Casual chat

When Greeks engage in a friendly discussion, it sounds like they’re arguing. Even if they’re just talking about the weather, under the sun, in one of the most stunning neighbourhoods in Athens – Dionysiou Areopagitou, a pedestrianised street around the archaeological site of Acropolis.

August 22nd, 2020

At the National Museum of Contemporary Art

One of the more recent additions in Athens’ cultural life, following years lost to red tape, administrative issues, lack of government funding, and delays in the renovation of its intended permanent home, the National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST) was finally opened to the public in February 2020. It is now permanently located at the historic building of the former FIX brewery, and it was worth the wait.

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

August 22nd, 2020

Choreography for the Elite

Evzones on duty

By day

And night

Evzones, are elite soldiers whose duties are mostly ceremonial. Every soldier guards for about an hour, 3 times in total every 48 hours. Throughout these 60 minutes, they have to stand perfectly still until it is time to switch with another guard. During the changing, they work in pairs so they can perfectly coordinate their moves. The steps that the official ceremony requires at the time of changing are carried out in really slow motion to protect their blood circulation after 60 min of immobility.

Evzones guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Presidential Palace and also raise and lower the flag at the Acropolis every Sunday. Their uniform is handmade with intricate detail, taking many months to complete and is a symbol of the country’s nationalistic pride, representing the significant battles fought throughout Greece’s modern history.

August 20th, 2020

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Ten years in the making, covering an area of more than 200,000 square metres, a complex that has given a new home to the Greek National Library and the Greek National Opera, as well as a public park that can host a variety of events, amongst olive trees, evergreen shrubs, carob trees, laurels, cypress trees, and an extensive selection of indigenous Greek aromatic plants.

The entire complex was donated by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to the Greek State, in 2017.

We are not worthy!

The complex is one of the most elaborate works by Architect Renzo Piano.

Kallithea, Athens

August 14th, 2020

That’s All Folks

After four unforgettable years, it was time to move on. Another country, another ocean, a new continent in the Southern Hemisphere. A series of very fortunate events would bring us to the faraway land that is New Zealand, and not a moment too soon. Because of Covid-19, our trip would be longer than usual, flying to Greece first, for a family reunion, then on to Auckland via Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. Almost full circle around the Globe.

We’ll stay in Athens for the next few days, before I figure out which is the best platform to go on sharing our New Zealand memories, as this blog has almost reached its maximum storage space.

Meanwhile, let’s bid farewell to the City with the most New Yorky picture of them all:

Good bye New York City, thank you for four amazing years!

August 1st, 2020