Athens today- the new normal …

“If you’re listening to this, congratulations! You survived Doomsday. I’d like to apologize straightaway for any inconvenience the end of the world may have caused you. The earthquakes, rebellions, riots, tornadoes, floods, tsunamis, and of course the giant snake who swallowed the sun—I’m afraid most of that was our fault…” ~ Rick Riordan, The Serpent’s Shadow

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The following it seems to be the new normal day in Athens … I’m not rejecting the right to anyone to complain, demonstrate, express pain and dismay, but I’m kind of fed up, for the simple reason that none of those demonstrations can change anything when it comes to the situation in the country, they just change the life of people like me, turning it into an unpleasant cascade of events, stopping the normal course of the day …

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People …

More people …

Even more, coming out of every corner and street …

And flags …

And drums … of course!

Streets like Akademias absolutely empty …

And Greek flags everywhere …

… and thank God for the dear Police

… and for the rubbish, everywhere!!!

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… because that’s all left on the end! Just rubbish! But, looking at the brighter side of life, at least I had a coffee in my favorite coffee shop, feeling protected more than ever, because the Police had coffee there too :) Have a great day/ night everyone!

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The coffee of the day is pretty much French …

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© 2012  Broken Sparkles

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Promenade

“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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In one of the riots in the past 3 months, due to the deliriously unbalanced situation in the country, my favorite coffee shop was burned down. I was extremely sad and upset, first, with the actions of people and second, because they took away my calm spot, my “me-time” place. Last week I found a new “residence” for my thoughts and peace. On the image below is the view from the coffee shop that I couldn’t keep only to myself. I sat there for more than two hours, waiting to take a shot only with a couple walking on the alley, but it was worth the waiting and the coffee was drop-dead-delicious.  I can’t wait to have my next day off so I can go there again. Love & peace from dreamy me …

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“Promenade” by Blaga Todorova, Zappio area, Athens

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© 2012  Broken Sparkles

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Lykavittos

“The touch of an infinite mystery passes over the trivial and the familiar, making it break out into ineffable music. The trees, the stars, and the blue hills ache with a meaning which can never be uttered in words.” Rabindranath Tagore

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I’m not sure if I have the right words to describe what is to walk up to Lykavittos ( the highest hill in Athens) and see the whole town in your feet, sparkling under the morning sun, and I’m not sure if my camera was able to capture the glory of each moment, but still, I’d like to share with you my favorite place in the city- Lykavittos hill.

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