10 things to do in Budapest

10 things to do in Budapest

10 things to do in Budapest

10 things to do in Budapest

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.

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.

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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

20 things I enjoy 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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27 things to do in Paris

When the airplane brings me to Paris, these are the 27 things that I like to do:

1. Going to L’Éclair de Génie for delicious éclairs.

2. Going to Ladurée for the macarons. It is like taking a part in fairy tale. I am the princess and you are the frog. And what if i kiss you?

3. Going to Angelina cafe for l’Africain chocolate and the Mont Blanc. A ritual habit. Don’t think, don’t speak. Just taste and enjoy.

4. Sitting at the steps in front of the Sacre Coeur with many other tourists gazing at the Parisian Rooftops. And when the night falls, you start to fall for everything. J’adore!!!

5. Eating chocolate crepes in Montmartre. How many could you eat?

6. Going for a coffee/drink to the Cafè des Deux Moulins in the rue Lepic because you promised it to Amelie and she is waiting for you.

7. Shopping in the boutiques of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The credit card is going to suffer!

8. Thinking of my favorite French film “La Boum” with the hope that I will suddenly meet Sophie Marceau and she will take me to some crazy parties where people dance “Dreams are my reality…The only kind of real fantasy….”

9. Visiting the famous Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay and spending hours inside there.

10. Meeting friends in Rue Oberkampf for some cocktails.

11. Losing my way in Marrais and Saint Germain thinking of Edith Piaf! Non, je ne regrette rien!

12. When it is time for a flea market, all the roads bring me to Les Puces de Saint-Ouen.

13. Walking along the river Seine gazing at the stands of the second-hand dealers.

14. Flicking through books in the bookstore Shakespeare and Company.

15. Enjoying coffee at the famous Café de Flore and Café les deux Magots.

16. Wearing a beret and holding a Baguette under my arm trying to look like a real Parisian girl.

17. Pampering myself with a luxurious breakfast at the Hotel de Crillon.

18. Picnicking in the Jardin du Luxembourg with a candle. SUPER ROMANTIC!!!

19. The Trilogy of Happiness: French wine, French cheese, French baguette! My favorite cheese is Cancoillotte. I love to share it with Ratatouille because he always has something interesting to say about the french haute cuisine!

20. Having a sophisticated French dinner at La Ferrandaise restaurant!

21. Taking pictures of the Eiffel Tour from the Trocadéro, day and night!

22. Visiting the two islands Ile de la Cite and Ile St. Louis reaching to the Notre-Dame Cathedral with an ice cream Berthillon in your hand.

23. Stopping for a break in the Fontaine Stravinsky in front of the Centre George Pompidou.

24. Visiting my favourites Place des Vosges, Place Vendôme, Place de la Concorde, Place Charles de Gaulle, place Madeleine, Place de l’Opéra.

25. Sitting in one of the green chairs in the fontaines du Jardin des Tuileries.

26. The wall of “I love you” in Place des Abbesses. Don’t even dare to miss it! Oui Paris, je t’aime beaucoup aussi er pour toujours!!!

27. Having Picnic (or just bring one bottle of wine and two glasses, it’s enough) on “Pont des Arts” at the sunset. Bring a padlock, write something on it, and lock it forever on the bridge.

Is there anything to add? Have I forgot something? Mon Dieu! The list is endless…

Holidays in Istanbul

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22 Things I like to do when the airplane lands in Istanbul:

1. Feeling the magic that is in the air all over the city. It is that feeling that you cannot describe with words.

2. The beautiful view from Galata Tower and also from the Pierre Loti Café.

3. Drinking dozens of cups of apple tea and fresh pomegranate juice while strolling through the city.

4. Talking and laughing with the Turks. They are so generous, friendly and funny.

5. Exploring Istanbul by night around Istiklal Caddesi to places such as the Bar 360 with its amazing view.

6. Eating baklava and tasting all other Turkish sweets such as kazandibi.

7. Taking a boat for cruise to the Prince’s Islands and enjoying the Bosphorus.

8. Asking a DJ or live music group to play my favourite Turkish song Anlamazdin Anlamazdin… the song reminds me of someone!

9. Trying to find where my favourite Turkish film took place, especially the last scene which was thrilling. The name of the film is Issiz Adam! Love it!

10. Going for a hamam in the Cemberlitas Hamami Turkish Baths and all of a sudden learning that they have a special price only for Greeks and they do it just because. This is what why call love!!

11. Losing myself in the narrow streets of the Spice Bazaar and in the Grand Bazaar, preferably not in the weekend because it is extremely crowded.

12. Taking a boat to Kadikoy, a beautiful way to pass from the European to the Asian sides of Istanbul! Wandering through the crowd, you can find thousands of small shops, you can taste the Turkish coffee, doner kebab and more.

13. Trying to negotiate for a better price and manage to take everything in half price!!!!

14. Going for shopping in the street Abdi Ipekci in Nisantasi.

15. Asking from a fisherman to give you the fishing Rod and trying to catch a fish in the Galata Bridge.

16. Taking a taxi or a dolmus and let the driver drive you crazy…

17. Visiting all the monuments in Sultanahmet area such as Ayasofya, Top kapi, The Basilica Cistern, BlueMosque. They are next to each other. Don’t forget to visit the Archaeological museum.

19. Finding a beautiful Turkish guy and propose him that if you dance for him, he should then cook for you, like in the film “A touch of spice”. I don’t think that they will say no…

20. Taking pictures of the colourful houses in Balat, a different side of the city and playing with the children. If you buy them an ice cream you might have the honour to get a kiss from them.

21. Strolling in front of the Ortakoy Mosque when the sunset falls with the view of the Bosphorus bridge behind you.

22. But the best of all was the life lesson, that I already knew, but it is proven to me one more time. People who don’t have a lot of money are the people that they will treat you with the best way. They were the one that gave us to eat without wanting money, they were the one who told us “thank you for coming in Istanbul” and from their way, you could feel it, that they really meant it.

Seni Seviyorum İstanbul, çok teşekkür ederim, Tekrar geleceğim.

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