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The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

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The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
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The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

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The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
 

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

I still remember vividly the moment when I arrived in Dubai at the beginning of last November. I took off my black winter coat and I was the happiest. Warm weather always has that impact on me. It just makes me happy!

Upon landing, I was picked up at the airport and driven to The Ritz-Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre where I spent one night and one day, before my next flight to the Maldives. Everything was perfectly organized from Michelle and Dubai looked familiar to my eyes. Although it has been years since I visited this city for the first time, people have told me that many things have changed since then.

Dubai was actually a stopover on my way to the Maldives. I spend two nights at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre before flying to the Maldives , and two nights at The Ritz-Carlton which is located along the Jumeirah Beach during my return trip from the Maldives. It was nice to have the opportunity to stay and check out both hotels.

During my stay in Dubai, although I wanted to go out to see more of the city, I decided not to and preferred to spend the whole time at the The Ritz-Carlton because long flights and changing time zones made me a little bit tired. The pictures that you see in this blog post were all taken in both hotels.

I loved the suite at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre with its full sized living room and very comfortable king sized bed. I was lucky enough to be there on a day when they organized a food party in the garden. In addition to that, having access to an exclusive lounge of the hotel was an extra treat. Before I had to leave to catch my next flight, I stopped by the rooftop terrace and spent some hours gazing at the illuminated skyscrapers.

Regarding my stay at The Ritz-Carlton in the Jumeirah Beach, everything was perfect and I need to thank here Miss Chloé Perrin-Macgaw from the Public Relations & Marketing of The Ritz-Carlton Dubai for the great company, warm welcome and hospitality.

The only thing that I couldn’t stand during my visit in Dubai was the air conditioner. That’s because air conditioner is not common in Vienna, so I am not used to it. However I totally understand that for the residents of Dubai, having air conditioner everywhere is more than necessary.

This is my last blog post for 2016. I wish you all Happy New Year’s Eve.♥ 

Life on a private island in The Maldives

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Life on a private island in The Maldives

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Life on a private island in The Maldives

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Life on a private island in The Maldives

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Life on a private island in The Maldives

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Life on a private island in The Maldives

Life on a private island in The Maldives
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Life on a private island in The Maldives

Life on a private island in The Maldives
Life on a private island in The Maldives
 

Life on a private island in The Maldives

Life on a private island in The Maldives
Life on a private island in The Maldives
 

Swimsuit: Madame Shou Shou

All photos of the hotel were taken by me

Life on a private island in The Maldives – Upon arrival at Coco Prive Kuda Hithi Resort Island in the Maldives, we were welcomed with a drink and we were guided to our villas. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I had my own beachfront villa, named Manta Villa, that came with a private swimming pool, a spacious living area, and a large bathroom with outdoor showers! I felt like a member of the British royal family or even a celebrity (even though I am none of those). The island has 6 villas and they can only be booked as an island and not as an individual villa.

Imagine…a private island only for you and your favorite people! 

In the days that followed, I enjoyed snorkeling in the pristine waters, the spa treatments, and I practiced yoga. Everywhere I stood, there was uninterrupted Indian Ocean views. I loved everything. I loved the feeling of harmony everywhere on the island, the privacy and the maximun exclusivity. I loved the fact that I was spending the whole day carefree swimming in turquoise waters, having my feet on the unspoiled white sand and that the only piece of clothing that I needed was just a swimsuit. I loved exploring the underwater world and swimming among coral reefs with the turtles, reef sharks, and other beautiful sea creatures. I loved my daily fresh coconut drink and having dinner every night under the Maldivian night sky. Every meal was expertly crafted by a private chef.

One day, Coco prive Kuda Hithi organised for us breakfast on a sand bank. Do you know what a sand bank is? It is a very small island of sand in the sea. There is only white sand and nothing else. In the photos above you can see a sand bank, the endless blue and white around it. My favourite colors. Visiting a sand bank in the Maldives is a life experience.

The only thing that went wrong and ruined my good mood during my stay was that my 50mm camera lenses broke down unexpectedly and I couldn’t take as many pictures as I wanted. I could spend days and nights taking photos of this little island.

This was my last trip in 2016 and one of the best trips in my life so far. If one can only have one wish, I wish 2017 will bring me back to the private island of Coco Prive Kuda Hithi in the Maldives. You have my.

Fendi Vienna

Fendi Vienna

Fendi Vienna

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Fendi Vienna

FENDI VIENNA – It was a hard working day but I enjoyed every single moment of it. We began at 09:00 shooting with Carola Pojer from ViennaWedekind. At 12:00 we started shooting Vicky from Bikinis&Passports and Kathi from Ketchembunnies. Our goal was to photograph the girls wearing pieces from the Resort 2017 Fendi collection with Vienna in the background. I had prepared ahead of time a list of the most photogenic places in the center of Vienna. It’s not everyday that you get to photograph beautiful girls wearing beautiful stylish outfits. I look forward to many more opportunities like this one.

I can’t tell you enough how much I loved the total FENDI look, and mostly the iconic red and white skirt, that I was wearing that day (why can’t I dress up like this everyday?).

By the way, have you guys seen their fashion show that took place at Fontana di Trevi in Rome? If not, watch it here. It is pure magic.

If you are looking for something special to wear (especially now during the Xmas season), I recommend that you pass by Kohlmarkt 5, in the heart of Vienna, to discover more of the FENDI world on your own. ♥

 

Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris

Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris
Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris
 

Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris

Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris
Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris
 
Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris
Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris
 

Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris

Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris

Since I have visited Paris several times already, I had the pleasure of staying in many hotels and in many different districts around the city. This time, I had the chance to stay at the Adèle et Jules, a boutique hotel situated in the 9th arrondissement in Paris. Because I have been traveling so often lately, I have become very picky when it comes to accomodation. With that being said, I was happy to discover one more gem in Paris, that I could comfortably call, my home away from home.

During my stay at the charming Adèle et Jules boutique hotel, I paid attention to each and every detail of the hotel. What I noticed (and loved as well) was their attention to the details. The colors matched with each other, the quality of the mattress, of the bathrobe and of all the textiles that were selected for use in this charming Parisian boutique hotel. I took some pictures of the interior design so that you can have a look. I hope this can be a helpful tip for your next visit to Paris.

Apart from the interion design, I also loved that there was an ATM right next to the corner of the hotel (important when in need of cash). In addition, the hotel is only a few minutes walk from the metro station Grands Boulevards.

Generally, I do love small boutique hotels. The private atmosphere, the laid-back feel, and the peace that they can offer you are experiences to be enjoyed. And the Adèle et Jules hotel is for those who are looking for a new, modern, clean and centrally situated boutique hotel in a nice neighborhood of Paris and for those who love clever and positive decor. I will definitely come back to Adèle et Jules, our boutique hotel in Paris. ♥

Firenze Number Nine

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I spent the last days of July with my friend Edisa at the wellness hotel, Firenze Number Nine, in the heart of Florence. On The Viennese Girl blog, I am happy to feature all the beautiful hotels where I have had the good fortune to stay at and hope that you can use the information from my posts as useful tip when you are looking for accommodations, in this case, Florence. There were several things that I loved about this boutique wellness hotel, such as: the young and enthusiastic staff, the breakfast in the garden, the smell once you enter the hotel, the location of the hotel, our gorgeous maisonette, and the view from the big windows, to name just a few. I remember how quickly and easily Edisa and I adjusted ourselves in Florence, like we have been living there forever. Our boutique hotel, Firenze Number Nine, was our home, our starting point for our little adventures around Florence. It felt like “we really want to be here” and “this is the place to be right now”. On the last day, we also tried out the hotel’s spa department. Both of us treated our bodies to a relaxing massage that lasted about one hour. It felt so good having such a treatment, especially after a few days of taking photos and walking around the city, non-stop. Sadly though, after the full body massage, it was time for us to check out.. Can’t wait to go back! ♥

In the Alps

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When I got the invitation to visit Bad Gastein, I somehow felt like that it was going to be an exciting weekend, and although I had to study for the upcoming exams, I bought a train ticket, packed my luggage with warm clothes and left for the mountains without giving it a second thought. You have probably seen it on my Instagram that I have been to Bad Gastein but on The Viennese Girl blog I publish photos that you cannot find on Instagram.

That weekend in the Alps was extraordinary and magical. As you can tell from the photos, everything was covered by snow and although I was freezing, I was happy to be there, taking pictures of that dreamy landscape! Together with a group of like minded people we roamed around Bad Gastein, took photos, had breakfast at Haus Hirt, dinner at Regina Hotel, took the one-person aerial lift to reach the Bellevue Alm restaurant, rode horse sleigh, and visited the cutest hotel in the world Hansi Hansi. Those were my favourite moments from that weekend in the Alps.

During my return trip to Vienna I was thinking that Bad Gastein must be beautiful throughout the whole year. All green during spring and summer and all white during winter. I was also thinking of that room in the corner, where I spent one night, that had view of the snow covered mountains and the valley….that loft room in “Tessa”…♥

NENI Kochschule

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It was snowing outside but some other food lovers and I were keeping it warm as we were gathered at NENI Kochschule to indulge in the art of making good food with Mrs Haya. Although I wasn’t supposed to blog about food anymore because I am more and more into fashion and traveling, I thought I should make an exception (after all this blog is all about the things that I like and if I like it then I will pulbish it) and share my experience with all of you who love my Vienna tips, good food, and cooking lessons.

The cooking lesson lasted about five hours and I have to say, I wasn’t bored because Mrs Haya with her passion and temperament created such a cheerful atmosphere by telling us stories and showing us how to make the perfect bread, most delicious sweets, and mouth watering soup among many other delicious dishes, and time passed by without even noticing it. And I was really impressed by Mrs Haya’s good organization and professionalism. You know, it’s not easy to be a head of a team and guide 10 persons at the same time.

As you can tell from the photos, I tried to capture the beauty and the action and focused mostly on what we were doing and not on the people. There was a lot of movement, spontaneity and no natural light. A real photography challenge for me.

The whole experience was like a food party that took my memories back to Instabul and reminded me of my favourite film : A touch of Spice (don’t tell me you don’t know that movie). I have never experienced something like that in Vienna. Great music (even Greek music), great experience and above all…great food at Neni Kochschule.♥

New years resolutions

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In collaboration with BIPA

Photography: Tony Gigov

Through this blog, last year I managed to achieve things that I had imagined only in my wildest dreams. Some of those things include winning the travel contest and flying to Miami with Austrian Airlines and Chanel asking me to take photos inside the new boutique in Graben. Besides, I was invited to UK, Slovenia, Greece, Germany and to some beautiful parts of the Austrian countryside. All those collaborations, press trips and invitations to events made me feel over the moon and made 2015 extraordinary. Having the chance to collaborate with so many prestigious successful companies is mind-blowing and I wish that 2016 will bring more of it.

This time Bipa asks what my intentions are. What do I intend to do in 2016? I kept it to myself for a long time, elaborating on it in my mind and I think it’s time to reveal my inner thoughts. I want to work as a fashion/travel/product photographer (blame it on Instagram). Two years ago, when I started this blog, I was taking photos with my mobile phone because that is all I had. I soon realized that investing money in a DSRL camera was more than necessary so I bought my first Canon Eos 700D as a Xmas present to myself. After one year, I realized that I need an upgrade and sold my Canon eos 700 D to buy a full frame camera, so I got the Canon Eos 6D. Now I really need to upgrade my computer because after 5 years of use, I still wonder how it’s still alive.

All those past years, I didn’t stop to learn. Photographers are like teachers and doctors, they never stop to learn. It’s a non stop learning process. Maybe I should write what I’ve learned during the process in another blog post.

Some words for this blog post. We wanted to create a story of a girl who does a photo shooting in the center of Vienna. When the photo shooting is wrapped up, that girl goes for shopping, buys some flowers, takes the tram and returns home. The outfit should be comfortable, yet elegant. Comfortable black loafers and dark blue pants. You can look elegant, while you are taking photos.

To sum it up:

In 2016, I want to work. I want to make my photography portfolio and an online shop. I want to improve my photography skills (it’s going to be a battle). I only want to do things that I love. I want to change my personal style (because I can’t forget that day when a friend of mine told me that it’s conservative). And of course, I want to travel more because during all those cold nights in my little Viennese room I can’t help but dreaming of exotic beaches and crystal waters some where in Bali or in Morocco. I want to be carefree (not so realistic but I want it). Use the hashtag #ichhabwasvor to find out more.

How exactly will all this happen? I think it will happen with a lot of work, persistence, consistency, a lot of luck and support from people who love The Viennese Girl blog like I do, support from my readers and Instagram friends. I keep saying to myself: New Year, new opportunities and this is exactly how I want to envision it, in a very optimistic state of mind.

I will end this post asking you this question: How do you envision your 2016? #ichhabwasvor

Café Bar Bloom

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The more it’s getting warmer, the more I spend time sitting outside, somewhere in the center of Vienna, doing some people watching for hours, often forgetting that how much time has passed and other things, more important things must be done than watching people passing by for so long. The more it’s getting warmer, the more I feel the need to spend some time on a beautiful terrace with a bunch of good friends sipping wine, or even better, summer cocktails. Cafe bloom is the cafe bar of the Hotel LAMÉE and it has a beautiful terrace with view of the Viennese roofs of the first district and the cathedral Stephansdom of Vienna. Take the lift and go to the ninth floor and I will be happy if you are going to like it like I do. ♥

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