Nonetheless a trip to Athens is not a complete without at least day spent in and around this area.
Plaka is the picturesque heart of old Athens – a collection of narrow, winding streets, pretty yellow houses and cafes. It’s the Athens people have in their minds before they arrive, and in many ways it does not disappoint. It is certainly an oasis of space and colour within a city of tall gray offices and apartment blocks. And like other old towns centres across Europe it is where tourists tend to congregate in their thousands. This can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand Plaka always has a vibrant, lively feel to it – on the other, the restaurants and cafes overcharge and you sometimes get the sense that there are more tourists around you than Greeks.
That’s not to say you cannot find some gems hidden in the labyrinthine streets. My personal favourite is a cafe called “Klepsydra” that sits high up in the area, about halfway up to the Acropolis. Tiny tables and chairs spill out from the cafe into the quiet street where you can sit with your freddo cappuccino and watch some of the hundreds of wild Plaka cats wander by.
In many ways Plaka is a paradox. It is incredibly beautiful, yet every single wall is smothered in graffiti; it is illegal to drive there, yet impossible to enjoy a walk without having to move to avoid passing motorbikes. If anywhere deserves to be entirely pedestrianised it’s Plaka, but it falls just short and so never quite becomes the people’s refuge from the city that it hopes to be.
This sunny season is not only for long road trips and days spent at the beach. Invite your friends to a spectacular day at summer fairs and snap fantastic, surreal photographs like this winning Photo of the Day by gakurou!
For three months last year, I traveled to 11 cities of eight Southeast Asian countries. My first destination from my hometown of Seoul was Vietnam. After 10 days in Hanoi, I joined a group tour to Sapa, an area known for its hill tribes. This is a photo story of my two days and one night in this remote but vibrant place.
A weekend without a lomowalk seems bad, at least for me. One Saturday morning, I decided to join my friends in their lomowalk. It was all cloudy at first but it didn't stop me from going out and walking. I brought my new Nikon FM2 and some expired rolls, just to test my camera. Was it just me being sleepy, or was my Nikon FM2 acting up? My photos turned out grainy, pale, and, in my opinion, looking so 1990s?
In New York City, winter has been harsh and long, the nights long and cold, and shooting outside is not fun anymore. So when the Lomo'Instant Boston Edition hit the shelves this week and the new Splitzer arrived at the Lomography Gallery Store New York, we decided to do a round of light painting portraits instead of sunny ones.
Every year I get the winter blues. I start imagining the feel of the sunrays, ice cold beer after a long summer day, and the endless hours spent on the beach. I have captured moments, memories, and dreams this year, which is my favorite thing to do. This is a short version and visual diary of my year 2014.
The London Analogue Festival celebrates everything analogue, from music art, film and of course photography too! This year’s festival takes place at the OXO Tower in London from September 12 to 14. Lomography will be hosting a special Sprocket Rocket Workshop on Saturday, September 13. It’s completely free to attend but booking in advance is advised. Read on for details.
At the beginning of May, we went strolling around Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, which coincidentally is literally shaped like a heart. After a few days in this historically rich and beautiful city, we escaped the crowds and discovered a hidden gem!
Vodafone Fashion Weekend in London is the must-go-to event for all fashion lovers in September. There are fashion shows on the catwalk, talks with industry professionals, shopping (anything from bags to clothes to necklaces), and, if you so wish, you can even get your hair done at a very low price on the day. It's the complete TLC package in one event.