Day of strike
Athens Travel Blog› entry 4 of 12 › view all entries
March 19th, 2008 – by: lacarte
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.
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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