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Columbia Road flower market

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I read about it somewhere on the web, like you do now, and I knew that I shouldn’t miss it. During my stay in London I visited the Columbia Road flower market which takes place on Sundays. I got off at the Hoxton Overground Station and walked towards Columbia road. I haven’t seen something like that ever before. All kinds of flowers. Lavender, orchids, roses, tulips, colours and smells everywhere. I was lost in the most beautiul flower market I’ve ever been.
-“What about a smell, madame?” asked the flower seller.
-“Yes,sir!” I said.

Dear London

Dear London,

It’s been 12 years since the last time I visited you and I had that feeling that it was time for me to come back to you.

Although it’s been such a long time, I still remember some of the most famous spots around the city such as Oxford street, Buckingham Palace, Harrods, Big Ben, and London Bridge. But do you know what the most beautiful memory of my first visit is? The theatre and the musical “Cats”. I would pay again to see the same musical in the same city and listen to that song which goes like “Midnight, not a sound from the pavement, has the moon lost her memory?”.

On my second visit to that beautiful city, I had more time to explore and discover. But London, I have to say this. You are expensive. You are more expensive than New York and Paris. I mean, I knew that you would be expensive but didn’t imagine that you would be that expensive. Anyway, I still like you. You have been nice to me and I had a wonderful time walking around the streets and avenues.

Those who follow me on Instagram, you probably have seen some photos. Let me take you to the London city, through the lens of my camera.

Although I wasn’t so well organized because some days before my travel my arm was aching and I couldn’t stand in front of the pc doing the research I should have done, I managed to visit the following spots:

Covent garden / Trafalgar square / Camden Market / Old Spitalfields Market / Flower Market on Columbia Road / Notting Hill and portobello road / Big ben / London eye / Harrods / London Bridge / Borough Market / Soho / Piccadilly circus / British Museum

Some observations:

1.Everywhere at all hours I was listening to people speaking italian. What’s going on here? Where are the Londoners? It seems that Italians occupied the London city.

2.Nowhere in the world I have seen that sign in front of the traffic lights “look right/look left”. That was really funny and useful although pedestrians didn’t respect the red and green.

3.Around 20 degrees Celsius in July. Does summer ever come to that city? Visit Greece on July and you will understand what I mean.

4.The English pronunciation is to die for. They talk and I feel amazed.

5.Thanks to Starbucks, we have free wifi and can charge the empty batteries of the camera.

All my best,
Silia

Dear Prague

Dear Prague

Dear Prague

Dear Prague

Dear Prague

Prague is only a 4 hour bus drive from Vienna.

Charles Bridge, astronomical clocks, illuminated castles, Czech marionettes, and black theatre were enough reasons to jump on the bus and finally visit this fairytale city.

8 things I enjoyed in Prague:

1.    Walking around the historic centre.

2.    Having fun with street artists and musicians.

3.    Renting a pedal boat in the Vltava River.

4.    Picnicking in the park Riegrovy Sady while enjoying the view over the city.

5. Trdelník, the most common pastry to find on Prague’s streets. I like it with Nutella and strawberries!

6. Hot chocolate drink at Choco cafe. 

7.    My hotel Rezidence Dlouhá 17 in the Old Town pedestrian zone.

8. My favourite cafe Černá Madona

“When you travel you are speechless, when you are back you become a story teller” – Ibn Batuta

weekend in Bratislava

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What I like most in Vienna is that it is situated in the heart of Europe, which means that you can easily reach other countries by car for a weekend excursion. Munich, Venice, Budapest, and of course Bratislava first come to my mind.

Did you know that the capital of Slovakia and the capital of Austria are the closest capitals in Europe? There are no other capitals in Europe which are as close to each other like Vienna and Bratislava. 50 minutes by car and you are in another country, where people speak another language.

So my dear friends, these are the things that I especially like in Bratislava:

1.    The city center with its Old Town Hall and Opera & Ballet House is small, picturesque, and easy to get around.

2.    Love for the Bratislava airport and its Ryanair flight connections to London, Rome, and Paris!

3.    All my love to the Lemontree & Sky Bar Restaurant. You can have an amazing dinner with the view of the illuminated castle of Bratislava.

4.    A smoothie and chocolate cake at the observation deck on top of the Novy Most Bridge with stunning views of the city.

5.    Walking on the banks of the Danube River and meeting friends over a cup of tea.

6.    Greentree Cafe in Bratislava’s downtown. Bring your book, order a cheese cake, and relax!

7.    Taking pictures of the funny quirky statues around the old town such as Cumil, Napoleon’s Army Soldier, Hans Christian Andersen, and Paparazzi.

Ďakujem

“To travel is very useful, it makes the imagination work, the rest is just delusion and pain. Our journey is entirely imaginary, which is its strength.” Journey to the End of Night, Louis-Ferdinand Céline.

Thermal Spa in Austria

Thermal Spa in Austria
Thermal Spa in Austria
 
Thermal Spa in Austria
Thermal Spa in Austria
 
Thermal Spa in Austria
Thermal Spa in Austria
 
Thermal Spa in Austria
Thermal Spa in Austria
 
Thermal Spa in Austria
Thermal Spa in Austria
 

Can you imagine yourself relaxing in an outdoor swimming pool looking at the Alps covered in snow? This is what I did in the Tauern Spa and it lasted one whole day! I was going from the sauna area to the indoor swimming pool and from the indoor swimming pool to the outdoor swimming pool! In other words, it was like heaven on earth, from which you don’t want to escape.

“But how? It is zero degrees outside!” he said.
“So what? All I have to do is relax, enjoy and forget the routine of everyday life.” I replied!

Oh, God of the Water World and sauna, are you listening to me? If only every Sunday could be like that…. 

Tauern Spa Platz 1, 5710 Kaprun, AUSTRIA

10 things to do in Budapest

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10 things that I like to do when in Budapest:

1.    Kürtőskalács. Write down the name and ask for it! I don’t know how to pronounce it, but it tastes delicious. One Kürtőskalács per day keeps the doctor away.

2.    Enjoying a coffee at the Café New York.

3.    Walking along the Andrássy Avenue reaching Heroes’ Square.

4.    Enjoying the sun at the tables of the Café Gerbeaud watching people come by.

5.    Gazing at the stunning view of the city from Fisherman’s Bastion.

6.    Savoring the smoked salmon filled with cheese cream and goulash soup in the Κiskakukk restaurant.

7.    Having a Sunday brunch at the Gundel Restaurant. Beware that you probably need a reservation, otherwise they don’t let you enter the door!

8.    Walking along the Danube River and watching the city lights is like taking part in a spy drama.

9.    Diving into the vibrant night life in the popular Liszt Ferenc tér and Ráday utca.

10.    The Shoes on the Danube Promenade is the saddest memorial I have ever seen in my life. It takes me immediately back to the day when the Jews fell into the river after having been shot during the World War II.

The Diamond on the Danube is also famous for its thermal baths. At this point I have to confess my disappointment for the Szechenyi Bath. It looks so beautiful in the photos, but I would never go there again. I am a Spa Therme lover and unfortunately Szechenyi Bath didn’t meet my expectations.

Szia Budapest… Köszönöm!

Holidays in Spain

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When the airplane brings me to Spain, these are the 11 things that I like to do:

1.    Throwing the handkerchiefs on the ground in a Madrid bar like the Spaniards.

2.    Greece is famous for its nightlife, but there is no comparison to what I experienced in the Spanish capital city! Does anybody stay home at night? Parks, streets and bars were more crowded after midnight than during the day!

3.    Taking the airplane from Barajas Airport to the Balearic Islands, or much better, to South America.

4.    Giving crumbs to the swans and ducks and hiring a pedal boat in the lake of the Retiro Park on a sunny Spanish day.

5.    A day excursion to Toledo for the landscape, the Toledo cathedral, and the El Greco paintings.

6.    Going out for the Tapas-Time or having a late-night dinner savouring Jamón Serrano, tortilla de patata, and paella while drinking Sangria!

7.    Stopping by a Churreria or Churro stand on my way back home after an evening of fun with the Spaniards.

8.    Trying to sing “Besame, besame mucho, como si fuera esta noche la ultima vez..” on a karaoke night in Barcelona.

9.    Visiting the Gaudí buildings in Barcelona and taking a lot of pictures.

10.    Going on a road trip on the spanish coast starting from Barcelona, driving through Valencia and at the end reaching Málaga.

11.     Having a Spanish course in Valencia and meeting other international people who try to speak in Spanish. You can search the internet and find out that there are so many interesting language courses. Believe me, it can be fun learning a language while having vacation in Spain.
Besos a todo los amigos en España. ¡Hasta la próxima!

28 things to do in New York

28 things to do in New York

28 things to do in New York:

1.    Having the feeling that everything is possible in a city that never sleeps.

2.    Straying into the streets like a lost tourist and out of the blue starting to take part of a film like a background actor. Am I going to be a famous??? Is Brad Pitt somewhere here?

3.    Going from Manhattan to Brooklyn walking on the Brooklyn Bridge, especially when it is time for the sun to go down and the sky becomes something a rainbow of purple pink red and orange …

4.    Going for a stroll in Dumbo and Brooklyn heights and wondering how life should be for a New Yorker?

5.    Visiting the Victoria’s secret shop in Valentine’s Day while listening to Whitney Houston sings loudly that she will always love you and thinking about my significant other.

6.    Giving myself a chance to a frenetic shopping on the 5th Avenue following in the footsteps of Carrie Bradshaw.

7.    Having an Italian dinner in the EATALY restaurant. But don’t make the hilarious mistake that I made myself to ask somebody where is EATALY, cause you will get the answer that EATALY is not in Manhattan but in the north of the Europe!!!!! LOL LOL LOL!

8.    Eating cheeseburgers and delicious fries in the hidden Burger Joint behind the curtain in the 56th Street or in the Shake Shack in the heart of Battery Park City although I have to wait in a long queue.

9.    Ice skating at Rockefeller Center.

10.    Having a Sunday brunch at Red Rooster in the heart of Harlem or at the French Bistro Pastis on the 9th Avenue.

11.    Visiting the Museum of modern art MOMA and having a lunch at its own restaurant The Modern. Besides the MOMA, I also like the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

12.    Taking a bus without having an idea of where it will go. But just be careful that it won’t bring you to the Bronx in the middle of the night.

13.    Visiting Columbia University and all of a sudden finding out that the persons mentioned in the main building are the Greek philosophers.

14.    Trying to understand how the metro works.

15.    Trying to understand where all these persons come from. Is anybody here 100% real New Yorker?

16.    After midnight shopping at Times square…I love you FOREVER 21.

17.    Eating cupcakes at the Magnolia Bakery. Oh my God, which one should I choose?

18.    Admiring the architecture of the Chrysler Building, Flatiron Building and the Woolworth Building and looking at the scenic view from the 102nd floor Observatory of the Empire State building.

19.    Having a coffee or hot caramel chocolate in one of 129 Starbucks Coffee stores.

20.    Needless to talk about the Statue of liberty. Taking the boat which departs from the Battery Park should belong to every tourist’s program who respect it.

21.    Visiting the china town, having a pizza at Lombardi’s in Little Italy, shopping and gallery hopping in Soho and Tribeka.

22.    Having a coffee in the Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village and definitely having a dinner at the Spice Market in the Meatpacking district.

23.    Relaxing in The High Line Park with views of the Hudson River. It is surprising that in this park dogs are not allowed but there is always a reason.

24.    Studying in the New York public library at 42nd Street.

25.    What about a fashion week in the Lincoln Centre?

26.    Enjoying a drink at the rooftop bar at 230 Fifth.

27.    Taking Citibike to the Riverside Park.

28.    Listening to the song of frank Sinatra “Start spreading the news, I am leaving today, I want to be a part of it “while having picnic in the Central park. Visiting the park on foot or by bicycle, both of them are beautiful ideas.

Those were my 28 things to do in New York!

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Holidays in the Greek islands

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20 things that I like to do when I am on holidays in the Greek islands:

1. Closing the eyes and listening to the waves of sea.

2. Endless beach parties.

3. Having breakfast, lunch, and dinner next to the sea.

4. Looking at the endless blue of the sky and sea without thinking anything.

5. Smelling the aroma of Greek bakery in the middle of the night that challenges you to go there and taste everything. The choice is difficult. Begin with tiropita, spanakopita and for something sweet take a bugatsa.

6. Climbing on the roof of a white church in Santorini.

7. Eat eat eat. Fish, Suvlaki, musaka, greek salads, and fresh fruits.

8. Discovering a hidden cave and swimming naked.

9. Renting a motor yacht and having a hop on hop off tour from island to the next island.

10. Spending the whole day with bikini and pareo.

11. Listening to Greek music such as the song of Melina Merkouri that says that the moon is made from paper and the beach is fake. But if you had believed her just a little bit, everything would be real.

12. Feeling the sea salt sensation all over your body.

13. Looking around myself and seeing happy carefree people.

14. Losing the sense of time. What time is it? Is it Monday or Sunday? Where did you say that we are now?

15. Participating in a Panigiri!!! Eat and drink like a local and dance Syrtaki or Kalamatiano with strangers.

16. Letting myself enjoy the Greek hospitality. It will sound strange, but only when I lived in foreign countries, I really understood what Greek hospitality is. When you live in Greece, you don’t really understand it because you take it for granted, but when you go to live in a foreign country, then you get it. Only if you compare it with other countries, only if you see a different side, you understand what Greek hospitality is all about.

17. Window shopping jewelleries that are inspired from the ancient Greek architecture.

18. Having a hot tan. Going there with a skin which has the colour of milk and coming back home with a chocolate skin.

19. Walking barefoot in hot sand.

20. Coming back to your country, looking at the photos that you took in Greece and spontaneously having a big smile in your face that makes you desperately want to have a bit of Greece in your life and forever.

Do you have similar experiences in Greece?

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