Athens through my lens

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Hello!

I’m currently typing away in a café in Firenze, reminiscing about the eight weeks I spent in Athens, Greece.

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When I arrived, I had zero intention of liking the city. Honestly, I thought I would hate it.
It was just a place I had to go to get to where I want to be, but I was incredibly surprised the longer I stayed there.
The modeling part was rough, and sometimes a little much for me. I know my limitations in the industry, but it’s still very different when you’re reminded of them daily.
My favourite thing to do when I feel bad; is to pick up my camera and explore. It instantly makes me forget everything else.

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During my first few weeks in the city, I stayed in a small apartment in the centre near the Acropolis. The best part about staying there was getting to roam around Plaka every day and night. It’s beautiful during the day, but absolutely magical in the evening.
It’s really safe and usually not too busy, although it got more crowded on the weekends and on sunny days.
There are a lot of tourist-y shops around here as well, which I’m obsessed with.
I’m a lame tourist, proud of it.

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This area, around Lulu’s bakery, was my personal favorite.
There would always be music playing during the day, instantly lifted my mood.

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Let’s talk Greek food and restaurant culture.
It was a bit challenging for me to find food I liked at first, and I absolutely despised the coffee. Eventually I managed to discover the amazingness that is a freddo espresso, with medium sugar.
good lord it is liquid heaven
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Something that was rather unsettling for me, is that they will ask you how much sugar you would like in your coffee.
The barista will put the sugar in FOR you.
That’s nice, but usually I murder my coffee with sugar. The embarassment of having to explain how many scoops to put in my cup was enough for me to cut down on my sugar addiction BIG TIME.

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Top photo is a coffee shop near the second apartment I stayed at, bottom photo is of people sitting out on the steps leading to the Acropolis. Really fun restaurant, unfortunately did not get the chance to give it a try myself yet.

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Something that surpised me, is how often the Greek will dine out. I joined in very happily, because in my culture you only eat out when you have something to celebrate. Everyday was like a celebration here. The crisis is still hitting the country hard, which you can tell from the prices of groceries and everyday items, but the Greek just live their life as they always have.
Carefree.
It shocked me, because I was made to believe that the Greek lived horrible lives and could barely get by.

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Another area I visited a lot, was Monastiraki.
Filled with shops, restaurants and cocktail bars overlooking the Acropolis. It is an absolute must-see if you go to the city.
The Athens flea market and vintage shops are a lot of fun to check out as well.

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You can also get strawberries there for just 2 € per 500g.
You’re welcome

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I saw a lot of the city through going to castings and taking the metro, but the best way by far, was by bike.

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Thanks Alex

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The Arch of Hadrian.
Most of the ancient landmarks of Athens have been destroyed by the Byzanthians. The Arch is one of the few historic pieces that still stands to this day.
Worth a look if you happen to be around Plaka.

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Another thing I didn’t know about this city, is how many places there are to see just outside of the city.
Glyfáda being one of them.

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I mean, come on!
This was technically winter.

Aside from the beaches, take a trip to the Vouliagmeni lake if you find yourself around Glyfáda as well. It’s a nice change of scenery from your typical beach.

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I was too cold to go swimming, but the water wasn’t bad at all. Plenty of people were out swimming that day.
I suggest you go on a weekday, though, to avoid any crowds.
We went on a Saturday anyway, and there weren’t that many people.
Most likely because it is still off-season at the moment.

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I was just enjoying the sunshine from the shore.

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The Zappeion might be super touristic, but I walked by it almost every day and it never got old to me.
I went running there a couple of times, and through the national garden behind it.
If you’re into running, I highly recommend it.
Super relaxing and nobody bothered me.
Back home I would never go running outside because of the street harassment I would get.
I didn’t have an issue with that here at all.
Not once.

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All in all, my time in Athens was pretty amazing.
I arrived in a bad mood for a million different reasons, and I left feeling great. The city has it’s bad sides and the castings and modeling stuff really got to me on some days, but the longer I stayed the better I got at handeling myself in those situations. It just takes some getting used to.

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There is beauty everywhere.
You just have to learn how and where to look to find it.

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Would I recommend you visit Athens?

Yes.
Go during the spring, before it gets too hot though. There is so mch to see, so many amazing restaurants to try and plenty of places to explore.
I’d say ten days is enough to see the basics of the city, but knowing someone who can show you the hidden spots helps immensely.

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I hope you liked this very short little post about Athens.
I took many more photos, but I’ll keep some to myself 😉

Talk to you again soon.

Love,

Liz

xo

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