TREADING THE FINE LINE BETWEEN ART AND GRAFFITI IN ATHENS

26th February 2023.

Mrs RM had beat me to Athens by 35 years, and her own recollection seemed to run to “smog, ouzo and grime“, which sounds like a Blackpool Jane away day in Middlesbrough (bar the parmo).

I knew there was a big hill, and a curry scene, but then Lincoln has both of those. The air wasn’t that bad, despite this being a city for cars rather than pedstrians.

But the half hour walk from station to hotel was certainly grim.

A lot of Athens looked like this;

or this,

almost all the buildings smeared in graffiti.

But every so often, you’d get a gem.

At least the graffiti hasn’t got graffiti on it” said Mrs RM, sagely.

But sometimes the balance between art and vandalism walked a fine line.

The little lane housing Magenta Luxury Suites (£50 a night) looked grim, but this was one of the smartest hotels we’d ever stayed in, with coffee machine and complementary wine. Mrs RM is very impressed with complementary wine.

Happy we weren’t getting murdered in the night (Athens felt safer than Maidenhead), we set out to see the real art.

Even this classic architecture had been vandalised.

I thought I’d stumbled on a Chinese takeaway, but never did.

So let’s head to the jewel in Athens crown, the craft beer quarter.

5 thoughts on “TREADING THE FINE LINE BETWEEN ART AND GRAFFITI IN ATHENS

    1. You might predict a Hyatt, but should expect an Ibis Budget.

      In truth I just picked the two hotels in Greece around £50/night which would definitely be open if we turned up at midnight and have decent WiFi. There were plenty of them, which tells me Greece is a decent city break bet.

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  1. Eileen has just astonished me by telling me she forgot to mention that she’d encountered a guy on a penny farthing on the Rochdale Canal towpath while en route to the THT last Sunday!

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