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Crete in October

Crete in October
Crete in October
 

Crete in October

Crete in October
Crete in October
 

Crete in October
Crete in October

Crete in October
Crete in October
 

Crete in October

Crete in October

Crete in October
Crete in October
 

Crete in October

Crete in October

Hotel: Lavris hotel 

While I was strolling the streets of Paris at the end of September, an invitation to join a group of journalists for a press trip in Crete organized by the Greek Tourism board in Vienna landed in my inbox. Needless to say, I jumped in joy! I can’t hide my love for Paris, and at the same time, I can’t hide my love for the Greek islands as well…

What I am going to say right now may sound strange but this was an invitation I was expecting! Why? Because for the past 2 years, I had the chance to visit Crete in October and somehow this trip became a habit that I wanted to repeat every October.

Not bad at all, if you think that in many parts of Europe it starts getting quite chilly and you hop on a plane with Aegean airlines, that brings you to a place where the sky is blue, sun shine bright, and you can still wear sandals and summer dresses and go to the beach! Who wouldn’t accept this invitation, right?

Apart from the fact that in Crete, summer lasts longer, this island has so many things to offer to visitors year around.

Below, you will find a list with things to do, where to eat, and places to visit in Crete. Those are the things we did during the press trip and hopefully they are a great source of information or source of rough itinerary for you when you start planning your next travel to Crete.

I would like to point this out, that Crete is a place to visit year round and not only in summer because of its mild climate and because there are plenty of activities that you can do, apart from going to the beach. Check out the flights of Aegean Airlines that flies you to Crete here!

During the press trip, we did many great things but I think that the best part was kept for the end: horse riding by the beach (thank you Maria Lavdaki for organising this extra activity for me)! Our press trip ended in the most beautiful way and I was the happiest!

Thanks to the Greek Tourism Board, Aegean Airlines, and Region of Crete for making this happen! Very grateful to be invited to join!

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Starck Paris

Starck Paris

Starck Paris
Starck Paris
 

Starck Paris

Starck Paris

Starck Paris
Starck Paris
 

Starck Paris

Starck Paris

Starck Paris

Starck Paris

Starck Paris

Starck Paris

Starck Paris

Photography by Stefan Kokovic

I will tell you a funny story that happened very recently. The other day, I went to the cinema. Next to me there was a lady I didn’t know at all..she looked at me and smiled. I looked at her and I smiled back. After a while, she looked at me again and she smiled. I smiled back. And then, she looked at me and smiled again for the third time but this time she also said: You are wearing a fantastic perfume! Of course I had to tell her which perfume it was and naturally she noted the name of it down on her mobile phone. I am glad she liked my perfume and I loved her honesty and spontaneity. I loved the fact that she asked me directly and that through me, she might have found something new that she will hopefully enjoy.

I caught myself reflecting on those two questions during the film: What is a perfume for you? And why do you wear it?

Have you ever asked yourself those questions?

The other day I received a collection of three Starck Paris fragrances at home: Peau de Soie, Peau de Pierre, and Peau d’Ailleurs. Each Starck Paris fragrance came with a little note with story that had me thinking of its creations and the messages they want to transmit. Peau de Soie is a paradox where femininity blossoms from a masculine bud. Peau de Pierre is a masculine fragrance which unveils its feminine side.  And Peau d’Ailleurs is an exploration into ourselves.

For the French designer Philippe Starck “to wear a perfume is to create one’s own territory”.

I personally tend to wear a perfume, not only when I go out, but also at home. The reason why I am doing this is because just a few drops of it have the power to make me feel good. And that’s the point of wearing a perfume after all, no? The inspiration behind the photos of this blog post was exactly that positive feeling that a perfume makes me feel. I wanted to transform this positive feeling into images and through the images to be a little part of Philippe Starck’s visionary world. 

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Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
 
Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
 

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
 
Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
 

All photos taken by me

Every time I visit Paris, I try to treat myself to an experience that makes every trip to the city a little bit more special and memorable. An experience that I will anticipate before the departure and hold in my memory forever after the return.

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris was this time’s special experience that I’d been looking for.

The last Paris fashion week came along with quite a few difficulties to handle… so, stepping into Le Bristol Paris on a Friday morning and having breakfast at the 3-Michelin star restaurant Epicure was exactly what my friend Polina and I truly needed.

We sat on a round table, right next to the window that overlook Le Bristol’s pretty garden, and forgot all the rest. We both opted for their signature breakfast that was served in a delicate china along with silver cutlery by Christofle, plus there was a small bouquet of red roses on the table that I couldn’t stop taking pictures of. While we were enjoying our breakfast and thinking how wonderful life can be, the maître d’ and his assistants were attentive enough to make sure we had the best time possible and that nothing was missing from our table from the beginning till the end of our meal.

Our breakfast at Le Bristol Paris lasted a little longer than it actually should have and we are completely aware of this. But we loved the food, calm atmosphere, and immaculate service so much that it was hard for us to leave.

Tip: if you go to Le Bristol Paris, look for the lucky kitty who happens to reside in the property for free! 

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3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam
3 days in Amsterdam
 

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam
3 days in Amsterdam
 

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam
3 days in Amsterdam
 

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam
3 days in Amsterdam
 

Amsterdam holds a very special place in my heart because it was my first travel abroad at the age of 18, and it was a trip organized all by myself.

Why to the Netherlands? I had a pen pal who was living in a little town in the countryside, called Gouda, and the plan was to spend one week with her at her place. Back then, Instagram and Facebook didn’t exist, and if you had a friend abroad, you didn’t chat online, but you were sending letters written by hand in order to stay in touch.

All those years, since the age of 18, I always wanted to go back to Amsterdam but it never occured. Until the day an invitation to travel to Amsterdam, while I was vacationing in Mykonos, popped up in my inbox. I was invited by an advertsing agency from Germany to join a small group of creative minds in Amsterdam for a photography project (look for #smartinstabattle on Instagram). How cool is that? And this is how, more or less, I found myself in Amsterdam at the end of September. I was thrilled to be back.

I thought I should write a few words from this experience and share a few photos from the hotel where I stayed, as well as a bunch of insteresting venues that you want to add to the list of places to visit for your next Amsterdam trip.

Day 1:  Together with the team, we had dinner at The Lobby restaurant. The Lobby is situated on the groundfloor of the Hotel V Nesplein and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. I will definetely come back to this place for one more delightful dinner with candles.

Day 2: After spending a wonderful day with my friend Rebecca driving around the city of Amsterdam in an effort to take the best Instagram picture, I was quite tired in the evening. The best way to end the second day was dining at the Bar Brasserie OCCO which is located at The Dylan hotel in central Amsterdam. That was exactly what I needed for this night: Relaxed ambience, great food and a litte bit of me time. Next time I should remember to check The Vinkeles restaurant (located in the same hotel)!

Day 3: Although there are great museums to visit in Amsterdam, I preferred to spend half of the day walking leisurely through the streets and getting lost in the canals and in the bridges, before I caught the flight to Paris.

Amsterdam tips: Check Benji’s for Balinese vibes in Amsterdam, Van Stapele for the best cookies in the world, Corner Bakery for breakfast and brunch, and Kanarie Club for the best meals, drinks and bites all day, every day!

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Feelin good

Feelin good

Feelin good
Feelin good
 

Feelin good

Feelin good
Feelin good
 

Within the last month, I travelled to four different countries in Europe. They were mostly for work!  As hectic as my schedule sounds, I know how fortunate I am to have a job that constantly keeps me happy and enthusiastic about life.

But it is worth noting that having a busy lifestyle made me realize the importance of taking a moment to pause at home between one travel to the next. This allows for a much needed downtime for recreation and relaxation. My biggest ally in this crazy lifestyle for the past few months is Vichy skin care products.

During one of the breaks that I got to spend at home, I took the pictures that you see on this blog post. The photos feature a bunch of things that I use everyday: a calendar, my computer, a perfume, plus the LIFTACTIV vitamin C brightening skin corrector.

Every time I receive a product from Vichy, I try it out on my complexion. I also take the time to research the product and its ingredients. I don’t let myself spend money senselessly. I read the product reviews, what other people say about the product, and I examine each and every ingredient that the product is made of. I make sure I know what they can really do for me and why I need them. In other words, stay informed and use a product consciously.

This time Vichy sent me the LIFTACTIV vitamin C brightening skin corrector in a small bottle with a dropper that contains 15% pure Vitamin C + vitamin E.  It is paraben, alcohol and fragrance free and promises to deliver clinically proven results. It’ll leave you with a brighter and firmer skin in just 10 days.

So, I am going to use this little bottle for the next 10 days that I will be at home. As for you? My advice is the same as my previous blog posts: Always remember there is no magical cream that will do magic on your skin. It’s up to you to take care of yourself, don’t stress too much, choose a healthy lifestyle, use a high quality product and see your skin shine every morning.

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At home with my Essenza mini

At home with my Essenza mini

At home with my Essenza mini
At home with my Essenza mini
 

At home with my Essenza mini

At home with my Essenza mini
At home with my Essenza mini
 

At home with my Essenza mini

At home with my Essenza mini
At home with my Essenza mini
 

Exactly one year ago I moved into a small apartment on my own. In the beginning, it felt kinda of weird having to fit all my stuff in a 30qm apartment. But I tried to see the bright side and find ways to make things work out.

Moving into a smaller apartment is not necessarily a bad thing. It was for sure an experience that has taught me a lot. It taught me the importance of simplicity and minimalism. I learned to live with less, to say good bye to useless things I had gathered over the years, and keep only the essentials.

For example, when I first moved in, the previous tenant had left a huge kitchen table in the small apartment. Getting rid of this big table for four and replacing it with a table for two made a huge positive difference to the apartment. The table for two definitely fits better in the living room. Almost all of the things that you find in my apartment needs to fit two criteria: mini and essential. Regarding the style, I keep things simple and minimalistic. And regarding color, I keep them mostly white with a few black, gold and pink details.

I have never posted any photos of my new little apartment on this online photography space of mine. This changed when Nespresso sent me the Essenza mini coffee machine!. As you can see from the photos, it is smaller than a vase with roses. Nespresso’s smallest and cutest machine fits in my apartment perfectly! Like many of you that resides in the city, living space is often limited. Yet we coffee lovers can’t live without our coffee! Thanks to Nespresso at home, space is no longer an issue. You can put the Nespresso Essenza mini just about anywhere. Coffee lovers rejoice!

One week ago, I gave 3 options to my IG friends on Stories and asked them where to place the coffee machine in the apartment. Now, the ultra-light and ultra-compact Essenza mini sits nicely on my round side table next to the window. I don’t think it will move from there anytime soon, unless I move out from this apartment.

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50 years MARC O’POLO

50 years MARC O'POLO

50 years MARC O'POLO

50 years MARC O'POLO

50 years MARC O'POLO
50 years MARC O'POLO
 

50 years MARC O'POLO

50 years MARC O'POLO

50 years MARC O'POLO

50 years MARC O'POLO

50 years MARC O'POLO
50 years MARC O'POLO
 
50 years MARC O'POLO
50 years MARC O'POLO
 

50 years MARC O'POLO

Photos: Katharina Vukadin

I didn’t plan on leaving Paris for any reason during my one month stay in the city. But on the other hand, who can say no to a huge party that MARC O’POLO was throwing for its 50th years celebration in Munich. 50 years MARC O’POLO! What a great number to celebrate, right? (I wish my business will last that long as well ; ) )

The 50 years MARC O’POLO party was the official reason for my short trip to Germany. My love for the sophisticated simple design and chic style that distinguish Marcopolo’s garments was the reason that made me wake up at 06:30 on the 06th of July and fly from Paris to Munich.

Upon arrival in Munich, I was treated like a fashion blogger, although I am far away from fashion blogging. But I must admit… it was fun! The MARC O’POLO team organized an exclusive styling lounge with hair & make up artists, as well as stylists who helped me put an outfit together and got my hair and make up done. I chose to wear a green midi skirt with a black top and black high heels.

My make up artist was Tinka Luptakova. I asked for her name intentionally because she was so good with her work, and I would definitely recommend her to you in case you are looking for a make up artist in Munich.

The photos in this blog post were taken by my friend Katharina, who lives, studies, and works as a photographer in Munich. I was glad that she was able to come visit me at the hotel, took my camera, and shot a couple of pictures for The Viennese Girl blog while I was getting ready.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos from the party that followed after because I decided to leave my camera in the hotel room so that I can enjoy the party. You have to believe me, it was a blast! If you followed along on my Instagram Story, chances are you have seen the fashion show and saw Robbie Williams on stage! He was amazing! ♥

Zagorochoria

Zagorochoria

Zagorochoria

Zagorochoria

 
 

 

 

 

 

At the end of May, I joined a group of journalists and together we flew from Vienna to Athens with Aegean Airlines on a press trip organized by the Greek Tourism Board.

I actually joined two trips powered by the Greek Tourism Board in the course of the last two months. Let me make it a little bit more clear for you.

On the first press trip we visited Athens, Ioannina, ZagorochoriaSivota, Parga, Paxoi, and Antipaxoi. After that trip ended, I came back to Vienna for a few days and then left again for Karpathos for the second press trip. Yeap, I am lucky, I know!

On the first trip, Athens was actually just a stop over, because there is no direct flight from Vienna to Ioannina. The two first photos of this blog post were taken at Grecotel Cape Sounio, where we had a welcome lunch by the pool. I loved everything about this short visit at Cape Sounio. The 5 star resort is situated in an idyllic location and has great views of the sea and Temple of Poseidon. They treated us to delicious Greek mezedes. We couldn’t have started the press trip in a better way. It got me immediately into Greek spirit and in the mood for holidays (although this trip wasn’t 100% for pleasure).

After the welcome lunch at Grecotel Cape Sounio, we went back to the International airport of Athens to take the flight to Ioannina (3rd photo of this blog post). We arrived quite late in Ioannina and spent the night at Hotel du Lac. Many thanks for the lovely welcome and dinner. If you ever find yourself in Ioannina and you are looking for accomodation you might want to check out this 5 stars hotel.

The next day we drove to Zagorochoria. Zagorochoria is a cluster of 48 traditional picturesque villages in the Zagori region. Here, we found very friendly locals who did anything they can do to ensure we had a nice time. This is something we have to mention and appreciate. What was the first thing we did once we arrived? We went for rafting in the Voidomatis river. Although I am not so much into sports, as you might have already guessed, I was excited to try out this adventurous activity. It was very nice and I was pretty sure that it would be so beforehand!

My hotel in Zagorochoria was the Aberratio Boutique Hotel. My room was very beautiful and the owner was such a warm-hearted person. My photos will give you a taste of how Zagorochoria is and what you should expect from this place, but if you need more info, please check here and here.

Now if you wanna know what I would choose if  I had to choose between mountains or sea, I would go for the sea. Blame it on my origin. My mother comes from a Greek island and I grew up in a city that was surrounded by water, Athens. I like blue hues more than green hues. I like to listen to the sound of waves. I like to dive in the sea and swim with the fishes (and sometimes with the sharks like in the Maldives). And after all, I am pisces. However the itinerary I describe in this blog post is for people who are seeking both: sea and mountains. I think it’s a great combination and you will definitely not get bored.

I am so happy that I had the chance to visit all those beautiful places and to feature them all now on The Viennese Girl blog. I hope I will always be able to show you more places from my homecountry, Greece, and inspire you to visit them for yourself.

If you have any question, please leave a comment and I will get back to you asap.

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Be sun smart

Be sun smart
Be sun smart
 

Be sun smart

Be sun smart

Be sun smart

Be sun smart

Be sun smart
Be sun smart
 

Be sun smart

Be sun smart

Be sun smart
Be sun smart
 

Be sun smart

Photography by Liliia Chuba

I can remember myself as a teenager. I used to spend my summers on a Greek island. Summer holidays for me were tightly associated with sun, sea and the beach. As teenagers, we had an entire month of holidays. During that month, my coevals and I used to spend all day carefree on the beach, totally ignoring the risk of sun damage to our skin. It didn’t even occur to us that UVA rays could cause sunburns. All we cared about back then was playing volleyball and beach racket, socialize and get a tan. Because being tanned was (and still is?) more beautiful to the eyes.

I remember that at the beginning of those holidays, my skin looked dull and pale (obviously because of the long winter spent being covered in clothes). After the over-exposure to the sun for one month on a Greek island, my skin became a colour similar to dark chocolate (very proud about it) and my cousin would have big problems with dark sunspots on his face. As for myself, I had less sunspots. I can remember him complaining about it and trying to get rid of all his facial sunspots.

Apart from all the natural remedies such as aloe vera, lemon juice and milk, VICHY comes with a professional treatment: Ideal Soleil anti-dark spots care SPF50+. I am glad that I got the chance to test this product for myself, and to write a few words about this topic and spread a little bit of extra awareness about the vital importance of skin protection against the exposure to the sun. I’am glad to also be able to recommend a product for my cousin to use before he gets exposed to the sun again during his next summer holidays. If you also face similar problem, consider putting this product in your luggage the next time you pack for holidays.

I would also like to draw your attention to this product, Ideal Soleil Anti-Sand SPF50, that just launched recently. It’s a new formula, enriched with Vichy Mineralizing Water to ensure skin protection. It keeps your skin hydrated and it has a velvety non-sticky feel, which allows sand to easily brush off of the skin.

My advice for this summer: Be sun smart, whether you are in the city or … on a Greek island savoring a slice of watermelon by the pool… just sayin’ hehe!

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