a tiny balcony in Athens

It was a very emotional Sunday in Zapeio. We had the Greece Race for the Cure today, an annual charity event for the battle against cancer. 

Autumn sort of arrived out of the blue the other day, and I say out of the blue because on the 22 September I woke up at 4am because it was too hot! At dusk today it was raining buckets and I was thinking if this continues the race will be off. But then I remembered that Athens has this wicked arrangement with the weather, no matter how bad it rains it always stops in time for big events like all those mass protests against the crises. 

And so it was today. It was a chilly, but dry day, some sun even occured right at the beginning of the race. Perfect weather for running. There were more than 15.000 people registered for the 5k run and the 2k walk. I’ve never done races and I always loved the idea of running around Athens, and this one was for such an important cause so I decided to register for the 5k race…. 

It was lovely to see so many people there in support, Zappeio was coloured pink and it was more beautiful than ever- and I spent most of 2014 there for the Greek presidency. Listening to all the women that beat cancer was incredibly inspirational and emotional, personally I was trying to hold back the tears both during their speeches and during then run when I was seeing all the messages of support on people’s backs, running for their mothers, friends, girlfriends….. I can only say I know it’s not much, but I am glad I did it 

Finally the long overdue Flim stickers are around Athens ;)

My dear friend and super talented illustrator Flim is in Athens so we went “stickering” around the city today. If you are in the mood for street art hunting you can find his around s.i.x. dogs and Psiri :) 

p.s. Just found out that my blog turned 3 today :) yey :) 

Aways thought that “Poems and Crimes” is one of bars with the the catchiest names in Athens. Apart from the great name, this art bar revamped the dark and usually smelly alley around the bar- probably for the summmer garden- with a bunch of new graffiti. Looks really nice, a refreshing change from the darkness that surrounded it until now. They have verses from Greek poets, scenes from movies, poet portraits…. nice job “Poems and Crimes”, which is in Monastiraki, just below Ag. Irini square.

Blurry memories of summer

Blurry memories of summer

The supermoon over Hadrian’s arch in Athens

The supermoon over Hadrian’s arch in Athens

15mins in Plaka

Meet “Forget me not”, a fresh souvenir shop in Adrianou, the main tourist alley in Athens. Don’t expect to find the mini marble Acropolis or the magnet with your favourite Greek statue in their shop. Get ready for some modern designer souvenirs that so authentically portray daily life and traditions in Greece or give the ancient stories or Aesop’s fables a designer’s twist. One of my favs is the Atlas shopper aka the blue-white tote bag made from the original tin food container used for transporting feta cheese and olive oil. 

The colours of Plaka

The colours of Plaka

House number, Plaka

House number, Plaka

Super Mario Bros protecting Psyri :) at To Xoirotero Magazi t-shirt print shop

Super Mario Bros protecting Psyri :) at To Xoirotero Magazi t-shirt print shop

Psiri is in a very festive happy mood for some reason.. looks nice with so much colour

Psiri is in a very festive happy mood for some reason.. looks nice with so much colour

Fresh mural in Exarheia

Fresh mural in Exarheia

School is out

School is out

Shadows

Shadows

Random walks :)

Random walks :)