greek friends all warned us about pickpockets – especially in Athens and especially in the Metro. Apparently Greek pickpockets are world-renowned for their numbers and for their skill at separating tourists from their wallets. While we were in Greece, I got an notification from […]

Crossroads of the ancients

Situated strategically in the dead-center of land and sea routes between Western Europe and the Fertile Crescent, right in the middle of the Roman Empire and right on the edge of the Persian Empire, Greece (or at that time, Thessaly, Peloponnesus, Epirus, and Macedonia) was the crossroads of the ancient world. When we visited Greece we expected to see Greek […]

Piraeus has more than just a port

When we were getting ready to visit Greece, people told us to avoid Piraeus, the suburb of Athens with the country’s largest port. They described it as dingy and seedy and said that there is nothing there except for the port. We were told that the proper procedure for negotiating Piraeus if you wanted to take a ferry from there […]

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