Two Roads

"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living"


Miriam Beard

Athens: the eye of Greece

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Four days in a cold yet wondrously sunny Athens during the month of December. Not only a city full of history and tradition, but beauty and excitement. 

If you wander through the cobbled back streets between the town centre and Acropolis, you will come across quaint cafes and bars (stray cats included!) with fairy lights, candles and quiet playing bouzouki (Greek guitar since 1900s). Try traditional meze with live music at the foot of Acropolis by the Academy of Plato in any of the rail side restaurants for a real Greek experience with real people (smoking is technically banned but Athenians didn’t hear that). 

Nightlife starts at 1am (earliest). Dinner is an hour before. We head to ‘MoMix’,an experimental bar with dry ice cocktails and other chemical alcoholic concoctions followed by an inexplicable and inescapable bouzoukia club where flower throwing twenty-somethings go for traditional music and dancing all night long. Nightlife in Athens is one of a kind and in my opinion, second in line after Buenos Aires (Argentina) as the best in the world.   

A quote close to my heart, from the most famous lyric of the Ancient Greek world, and the first female poet, ‘Sappho’ (640-548 BC):

"A handsome man is handsome so long as he stands before you, but a kind man remains comely later and forever.
What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.
Beauty endures only for as long as it can be seen; goodness, beautiful today, will remain so tomorrow.”

If anything could make me cry ten times over, apart from Love Actually of course, this video can. I don’t what it is: the brother sister relationship, the seemingly flawless and ineffable love between the bride and groom, or Noah and the Whale’s ‘Spring’ soundtrack; it is just perfect.  

-Summer, by Gnarly Bay

M&S: Back in the day, way back before it spiralled out of control.

"Shake your hair girl with your ponytail
Takes me right back (when you were young)
Lift up your feet and put them on the ground
You used to walk upon (when you were young)”

From the film, Flashbacks of a Fool: If There is Something by Roxy Music, 1972

Clean Bandit : Telephone Banking.

Mesh, sequins, gems. Wish I knew who made this.

Mesh, sequins, gems. Wish I knew who made this.

(Source: sexy-deer)


HAMPSTEAD HEATH
A Sunny Autumn Day

Walking through the woods to Parliament Hill, overlooking the entirity of London. Followed by a pork and crackling roast, and mulled wine at The Garden Gate, NW3. 

HAMPSTEAD HEATH

A Sunny Autumn Day

Walking through the woods to Parliament Hill, overlooking the entirity of London. Followed by a pork and crackling roast, and mulled wine at The Garden Gate, NW3.