We were very excited heading to London city as our first trip abroad as a couple.. back in 2016!
Why? Because London is pure magic! When we first got at out hotel I was so amazed by the neighborhoods and the buildings in the Kensington area. We actually stayed in Holiday Inn London – Kensington High St., a very nice and big 4-star hotel.
The first thing we HAD to do is to taste the English Breakfast at a beautiful coffee shop around the corner of our hotel!
After finishing our tasty breakfast, we headed to High Street Kensington station to take the underground to reach the downtown area. No comments about the buildings please..
And here we are! At the famous Buckingham Palace.
Just took some time to take some photos as weather was weirdly sunny that day!
London Bridge, London Eye and the Parliament (Palace of Westminster): an image that combines old and modern history of London and UK.
However, we left the best place (well, for me at least!) for the end of the day: Harrods! Can't even describe how beautiful this building is with all the lights.. and the stores inside, the brands, the luxury, everything! Well, I actually went for shopping at Topshop and Primark stores nearby.
The next day, we decided to visit the British museum (again, what about this area?!)
Well, we spent some time there as this museum is really complex with many elements from several civilizations and historic periods categorized (Yes, Elgin marbles are there too.)
Arriving back to our hotel, we took advantage of the daylight to take some really nice photos!
The day after, we decided to go to the National History Museum of London. There was a big line of people outside waiting and that's because museums usually have free entrance. But the inside area was spectacular, while a huge dinosaur skeleton's covering the first floor.
Then we treated ourselves good when having dinner at Sushi Samba, which is a restaurant located in one of largest London's skyscrapers. The view from the 38th floor was amazing.
Last day, we decided to go to the National Gallery of London.
At the end of the day, we took some time off to relax at our hotel's spa area. So good!
Dear London, I miss you so much! Hoping to visit again soon! The end.
I literally don't know from where to start talking about this beautiful Greek island. It was the first time I visited it. It was love at first sight! From the very minute I got there with my girlfriends, I was amazed by the buildings, the roads and that every detail was traditional and timeless at the same time.
We headed to our Airbnb house, Vaporia Sea View and it had literally the "Sea View" (ph.1 below)! It worth all the 100 stairs every time. The next minute, we went down to the beach, to Ciel Beach Bar, a really nice place to relax, with nice food and cocktails ;). And though there is no sand, only some ramps which lead you to the sea, this place and the view is amazing.
Friday night, after drinking our coffee and having a quick shower, we headed downtown, to Ermoupolis, at the center of the island. Few steps further from our house, I found my special spot (a door to the sea, ph. 3).
Another exciting place with sand and all was the Agathopes Beach we went next morning, to ONO concept bar. When arriving back to Ermoupolis, we couldn't help but visit its emblematic town hall (ph. 3 below), which houses the courts of Cyclades too.
At Saturday night we went up to Ano Syros, the higher place of the island. There you'll find small souvenir shops, beautiful alleys and nice restaurants. Don't forget to make a reservation at Lili's restaurant, though seriously windy sometimes, you'll enjoy a perfect dinner with an even more perfect view of the island.
On Sunday afternoon, I decided to stroll around the alleys with my camera, waiting for my girls to get ready for the dinner. Then I visited the Theater of Syros, a very special place, where I watched a group's rehearsal and found out about the history of the island; Syros, was the center of the modern civilization for the complex of Cyclades islands, where the arts, the architecture, the trade, the gambling and other forms of entertainment started to develop.
A unique experience in a unique Arabian Place: Marrakech!
First day, we choose to begin our journey from its emblematic place: La Mamounia Hotel. We had a relaxing-spa experience, indoor pool and massage. And though La Mamounia Hotel is a five-star palatial hotel, the price is very affordable (a meal included). However, it's safe to make a reservation some months before visiting. Photos below demonstrate the luxurious place itself.
Next day, we visited a place I knew I'd love: Yves-Saint Laurent Museum. The tour was amazing, I learnt a lot about aspects of the designer's life, themes of his inspiration and I had the chance to see a nice exhibition of his garments and accessories, jewelry, etc. (some of them were the prototypes!). Then, we visited Le Jardin Majorelle. It's a botanical garden, next to the museum, with rare species of pants. Of course, it was one the favorites places for the artist to spend some time there, and the color blue is dominant.
Arriving at our hotel, L'Oriental Medina Riad & Spa, we decided to spend a relaxing afternoon there. Let me describe to you this amazing hotel: The hotel is really beautiful, it's like an oasis in the desert! Really peaceful and relaxing, plus it's very clean, it has very good facilities, nice rooms and very good traditional cuisine (Moroccan dishes, nice breakfast). The staff was really kind and friendly! They helped us with every information we needed, they arranged a driver for us everyday, gave us some very good tips, they guided us and booked us a trip to Atlas mountain.
The easy trekking up to the Atlas mountain was one of the most exciting adventures of my life! We got to speak with the residents of the Moroccan villages, know more about their traditional culture and have one of the most delicious meals up on the terrace of a country house. Earlier that morning, we had a camel ride-experience. Scaring at first, then I made friends with my male camel, named Scooby!, and the ride got easier. He was calm and nice.
Next day, we decided to visit the famous Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia), its name means "brilliance" and it really is. A masterpiece of architecture. Last but not least, we went to the famous market of Medina Marrakech, knows as the "souks". Hundreds of small stores and outdoor retailers. Fun fact, as a shopaholic, I did bought only some souvenirs. I think that this marketplace is so chaotic and stressful, that you don't want to buy many products at the end, just some traditional ones. It's fun to bargain with the retailers though (Foivos loved this game!).
The only thing I would suggest to visitors is to arrange with the hotel their transfer from the airport with a professional driver, a few days before arriving to Marrakech. It's much safer and very well organised. Otherwise, they may get lost inside the Medina trying to find the hotel, because every street is similar to the other. Plus the situation with the taxi drivers at the airport is chaotic and they don't speak English very well, nor they're willing to help.
All in all, travelling to Marrakech is a very unique experience; its strange Arabic-African culture will make you feel uncomfortable at first, the neighborhoods are dangerous sometimes and the people there do want to exploit you, distract money for giving you information, etc. So read well before visiting! (As you may've noticed in my photos, modest appearance is a must for both women and men! And another advice, don't carry precious belongings while strolling around on the streets, like big purses, wallets, cameras, etc.). However, you will meet some very friendly people there, you'll visit amazing places and you'll taste nice African food. Text me for any info you may need. Until the next travel, #staytuned! :)
Day 1, Saturday morning, thinking about where to go for a short escape.. the idea came fast!
Lake Doxa at Peloponnese. We quickly booked a cozy hotel near the lake.
After only 2 hours far from Athens, we arrived at our nice place (Hotel Semeli). I mean.. the view:!!
We quicly unpacked to head to the lake. Can I say something else rather than that nature's always amazing and.. strongly beautiful itself. We took some very nice photos there too.
And we then we had a full dinner in a village nearby... until early midnight. Checking my previous photoshoots, btw. ;) (And yes, I captured a fully pink sunset before!)
Sunday morning, having the best, most tranditional breakfast ever! and a hot cup of coffee with that amazing view.. and starting to prepare for a day.. on the slopes!
Kalavrita Ski center: everything was snowy, so pure white.. we made an attempt after many, many years.. (me skiing and boo, snowboarding).. it went well, had lots of fun! Most epic final moments of 2018. What's next? #staytuned ;)
Beautiful Nafplio! As I wrote at one of my instagram posts, it's one of the most beautiful and romantic places of Greece (as well as the first capital of the country).
The weather was rainy .. but it did not bother us at all! What else can make a weekend even more romantic? The rain made everything even more magical. We arrived at the hotel on Saturday afternoon .. It was just like how I wanted.. small, cozy, inside a picturesque paved alley of the city. We left our things and we went straight to the city for exploration..
Bougainvillea flowers, small shops, beautiful buildings, traditional houses make up the scenery of magic! After wandering we ended up in a nice restaurant @Kakanarakis 1986 .. with incredible flavors & scents!
After dinner, we went to find the chaplet museum! The smell of amber nurses you ..
After a short break in the hotel, we went straight to the city's most beautiful bar @Teory Oldtown Bar - Bistro!
Arriving at our hotel room after the night out, we could hear the rain from the window ..
Sunday morning, we took breakfast in our hotel. So tasty!
We picked up our things and went to the Fashion Exhibition, which was the reason I chose Nafplio for our weekend escape.
After the exhibition, we returned to Nafplio for a last tour.
We took our lunch in the "Beautiful small Tavern"!
Finally, we enjoyed a hot coffee & a spicy cocktail at @Allotino Cafe and then we headed back to Athens!
I recently traveled to Lisbon in Portugal.. Well, all I have to say is that you can have the best time in this Mediterranean country!
Firstly, we started from Lisbon ... the pedestrian streets, the paved alleys, the colorful buildings will amaze you!
But beware, the pedestrian streets of Lisbon may turn to be exhausting, so one must be equipped with the appropriate shoes - preferably sports shoes, sneakers or even low sandals.
In Lisbon, you can enjoy an endless walk in its alleys, with the old vintage trams passing by and you can walk to the central square of the city - Praça do Comércio.)
There, you will also see the famous Bridge of 25 April - Ponte 25 de Abril.
You will also visit Belem - the old city of Lisbon - with its famous Tower and there, you can enjoy your coffee by sunbathing near the Tagus River.
Walking in Belem you will see the famous Ayudha Palace - Palácio Nacional da Ajuda - and its beautiful gardens.
Finally, we visited the city's shopping center and through a secret passage - which you discover when you arrive there - we got up and enjoyed the view of Lisbon from the elevator of Santa Husta - Elevador de Santa Justa.