Athens: Ioannis Kostakis & His Fellow Florists
If you walk to Syntagma Square in Athens along Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, you will inevitably notice a riot of florist’s stands. Whether you stroll by at 6 a.m. or 8 p.m., your nose will be delighted.
This olfactory pleasure is due in no small part to Ioannis Kostakis (+30-210-323-5542, Vasilissis Sofias 8 ) and his neighboring florists. They operate a handful of floral enterprises just outside the Parliament Building, peddling their petaled wares from morning to evening.
Mr. Kostakis stands out from the bunch. He and his colleagues wear smocks that make them look like medical practitioners. Additionally, their unwavering grace and affability are exceptional. On more than one occasion we have received flowers from Mr. Kostakis and his crew free of charge after stopping to enjoy a friendly exchange.