Syntagma (Constitution) Square on one side of the road. Now in peaceful Sunday outing-with-the-family mode. This is often the scene of fierce fighting, stone throwing and skirmishes between police swat teams and local hooligans (koukoulofori - hoodie-wearers)
On the other side of the road Parliament buildings and the Evzone guards who stand at attention next to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Evzone Guard in front of the memorial to the Unknown Soldier.
This is one of the soldiers of the elite Presidential Guard. On Sunday at 11am they hold a ceremonial changing of the guard and the Evzones (guards) wear traditional dress, the skirt of 400 pleats (some say, to represent the 400 years of slavery under the Ottoman Turks) and the red clogs with black pompoms.
We walk on through the koulouri sellers (sesame roll)
The sesame roll so loved by greeks for a snack usually in the morning but at any time for a cheap tasty take away
And the sellers of hot baked chestnuts. A few chestnuts are plopped into the cone of paper and you walk away with hot chestnuts to peel and chew. In the summer time they will be selling grilled cobs of corn.
A few metres along we can turn into the tranquility and beauty of the National gardens, down this aisle and through the row of beautiful palm trees below
Ending up outside the Zappeion where the Prime Minister meets his foreign visitors and gives press conferences. We went in to use the toilets.
On our way home we go back to Piraeus by metro. When the Athens metro was being dug archeologists worked along side the engineers. They dug up thousands of ancient artifacts and many of them are displayed behind glass at the Syntagma Square Station.
We've been into the big city twice in one week. I got my big-smoke dose for 2016.