Vienna Ball season – I have some great news. First of all, travelling starts over again for TVG (=The Viennese Girl). I am leaving for Italy tomorrow together with Anastacia for one week. This is the first press trip for the year 2017. It is organised by ENIT-Italia. Check out our Instagram channels for daily updates. And the second good news is that Lorin from Canaj Visuals did one more amazing video for The Viennese Girl blog and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did filming it. Thanks to the invitation from the Ball der Wiener Sängerknaben, who gave us the opportunity to attend their Ball and create this beautiful video. It was also an opportunity to get together, talk, laugh, dance and forget all the rest…for a night! What do you think about the choice of the music? Lorin initially had the idea to go for a classical Mozart song, but I thought that we should give to the ball a more young modern touch, and so we went for the song,“Falling”, from Secrets in Stereo. In general, I never thought that The Viennese Girl would ever have videos. But look how things turned out! Unexpectedly good! Fairy tale styling hair was from my all time favourite hair salon B.lounge Vienna, and my pink pastel dress was from Peek&Cloppenburg. Hope you like it and you get the chance to visit a ball during the Vienna Ball season.♥
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All photos of the hotel were taken by me
Royal Mansour Marrakesh – As you might already know, here, on The Viennese Girl blog, we are living for fairy tale moments. Such was my stay at Royal Mansour. At Royal Mansour, Edisa and I felt like two little princesses. And that’s just one of hundreds of reasons why we can’t forget this property ever since we left.
The whole experience felt so otherworldly right from the beginning. The staff of Royal Mansour picked us up from the airport and guided us through the VIP security and passport control while everyone else was waiting in another long line. That was the first hint that the following days would be phenomenal.
We hadn’t slept the previous night because our flight was very early in the morning. But the staff at Royal Mansour and the way they treated us made us forget all the fatigue. Who actually cares about a sleepless night if you know that the next day you get the best spa and dining experience you have ever had in your life?
Royal Mansour Marrakesh sets the standards very high. I’ve been traveling the world for years, from South America to USA, from the whole of Europe to the Middle East, and all the way to Asia. I never experienced something like this before. I remember one night I went to the reception and while I was waiting for some documents to be printed, I was looking at the ceiling and couldn’t believe my eyes. Throughout our stay we were looking around in awe, floored by the one of a kind architecture and decor of the palace.
That was it. For the five days we spent at Royal Mansour Marrakesh, we decided not to step out of the palace. We wanted to enjoy each and every moment of a 5 star luxury experience and completely forget the outside world. This is something I never do. When I visit a city for the first time in my life, I always leave the luggage at the hotel room and go out to explore the place…But Royal Mansour’s magical atmosphere captivated us not only for five days, but eternally.
There is so much to tell you. But how can words alone adequately describe all this magic?
At Royal Mansour Marrakesh we had our own Riad, a traditional Moroccan house of three floors. It was the Riad number 10. I literally loved every inch of it: the little patio once you step in, the little fountain with the relaxing sound of the falling water, the mosaics, the huge living room on the ground floor, the bedroom on the first floor, and the terrace with the little pool on the third floor. I felt so much at home. Our clothes were all over the closet and there was enough space for everything. Our cosmetics were all over the bathroom and our shoes were standing in the entrance hall. We were running up and down the floors and as days passed by, the Riad number 10 became ours, our beautiful home.
In the morning, breakfast was served a la carte. We could have it either on the roof terrace of our Riad or in the in the main courtyard around the olive trees.
We spent all evenings in the public lobby, sipping Moroccan tea and listening to a young lady singing in a language we didn’t understand. It must be love songs, I guess. We loved looking at her while the white gloves wearing butler was pouring us mint tea with such attentive care. Those evenings were something out of a fairy tale.
On our last day at Royal Mansour we found some books in our living room that documented stories of people who have visited Royal Mansour.. The guests of Royal Mansour were as special as the palace is. So, we opened the book with so much curiosity to read the stories in it. One of my favorite stories was of a photographer who said: “What’s the weather forecast? What difference would it make in any case, even if I knew? Just as long as there’s clear blue sky, everything will be fine. I’ve spent the whole day framing shots and setting up compositions for tomorrow’s shoot, taking masses of Polaroids and making my own sketches”.
Every night, a little bit before we go to sleep, we wandered along the alleyways and enjoyed the tranquility of the palace. We never met anybody during our little strolls apart from that night when a wedding party was held. That was evidence that this palace is a haven where you can enjoy high exclusivity and privacy. Here, peace and privacy radiate through.
All the words in this post was written with charged feelings of nostalgia. I am awash with nice memories from Royal Mansour. We were sad to leave, but on the other hand, I knew I was privileged to experience such extravagance and royalty, and I hope it will not be long before I go back again. You know, during our stay, I saw them building new oasis gardens with a new large swimming pool and 7 private pavilions. Those are for sure some of the hundred reasons to go back to Royal Mansour. Best hotel experience. Ever. ♥
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.
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 ♥.
All photos were taken by me
Maldives has always lived in my mind like a place of paradisiacal beauty destined for honeymooners only. Is it because the media promoted it like that? Maybe! However, Maldives is not for honeymooners only and I am glad that I had the chance to experience holidays in the Maldives with friends!
I was in Paris when I got the invitation from my friend, Michelle from Travel Junkie Diary, to join her in an exciting trip to the Maldives. To be honest, I didn’t believe that an invitation like that would ever come my way, because you know, some things are just too good to be true. Nevertheless, when I came back home to Vienna, Michelle and I started getting into the details about our next travel adventure on a luxury private island resort called Coco Prive Kuda Hithi in the Maldives. My wish to escape the cold winter in Europe has been heard.
Flying over Maldives with Fly Dubai treated us to a bird’s eye view of the islands, sandbars, and lagoons. In addition, the views were a hint of how beautiful the following days would be. What I’ve been seeing in travel brochures for the longest time was unfolding in front of my eyes.
When we arrived at Malé International Airport, we were picked up and transferred by a private yacht to the private island of Coco Prive Kuda Hithi in the Maldives. Once my feet touched ground on this little island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, I knew I would love it forever. I can list a million reasons why I love this place so much like nothing else in the world, but words will never be enough to describe the beauty of this private island resort and how it made me feel. I hope that at least the pictures in this blog post will give you an idea, but I still need to add here that the whole experience was just unreal and beyond any expectation.
More photos here… ♥
One week in Marrakesh was just perfect. I wouldn’t go for less. Of course, if you don’t have as much time at your disposal, then you can always go for less…I am just saying that at least one week is needed to enjoy this beautiful city.
I loved Marrakesh, its vibes and its colours. I was afraid that it would be a little bit dangerous for two girls to go there alone but when we got there I realized how wrong my initial worries were. There was chaos on the streets, of which I am not used to (because in Vienna there is order everywhere). But other than that, there is absolutely no problem as long as you dress up correctly and you don’t do anything provocative. You should always be careful in the night or during the early morning, but during the day there is nothing to worry about. We stayed at the hotel La Mamounia which is very close to the Medina (old town of Marrakesh). We could reach the Medina either on foot or by taxi. However, my favorite mean of transport was the tuk tuk (auto rickshaw in English). That was so much fun.
I am afraid I am not able to give you all the Marrakesh insider tips and the hidden gems that you might be looking for. I only stayed there for one week, which was only enough time for the basics. However, I hope you still find the following tips and recommendations of mine helpful, so here we go:
- Find a taxi driver from your hotel. They are usually very nice and helpful and they always say “Yes madam, yes madam”. If you are lucky enough to find someone who is as nice as our taxi driver was, he will show you around, he will drive you from one place to another, he will wait for you out of every monument, for as long as your visit lasts. And regarding the money, the service will be absolutely affordable. At the end of the day, we gave our own taxi driver more money than he asked for because he was just too kind and helpful.
- Everybody told me: go to the Jardin Majorelle garden. But go early in the morning, at the time of the opening if possible. We didn’t manage to wake up early enough, although we wanted to. Jardin Majorelle is beautiful, but it’s way more beautiful without crowds and other tourists haha. And the cafe of the garden…oh my God!! So adorable!
- Nomad & Le Jardin: favorite restaurants in Marrakesh. We went to Nomad two times and if we had more time in Marrakesh, we would go there every evening. The restaurant is just unbeatable, both food and environment. Ask to meet Karim, the manager of Nomad. We can’t forget how nice he treated us.
- Although the Medina is way more interesting, I would suggest that you also look around the new city of Marrakesh called Guéliz.
- Don’t miss the Bahia Palace.
I miss the days and the nights in Marrakesh. They were made of pure magic and glitter. Generally, traveling out of Europe gives me the biggest happiness. With that being said, I am happy to announce that there is one more travel coming this week. I am flying to Dubai to meet my friend Michelle Karam from Travel Junkie Diary. She invited me to visit her, and then we fly together to the Maldives with Fly Dubai. Follow along on Instagram and check the hashtag #travelwithTJD for updates. ♥
All photos of the hotel are taken by me
Back in the mid of September, I had the opportunity to travel to Morocco and spend three amazing nights and even more amazing days at La Mamounia, a palace-hotel in Marrakesh. It was actually a trip that my friend Edisa and I were planning for months; since last May to be more exact. Our excitement and joy at the chance to stay at La Mamounia Marrakesh were huge. Before we got there, we were looking at all the hotel pictures on Instagram and we were dying to visit that dreamy place too.
And then the day came when we arrived at a deluxe room overlooking the enchanting gardens of La Mamounia and the famous Koutoubia Mosque. This place had become my home away from home, a new world to discover. We spent a large part of the day at La Mamounia Marrakesh . Our days began with a delicious breakfast by the pool. Later on, we snapped some photos here and there before we head to the Medina of Marrakesh. For one of the evenings, we stayed at the hotel where we had dinner at the Moroccan restaurant in a romantic setting with candles. At the end of each day, we always took a stroll in the garden through the central alley, rose bushes, and orange trees. It helped us to digest our meal, and to let our minds wander before we go to sleep.
What a pity, time passes by so quickly when you are having fun. The day came when we had to check out, although we would have loved to stay a little bit longer, if you want me to tell you the truth… #LaMamouniaLife ♥
When I got the invitation for the trip to Chania, three things came immediately to my mind: amazing food, amazing weather, and generous warm-hearted people. It was impossible to say no to the invitation. Even with back pains, I packed my luggage (I have two, one was already packed with clothes from Paris) with summer clothes and a swimsuit, and left for my home country, Greece.
I never thought that in the mid of October I would walk barefoot in the sand in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, in Balos, and that I would still be wearing white summer dresses while the rest of Europe was freezing cold. Now I know. I know a place where there is still summer while winter has already begun in Vienna. Two flights with Aegean from Vienna to Chania, and I welcome summer back to my life!! Don’t hate me for this. With my little photos on Instagram, I wanted to take you on a journey, and to let you know a little bit more about this beautiful part of the world (which I guess you all know already).
At the airport in Athens, I was glad to meet a group of like-minded young people with whom I would spend the following days. During my stay in Chania we stayed at Minoa Palace. Note here that the hotel’s breakfast was amazing (I am drooling over it right now, it’s better not to think about it). Our daily schedule was based on the “senses”: hearing, sight, touch, smell, and taste. We heard Cretan traditional music. We visited so many beautiful places like the Kalathenes village, Chora Sfakion, and the fishing village of Loutro. We touched and smelt Cretan herbs at the Botanical Park. We had wine tasting and unforgettable dining experience at Salis restaurant. We ate sea food at Apostolis restaurant and had our last dinner at Santa Marina beach. Not to mention the full moon we saw on our last night in Chania’s old town. Especially that made it more difficult to leave Chania the next day.
Oh yes! I ate a little bit more than I was supposed to. But we were in Crete. When they put in front of you five dishes of fresh lobsters with spaghetti and traditional Cretan cheese pie, you just cannot resist the temptation. If you plan a visit to Crete, you can rest assured that the Cretan people will treat you right.
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. ♥
Once again, I immersed myself in the Parisian scene (if you are following along on Instagram, you probably know it already) for the third time this year, to be more exact. And I only took the essentials with me: a laptop, my mobile phone, and the TwistGrip, my new photography gadget. The goal was to create beautiful visual contents during my visit in Paris that I could then publish on The Viennese Girl blog and on my social media. So I only packed my essential photography stuff that I couldn’t do without and left for Paris.
Since this blog is all about photography, a personal web page where I share my photos with you, I thought you might be interested to get a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of how I capture photos. There are several techniques that I use to take my photos. In this blog post I am referring to the photos I take with my smart phone.
This year, Manfrotto launched the TwistGrip, a clamp that grips around your phone and helps you improve your shots with your smart phone. Since I am a sucker for all kinds of photography gears, I always welcome the opportunity to explore new photography products. I love to try and play with them and see what they can do for me and how can they help me improve my photography skills and knowledge. I am glad that Manfrotto sent me the TwistGrip to check out during my trip to Paris.
There is no way to attach your smart phone directly to a tripod. However, you can do so by simply using the TwistGrip, exactly as you would with your camera. So, what does the TwistGrip do? It helps you to produce more steady videos, avoid noise in dark places, and ensure outstanding photography quality. The TwistGrip is compatible with other different photography accessories and can also be attached to an LED light.
Those two shots of mine (shot1, shot 2) were taken with my smartphone, the TwistGrip, and my tripod. Both shots were quite challenging because of the bad lighting conditions. The first shot was taken inside the bar of my hotel in Paris (it was very dark) and second shot was taken during the sunset. But the TwistGrip, together with the tripod did the job. I am happy about that and addicted enough to have it with me every time I want to be sure that I don’t miss a great photographic moment. ♥
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