Athens: The Two-Sided City [Tourist Perceptions VS. Local Reality]

Athens, Greece is known far and wide for its tourist attractions, these attractions ranging from its entrancing sights from atop the Acropolis to the ancient Grecian  architecture preserved in the city today.  This is the part of the city that people from around the world come to witness for themselves. What many tourists don’t expect to see is the graffiti. At my arrival, I witnessed these attractions for myself, however, I also encountered many unexpected sights from what I originally anticipated during my time spent here. Let’s take a look at these now.



  1.  Coleman, David. “The Graffiti Epidemic in Athens.” Have Camera Will Travel | Places. Have Camera Will Travel LLC, 17 May 2018. 02 June 2018.
  2. “Parthenon.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 23 May 2018. 02 June 2018.
  3. “Acropolis of Athens” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 10 May 2018. 02 June 2018.

3 thoughts on “Athens: The Two-Sided City [Tourist Perceptions VS. Local Reality]

  1. Hi Brittany –
    I enjoy this idea of two different sides of Athens. Certainly the economic crisis as really taken a toll on the people in this city. I would have liked to see other evidence of this crisis shown. For example, the vast amount of homeless people, lack of proper disposal of trash, and condition of some of the buildings. On the other side (the tourist side), it would have been good to explain all the money that is being spent, the nights out to dinner, loads of shopping, etc. Then finally, a further explanation of the economic crisis would have really rounded this post out.

    For your next post, lets make sure that you fully explore your idea through an outline to make sure you are addressing all of the angles. Good work!

  2. I enjoyed the photograph you used as a metaphor for the actual versus portrayed image of Greece. When I was first in Greece I was also struck by the graffiti and how fancy stores could be right next to rundown buildings with boards over the window and doors. There were a few grammatical errors, so check for those in your next post.

  3. Hi Brittany,

    I like that your included the various images to make your point. I also see two kinds of graffiti—scrawls and graffiti art. I’m no expert in graffiti though I do know that the scribbles are done in a hurry where as the g-art takes time. Graffiti art is often one of self-expression and an attempt to be heard. It takes practice and a bit of money to purchase the several cans of paint to achieve the multiple colors that your photo shows. All of this to say that you’re post opens the door to several possibilities. While you don’t have the time to investigate this thoroughly, I would like to know what you think beyond first impressions.

    Your post shows that you’re an observer. You notice what’s in front of you (the ruins and the view), and you notice what perhaps others try not to notice. How these are connected, what complexities they may reveal, that’s what you can discuss better than us back home. You’re there, so you have the first-hand experience of place. What’s it like where the walls have graffiti? Are the sounds the same? Are people just as friendly? Do the walls visibly remind tourists “You’re not in touristlandia anymore” or does the graffiti add to the overall context of what’s happening for the friendly people that you’ve encountered? Let your observational nature take you to a discussion that presents the complexities you’re seeing and experiencing. Great post. You only needed to bring in more details of what might be happening around you.
    I’m looking forward to your next post.

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