Why was I expecting Athens to be dull?
The air filled with the fragrance of tree blossoms
Hibiscus, jasmine, bougainville
Old concrete homes in beautiful pastels
In the morning we drank greek coffee
with the old men reading their newspapers
‘Kalimera & Kalispera’ to our new friends
Wandering the streets & neighbourhoods
through the flea market
the meat & fish markets
the local farmers market
Souvlaki & Gyros &
Cold afternoon beers.
Up on the hill top
Giant marble & crumbling rock
a sprawling city as the backdrop
It felt humbling to stand in a place
so sacred and historic.
Three days to explore
this ancient beautiful city
was like a wonderful dream.