Athens: Feed the Birds
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!