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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Monastiraki Flea Market, Kerameikos, Pickpockets & more

An example of the nice subway where I was victim of a very good pickpocket.  Not a clue, wasn't that crowded, and it was all within 5 minutes.  Luckily, I only had about 100 Euros, and a couple of credit cards and an ATM card.  We were on our way back to our hotel, so I took care of calling the credit card companies right away.  

Wish this was more clear, but I love the identical facial expressions on all these women at a subway stop.  Even the way they're sitting is about the same.  By the way, the last lady sitting on the right doesn't have an extra leg.  Freak photo op as someone was walking by.  

After we arrived at Monastiraki Square, the first thing we saw was Hadians Library.  We  were unable to find any books there.

On to the flea market, which is comparable to Portabello Road in London.  I don't think I bought anything from the flea market part, but did buy an icon painted by monks on marble.  I saw the letter of authenticity, too.  This guy was worrying his beads while he tried to sell watches.

Birds and bird cages

Oh, how I wish I could have brought a couple of these camel seats home.  They would have made great foot rests.

Worrying beads instead of buttoning his shirt.

Greek monopoly

This little shop was owned by a hoarder.  He had just a little path to get through, and didn't even know what he had.

Bunch of police standing around talking instead of riding the subway with me.

Another church

This icon was Saint Barbara.  I'm sure she is wonderful.
Ołtarz Św. Barbary 02.jpg
St. Barbara with her attribute - three-windowed tower, central panel of St. Barbara Altarpiece(1447), National Museum in Warsaw
Saint, Virgin, Martyr
Bornmid third century
Diedlate third century to early fourth century (executed by her father)
Variously given
Venerated inCatholic ChurchEastern Orthodox ChurchOriental OrthodoxyAglipayan Church &Anglicanism
FeastDecember 4
AttributesThree-windowed towerpalm,chalicelightning, a crown ofmartyrdom

Very ornate.


In Monastiraki

If you don't have room on the street to sell, use your car hood.

Streets are full

The biggest hoarder.  He can only pull out a few boxes.  I'll bet his wife made him rent this space for all his junk.  Might be a good idea for MY husband.  

Then we moved on to Kerameikos.   This was an important cemetery 500-600 years BC, and was for the elite.   

Urns, some with lids intact.

After this is when we got back on the subway and the dastardly deed was done.  John rested a bit while I made my round of phone calls, then we walked back to the other cemetery from a couple of days ago.  Melina Mercouri is buried here, but I couldn't find her marker, even with directions.

However, I found this on the internet.  

I saw this, and wondered, so I looked her up, and she was a famous Greek film and stage actress, Tzeni Karezi.  She even worked with Melina Mercouri.

Families seem to tend the graves often, and many have oil lanterns, and are burning constantly.  
Marble is as plentiful here as limestone is in Missouri.

Draped with a Greek flag.  I wonder, do you decorate for holidays?

The cemetery guard and a priest.

1 comment:

  1. I Envy you guys so much for the Trips you take