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Gallery wall

Gallery wall

I am not an interior designer, or have I studied design. But I do believe that making a gallery wall with pictures helps me to understand what I can do with my photos in the future. I’d like, for instance, to see my photos printed and hang them on my wall one day.

So far, I created 3 gallery walls in my little appartment, and through this process, I learnt a few things that I would like to share with you.

  • First of all, think of where in your apartment you can create a gallery wall. Where would a gallery wall look good? Do you have an empty wall in your apartment?
  • Take your time and choose the prints carefully. No need to rush through the selection. Ideally ask help from a friend (someone with a good taste). It’s also more fun to choose the prints with a friend, than choose them alone.
  • I think it would be best if you choose prints of different dimensions. That was the mistake I did the first time. I placed an order of prints of the same dimensions and I realized that this was actually a mistake when I started putting the posters on the wall. I couldn’t create a gallery wall, when all the prints had the same size.
  • The first time I made a gallery wall, I had envisioned the gallery in my mind. Unfortunately it turned out that what I had envisioned, didn’t look good on the wall. Most probably your gallery wall won’t look good immediately. But don’t let this dishearten you. Take the time to think what’s wrong, what you can do to improve ,and change the position of the posters until you are happy with the final result.

The posters on this wall are:
Naked lines no2 / Ink print no2 / Camera / Black shirt / Sun hat shade / Paris no7

I teamed up with Desenio to give you a discount code: The code is “SILIA” and it gives you 30% off prints* on all of Desenio websites between the 23rd-25th of March.

*Except on frames and on handpicked-/collaboration/personalised posters”.

In collaboration with Desenio

Numa Marrakech

Numa Marrakech

Numa Marrakech

Marrakech. First trip of the year.

Numa Marrakech
Numa Marrakech
 

Two years passed by since the last time I visited Marrakech. I missed it soooo much.

At the beginning of this year, I called my travel partner in crime Polina and told her “Hey, listen. It’s time to go back“. I expressed to her my strong desire to photograph the small riads in the medina.

Numa Marrakech

After a long discussion, we made a plan which we called: riad hopping. The first riad we visited was Numa Marrakech.

Numa Marrakech
Numa Marrakech
 

There is so much to love about Numa Marrakech: the entrance hall, the flowers, the colours of the walls, the breakfast, the fireplace, the selection of the furnitures, the terrace, the people who work there. Let alone the key location which makes wandering in the souks so easy, without having the fear that you will not find your way back to the riad. If you plan to visit Marrakech, it’s worth checking it out.

Numa Marrakech

For those who know me well, know my love for interior design and small boutique hotels.

Numa Marrakech
Numa Marrakech
 

So happy to be given the chance to photograph all this beauty at Numa Marrakech.

Numa Marrakech

Numa Marrakech

Numa Marrakech

Numa Marrakech

Polina and I are very grateful to have had the chance to stay at and take photos of Numa Marrakech.

Thank you to the owners Claudia and Mauro for being so kind and generous with us! Our Italian hosts in the medina of Marrakech.

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San Francisco

San Francisco

Some places on this planet seems to be so far away, so unattainable, and the chance to visit them seems even more impossible….

Until it happens. Read on, if you want to know, how I ended up in San Francisco!

San Francisco

I was invited to San Francisco by Samsung Austria to attend the Unpacked Event and to celebrate 10 Years Galaxy with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10. The Unpacked event took place at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and the evening party took place at the amazing terrace bar of The Proper Hotel.

I am not the best person to explain each and every new tech feature. What I can say with certainty is that there are two features that excite me particularly in the new Samsung Galaxy: first, the ultra wide angle lens (oh, yes!) and the partnership of Samsung with Instagram for the best Instagram experience on a smartphone. Exciting? For more informations, please have a look here.

San Francisco

In this blog post, I’d like to share with you a couple of photos I took during my stay in San Francisco, as well as a few city tips for food, coffee and cake.

San Francisco

I spent the first three days alone, going up and down the hills! It helped me a lot, that I had done online research for the city before I left Vienna. I can say, I was very well prepared and ready to discover San Francisco on my own. I suggest you to do the same, if you plan to head to a city for the first time alone.

San Francisco

Although my first three solo days were nicely spent, I was looking forward to spending the coming days with the good company of Nina and Greg (#TeamGalaxy from Austria)

San Francisco

What I loved about San Francisco: The architecture of the houses. All the cafes and restaurants that we visited. Pier 7. The sea lions. The area around the Palace of Fine Arts. What I liked less about San Francisco: Downtown San Francisco. The homeless people in the city center. Fisherman’s wharf area. The high prices of nearly everything.

San Francisco

Here is a list of the restaurants and the cafes that we visited and fell in love with:

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse / The riddlers / Petit crenn / Sightglass / Le marais bakery / Rose’s cafe / Media noche / Dandelion chocolate

San Francisco

I loved San Francisco. It wasn’t love at first sight though. It took me a while. Once you get to know the city better, you get to realise how pretty it is. And in order to get to know the city better, you have to get out of Downtown San Francisco. Explore the area around the Painted ladies, the area around the Palace of Fine Arts, Baker beach, Battery Spencer etc…

San Francisco

I have always find it hard to find the right words to describe beautiful things, places and experiences in life. Because when it comes to beautiful places/experiences, words become useless and poor. You have to go and see the view from Battery Spencer yourself, in order to understand what I’am talking about. Definetely a view that will never get out of my mind.

San Francisco

So far, I’ve traveled with @samsungaustria to quite a few places around the world: Paris, London, NYC, Ibiza and now San Francisco. We love making thousand unforgettable #samsunggalaxy moments around the world together!

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Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips
In this blog post, I am happy to share with you a few Milos travel tips. I hope that you find them useful, if you plan to spend your holidays on this beautiful Greek Island 

Milos travel tips
Milos travel tips
 

Milos travel tips: ACTIVITIES

Thalassitra sailing boat: Sail around the Milos coastline stopping at all the beautiful hidden beaches and caves which are only accessible by boat.
Archaeological Museum of Milos: Small, yet charming. Immerse yourself in the history of Milos and imagine how things would look like many centuries ago.
Sand museum in Plaka: Enter the shop to admire a collection of sand from all over the world and look through a microscope at the sand itself. 

Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips: VILLAGES
Plaka, The capital of Milos
Klima, a traditional fishing village
Firopotamos
Mandrakia
Apollonia

Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips: BEACHES
Sarakiniko
Kleftiko
Papafragkas
Firiplaka
Tsigrado

Milos travel tips
TRADITIONAL CAFE     

Palaios pastry shop in Plaka: Stop by Palaios cafe and order some of the most typical Greek deserts. Baklava, kadaifi, galaktobouriko, for instance. Savour them in the back yard or take them away.

Milos travel tips

RESTAURANTS
Barriello for sophisticated Greek cuisine – Good food unites people
Sirocco for volcanic food!
Armenaki – order octopus with quinoa!
O Chamos – this place is unique! Please, don’t miss it!

Milos travel tips

Bar
Akri bar in Adamantas

Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips

HOTELS
Milos hotel
Melian boutique hotel
Salt hotel

Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips

Many thanks from the bottom of our hearts to the Municipality of Milos island, the Deputy Mayor Mrs. Sofia Vamvakari Psatha, our hotel “Milos Hotel” for the wonderful hospitality, and “Milos Rent a car” for providing us a car to tour the island.

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Milos island

Milos island

Let me take you far away…

Milos island

…You’d like a holiday

Milos island

Exchange the cold days for the sun…

Milos island

…A good time and fun

Milos island

Many good things happened last year.

But if I had to pick one and name it as “the best of all“, that would be the Greek island hopping that I did with Pauline.

Without a doubt. 

Milos island
Milos island
 

Don’t get me wrong. I am fully appreciative of all the great travel opportunities throughout the year. But there is just some kind of magic when a travel opportunity is combined with those three “s”: summer, sea and sun.  

Milos island

3 weeks of sea, sun and carelessness.

We left all our problems in the big cities that we live in, and embarked on an adventure to discover the Greek islands.

First stop: Milos island! 

Milos island
Milos island
 

In this blog post, I let the photos do the talking.

In the next blog post, I will share with you my travel tips for Milos island. 

Milos island

Feelings of gratitude for having been in Milos but at the same time…a great desire to go back. 

Milos island
Milos island
 

On Milos island we had the luck to meet one very special person: our travel guide.

We had a great time together and we hope to see her again the next time we visit. 

Milos island

Dear G., without you, our stay in Milos wouldn’t had been the same. 

Milos island
Milos island
 

Milos island

Milos island

Dress: 2the little store

We are forever grateful to all the people who allowed this trip to happen.

We say “Thank you” to the Municipality of Milos island, the Deputy Mayor Mrs. Sofia Vamvakari Psatha, to our hotel “Milos Hotel” for the wonderful hospitality, and Milos Rent a car” for providing us a car to tour the island.

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Puglia

Puglia
Puglia
 
Puglia
Puglia
 

At the end of September, I had the chance to cross another dream destination off my bucket list: Puglia, Italy. With summer coming to an end, I’ll admit my spirits were a bit down as I prepared for the dark and cold Viennese autumn and winter to come. But this trip perked me up and gave me a final taste of summery warmth and sunshine to look forward to.

Puglia
Puglia
 
Puglia
Puglia
 

I had never been to Puglia before this trip, so this was to be a chance to explore somewhere entirely new while speaking Italian all day long.

Plus — who doesn’t get excited about the food in Italy? Pizza, pasta, gelato, it’s an overwhelming feast for the senses and taste-buds. And, most exciting of all, my dear friend Pauline would be joining me on the adventure.

Puglia
Puglia
 

And now, I hope you will come with me! As I reflect on my time in Puglia, I want to share my tips, hot spots to visit, plus some of my favorite photos of the trip. Perhaps they’ll inspire you to plan your next journey to Italy — and follow a similar itinerary to mine.

Puglia

1st stop: Polignano a mare 

Oh, is there anything more exhilarating than arriving after a long trip at the gorgeous Italian coast? Polignano al mare, perched on the shore of the Adriatic, opens its watery gates to all those who travel from far and wide to stay here. And trust me — they do! The tiny town was jammed on the Sunday afternoon when we arrived, with tourists shopping, dining al fresco at cafés, and gazing out at the turquoise waves. For much of the afternoon, we wandered, but at points I had to stop and remember how lucky I felt just to be here in this heavenly spot. (Extra tip: Next to our hotel we found a place that was making yummy sandwiches with octopus and burrata that I will never forget. Yum!)

Hotel: Giovì Relais

Restaurant: Grotta Ardito

Puglia
Puglia
 

Puglia

Puglia

2nd stop: Monopoli

It was difficult to pull ourselves away from the intoxicating views of Polignano al mare, but the next phase of our excursion beckoned. Pauline and I packed up the car and drove to Monopoli. It’s a short drive — only twenty minutes or so — but still, for such a brief distance away, we encountered our fair share of wacky moments.

For instance, a man I’d never met before started singing a song for me featuring my name. “Viva Silia, welcome to Monopoli!” he called the improvised tune. A greengrocer share a few slices of fresh fruit with us, out in the fresh air on the street. A former craftsman brought us to the tiny shop where he used to repair shoes years ago. And we had a brush with fame — we saw a group of people filming a movie right on the beach. It was as close as we came to Hollywood this trip.

If you would care to spend a night or two in the charming town of Monopoli, check out this beautiful hotel, the Don Ferrante!

Puglia
Puglia
 

 

3rd stop: Ostuni, also known as the White City 

Like a castle on a hill, Ostuni is an enclave on a cliff overlooking more of that crystalline, sapphire water I treasure so much. The city itself is almost all white and there’s something very striking about that, as well as its wild cacti protruding from every crevice.

Check out Taverna Della Gelosia for a delicious meal!

Hotel: Masseria Grieco

Restaurant: Tito Schipa

 

4th stop: Alberobello, famous for its Trulli houses

At our final stop in Puglia — Alberobello — we met Valerio, the vivacious owner of our hotel. We fell in love with the Trattoria Terra Madre’s spectacular cuisine, and overall had a wonderful time.

The press trip concluded with a short visit to Locorotondo, where we had dinner at the restaurant Bina ristorante di Puglia.

Hotel: Palazzo Scotto

Restaurant: Trattoria Terra Madre

 
 

I came away from this adventure fully appreciating just how unique Puglia is — it’s an Italian treasure that will make an indelible impact on you. I would like to thank ENIT Italia, which in collaboration with the Region of Puglia and Losurdo Viaggi, organized this individual press trip for us.

And of course, big thanks to our new friend Pasquale, our amazing driver who kept us company as we roamed Puglia and took us in its stunning sites.

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LEFKADA KEFALONIA

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

On the 2nd of June, a group of journalists and I flew from Vienna to Aktion National Airport in Preveza on a press trip organized by the Greek Tourism board and My Austrian holidays.

That was the beginning of a great adventure. We were set to explore 4 islands in the Ionian sea: Lefkada Kefalonia, Meganisi, and Ithaka. Four Greek islands that I have never been before. I was excited to see these new places and capture their natural beauty with my camera.

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

Once we landed in Preveza, we were transferred to Lefkada island where we spent the first 3 days of our press trip. At this point, I would like to thank our travel guide Mr. Spiros Zampelis for spending everyday with us during our stay, and showing us around the beauty of Lefkada.

It was so nice to have a great guide, such as Mr. Zampelis. It made our whole travel experience in a new place so much more interesting and meaningful.

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

Travel tips for Lefkada

Hotels: Ionion Blue hotel, Galini hotel
My choice: Crystal waters hotel
Beaches: Pefkoulia beach, Porto Katsiki beach, Kathisma beach
Best Coctail bar/restaurant in Lefkada: Fly Me
Taverna : Burano

LEFKADA KEFALONIA
LEFKADA KEFALONIA
 
LEFKADA KEFALONIA
LEFKADA KEFALONIA
 

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

During one of those days in Lefkada, we visited Meganisi, a hidden gem in the Ionion sea. That was my absolute favorite part of the whole trip. In Meganisi we also had a great host. Mr. George Vasileiou-Mourkoyannis organized a very thoughtful daily program for us in order to make the most of the one day we had to spent on the island. Once you arrive in a place for the very first time, you need to know the right persons, right? ; )

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

Meganissi is for those who are into slow living, privacy and tranquility.

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

Take the ferry from Lefkada to Meganisi for a one day trip. But in my opinion, the best way to enjoy Meganisi to the fullest is to rent a yacht and a villa…and stay longer than just one day. For lunch go to the TOP sea food Tavern Errikos.

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

From Lefkada, you can easily get access to Kefalonia by ferry.

Travel tips for Kefalonia

The most picture perfect villages: Fiskardo and Asos!

Beaches: Myrtos beach, Xi beach, Makrys Gialos, Platis Gialos, Fteri beach, Skala, Pessada beach, Antisamos beach

Hotel recommendation: White Rocks

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

If you prefer to stay in Argostoli, please check out this amazing boutique hotel: Kefalonia Grand hotel. 

Argostoli has amazing pastries shops! Check “Glikon Esti”!

Taverna : Apolafsi

Fancy wine tasting? Go to Foivos

Points of Interest: The Cave Lake of Melissani

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

Travel tips for Ithaka

Cafe Margarita in Stavros village

Lunch at ODYSSEAS (Raftopoulos- Tzanetos) in Frikes seaside village

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

Many thanks to the Greek Tourism Board, My Austrian holidays and the Regions of Lefkada Kefalonia for the opportunity to visit Lefkada Kefalonia, Meganisi and Ithaka! 

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Folegandros

Folegandros
Folegandros
 

Folegandros

During this past winter, I asked some of my friends whether they’ve been to Folegandros or not. And the answer I got from most of them was a no. Neither have I. My immediate thought was, “we should change this”.

This was how a carefully planned trip to Folegandros got started. From a simple question.

One reason why I think none of my friends have visited Folegandros yet is because of Santorini, Greece’s most popular island. Santorini is very close to Folegandros, and if people have to choose between those two, people mostly choose to go to Santorini. I personally didn’t mind going to a less popular island. I was actually intrigued by the idea of exploring Folegandros and 100% sure that I would love it from the very first moment we touched ground. And I did.

Folegandros

Folegandros

I can still recall in my mind the moment we arrived at the port Karavostasi. We were super exhausted even though the trip on the fast ferry lasted only 4 hours and a half. We were exhausted because we had an early morning wake up call, as the ferry’s departure was set at 7am. But once we arrived, the magic power of the white washed houses in combination with Folegandros’s natural beauty had made our fatigue fade away and turn it into a state of excitement and euphoria.

We spent one week in Folegandros, ignoring what people had told us that one week would be too much. My answer to them is: “one week is enough to see the island, but if you want to really enjoy it, then you need to stay longer”.

Folegandros

If time and money were not an issue, then I would suggest: stay, relax, enjoy.

Folegandros

Folegandros

Folegandros

Three things I noticed during my stay in Folegandros: 
  • June is a wonderful month to visit Folegandros. The island is not jammed, which makes your stay on the island very enjoyable. 
  • The island offers high quality accomodations to the most discerning travelers. It has a great variety of amazing boutique hotels.
  • Also, the little fashion stores host incredible pieces made by Greek fashion designers. I fell madly in love with the Kori collection. 

Folegandros

Here is a list of some cafes/tavernas that we visited, in other words, a few things you shouldn’t miss:

Try the traditional dish “matsáta”, which is handmade noodles with rooster or rabbit

Mama’s Pita, Souvlaki House in Chora. We paid a daily visit here!

Chrisospylia restaurant for shrimp spaghetti in Chora 

Breakfast/brunch at Pounda in Chora / Traditional cafe “Lontzia

Eva’s garden restaurant / Pancakes at Parasagas

Folegandros
Folegandros
 

I want to remember this small rocky and longish island as a place I want to return to. Hopefully it won’t be long before I return.

Folegandros

Hotel: Folegandros Apartments

Rent a car: Evo rent a car

Outfit: 2 the little store

The Viennese Girl visited Folegandros island in partnership with the Greek Tourism board.

Special thanks to Mrs. Christiana Papitsi, Mrs. Efthalia Papadopoulou and Mr. Konstantinos Magkas. 

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Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites

Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites
Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites
 
Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites
Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites
 

As you may have already noticed on Instagram, last June I embarked on a great adventure.

I went island hopping in Greece. During my Greek island adventure, I stayed in 8 hotels in total. One of those was the Blue Sand, a charming Boutique Hotel that has views to Agali Bay in Folegandros.

I have done this in other destinations and I did it once again at Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites. I spent the first four days in the hotel and didn’t leave Agali Bay. Even though it was my first visit to Folegandros and we were curious to explore the whole island, my friend Pauline and I decided to hang around the hotel instead. Tell me if I’m wrong…

We simply wanted to soak in all the beauty of the landscape, breathe in and out, relax in our hotel room, and take as many photos as possible. And we couldn’t have found a better place to do just that.

Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites
Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites
 
Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites
Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites
 
Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites
Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites
 

Agali Beach and Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites had us covered in every way. We were within close proximity to everything our soul and mind needed: the beach, a choice of tavernas, a traditional cafe and wifi…

Plus, we were told that if we took the coastal path to the right of the hotel, we would discover three other secluded and unspoiled beaches. We did just that! Pauline and I love walking, so we didn’t miss the chance to go for a walk.

Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites
Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites
 

Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites

Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites

Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites

On one of those balmy summer evenings during our stay in Folegandros, our boutique hotel set up a beachfront picnic for us.

The team at the Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites created the perfect atmoshpere using stylish rugs, boho-chic pillows, and lanterns. They spoiled us with with cheese plates and champagne. We were lucky to have someone who knew how to do all this right.

Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites

Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites

I have always found it hard to find the right words to describe amazing places and unforgettable experiences. I prefer to let the photos above do the talking. All I know is that we were lucky and privileged to have spent a few days at the Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites in Folegandros. We feel forever mesmerized by the entire experience and we wish to come back.

So, thank you Katerina, Spiros, Vasilis and Panagiotis.

The Viennese Girl visited Folegandros island in partnership with the Greek Tourism board.

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