All posts tagged: Plaka

in search of an honest man BY adrian vrettos

ONE OF my all-time heroes is Diogenes the Cynic, who spent most of his life chilling out in his barrel outside the city-state of Corinth . He was the original Cynic because he believed that men and women lived a life dictated by rules and taboos and therefore no one was really truthful or honest. Actually Diogenes is my hero because he was witty, rude, and had little respect for authority. For example, when Alexander the Great rode down to visit Diogenes in his barrel, he offered Diogenes any gift of his choice. With a scowl, Diogenes snapped back his response: “What you’ve taken away, you can never give me.” “Huh?” said Alex. “You’re standing in my sun.” What most people know about Diogenes is that he wandered around ancient Greece carrying a lantern and searching for an honest man. In Plaka you can find the figures of him and his lantern and Rataplan, his mangy mutt. What most people don’t know is why he went searching for an honest man when he believed, as a …

forget me…not!

WHEN you traipse through the city’s historical zone perusing souvenir shops – Monastiraki, Plaka and Acropolis, in a desperate last-minute hunt for a decent gift for your loved ones back home, you’ll come across a range of things you keep seeing over and over like a hellish design nightmare: tacky T-shirts, featuring various scenes and lines from the movie 300, quotes by ancient philosophers, ancient scenes of all varieties (sometimes with a lewd sexual twist) and those with nudge-nudge, wink, wink references to drunkenness. An assortment of classical statues through the historical ages in all shapes, sizes and materials. The ancient warrior headgear, spears, armour plates, dinner plates, “hand painted” bowls, jugs and other vessels. ‘I love Greece’ bags, island donkey-lovers trinkets and cat-starring toys, off the shoulder cotton dresses with gold stitching inspired by the Greek gods that the Greek gods wouldn’t be seen dead in, orgy themed playing cards. There are also  new age / hippy / traveller uniforms, bags, ruck sacks and sarongs and then sandals, lots of sandals. And that’s all folks. That’s until you may be as …