Thursday, November 18, 2010

Syntagma Square

Remember Mary Poppins (tuppence a bag) or Home Alone - the lady feeding the pigeons? The parents enjoyed a break in the famous Syntagma Square in Athens:


It is a pretty place, full of activity. One can find the modern (McDonald's, what else?!) mixed in with the old as can be seen in this picture of a man selling bread: 

There are lots of ornamental orange trees - just like in the rest of Athens.

There was this lady selling pins which she had made - she showcased them on her umbrella!

This is the center of the Square:

It is surrounded by important buildings - Government and Private hotels, etc.

This is the Greek Parliament building. Every hour the Changing of the Guard ceremony is performed by the Presidential Guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier there.

Here is a video of the ceremony:

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