Sidewalks – dog walking

Athens has plenty of marble, and many sidewalks in the tourist areas are paved in it.  But then, that real life kicks in and Athens becomes a city of intermittent sidewalks.  Varying from 12″ wide to 3-4 feet depending on the area.  Side streets are usually 12-24 inches.

All these sidewalks are subject to varying obstacles.  Parked motorcycles and cars.  Planters and poles.  Front door steps and missing pavers.  I’ve twisted my ankle more times than I can remember, especially with my dog Buddy pulling me to find a ‘perfect spot’.

As a result many people walk in the street, especially side streets.

Now I know you are saying… why is Jefako telling me all this fairly useless info?  Because I have a story to tell!  Just hang in there!

As I was walking on a side street (in the street as usual) a SUV came from behind.  We were already far enough over that he could have driven past, but he didn’t.  So Buddy and I pulled in between two parked cars.

Not satisfied with this, the driver rolled down his window and began to admonish me in Greek that I should be using the sidewalk and not walking in the street.

I kept my cool, and after his short tirade, I simply said ‘Thank you”.

He then got this “oh you are a foreigner who doesn’t know any better” look on his face… and drove away.  Sometimes playing the “I don’t speak Greek card”, comes in very handy!

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Marble in the old city
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motorcycle making the pavement his street
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Planters because… why not?
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Let’s just add front door steps
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Ummmm it disappears
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Let’s put a wall up on the sidewalk

 

 

 

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