The Laterna, the Iconic Instrument of Greek Street Musicians
Any visitor to Ermou, the main shopping street in Athens, has likely seen Spyros Tarapossos and his laterna, or barrel piano. The laterna is an automatic piano operated by turning a crank on the side of the instrument. It is...
Athens' Main Street Ermou Among The World's Most Expensive
Athens' Ermou, the city's main retail street, is the 15th most expensive retail street in the world according to Cushman & Wakefield's annual ''Main Streets Across The World Report''. The average annual rent along Ermou Street rose to €3,000 ($3,750)...
Shop Staff and Police Clash in Athens Over Sunday Opening
Clashes occurred in Athens today when police tried to evict a gathering of shop workers protesting Sunday opening hours. One protesters was injured in the incident, which occured on Ermou, a pedestrian street where protesters with banners gathered outside stores. Some 300 retail employees participated in the...