Dear Internations Photography Group members,
Time has come for our May activity. This time the venue for taking our camera for a walk is the “Psyri” district (Sometimes spelled “Psiri”), at the historical city center of Athens. Meeting point is theProtected content
The Psiri area extends, roughly, between Ermou Street and Eleftherias Square and historically, went through many interesting phases. Hub of petty criminals during the late 19th century, hub of the shoe- and leather manufacturing industry later and home for workers and shoe business owners. There are still several shops selling hand-made shoes and leather articles as well as supplies for the shoe- and leather industry.
Lord Byron’s residence was in Psyri, where he wrote his famous poem: “The Maid of Athens”. Well known author Alexandros Papadiamantis also lived in a tiny room in Psyri and worked as a verger for a local church.
Psyri is now full of restaurants, cafes, tavernas, bars, antique shops and other shops, most of which have their own style and decoration. Many unusual products can be found only in Psyri (e.g. copper pots and pans of all kinds). There are many types of shops and workshops that would be difficult to find elsewhere. Psyri abound with interesting old churches, mostly in close quarters with tavernas and bars. Exploring Psyri thoroughly could take several days, but taking photos is an easier task.
After we finish walking, we can have drinks or snacks in one of the hundreds of available beautiful places.
Historical accounts, extensive descriptions and photos of the Psyri neighborhood you can find on the web site: Protected content
which I suggest that you visit.
Monastiraki and Psiri are neighboring districts, but Psyri has its own color and life. We hope you will enjoy touring the place and taking photos there.
See you soon…
PS: Please make sure to arrive on time. It is embarrassing for attendees to wait standing for latecomers.
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