GRACE MYKONOS

GRACE MYKONOS

This summer’s adventures ended with the best possible way: a 3 nights stay at Grace hotel in Mykonos island!

GRACE MYKONOS

This intimate, exclusive boutique hotel is located just north of Mykonos town above the sandy and protected beach of Agios Stefanos.

GRACE MYKONOS

We spent 4 peaceful days in this beautiful resort! These are my photos!

GRACE MYKONOS

A balcony with westward views of the sea and Mykonos town. 

GRACE MYKONOS

GRACE MYKONOS

Delicious à la carte breakfast served by a super lovely lady called Christina! 

breakfast by the pool

Modern sophistication meets airy Greek island style.

GRACE MYKONOS

boutique hotel in Mykonos
Cyclades Greek boutique hotels photography
 

Agios Stefanos Greece

Agios Stefanos Greece

Agios Stefanos Mykonos island Greece

I didn’t want to leave…

Cyclades Greek islands photography

Mykonos sunset – photo taken from our balcony.

Sunset in Mykonos island

We would like to thank wholeheartedly Aria Hotels for the great hospitality! If you would also like to experience a relaxed and pampered Mykonian island holiday, book a suite with a balcony at Grace Mykonos.

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*Disclaimer: This content was brought to you in a friendly collaboration with Aria Hotels and Grace Mykonos. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

8 MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

 8 MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPSMake the most out of your Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G camera with these 8 mobile photography tips:

1. Before you go out and take any photos, clean your camera lenses. A clean lense will ensure that you get a bright and clear image with your smartphone camera. 

2. Turn on the grid lines (also known as The rule of thirds – you will find them in the Camera Settings). The grid lines help you to frame the shot. You can use the grid lines to make sure that the horizon is perfectly aligned or that your subject is dead center. However, keep in mind that the grid lines are just guidelines. Look around, play around, mess around with the grid lines, and develop your own style.

3. Shoot vertically and choose the 3:4 ratio if you shoot photos for your Instagram feed. Choose the 9:16 ratio if you shoot photos for your Instagram Stories. Click on all the ratio options to see which ratio offers you what, so that you know what you can do with them when you are out for shooting.

 8 MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

4. When you find an object that you want to photograph, shoot using all four lenses of the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G: the ultra wide, the wide, the tele 1 and tele 2 lenses. So many options! By using all these lenses, you create different compositions from one location AND you get to train your photographic eye! Try to be creative and get perspectives that people don’t see everyday.

5. Over the last years smartphone cameras have gotten better and better at detecting small details. Go really close to details that catch your attention and snap your shot. I love to do that with flowers for instance. When you go really close to your object, the Focus Enhancer of the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G macro camera turns on automatically for a better focus. Macro means close-up! This feature makes for some unique and interesting photos because it brings out all the intricate details of whatever it is you are shooting.

6. The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G gives you the possibility to shoot at 108MP. To turn this option on, click up on the top of your screen, where the aspect ratios are. If you choose to use this option, be mindful of the fact that the photos will take up a lot of space from your memory. The advantage for shooting at 108MP is that you get a really detailed image, and you are able to create lots of different compositions from that one photo.

 8 MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

7. Utilise all the camera modes that your Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G gives you. Get to know all the camera modes of your phone. The PANORAMA mode, the SINGLE TAKE, SLOW MOTION, SUPER SLO-MO, NIGHT MODE and the HYPERLAPSE mode. All these are super cool modes to experiment with. To find the available modes, open the camera and click on MORE!

8. Use the PRO MODE of your Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G! In this mode you are able to adjust the camera settings to your liking and play with ISO, Aperture, and Shutter speed. ISO is your sensitivity to light. Keep it at 50 or 100 if you shoot outdoors during daylight. Increase it when you have less natural daylight. The PRO MODE gives you the possibility to shoot in RAW format (format and advanced options in Settings). Shooting in RAW means that it will be much easier to colour grade your images using an editing app like VSCO, Snapseed or Lightroom mobile.

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Disclaimer: In collaboration with Samsung Austria

 

Corfu island

Corfu island

This summer I found myself in Corfu island. But only for 3 nights. The goal was to visit the neighbour islands, Paxoi and Antipaxoi, and that was possible via Corfu.

Despite my stay being short in Corfu, it was quite adventurous. Many unexpected things happened that I will gladly share with you if you scroll down this blog post and keep reading!

Unfortunately, I am unable to offer a complete travel guide to Corfu island, but I can share with you the photos that I took and a few tips on where to stay, where to eat etc.

Corfu island
Corfu island
 
HOW TO GET TO CORFU

Corfu has an airport, so that makes everybody’s life easy. There are flights from Athens International airport, but also direct flights from many European capital cities. 

Corfu island

Corfu island
Corfu island
 

Below: photo of the interior of Gabao Corfu where I had breakfast! 

Corfu island

WHERE TO STAY 

If you visit Corfu island and you wish to stay in the heart of the old Town, Liston Suites Corfu is all you need! Don’t look any further.

Nine modern and comfortable apartments situated in one of the most distinctive areas of Corfu town centre. The four photos that you see below are taken in the apartments Mon Repos and Merchant. 

The location of Liston Suites Corfu is ideal for exploring the Old Town as well as other interesting sights and tourist attractions on Corfu island. 

Fun fact is that every person who was passing by the pink building of Liston Suites Corfu, was stopping to take one picture (some took more) of the pink building. It is that pretty! You will be tempted to do that too! 

Corfu island

Corfu island

Liston Suites Corfu Old Town

Corfu island

Corfu Old Town strongly resembles an Italian city. 

Corfu Old Town

Corfu Old Town

WHERE TO EAT 

I visited two restaurants and loved them both. 

One was very close to the room I stayed at, therefore I spotted it while I was passing by. And the other one was a recommendation of a local friend. The one which was close to my room is called Limoncello and the other one is called The Venetian Well. As I said, I loved them both, just keep in mind that The Venetian Well is a bit pricey. But it’s also one of the most historical and beautiful restaurants in Corfu town! So you get what you pay… they say! 

The Venetian Well restaurant OLD TOWN CORFU

Remember what I wrote at the beginning of this blog post? Many unexpected things happened during my stay in Corfu. I had dinner on my own at Limoncello. On the table next to mine, there was a couple having dinner. I stole a glance at them and continued with my dinner. I think they were also tourists.

Important info: I don’t know them in person. I don’t know who they are. They probably didn’t know who I am either. Also, this couple never talked to me. I don’t even remember how they look like. We didn’t exchange a word.

When I finished with my meal, I asked for the bill. The waiter came to me and said: The couple that was sitting next to you paid the bill….

I got a shock. This couple paid my bill and left. Never in my life I dared to think that something like this could ever happen. They paid my bill and disappeared.

One thing I can say with certainty is that I will never forget what they did! And I also do believe that this has a deeper meaning for me. It happened so that I can learn something out of this.

The Venetian Well restaurant OLD TOWN CORFU

The Venetian Well restaurant OLD TOWN CORFU

IN THE MOOD FOR AN ISLAND HOPPING

From Corfu old Town you can easily hop on to Paxoi. And from Paxoi you can easily hop on to Antipaxoi. Ok, let’s take it step by step. Book your ferry tickets from Corfu to Paxoi with Joy cruises Corfu. On their Facebook page, you will find their everyday ferry timetable. 

From Paxoi to Antipaxoi, there is a local small boat that you can take from the main square of Gaios. This local boat brings you to Antipaxoi. Or you can rent your own boat and a skipper, like we did for one day! 

Paxoi Antipaxoi islands photos and travel tips
Paxoi Antipaxoi islands photos and travel tips
 

Paxoi Antipaxoi islands photos and travel tips

Voutoumi beach Paxoi Antipaxoi islands

Voutoumi beach Paxoi Antipaxoi islands

Voutoumi beach Paxoi Antipaxoi islands

Voutoumi beach Paxoi Antipaxoi islands

Voutoumi beach Paxoi Antipaxoi islands

Voutoumi beach Paxoi Antipaxoi islands

Liston by night

Liston Corfu Old Town

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Disclaimer: my stay at Liston Suites Corfu was an invitation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Visit Symi island

Visit Symi island

I remember I was in Athens International Airport when I laid my eyes on a photo of an advertisement and I couldn’t figure out which island was pictured on that photo. I spontaneously asked a random person who was working in the store located right next to that photo. Which island is this, I asked! Symi, she said!

I always knew, I had to visit Symi island! But that picture in that precise moment made it even more clear to me! We have to visit Symi! And finally we made it this summer! Symi was the third stop of our Greek island hopping! In this blog post you will find – as always not many words – but my photos and my tips, so that you can get well prepared for when you decide to visit Symi island!

Visit Symi island

HOW TO GET TO SYMI ISLAND

If you ask me, then I would say, the best way to get to Symi island is to take the airplane from Athens to Rhodes and then take the ferry Sebeco or Dodekanisson Seaways to Symi. The ferry only takes one hour and twenty minutes. 

Visit Symi island
Visit Symi island
 
Visit Symi island
Visit Symi island
 

Visit Symi island

Visit Symi island

Symi island Greece

Symi island Greece

WHERE TO STAY 

We stayed at Limani Life, but we fell head over heels for 1900 hotel! They both belong to architect @dimitriszographos who we had the honour to meet in person! There are many reasons for visiting Symi island. Yet, to experience a stay in this 19th century neoclassical mansion is a reason on its own. Opt for the grand suite 1901 and book as many nights as possible. 

1900 boutique hotel photos

1900 boutique hotel photos

1900 boutique hotel photos

1900 boutique hotel photos

1900 boutique hotel photos

WHERE TO EAT 

Haritomeni in Ano Symi – our by far favourite restaurant on the island for the view, the lovely staff, the owner and the food of course!

Manos Fish Restaurant – For the best sea food on the island!

Bella Napoli Trattoria Italiana – For pasta and pizza!

Taverna restaurant International – a lovely traditional Greek taverna!

Elpidas Kafeneion – where the locals hang out!

Most of the restaurants do not have a website. But if you google them, you will find an address, a telephone number or a Facebook page. Or simply ask the locals…

Greek island hopping

Greek island hopping

Greek island hopping

ONE DAY ISLAND TOUR 

Just like in many islands in the Aegean, in Symi as well, a one day around the island boat tour is a must. Check Poseidon excursions. You will have the chance to see unique landscapes, swim in crystal clear waters and have lunch on the small island of Sesklo. 

Greek island hopping

Greek island hopping

Greek island hopping

Symi photos and travel tips

Symi photos and travel tips

A THANK YOU NOTE

This trip wouldn’t have been realised without the help and support of the Deputy Mayor Mr. Nikitas Gryllis and the Mayor Mr. Lefteris Papakalodoukas whom we would like to thank wholeheartedly for making it happen!  

Symi photos and travel tips

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