It’s rare to find an apartment building in Athens without a balcony. Even if it’s just a narrow ledge for plants. A railing to hang laundry. (Hardly any Athenians own dryers). A place for a TV dish. They show a lot about life.
Here you can see balconies with soul… and those that are sterile (well, nothing in Athens is quite sterile).
These back balconies are made for utility. No plants or chairs. Mix of older and new awnings. Mostly to handle laundry. Storage. Summer ventalition. A place to put air conditioners. Windows open or shuttered.
Front balconies on the same types of buildings can tell a much different story. Living spaces. Especially in a climate where winter is only about 6 weeks long and the sun shines 300 days a year. Plants, furniture, lights, awnings…
Enjoying life on my balcony. Awning pulled back on a sunny March day. Bowls of bread dough rising in the sun. And an informal summer evening.