Jan 15, 2007

Greece. Explore your senses. Literally.

Last week the Greek National Tourism Organization and the Minister of Tourism made a big presentation of the new advertising campaign that will air on major international broadcasting news agencies and newspapers: Greece. Explore your senses. [link here] Very catchy slogan, particularly if ALL your senses are literally required to get around safely in Athens.

Take this photo of a central street in downtown Athens, for example:


If you have your eyesight, no problem. You stop walking on the sidewalk and continue on the street with passing cars. Stop your whining, YOU can SEE the oncoming vehicles so just avoid them. IF you can't see... well, you'll just fall on the rubble, injure yourself but hey, where's your sense of adventure? Explore your senses! (Notice the subtle irony of the sidewalk guides for the blind, the missing safety barrier warning of the danger ahead AAAAND parked cars blocking pedestrians' exit).

Below is a full front view of the decrepit, old house that fell three weeks ago and the debris has reached the street pavement. It silently waits for the appropriate crew from the Municipality of Athens to take action and clear it up. Hopefully soon, before anyone hurts themselves.

10 comments:

Windfall Woman said...

What happened to that house? Did it just implode by itself?

liliputaner said...

Ha,ha!!The best advertising campaign ever!!!:-)

Flubberwinkle said...

Widfall Woman, Unfortunately there are a LOT of very old, some formerly "aristocratic" Athenian houses that have been deserted by their dead owners or living heirs and left to their fates. Weather, time and few earthquakes over the years just wear them down. This one collapsed all by its lonesome during a rainfall.

Liliputaner, I'm sure if all, we Greeks, whip out our cameras we can give new meaning to the Ministry of Tourism's slogan.

nuntius said...

That reminds me of the "live your myth in greece" slogan. Which means that no matter what you heard about greek given birth to civilisation, in today's greece civilisation is a myth.

Yuva said...

also.. iam amazed by park-anyway-attitude of greeks. they stop anywhere take their time to talk to someone on the road without even looking back. yes, life in athens is strange.. interest experience..l;

Flubberwinkle said...

Nuntius, Very well said. The Greek Ministry of Tourism always has a way of choosing slogans that go both ways!
:-)

Yuva, Yes I know what you mean. Have you ever noticed that the same drivers that park anywhere, anytime, anyhow are always the FIRST to honk their horns and give you a mooja if you signal your alarms for an emergency or to park?
;-)

EllasDevil said...

From my own point of view, it's not just the houses that are falling down that are the problem. It's the ones that are being built too... the builders don't think twice of using the sidewalk to store their sand, cement, supplies or whatever making the pedestrians walk on the road.

Saying that, I rarely walk on the sidewalk anyway, I'm too tall to compete with all the trees that get planted on them!

Flubberwinkle said...

EllasDevil, I especially like it when builders leave the cement sand uncovered in the street and it... starts raining.
You're right, most of the trees on Athenian sidewalks are usually stunted in growth, they look more like feeble bushes.

snake (a Cambridge kind of guy) said...

I see what you mean; touring Athens can be a multisensory experience.

Flubberwinkle said...

Snake, (once again) you've summarized the post and its undertones with your witty one-liner.