Oct 13, 2013

Cute places in Greece


I am just going to start my list of cute places with Athens. Once you visit the Acropolis, on the southern slopes of the hill, you can see a whole bunch of old fashioned Greek Taverns, labyrinth style streets and houses adjoined and painte the in the typical Greek white. The whole idea of interconnected alleys on a hill slope and houses joined by walls and compounds seems so fascinating to me. It's like reliving an Indian tale in the exotic Greek set up.
 These houses and buildings are painted in pastel shades with a rare bright patch, like you see in the window panes.

A distinguishing factor is the white painted stairs and often white painted walls and buildings. The buildings in white are to keep them cool in the blazing 38 degree heat. But for the stairs and walls, it is calcium carbonate plastering to protect them. They are regularly white washed to protect the buildings,


In Santorini, it is very common to see these white and blue buildings. The reason for white is th calcium carbonate white-washing. But the Greeks add a pinch of blue so the buildings don't flash white in the strong sunlight. Seems fair enough! 


The alleys of the old town in Chania have a similar layout. They are intricate labyrinths not parallel or perpendicular, but eventually leading out into a main road or to the Venetian Harbour. If you are visiting Crete island, Chania town definitely deserves a visit.

Even with no blue, this lovely little cathedral looks stunning to me. Just standing against the clear blue sky and on top of Athens on the mount Lycabettos hill, it had me in the first look.

11 comments:

  1. Blue white combo looks so great !

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  2. I hope to visit some day.
    Great shots!

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  3. Greece is on my list since the SRK, Rani Mukherjee movie.Chalte Chalte.that was shot there...Beautiful pics..

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  4. Greece is so so charming! Lucky you :)

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  6. WOW what a great time you had in Greece! The accommodations look well appointed. I like greece.
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  7. Wow! Its great pics about Greece.Its great destination of going abroad to visit with family, friends.Its awesome place for fun.Thanks to shows pics of greece.
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  8. greece so beautiful place.And people is very luckiest to live in greece.Realy so lovely place i like it and thanks for this post.
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