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!