Melancholy Blues

These rundown doors have a serious case of the melancholy blues. Tagged with graffiti and covered with flyers, I doubt anyone lives or works there anymore. But, despite the grim appearance, life still goes on around this forgotten place which has now become the stage for a street musician in Athens.

No cell phone?

Unlikely! But in case you need an alternative, you can still find a few phone boxes around Athens, Greece.  

Street Art in Athens

From stunning murals to personalized tags, prolific street artists in Athens, Greece, have covered nearly every surface with paint. Stroll through Plaka, Monastiraki, and Psiri, and you will find many businesses and abandoned homes covered in graffiti. It’s surreal to see once beautiful, traditional homes plastered with tags. From the looks of the places in…

Behind the Green Door

The only visible signs of life inside this house in Nafplio, Greece are vines of greenery in search of sunlight through empty transom window panes and the green door left ajar. What else lies hidden behind the crumbling facade, weathered paint, and rusted windows of this once vibrant home? Happy memories of a good life…

Street Details: Los Gatos

Today, a selection of street details that caught my eye in Los Gatos, California. I was drawn to the patina of aged wood and painted corrugated metal siding on the backside of a shop called Natural Creations. Plants growing on the inside of the shop peeked through cracks in the structure. A toy dog was humorously…

Street Scenes in Nafplio

After falling in love with Nafplio, Peloponnese in the late summer of 2016, we knew we’d have to return to this charming seaside town next time we visited Greece, and got the chance to do so this past October. Our friends had suggested we stay at Hotel King Othon, a 100-year-old neoclassical property within walking distance…

Crusty Old Doors

No matter where you go in Greece, you will find crusty old doors. It’s just how it is these days. The older generation has passed on, and the younger generation has moved away and doesn’t have the time or money to upkeep the old family home. These crusty old doors belong to buildings and homes…

Bicycles & Doors

Stroll the narrow streets of Nafplio, Greece and you will find historic houses and museums coexisting with current day cafés, tavernas, gelaterias, and boutique shops. Besides walking, you can explore the seaside town by bicycle, a favorite means of transport for both locals and visitors. When last in Nafplio, a green bicycle parked next to…

Pretty in Pink

This pretty pink motorbike in Nafplio, Greece was an eye-catcher. I was struck by how its cotton candy color coordinated perfectly with the pink house and aqua doors. It got my attention. Before long, I found myself photographing motorbikes parked on the street next to, in many cases, interesting doors. I was hooked. Motorbikes and…

Street Scenes: Historic Downtown Pleasanton

One of my go-to places for lunch with friends is Historic Downtown Pleasanton. Mid-19th-century architecture mixed with modern-style businesses give the town a unique, eclectic vibe. A good variety of restaurants, cafes, and boutique shops make this a perfect spot to spend the afternoon. Today, a selection of doors, historic buildings, and street decor for…

Bayside Canning Company Blues

There can be an uneasy beauty in scenes of decay and crumbling structures. Places once teaming with life now abandoned and weathered by decades of sun, wind, rain, and neglect. Places we often pass by and ignore as they’ve become a fixture along our route to somewhere else. For me, that place was the former…

The Street Art Scene in Athens

To say that the street art scene in Athens has mushroomed is an understatement. All over the city, commercial buildings and homes have become visually cluttered with a blend of beautiful artistic murals, cheeky street art, and ugly graffiti. Imagine busy patterned wallpaper that makes you turn your head away. Don’t get me wrong, I adore…

A Little Red Wheelbarrow in Nafplio

An aspect of travel I most enjoy is to discover subtle often missed details that contribute to the unique character of a city or a landscape scene. With a camera in hand, I’m more aware of my surroundings and actively look for ways to capture ordinary scenes in a different way than the usual tourist’s…

Athens After Dark

My favorite time of day in Athens is after dark. The soft glow of city lights takes the edge off the stark urban landscape. A few photos of nightlife beneath the ancient Acropolis to entice you to venture out after dark when visiting Greece.   Inspiration: Glow.

What Door?

Look closely and you will see a door camouflaged by street art. A plethora of street art and graffiti covers the Psyri neighborhood of Athens.   Inspiration: Thursday Doors.  

Nightglow at the Alektor Café 

Need a treat? The Alektor Creperie Café is a perfect spot in Nafplio, Peloponnese for an evening coffee and delicious sweet crepe.   Inspiration: Glow.    

Unhinged

I stumbled across this unhinged door in the Plaka neighborhood of Athens, Greece. It’s hard to tell if the door was painted with graffiti before or after its demise. Needless to say, the entire place looks like it needs a facelift.