I was traveling last month, breaking open the remains of the walls of Hotel California for once and all.* I had a three week trip to Greece and Albania. First, I went to Athens to see friends and, of course, museums. After a long bus ride, I went to Ioannina, the home of my maternal grandparents. Again, friends, museums, and Yom Kippur. While in the north I took a pair of bus rides to the town of Filiates where my grandfather lived before coming to America in the early twentieth century. Albania, was another story (to be continued)!
*Note: As COVID continues to lurk around seeking to attach to the unexpecting, I still wear a mask in interior spaces.
The Rio–Antirrio Bridge, or the Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge, is one of the world’s longest multi-span cable-stayed bridges and longest of the fully suspended type. It crosses the Gulf of Corinth near Patras, linking the town of Rio on the Peloponnese peninsula to Antirrio on mainland Greece by road.
I’ve already written about some of the wide variety of wall art found in my city in many different venues (see 9-12-22 post). With a new interest, and a modicum of knowledge, I decided to seek out the murals found in these cities. When I lived in Greece in the mid 80s, wall art was not a thing, well, not in the neighborhoods I knew. The following is a random sampling of images I captured.*
The roll-down shutters covering businesses for the evening serve as canvases for a number of murals. Some seem to represent the product available during open hours.
Others do not, like Poseidon –
Or are just plain tagging –
On the way home from Shabbat services and a delightful visit to the interesting Museum of Islamic Art, I wended my way through Psiri (https://athensandbeyond.com/psiri-athens-a-guide-to-a-vibrant-neighborhood/), a neighborhood with which I was totally unfamiliar. In that early afternoon, I felt a party was just waiting to happen!
Here the walls, tall and small, were decorated with as many images as your imagination could think of.
Cats in graffiti and graffiti with an Athenian cat!
Lord Byron makes an appearance
I like the flowers and the sentiment – you will marry me …
Next up, murals in Northwestern Greece and Albania
*Apologies for not knowing the names of the artists.