Athens Photo Diary

Wearing: 1/ Asos shorts, Supermuse top (similar on Asos here), Alexander Wang handbag, Asos sandalsMichael Kors watchJacquie Aiche finger bracelet,Rebecca Minkoff rings.  2/ Asos topSupermuse skirt (similar here), Isabel Marant sandalsReece Hudson clutch,  Jennifer Zeuner necklaceRebecca Minkoff ringsJacquie Aiche finger bracelet and ring.

I have visited Athens previously but all for only 1-2 day stopovers on the way to the Greek Isles. Unfortunately I didn’t get much more time in Athens again but it somehow felt much longer, seeing and getting to know the people more. I was in Athens for the Marianna G swimwear show, getting to spend time with the beautiful Marianna herself. I had a sneak peek of the classic and classy cut out one pieces from backstage before the show, selecting a few to take with me to Zakynthos for our collaboration.

After the show Chiara and I wandered Athens in the afternoon heat for hours until the sun set from atop the Acropolis, trying to soak in as much as possible. We saw Ethnikos Kipos (National Gardens), Parliament, the main shopping district with the quaint Church of Panaghia Kapnikarea nestled between the high street stores. Towards the Flea Market but didn’t have time, so up through the historical neighbourhood of Plaka up to the Acropolis.

Last year while I was chatting with a young 30 something old local he explained how the financial crisis had affected him, basically being fired from his not well paying job only to then be able to compete for the exact same job (along with dozens of others suddenly unemployed), but for less than a quarter of the pay.

Despite still battling financial troubles it was amazing to see that over the last few years I have briefly visited, it does not seem to have broken their resilience, love for their country and seeing others enjoy it too. I hope more people can aim to visit and support Greece tourism much more, and know it is not all about drinking on the Greek Islands but to experience the hospitality, incredible sunsets and of course… the food.

Photos by myself and Walt Loveridge