I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been to Santorini. Despite that, everytime I land on this island, it feels like the first time. I am always in awe, unable to make any decent thought or utter any decent word. It takes a few hours to realize what is happening to me and after that short phase (that you may want to describe as an emotional shock, yet a good one), I am OK again. Whatever people may say about this island, Santorini is and will be a breathtaking place, an island of unparalleled beauty. And you cannot find this beauty anywhere else in the world…
The reason I wanted to fly direct from Vienna to Santorini is because I wanted to avoid the airport of Athens and Athens as a city itsself. I wanted to take a flight that brings me directly to the Cyclades. I wanted to avoid the hassle of Athens by any means. Thanks to Wizz Air, that was possible. 2 hours flight and I was in paradise!
This year you won’t see me traveling around the world. That’s also one of the reasons I tried to spend most of my summer in Greece. First of all, there were no travel restrictions between Austria and Greece during the summer. Greece is a safe place for me and just in case a lockdown would force me to stay in Greece, that wouldn’t be a problem for me.
I asked my Instagram followers if they are afraid to travel during the pandemic. 58% voted for Yes, and 42% voted for No. I can completely understand that fear. But still, my lust for life and for adventure is also that big that doesn’t allow me to stay within the four walls of my little apartment (aka my shoe box) in Vienna. Wizz Air created a video, which I personally find pretty cool, explaining in detail the enhanced hygiene measures that ensure the health and safety of its passengers and crew. Watch it here.
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*Disclaimer: All photos were taken at Altana hotel in Imerovigli by me. This was a solo trip. Flight tickets to Greece were sponsored by Wizz Air.
Our holiday took a pleasanlty unexpected turn last July, when my travel buddy and I have been invited to spend a few wonderful days in one of the Traditional Lodgings of Crossroads Inn.
Tinos Island has 48 villages and one of them is Tripotamos. The countryside boutique hotel we stayed at, Crossroads Inn, is located within the traditional village of Tripotamos. A village filled with arches, arcades, steps, cobbled alleys and both traditional and modern houses.
Sophia Passa, the daughter of the owner Mrs. Urania Diamantopoulou, welcomed and led us to our new home. Firstly, she explained us all the health protocols and important measurements that she integrated and apply with great respect & responsibility against COVID-19. We immediately felt calm, cherished and safe. Later on, she gave us her best concierge tips for an amazing stay on Tinos, one of the most deliciously unspoiled islands in the Cyclades.
We spent 4 unforgettable days at this family-run inn. We rented a car to explore the island. During the day we explored the villages, the beaches, and the restaurants that Sophia had recommended to us and every evening we were driving back home to enjoy the panoramic views of the Aegean Sea from our open-air Cycladic veranda.
I can highly recommend Crossroads Inn to those who would like to experience the charm of living the local life in a Cycladic village in the heartland of Tinos.
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*Disclaimer: This content was brought to you in a friendly collaboration with Crossroads Inn in Tinos island. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Hydra is small and magical. And if you believe that you can see and do everything in just 1 day, it’s most likely that you can’t! I spent 3 nights/4 days in Hydra and I found them not enough. I didn’t manage to do everything that I had in mind. There are so many cafes, restaurants, beaches, little shops, streets and museums that are waiting for you to explore. And in every spot you stop for a while, you need time to enjoy and definitely more time if you want to take photos.
I compiled a guide to HYDRA island. Hope it will be useful for you…enjoy!
Isalos / Plakostroto
I stayed at Rafalias Mansion. My room was number 4 (loved it)
Techne / Omilos
Drinks at Hydronetta
I can’t wait to get back to Hydra! The sooner the better!
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I spent 3 weeks in July on the Greek islands. This is my first blog post from this adventure. I didn’t have the time to post anything before. August was very busy. I went to Hungary and then to France, and at the same time I was working on 2 extra projects.
In July I visited 3 Greek islands: Crete, Hydra and Tinos island. Infinity view hotel in Tinos island was the last hotel I visited during this Greek island hopping. Infinity view is a brand new all-Suite Luxury Hotel and I was lucky and privileged to spend a few relaxing days in July here. You can’t imagine how much I enjoyed everything: the beach in front of the hotel, breakfast, my balcony, the infinity sea views from everywhere you look, the pool. The hotel is also very close to Tinos Town, so you can easily reach the Town on foot. Everything about the Infinity view hotel was truly exceptional and so tremendously relaxing! I hope you have the chance to visit it one day too.
Enjoy the photos. As always, I let them do the talking!
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*Disclaimer: This content was brought to you in a friendly collaboration with the Infinity view hotel in Tinos island. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
To be honest, I didn’t expect that a trip to France would take place this August. The invitation for an individual press trip to Nice Cote d’Azur that came from Atout France took me by surprise. I’ve been to France many times before, but never in the French Riviera. It felt like it was time to change this.
I flew to Nice from Vienna on a Friday evening and returned on Monday evening. I spent an amazing weekend in Nice. This amazing opportunity, to spend a wonderful weekend in the French Riviera, is possible when you book with Wizz Air.
Did you know that Wizz Air is one of the most sustainable airlines in Europe and is constantly working to keep it that way? More info about it you will find here.
Within 3 days, I managed to explore Nice and its surroundings: Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu, Villefranche and Eze Village. How many exciting things you can do in just 3 days. When I returned to Vienna, my mind and heart was full!
As always, I am happy to provide you with 13 travel tips for Nice Cote d’Azur, and as for the rest, I will let the photos do the talking.
1. Buy a French Riviera Pass. It will save you time and money.
2. First thing to do in Nice Cote d’Azur:
Walk along the world-famous Promenade des Anglais to get a first impression of the city.
3. During the next days of your stay in Nice Cote d’Azur: Explore the old city, downtown, the port and the hills.
4. First thing to do in the early morning: Pay a visit to the flower and vegetable market in Cours Saleya.
Try the local specialties such as: Pan bagnat, Pissaladière and the Fougasse.
5. Visit the Castle Hill. From here, you will be able to see Nice and its surroundings from above.
This is a must!
7. Visit a museum in Nice. There are plenty of them, so you need to select the ones that interest you.
I visited the Photography Museum which was located in the heart of the Old Town, exactly next to the flower market.
10. Visit Eze Village and its exotic garden that offers a breath-taking panorama over the French Riviera and the Mediterranean sea.
Walk down to Saint Jean Cap Ferrat afterwards, and end the day in one of the beaches.
12. Make a stop above Villefranche sur Mer to admire the panorama and take some photos.
13. For drinks and dinner on a rooftop Bar, head to Hotel Monsigny during sunset time.
Hotel in Nice: The Deck Hotel
Those who are looking more informations, please visit the official website of Nice Tourism Board and follow their Instagram account.
If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer in the comment section below!
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*Disclaimer: Individual Press trip organized by Atout France in collaboration with Wizz Air. All thoughts and opinions are my own.