Athens: Feed the Birds

Here, pigeon
photograph by Kaymaria Daskarolis

Yesterday we told you about the changing of the guards in front of Athens’s Parliament Building. What we neglected to tell you is how much fun you can have feeding pigeons while you’re waiting for the guards to change shifts.

What should you feed to the birds? A koulouri is a delicious piece of bread topped with sesame seeds, usually twisted into the shape of a wreath. Koulouri can be purchased for between €.30 and €.50 from any number of stands near Syntagma Square, across the street from the Parliament Building.

Even more than koulouri, pigeons dig seeds. You can purchase a small bag of seeds for €1 from a gentleman by the guards’ booth in front of the Parliament Building.

Feeding the pigeons can be especially amusing if you are traveling with children. Prepare, though, to drop several euros on this experience if you do have kids in tow. One koulouri or bag of bird seeds is never enough!

About the author

In order to keep a promise she and her brother had made to their grandmother (and to simultaneously fulfill one of her own dreams) Kaymaria left her beloved hometown of Oakland, California and headed to Athens in time for the 2004 Olympics. Today, she continues to work and play in the Greek capital, where you may find her writing atop Lykavittos, road-tripping with overseas guests, enjoying Athens cafés with friends, dancing to Greek hip-hop music, or reading Greek subtitles in an outdoor cinema. The daughter of two life-long educators and enthusiastic travelers, Kaymaria has explored North America, Mexico, and Europe. It was not until she spent a year as an exchange student at The University of York in England, however, that she discovered that she does not actually speak English.
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