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Cyclades

Cyclades

I’d like to update The Viennese Girl travel blog and share with you these photos that I adore so much. This summer I was very lucky to visit 13 Greek islands and spend it between the Cyclades and Vienna. Some of the trips to the Cyclades were invitations/press trips and the rest ones were private trips. I travel, first and foremost, to take photos. But I also travel to keep my passion for traveling alive, to feed my brain and fill up my soul with feelings of excitement. I travel for my mental health and my well being : )

Cyclades
Cyclades
 

I am happy to publish these photos. They were taken with my new camera, the Fujifilm X100F. After a lot of thought and research on the web, I made the splurge. The camera comes with a big price tag, but it’s value for money. I am very happy with the camera and its performance. The Fujifilm X100F is lightweight and the quality of the photos is top notch. The best of all is that the focus is very easy to achieve. That means that my friends, who are not pro photographers, can easily take in focus photos of me, without me having to worry too much for the focus.

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Syros island

Syros island

At the beginning of June I had the chance to visit Syros island in Greece. In this blog post, I’d like to share with you a few photos that I took during my stay, as well as a few travel tips on things to do if you plan to visit Syros.

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Where to stay

Hotel Benois, Syra Suites & Syra Bay, Pino di loto boutique bed&breakfast, Ventoura Studios & apartments

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Where to eat 

Iliovasilema restaurant in Galissas, Allou yialou in Kini village, Aventoura restaurant, Savvas restaurant, Avantgarden cafe bar restaurant, Mazi restaurant (fusion cuisine), To tsipouradiko tis Mirsinis, Sta vaporia bar restaurant

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Cafes: Giosifaki premium cafe in Vari, Kyverneio cafe in Poseidonia village

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Syros island

Syros island

Beach bars and restaurants: The Ono concept, Ciel Asteria beach in Ermoupoli

Syros island

Syros island

Syros island

Syros island

Syros island

Travel agencies in Syros: Gaviotis travel, Siros travel

I’d like to thank wholeheartedly Seajets, Hotel Benois and Syra Suites for the hospitality, Syros Municipality and all the residents of Syros island who went the extra mile to make sure that we have a pleasant stay! Everything was beautiful indeed and I am already looking forward to going back again.

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Mykonos, the picture perfect island

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Upon my arrival in Mykonos, everybody was asking me the same question: “first time here”?
No, it wasn’t the first time visiting Mykonos, the picture perfect island. The first one was many, many years ago. My first visit, I recall, was based on a lie. I lied to my work and said that I was ill and left with a friend for a weekend in Mykonos, the picture perfect island.

This time, my friend Edisa and I got a little bit crazy during our stay in Mykonos because of all the beauty around us. We loved roaming around and let our instinct drive us through the alleys of the little town. If you visit Mykonos, pay attention to the details around you. You will notice that residents of Mykonos take care of their island. They really have a good taste about everything, they keep their island polished and this is a considerable reason to love them, right? With my camera, I tried to catch all that beauty, architecture and details as well.

In one of those photos you will see Petros, the pink pelican. Petros is the cutest bird I have ever seen. I had a quick conversation with the woman who takes care of him. She told me that there were three pelicans on the island. Now there is only one left. She set Petros free every morning and before the sunset, she is looking for him to bring him back home. If she doesn’t find her, she can’t sleep. Having and taking care of an animal is a big responsibility and this adorable animal left me to touch him and caress him. The woman pointed out that Petros doesn’t let anyone caress him. I guess this was a good sign that Petros and I became friends. What a pity I couldn’t pack him and take him with me to Vienna. : ) We also saw many dogs and cats on the streets of Mykonos. It seems that they were all taking naps and I am sure they were also annoyed by tourists like me who wanted to take photos of them.

Mykonos has the reputation worldwide of being a party island but for me and the way I conceived it, this island is something more than that. No doubt that here you can party until dawn, but this island has something special that you cannot describe with words. We had the chance to feel that “special” thing in the air, also thanks to the unbeatable hospitality at our boutique hotel Bill&Coo Suites and Lounge. Four days on this island resulted in more than 4.000 photos. That’s the reason that makes me call Mykonos the picture perfect island. The worst thing you can do is visiting this island without your camera, or forgetting your battery/memory card at home.

And as we are talking about the cosmopolitan flair of Mykonos, there is a lot happening in Athens as well. After Mykonos I came back to Athens to visit my parents. I would like to mention an event held by my friend Chrysanthos Panas. The Italian fashion desiger, Valentino, together with Giancarlo Giammetti and their good friend and jet setter Micaela Calabresi Marconi, visited Athens on Friday, March the 25th. They decided to visit Athens, for a three day city break so that they could see the beautiful city during the springtime – until now they have only travelled in Greece on summers. My friend, Chrysanthos Panas, owner of Panas Sophisticated Hospitality, Greece’s leading company of entertainment facilities and hospitality welcomed them and showed them the most important attractions of Athens. Among them, the renovated and historic restaurant Zonars in the centre of Athens, which now exhibits authentic paintings of Picasso, Matisse and Giacometti. Valentino and his company dined in Zonars on their first night in Athens and were thrilled with its amazing atmosphere. Giancarlo Giammetti signed his book “Private” and Valentino signed his book “At the Emperor’s Table”. On the second night they chose Athens exclusive members’ club Salon de Bricolage. Valentino loved the Salon de Bricolage crowd, which he said was full of “stylish and quality people”. Photos of the event here.

Bright side of life

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bright side of life
 

Photos above were snapped on my holidays in Santorini by Antonio Giannakos.

My return to Vienna hadn’t been as good as I would’ve liked. It was raining nonstop for two days and that didn’t help me at all to adapt myself smoothly to the city life. Leaving a place which has 30 degrees to go to a place which has 14 was very disappointing. I wanted to hide myself under a duvet, or even better, to press a button that would teleport me back to the magic Cyclades, but instead of that, I had to run errands all day in rain. September can be a cruel month for many people, I guess. Kids get back to school and adults get back to work. Whatever happens, always look on the bright side of life.

“Happiness is simply a habit of looking on the brighter side of everything.”Richelle E. Goodrich

Bright side of life