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Samos

samos

Samos island, Greece. 5th trip of the year!

samos island orchids
samos
 

I used to spend every summer holiday as a teenager in the homeland of Pythagoras. But in the last years I haven’t visited the island due to various personal reasons.

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This May I went back, thanks to Visit Greece and Aegean Airlines, that invited me to join this press trip. Our visit in the island was short.

samos orchids

One day only. But what a beautiful day that was it!   

samos museum pythagorio

pythagorio museum

Pythagorio museum

It’s interesting to go back to a place that you know so well but haven’t visited the last years. Coming back means you see a familiar place with new, fresh eyes.

pythagorio from above samos

As always, I am happy to share with you the photos I took during my visit, along with a few Samos travel tips. 

restaurants tips samos

Points of interest: 

Samos Wine MuseumSamos orchids glass house / Archaeological Museum of Pythagorion

Panagia Spiliani Church / Temple of Hera

restaurants where to eat samos

Where to shop: 

2 the little store 

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Dress: 2 the little store

pergamonto bar restaurant samos pythagorio
pergamonto pythagorio bar restaurant
 
pergamonto bar restaurant pythagorio
 
Restaurants

Pergamonto bisto bar restaurant in Pythagorio/ Restaurant Ithaki in Agios Konstantinos / Panorama in Koumaradei / Ammos Plaz

pergamonto bar restaurant pythagorio

This blog post has everything that your heart desires to find on an island. Except beaches. Unfortunately the day I visited Samos, the weather was not beach weather. But here are a few beaches to visit in June, July, August, even in September: 

Potokaki, Kaladakia, Lemonakia, Tsampou, Tsamadou, Kerveli bay, Mikali, mikro and megalo seitani. 

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Samos is definitely a summer destination that you may want to consider for your upcoming holidays. And if you wonder how to get there, Aegean Airlines has you covered!

I’d like to thank wholeheartedly Hotel Venus for the hospitality, Samos Municipality, Visit Greece and of course Aegean Airlines for inviting me to one more unforgettable press trip! 

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Montreal

Montreal

29 April 2019. Montreal, Quebec. Fourth trip of the year. First time in Canada.

Montreal

I remember, it was October 2015 when I joined Austrian Airlines on their first flight to Miami. This week I had again the absolute honor to join one more inaugural flight connecting Vienna to Montreal. Almost all of my flights are with Austrian Airlines. But those inaugural flights are magical and I couldn’t be happier to be part of them. Definitely a life experience that I won’t forget anytime soon. Cabin crew was absolutely stunning, food was beyond expectations. You can see the Gate Event and flight on a business class in the highlights section of my Instagram channel.

Montreal

It wasn’t love at first sight between Montreal and I. But 2 days after my arrival, I started liking the city. Exactly like I did with San Francisco. I think I need time to adjust myself to the new environment, time to process what is happening to me. And when I feel more relaxed, I begin to enjoy the trip. If you are like me, take your time and just visit Montreal for a couple of days. In other words, stay for as long as your budget and free time allow you to stay…

Montreal

In this blog post, I am glad to share with you a few Montreal travel tips, a selection of favourite cafes and restaurants, along with a few photos that I’ve taken during my stay.

Montreal travel tips

Where to stay

Hotel Monville: new, modern design
Hotel Ambrose: small, vintage, quirky

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Areas to explore

Le plateau – Mont royal / Little Italy / Mile end / Old port Montreal

Cafes

Tommy Montreal / Crew collective & Cafe / Venice Cafe / Cafe Parvis / Cafe Un Pò Di Più / Pastel Rita / Cafe Leaves

Restaurants

Olive et Gourmando / Restaurant Melisse / Gypsy kitchen and bar / Lov de la Montagne / Lov McGILL / Brasserie 701 / Vallier Bistro Montréalais / Restaurant Henri Brasserie Française / Foxy restaurant / L’Avenue restaurant / L’usine de spaghetti / Perles and Paddock / Maison Boulud

My personal favourite: Mandy’s Salad shop / For bagels: Saint Viateur bagel / Fairmount bagel

For poutine: Ma Poule Mouillee / Portuguese chicken poutine / For drinks : Terrasse William Gray at the Hôtel William Gray

Highlights of the entire experience (in other words, what I will never forget from this trip)

– First and foremost, the business class in the flight
– The girl I met by accident at Tommy Cafe
– Hotel Ambrose

Austrian Airlines has a nonstop flight everyday to Montreal. If you’d also like to visit Montreal here is a Voucher Code for you:

ServusMontreal19 

*Applies only to flights booked on austrian.com
Redeemable from May, 7th 2019 to including May 12th 2019

-10% on all Austrian Airlines operated flights from Austria to Montreal (all classes, Economy, Premium Economy and Business)
Departure of the booked flight has to be after May, 7th 2019 and return before May, 7th 2020
Limited to a 100 bookings, so first come first served

 

A huge Thank You to Austrian Airlines for inviting me to join this amazing trip.

I had a lovely time and I hope to have more #myAustrianMoment above the clouds to share on TVG!

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Disclosure: In collaboration with Austrian Airlines.

Marrakech photography journal

Marrakech photography journal

Marrakech photography journal

Marrakech photography journal
Marrakech photography journal
 

If anyone who doesn’t know me land on this website right now, may think that I live in Marrakech. But I do not. Don’t let the plethora of Marrakech blog posts mislead you!

Marrakech photography journal

Marrakech photography journal

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I guess I took too many pictures during the week I spent in Marrakech. But if I could, I would do this for every destination I visit.

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Restaurant Le Jardin

Restaurant Le Jardin

Photos of this blog post are taken by me (except the ones I am in the photo)

Locations: Le Jardin restaurant, Le Jardin secret palace, La Famille restaurant

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Marrakech travel tips

Marrakech travel tips

Nowdays there is so much content out there. If you google Marrakech travel tips, you will find at least 10 other blog posts with pretty much the same content haha. My thoughts about this: I don’t want to let that stop me from doing what I am doing. I will keep on doing it, for the pleasure of doing it. Also, Marrakech travel tips may be more or less the same, but photos won’t be the same! So here are MY Marrakech travel tips. I made a list for you without a lot of wordiness! Enjoy!

Marrakech travel tips

Where to stay

Numa MarrakechLa Sultana MarrakechTarabel Marrakech / Royal Mansour / La Mamounia

Where to go

Jardin Majorelle / YSL museum/ Bahia Palace / Le Jardin Secret / Cactus Thiemann / Medresa Ben Youssef

Marrakech travel tips

Where to shop

33 rue majorelle /  Max and Jan concept store

Marrakech travel tips
Marrakech travel tips
 

Where to eat 

Le Jardin Marrakech / Nomad Marrakech / I limoni / Trattoria Marrakech / Terrasses des epices / La famille Marrakech / La table du Palais in Palais Lamrani

What to buy 

Home accessories / Straw bags / Moroccan Babouche shoes / Moroccan teapot / Rugs and carpets

Cafes to visit

Shtatto Marrakech / Atay cafe / Le Grand Balcon du Cafe Glacier for the view to the famous square / Cafe des epices / Amandine Marrakech

I want to go back!

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Marrakech in January

Marrakech in January

Marrakech in January

Marrakech in January

It’s not by chance that I’ve chosen Marrakech as to be the first city to visit this year.

Marrakech in January

There is something about this city that wakes up my senses, makes me feel alive!

Marrakech in January

I consider January to be the worst month of the year because of the freezing cold that is all over Europe. Walking around Marrakech in January without having to wear heavy coats, gloves and scarf was pure bliss.

Marrakech in January

God bless all the warm places on earth that you can visit in January.

Marrakech in January

Marrakech in January

Shoutout to my friends from Urlaubsguru for their contribution to this trip. You guys, if you also want to escape from the cold, or if you are looking for the best travel offers on the web, I highly recommend you to check them out.

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San Francisco

San Francisco

Some places on this planet seems to be so far away, so unattainable, and the chance to visit them seems even more impossible….

Until it happens. Read on, if you want to know, how I ended up in San Francisco!

San Francisco

I was invited to San Francisco by Samsung Austria to attend the Unpacked Event and to celebrate 10 Years Galaxy with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10. The Unpacked event took place at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and the evening party took place at the amazing terrace bar of The Proper Hotel.

I am not the best person to explain each and every new tech feature. What I can say with certainty is that there are two features that excite me particularly in the new Samsung Galaxy: first, the ultra wide angle lens (oh, yes!) and the partnership of Samsung with Instagram for the best Instagram experience on a smartphone. Exciting? For more informations, please have a look here.

San Francisco

In this blog post, I’d like to share with you a couple of photos I took during my stay in San Francisco, as well as a few city tips for food, coffee and cake.

San Francisco

I spent the first three days alone, going up and down the hills! It helped me a lot, that I had done online research for the city before I left Vienna. I can say, I was very well prepared and ready to discover San Francisco on my own. I suggest you to do the same, if you plan to head to a city for the first time alone.

San Francisco

Although my first three solo days were nicely spent, I was looking forward to spending the coming days with the good company of Nina and Greg (#TeamGalaxy from Austria)

San Francisco

What I loved about San Francisco: The architecture of the houses. All the cafes and restaurants that we visited. Pier 7. The sea lions. The area around the Palace of Fine Arts. What I liked less about San Francisco: Downtown San Francisco. The homeless people in the city center. Fisherman’s wharf area. The high prices of nearly everything.

San Francisco

Here is a list of the restaurants and the cafes that we visited and fell in love with:

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse / The riddlers / Petit crenn / Sightglass / Le marais bakery / Rose’s cafe / Media noche / Dandelion chocolate

San Francisco

I loved San Francisco. It wasn’t love at first sight though. It took me a while. Once you get to know the city better, you get to realise how pretty it is. And in order to get to know the city better, you have to get out of Downtown San Francisco. Explore the area around the Painted ladies, the area around the Palace of Fine Arts, Baker beach, Battery Spencer etc…

San Francisco

I have always find it hard to find the right words to describe beautiful things, places and experiences in life. Because when it comes to beautiful places/experiences, words become useless and poor. You have to go and see the view from Battery Spencer yourself, in order to understand what I’am talking about. Definetely a view that will never get out of my mind.

San Francisco

So far, I’ve traveled with @samsungaustria to quite a few places around the world: Paris, London, NYC, Ibiza and now San Francisco. We love making thousand unforgettable #samsunggalaxy moments around the world together!

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Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips
In this blog post, I am happy to share with you a few Milos travel tips. I hope that you find them useful, if you plan to spend your holidays on this beautiful Greek Island 

Milos travel tips
Milos travel tips
 

Milos travel tips: ACTIVITIES

Thalassitra sailing boat: Sail around the Milos coastline stopping at all the beautiful hidden beaches and caves which are only accessible by boat.
Archaeological Museum of Milos: Small, yet charming. Immerse yourself in the history of Milos and imagine how things would look like many centuries ago.
Sand museum in Plaka: Enter the shop to admire a collection of sand from all over the world and look through a microscope at the sand itself. 

Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips: VILLAGES
Plaka, The capital of Milos
Klima, a traditional fishing village
Firopotamos
Mandrakia
Apollonia

Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips: BEACHES
Sarakiniko
Kleftiko
Papafragkas
Firiplaka
Tsigrado

Milos travel tips
TRADITIONAL CAFE     

Palaios pastry shop in Plaka: Stop by Palaios cafe and order some of the most typical Greek deserts. Baklava, kadaifi, galaktobouriko, for instance. Savour them in the back yard or take them away.

Milos travel tips

RESTAURANTS
Barriello for sophisticated Greek cuisine – Good food unites people
Sirocco for volcanic food!
Armenaki – order octopus with quinoa!
O Chamos – this place is unique! Please, don’t miss it!

Milos travel tips

Bar
Akri bar in Adamantas

Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips

HOTELS
Milos hotel
Melian boutique hotel
Salt hotel

Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips

Many thanks from the bottom of our hearts to the Municipality of Milos island, the Deputy Mayor Mrs. Sofia Vamvakari Psatha, our hotel “Milos Hotel” for the wonderful hospitality, and “Milos Rent a car” for providing us a car to tour the island.

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Milos island

Milos island

Let me take you far away…

Milos island

…You’d like a holiday

Milos island

Exchange the cold days for the sun…

Milos island

…A good time and fun

Milos island

Many good things happened last year.

But if I had to pick one and name it as “the best of all“, that would be the Greek island hopping that I did with Pauline.

Without a doubt. 

Milos island
Milos island
 

Don’t get me wrong. I am fully appreciative of all the great travel opportunities throughout the year. But there is just some kind of magic when a travel opportunity is combined with those three “s”: summer, sea and sun.  

Milos island

3 weeks of sea, sun and carelessness.

We left all our problems in the big cities that we live in, and embarked on an adventure to discover the Greek islands.

First stop: Milos island! 

Milos island
Milos island
 

In this blog post, I let the photos do the talking.

In the next blog post, I will share with you my travel tips for Milos island. 

Milos island

Feelings of gratitude for having been in Milos but at the same time…a great desire to go back. 

Milos island
Milos island
 

On Milos island we had the luck to meet one very special person: our travel guide.

We had a great time together and we hope to see her again the next time we visit. 

Milos island

Dear G., without you, our stay in Milos wouldn’t had been the same. 

Milos island
Milos island
 

Milos island

Milos island

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We are forever grateful to all the people who allowed this trip to happen.

We say “Thank you” to the Municipality of Milos island, the Deputy Mayor Mrs. Sofia Vamvakari Psatha, to our hotel “Milos Hotel” for the wonderful hospitality, and Milos Rent a car” for providing us a car to tour the island.

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Puglia

Puglia
Puglia
 
Puglia
Puglia
 

At the end of September, I had the chance to cross another dream destination off my bucket list: Puglia, Italy. With summer coming to an end, I’ll admit my spirits were a bit down as I prepared for the dark and cold Viennese autumn and winter to come. But this trip perked me up and gave me a final taste of summery warmth and sunshine to look forward to.

Puglia
Puglia
 
Puglia
Puglia
 

I had never been to Puglia before this trip, so this was to be a chance to explore somewhere entirely new while speaking Italian all day long.

Plus — who doesn’t get excited about the food in Italy? Pizza, pasta, gelato, it’s an overwhelming feast for the senses and taste-buds. And, most exciting of all, my dear friend Pauline would be joining me on the adventure.

Puglia
Puglia
 

And now, I hope you will come with me! As I reflect on my time in Puglia, I want to share my tips, hot spots to visit, plus some of my favorite photos of the trip. Perhaps they’ll inspire you to plan your next journey to Italy — and follow a similar itinerary to mine.

Puglia

1st stop: Polignano a mare 

Oh, is there anything more exhilarating than arriving after a long trip at the gorgeous Italian coast? Polignano al mare, perched on the shore of the Adriatic, opens its watery gates to all those who travel from far and wide to stay here. And trust me — they do! The tiny town was jammed on the Sunday afternoon when we arrived, with tourists shopping, dining al fresco at cafés, and gazing out at the turquoise waves. For much of the afternoon, we wandered, but at points I had to stop and remember how lucky I felt just to be here in this heavenly spot. (Extra tip: Next to our hotel we found a place that was making yummy sandwiches with octopus and burrata that I will never forget. Yum!)

Hotel: Giovì Relais

Restaurant: Grotta Ardito

Puglia
Puglia
 

Puglia

Puglia

2nd stop: Monopoli

It was difficult to pull ourselves away from the intoxicating views of Polignano al mare, but the next phase of our excursion beckoned. Pauline and I packed up the car and drove to Monopoli. It’s a short drive — only twenty minutes or so — but still, for such a brief distance away, we encountered our fair share of wacky moments.

For instance, a man I’d never met before started singing a song for me featuring my name. “Viva Silia, welcome to Monopoli!” he called the improvised tune. A greengrocer share a few slices of fresh fruit with us, out in the fresh air on the street. A former craftsman brought us to the tiny shop where he used to repair shoes years ago. And we had a brush with fame — we saw a group of people filming a movie right on the beach. It was as close as we came to Hollywood this trip.

If you would care to spend a night or two in the charming town of Monopoli, check out this beautiful hotel, the Don Ferrante!

Puglia
Puglia
 

 

3rd stop: Ostuni, also known as the White City 

Like a castle on a hill, Ostuni is an enclave on a cliff overlooking more of that crystalline, sapphire water I treasure so much. The city itself is almost all white and there’s something very striking about that, as well as its wild cacti protruding from every crevice.

Check out Taverna Della Gelosia for a delicious meal!

Hotel: Masseria Grieco

Restaurant: Tito Schipa

 

4th stop: Alberobello, famous for its Trulli houses

At our final stop in Puglia — Alberobello — we met Valerio, the vivacious owner of our hotel. We fell in love with the Trattoria Terra Madre’s spectacular cuisine, and overall had a wonderful time.

The press trip concluded with a short visit to Locorotondo, where we had dinner at the restaurant Bina ristorante di Puglia.

Hotel: Palazzo Scotto

Restaurant: Trattoria Terra Madre

 
 

I came away from this adventure fully appreciating just how unique Puglia is — it’s an Italian treasure that will make an indelible impact on you. I would like to thank ENIT Italia, which in collaboration with the Region of Puglia and Losurdo Viaggi, organized this individual press trip for us.

And of course, big thanks to our new friend Pasquale, our amazing driver who kept us company as we roamed Puglia and took us in its stunning sites.

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