Everybody just loves poring over old photographs, well, I know I do.
Even more so when I actually know the places depicted in the pictures.
After spending time this afternoon, looking at beautiful old pictures of Athens, I decided to share them with you.
It was difficult choosing from so many, I hope you like what I finally came up with.
They are all :
"Before and after"
Scroll away to your heart's content and enjoy!
Athens has become so built up, I don't think that you would find sheep grazing there now.
This is Greece though, you never know!
Monastiraki looks much larger now but still has a lot of open space.
|Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier, Syntagma Square, Athens|
Digging underneath the parliament building in Syntagma square during the construction of: "The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier"
Anyone who has toured around Athens, will recognise the second picture,
would they have known that the first is Plaka?
|Zonars coffee, shop,Athens|
Zonars coffee shop.
Posh then, and still very posh today!
|Drachma and Euros|
Ah, the Drachma, I think most Greeks wish that we had it back!
The ubiquitous kiosk, a little more variety today, sadly, they do seem to be disappearing, little "sell everything" shops are popping up all over.
|Amalias Street, Athens.|
Amelias street in the centre of Athens, much more traffic today but not many horses and carts!
|Emporikon Hotel Athens|
The Emporikon Hotel, Aiolou street.
What a shame that it has been left to rot.
A B Basilopoulos, the first supermarket in Greece, taking over from the local "Bakaliko" (grocers shop)
|Athens International Airport|
Athens International Airport, the first picture is 1957.
When I first arrived in 1977 it was much the same!
|Panapistimio Street, Athens|
Panapistimio street, a very busy street, then with pedestrians, now, with buses and taxis.
|Ploutarchou Street, Kolonaki, Athens|
Ploutarchou street, Kolonaki, the exclusive area of Athens.
The British Embassy was situated on this street.
|The Grand Bretagne Hotel, Syntagma Square, Athens|
The Grand Bretagne Hotel, Syntagma Square.
Not much change here, still the" Grand Old Dame " of Athens.
The Psiri area of Athens.
Very popular with young people now for its lively night life.
The area of Thission, just below the Acropolis, again, very built up now.
|Theatre of Dionyssus and Dionyssiou|
1903 Aerial view of the " Theatre of Dionyssus and Dionyssiou "
Under the Acropolis
|Syntagma Square (Constitution) Athens|
Syntagma (Constitution) Square.
Syngrou Avenue, A very bust road today.
I bet all drivers wish that it was more like the before picture!
The Athens Polytechnion,
The trees have grown!
|Lekavittos Street, Kolonaki, Athens|
Lekavittos street, Kolonaki.
|Hadrians Arch, Athens|
Hadrians Arch in the very center of Athens.
|Ermou Street. Athens|
Ermou street, the busiest shopping street in Athens.
|Corner of Ermou & Kapnikareas, Athens|
The corner of Ermou street and Kapnikareas,
|Caryatids house, Keramikos, Athens|
A house in Keramikos decorated with Caryatids.
The first picture is by Henri Cartier Bresson, a great photographer.
I hope you liked looking at the Athens of yesteryear as much as I did.