|Neoclassical balcony - Kypseli, Athens|
"What a wake up call, seeing the old fat guy in his y fronts on the balcony across from me first thing in the morn...!"
Which got us both thinking about Balcony Life in Athens. You see being a city, balconies become the 'gardens of the home.' Even in the country, people don't often live in houses and live in flats - thus the balcony becomes a great extension of the home.
Me? I have the odd Aloe Vera plant on mine, the air conditioning pipe leaking into a dead plant, a storage cupboard for my hoover and my washing can quite frequently be found drying on it.
|Used for hanging out washing - Exarchia, Athens|
Breakfast and dinner is often served out there - in fact, as mentioned: it is a real extension of the home. It helps if you've a big area and are not facing the main road, but even then it's great to utilise your balcony. Unless you live on the ground floor or in the basement, rarely does an Athenian home not have a balcony.
And if your even 'luckier,' like my friend, you can witness and hear everyday life going on around you - but maybe I draw the line at semi naked fat old Greek men in y-fronts, the Greek version of Ugly Naked Guy!
|And who could forget the most famous|
balcony men of all?
Have a great day everyone! And if you have any lovely balconies or balcony stories where you live, do fill us in and Comment here.