Thursday, September 14, 2006

Name dropping...


This near-century old building was home to a crystal and porselain store called "Ermitage", named after the famous St. Petersbourg museum. It was the time when little local places were "borrowing" some of the celebrity of the famous original names. That's why we have a "Trocandero" marina in Piraeus, a "Etoile" cinema and "Champs de Mars" park in Athens, even the greek ministry of defence we call it "Pentagon".
Not exactly the definition of a "cosmopolitan" city is made but it's fun anyway.

3 comments:

Louise said...

Fair enough- I am sure that most cities around the world have borrowed at least one name from Athens!

Meg Nakagawa said...

Aha, one of the newer buildings in Athens, I take it.

John said...

maybe your blog should be the ermitage athens daily photo.. you could get some funding !!