Day of strike

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entrance to temple of olympian zeus
I had a plan to visit cape Sounion and another place on the day. But when I was walking across Syntagma square last night, there was many people holding signs before the parliament, and there were many police men around. I asked one of them from curiosity, and the answer was 'there gonna be a big strike on 19th, metro, bus, various museum et al will be closed'.

So, I changed my plan to a walk tour around Plaka district and to find some traditional music CD. Got up at 8:00, steal out of the dorm room not to awake a Brasilian couple and a Japanese girl, chat with the Japanese guy I met on the acropolis, then set off for the streets. It was a little bit chilly, cafes and restaurants were about to open.
inscription at a roman bath


After a 10 minutes walk across several narrow streets, I was out of Plaka and facing an elegant Roman gate across a busy road. It is a part of Roman remains including a pablic bath, and the temple of Olympian Zeus. The open space that once was a plaza before the temple was covered by grass and various wild flowers, and remotely, but with dominating presence, the marble columns stood.

Walking across the grass covered plaza, when I looked up at the marble giants, cloudy sky became clear and the morning sun washed the haze away. Those white columns were shining, as to claim the greatness of Zeus. I spent an hour on a bench in there, enjoyed restoration of this master piece by imagination.

Then I walked to Plaka, had break fast, and headed for Omonia square, for a big music shop. But on the way, I found it was difficult to walk because the protest parade was marching from Omonia to the parliament. People were organised by their labor union, and with various formation, uniform, sign(which i couldnt read lol) and message announced through speakers.  I think I had some idea that why democracy appeared in this place...
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entrance to temple of olympian zeus
entrance to temple of olympian zeus
inscription at a roman bath
inscription at a roman bath
temple of olympian zeus
temple of olympian zeus
roman gate
roman gate
temple of olympian zeus
temple of olympian zeus
fast food kiosk
fast food kiosk
sign of strike at tourist informat…
sign of strike at tourist informa…
door of a church
door of a church
deep fried fish
deep fried fish
protestors, people was walking fro…
protestors, people was walking fr…
protestors
protestors
protestors
protestors
protestors
protestors
ruin of a roman bath
ruin of a roman bath
ruin of a roman bath
ruin of a roman bath
temple of olympian zeus
temple of olympian zeus
temple of olympian zeus
temple of olympian zeus
temple of olympian zeus
temple of olympian zeus
temple of olympian zeus
temple of olympian zeus
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