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!

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




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