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APH Greece photoshoot… In Athens! ♥

My friend (who has family in Greece) invited me to spend a few weeks with her and her aunt in Athens and Thessaloniki. Originally, I wasn’t going to bring any cosplay (for many reasons, including being self-conscious >__<) But my friend told me that it would be terrible to pass up this great opportunity to actually have a cosplay shoot on-location. So I did—And I’m glad I listened to her because it was a lot of fun, and a rather magical, incredibly surreal experience to actually shoot here in Greece itself!
My favorite photo is the one of Heracles standing and watching over the 1896 Athens Olympic stadium because he is looking upon a modern Greek construction which is rooted with his mother’s ancient Olympic traditions. The 1896 Olympics also triggered the completion of the Athens metro system, which in turn, led to the accidental excavation of many ancient Greek ruins! One of which is in Monastiraki square (nearby another one which I have photos with, closer to Plaka). There is a 1700’s Ottoman mosque and 900’s church also located in Monastiraki square, so this one little area contains several important relics from several different periods of history! The mosque is now a folk-art museum, I believe ^^. Our tour guide yesterday told us about how one of the great elements of Athens is that so many important and beautiful structures with such different architecture can exist within just meters of each other, for citizens and visitors to enjoy! <3
Also: Did I mention that Greece has many well-fed, and well-cared for stray kittens? I got lucky enough to stumble upon a very friendly orange cat who crawled up on my lap for a few photos!

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