Photographer's Note

This is one of the most central and frequented places in Athens. In the background lies the building of the Greek Parliament, "a neoclassical three-floor structure designed by Friedrich von Gärtner and completed in 1843, [and] originally served as a palace, according to Wikipedia.
Below the parliament is the Monument to the Unknown Soldier and across the street extends Syntagma (Constitution) Square and under it one of the city's most important metro stations (an exit can be seen through the trees on the right). The mountain in the distance is Hymettus.

I took this photo from the top floor of a department store building, from the balcony of the cafe', very grateful to a sitting gentleman who allowed me to hover over his head for a couple of minutes.

Syntagma Square is the theatre of frequent demonstrations in recent years as things in our financial condition and prospects go from bad to worse. Tonight the members of Parliament are called to vote for another set of very hard and once unimaginable measures or else Greece will not receive another sum on loan. Most of the money the country has recieved so far has been used to pay loan interests. The debt is always growing.

I found an article that might give you an idea about the current situation in

Wrong Prescription for Greece
Published: July 9, 2013

Greece and its financial overseers agreed on terms for continued bailout payments on Monday. The agreement is cause for relief — without it Greece would go bankrupt. But, at the same time, it is no cause for celebration — indeed, quite the opposite. Greece must eventually carry out painful reforms. But the precondition for these reforms is not the austerity demanded by the agreement but economic revival.

Greece is already in critical condition and Monday’s agreement will only make things worse. Years of austerity and depression have poisoned Greek politics, idled more than one in four of its workers (and nearly two in three of its young people) and torn holes in its social safety net. [....]

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