Vienna Design District

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This is not my typical blog post. It’s not a travel-oriented one. Rather, it has to do with a great experience that I had last week in Vienna. 

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First of all, let me tell you this: I never had the need for a car in Vienna because I travel so much. I am not in Vienna very often, and when I am, I work from home and I walk a lot. Turns out, I don’t know a lot about the car industry. For this reason, I was very excited at the opportunity to attend the Vienna Design District event last week in collaboration with Mazda Austria. This experience gave me an insight into the car industry and allowed me to learn more about their Kodo Design Philosophy and about the process of overcoming the challenges Kodo poses to the designers and the clay modellers. Kodo means “soul of motion”. Kodo aims to capture energy in motion, even when standing still, infusing the vitality of living creatures into products that are exciting and inspiring, yet also warm and inviting. 

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I spent the entire day with the team of Mazda Austria and their guests. We kicked off the experience with a briefing of the topic “How Mazda designs”. The event took place in Saal der Laabstelle and all the guests were introduced to clay. Clay is for Mazda the perfect material to convey the emotion and detail that Mazda wants to put into the surfaces of its vehicles. A clay modeller said a few words about his work and I had the chance to be, with his help, a clay modeller for a moment.

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What I took with me from this experience was that I realized how much work goes behind creating a car. It all begins with a vision and a philosophy and it is followed by intense debate between the clay modellers and the exterior designers until the design is finalized down to the last detail. The craftsmanship consists of four steps: design with clay, create with metal, perfect with paint and finesse the fabrications. 

Vienna Design District

Later on, we all had lunch at the Laabstelle restaurant, followed by an Insta-Walk through Vienna’s first district. Afterwards, we had an Insta-Drive with the new Mazda3. All the photos that you see in this blog post were taken during that day. 

Vienna Design District

Vienna Design District

Vienna Design District

Vienna Design District

Vienna Design District

We ended the day at the Vienna Design District event, which took place at Hofburg. The Vienna Design District event was a three day event and it was the biggest Design-Event of the year. Hofburg was transformed into a huge showroom where local and international brands presented designs, each one from a different perspective. It’s no wonder why Vienna remains the world’s most live-able city and it has also been elected as the world’s smartest city this year. 

Vienna Design District

I was very happy to be a guest of Mazda Austria. Thank you for having me! 

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Disclaimer: In collaboration with Mazda Austria 

Caipirinha Residence

Caipirinha Residence

At the beginning of September, after I checked out from Archipel Mansion, I moved to Imerovigli and checked in at Caipirinha residence. Yep, I was one of those lucky persons who had they keys of a private villa in Imerovigli and could enjoy the caldera views for a couple of days. In this blog post, I am happy to share with you a few photos that I took during my stay.

Caipirinha Residence
Caipirinha Residence
Caipirinha Residence
Caipirinha Residence
 

They say that Imerovigli village is quieter than Oia and Fira and it offers the best views to the caldera because of its position, and I can confirm that. So if you are looking for a quiet place to enjoy breathtaking views and privacy, Imerovigli is maybe the right choice for you. The white-washed houses pretty much look alike in Imerovigli. What I actually found very useful during my meanderings in Imerovigli is that you can spot Caipirinha residence even when you are standing at the other side of the village, because right above the private villa, there is a windmill. 

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Apart from the sunset, scenery, relaxation and privacy, which are all an indisputable fact when you are staying at Caipirinha Residence, I personally enjoyed walking from Imerovigli to Fira and the way back on foot. That was my everyday exercise.

imerovigli santorini Greece
imerovigli santorini Greece
 

imerovigli santorini Greece

Santorini was the second stop of my Greek island hopping in September. The day I checked out from Caipirinha Residence, I took the ferry to the next island: Koufonisia. 

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Archipel Mansion Santorini

Archipel Mansion Santorini

There are moments I think to myself that I’ve seen everything. This is of course due to the fact that I’ve travelled so much and have been fortunate to stay in wonderful properties around the world. But then, I get the chance to visit a few more properties, like Archipel Mansion in Fira, and I realize that there are still places and properties that manage to amaze me.

Archipel Mansion Santorini

Archipel Mansion Santorini

Archipel Mansion Santorini

Archipel Mansion Santorini

I visited Archipel Mansion Santorini at the beginning of last September. In this blog post, I am happy to share with you some of the photos that I took during my stay. 

Archipel Mansion Santorini

Santorini travel tips where to go, what to do

Archipel Mansion is one of these places that makes you feel good. Beautiful properties can actually have that positive impact on your well being. I believe that. 

Santorini travel tips where to go, what to do

Santorini travel tips where to go, what to do

Santorini travel tips where to go, what to do

Santorini travel tips where to go, what to do

Santorini travel tips where to go, what to do

Santorini travel tips where to go, what to do

the viennese girl best travel blog vienna Austria

the viennese girl best travel blog vienna Austria

the viennese girl best travel blog vienna Austria

the viennese girl best travel blog vienna Austria

the viennese girl best travel blog vienna Austria

the viennese girl best travel blog vienna Austria

the viennese girl best travel blog vienna Austria

the viennese girl best travel blog vienna Austria

the viennese girl best travel blog vienna Austria

Good news! October is still summer in Greece, and in my opinion, it’s the best month to visit Santorini. I’d love to go back now. Less crowded and cooler temperatures. You can walk up and down the narrow streets, without sweating like you do during the warmer months. It’s October, but you can still wear summer clothes during the day. So, if you want to plan a spontaneous trip to Santorini, I highly recommend that you check out Archipel Mansion. 

Archipel Mansion Santorini

Santorini travel tip: For a great food and great wine meal on an open air rooftop patio, head to one of the prettiest villages in Santorini, Megalochori, to find Feggera Restaurant. This is where I had dinner the first night in Santorini. 

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the viennese girl best travel blog vienna Austria

the viennese girl best travel blog vienna Austria

the viennese girl best travel blog vienna Austria

A huge thank you to @ariahotels and Delenda family for letting me stay in and photograph this gorgeous holiday villa in “Fraggomahalas”, the ancient district of Santorini’s capital, Fira. Thank you for letting me experience a little part of its history!  

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Cyclades

Cyclades

I’d like to update The Viennese Girl travel blog and share with you these photos that I adore so much. This summer I was very lucky to visit 13 Greek islands and spend it between the Cyclades and Vienna. Some of the trips to the Cyclades were invitations/press trips and the rest ones were private trips. I travel, first and foremost, to take photos. But I also travel to keep my passion for traveling alive, to feed my brain and fill up my soul with feelings of excitement. I travel for my mental health and my well being : )

Cyclades
Cyclades
 

I am happy to publish these photos. They were taken with my new camera, the Fujifilm X100F. After a lot of thought and research on the web, I made the splurge. The camera comes with a big price tag, but it’s value for money. I am very happy with the camera and its performance. The Fujifilm X100F is lightweight and the quality of the photos is top notch. The best of all is that the focus is very easy to achieve. That means that my friends, who are not pro photographers, can easily take in focus photos of me, without me having to worry too much for the focus.

Cyclades

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Astypalaia island

Astypalaia island

Last June I had the chance to visit Astypalaia island. In this blog post, I’d like to share with you a few photos that I took during my stay, as well as a few travel tips on things to do if you plan to visit this Butterfly-Shaped Picture Perfect Island. For those of you who haven’t yet been there, those photos and travel tips may encourage you to consider Astypalaia island for a future island holiday.

Astypalaia island

Astypalaia island

Astypalaia island

Where to stay

Kalderimi traditional houses / Chrysalis boutique Hotel

Astypalaia island

Astypalaia island

Astypalaia island

Astypalaia island Greece

Astypalaia island Greece

Kalderimi traditional houses were love at first sight! The owners have given a lot of love and care for this special place, so the customers will feel like being in their own house. Sometimes, at the moment you check out of a hotel that you have enjoyed very much, you leave a piece of your heart…Does it also happen to you? I urge you to visit! 

Astypalaia island Greece

Astypalaia island Greece

Astypalaia island Greece

Where to eat

Agoni Grammi, Ageri restaurant, Aiolos pizza restaurant, Almyra restaurant 

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the viennese girl travel blog Vienna Austria

the viennese girl travel blog Vienna Austria

the viennese girl travel blog Vienna Austria

the viennese girl travel blog Vienna Austria

The viennese girl blog Vienna Austria

I’d like to thank wholeheartedly the Municipality of Astypalaia, and especially Mrs. Maria Kampouri for inviting us to explore and photograph their beautiful island. I love Astypalaia island. I simply love Astypalaia’s positive energy. I’ll never get tired of saying this. 

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Schgaguler Hotel in the Dolomites

Schgaguler Hotel in the Dolomites

After 3 amazing days at San Luis, we thought we had seen “everything” from South Tyrol! But nope! Our chauffer picked us up from San Luis Hotel and brought us to Castelrotto. Three more exciting days were ahead of us!

Schgaguler Hotel in the Dolomites

At the end of May we spent three days at the Schgaguler Hotel in the Dolomites. We absolutely loved it! In this blog post, I am glad to present you my photos from this experience.

Schgaguler Hotel in the Dolomites

Schgaguler Hotel in the Dolomites

Schgaguler Hotel in the Dolomites

Schgaguler Hotel in the Dolomites

Schgaguler Hotel in the Dolomites

Schgaguler Hotel in the Dolomites

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The Viennese Girl travel blog photography

The Viennese Girl travel blog photography

The Viennese Girl travel blog photography

The Viennese Girl travel blog photography

The Viennese Girl travel blog photography

The Viennese Girl travel blog photography

During our stay at Schgaguler Hotel in the Dolomites, we really enjoyed our massages and using the spa area.

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A minimalistic approach to life! Love it!

South Tyrol alto Adige Italy photography

I’d like to take a minute to thank Sandra who has been so adorable to us during dinner time. Seriously, it’s not often that you get treated so nicely! I guess she makes everybody’s dinner an unforgettable experience with her smile and friendliness. 

South Tyrol alto Adige Italy photography

So, if you plan to visit the beautiful Dolomites and stay in the mountain village of Castelrotto, you now know which hotel to hit first!

South Tyrol alto Adige Italy photography

Here are some pictures from the surroundings of the hotel! 

South Tyrol alto Adige Italy photography
South Tyrol alto Adige Italy photography
 

South Tyrol alto Adige Italy photography

South Tyrol alto Adige Italy photography
South Tyrol alto Adige Italy photography
 

South Tyrol alto Adige Italy photography

South Tyrol alto Adige Italy photography

South Tyrol alto Adige landscape photography

South Tyrol alto Adige landscape photography

South Tyrol alto Adige landscape photography

South Tyrol alto Adige landscape photography

South Tyrol alto Adige landscape photography

Schgaguler Hotel in the Dolomites

Schgaguler Hotel in the Dolomites

Schgaguler Hotel in the Dolomites
Schgaguler Hotel in the Dolomites
 

I’d like to thank wholeheartedly the Official Tourism board of South Tyrol for inviting me to explore their beautiful region and the family of Schgaguler Hotel for being so great and kind as hosts. It’s a shame that I didn’t know how beautiful this part of the world is. Now I know! 

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San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges
San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges left us speechless! From the moment we checked in till the moment we checked out, we were in awe. Even at the moment I was editing those photos, this place was giving me goosebumps. I am not good at finding the right words to describe such an amazing life experience. As usual, I will let the the photos do the talking! Enjoy!

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

The first day we were there, it rained. The rain made the scenery even more magical. 

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

It’s nice to know that a place like this exist!

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

In the midst of private forests and fields, surrounded by wooden chalets and treehouses, I learnt to listen to the silence!

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges

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South Tyrol best retreat hotel

South Tyrol best retreat hotel

South Tyrol best retreat hotel

Here it doesn’t feel like you are staying in a hotel. It feels like you stay in a small exclusive village and you are happy to meet your neighbors for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is served in your chalet.

I’d like to thank wholeheartedly San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodges for the invitation and for all the pampering! Thank you for creating this sanctuary for all of us to enjoy!  It’s literally one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed. I want to stay positive and believe that it won’t take me long time to return!

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Volos Pelion Sporades

Volos Pelion Sporades

At the beginning of June I had the chance to visit Volos Pelion Sporades in Greece. The trip lasted one week. In this blog post, I’d like to share with you a few photos that I took during my stay, as well as a few travel tips on things to do if you plan to visit this area.  

Volos Pelion Sporades

Photo of my hotel in Skiathos island: Aegean Suites Hotel

Volos Pelion Sporades
Volos Pelion Sporades
 

Volos Pelion Sporades

Volos Pelion Sporades

Volos Pelion Sporades

Koukounaries beach in Skiathos island (picture of the beach and its crystal clear waters below)

Volos Pelion Sporades

Volos Pelion Sporades

I found the most beautiful store in Skiathos town. Luckily, they allowed me to take some pictures for you (and for me to remember). The store is called Lalaro. They sell extraordinary jewelry pieces and artsy-crafty stuff for home. I believe in minimalism and in possessing a few things. But in this store, I would buy everything, if I could.

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Volos Pelion Sporades

Volos Pelion Sporades

Volos Pelion Sporades

Picturesque villages to visit in the Pelion Peninsula

Kato Gatzea, Kala Nera, Visitza, Milies, Tsagarada, Zagora, Makrinitsa, Portaria 

Volos Pelion Sporades

Beaches with blue-green water in the Pelion Peninsula 

Mylopotamos Beach, Fakistra, Damouchari, Papanero, Agios Ioannis, Chorefto

Greek islands photography Greece travel tips

Hop on to a ferry from Skiathos island to Skopelos to visit amazing beaches like the one pictured below.

Greek islands photography Greece travel tips

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How to get to Skiathos and Volos from Austria

If you consider spending your summer holidays in this part of Greece, Volos Pelion Sporades, make sure to book your tickets with myAustrian Holidays that flies you directly from Vienna to Volos  once per week until the 21st of September and from Vienna to Skiathos twice a week until the 28th of September this year.

Greek islands photography Greece travel tips

I’d like to thank wholeheartedly My Austrian Holidays for flying us directly from Vienna to this paradise, the Greek Tourism board in Austria for inviting me to this press trip, the Region of Volos, Pelion, Skiathos and Skopelos and all the people involved. 

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Disclaimer: Press trip/invitation from the Greek tourism board in collaboration with My Austrian Holidays

Syros island

Syros island

At the beginning of June I had the chance to visit Syros island in Greece. In this blog post, I’d like to share with you a few photos that I took during my stay, as well as a few travel tips on things to do if you plan to visit Syros.

Syros island

syros port Ermoupoli

ermoupoli syros

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Where to stay

Hotel Benois, Syra Suites & Syra Bay, Pino di loto boutique bed&breakfast, Ventoura Studios & apartments

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fine art photography

Where to eat 

Iliovasilema restaurant in Galissas, Allou yialou in Kini village, Aventoura restaurant, Savvas restaurant, Avantgarden cafe bar restaurant, Mazi restaurant (fusion cuisine), To tsipouradiko tis Mirsinis, Sta vaporia bar restaurant

Ermoupoli Syros traditional cafes

Cafes: Giosifaki premium cafe in Vari, Kyverneio cafe in Poseidonia village

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streets in ermoupoli syros

lifestyle fine art photography

Syros island

Syros island

Beach bars and restaurants: The Ono concept, Ciel Asteria beach in Ermoupoli

Syros island

Syros island

Syros island

Syros island

Syros island

Travel agencies in Syros: Gaviotis travel, Siros travel

I’d like to thank wholeheartedly Seajets, Hotel Benois and Syra Suites for the hospitality, Syros Municipality and all the residents of Syros island who went the extra mile to make sure that we have a pleasant stay! Everything was beautiful indeed and I am already looking forward to going back again.

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