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Life is a beach

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Have you ever been to a desolate island? Samiopoula is such an island, a Greek islet situated on the south of Samos Island. All you can find there is one beach, one church, one taverna and a drove of goats that want you to feed them. I usually visit Samiopoula once a year. This time 24 friends of mine and me were gathered at the port of Pythagorio and they told us that we had to be there at 07.00. The plan was to stay there until 19.00. So you can imagine one day before, we prepared food supplies like we were about to go to a war. We made sandwiches, toasts, baguettes, we bought watermelons, bottles of water, soft drinks and beers, and we also brought cooked food on a baking sheet.

If it happens that you are in Samos on holidays, take your friends and make a one day excursion to Samiopoula. Small boats depart everyday from the port of Pythagorio. They leave you in Samiopoula, then you have to walk a little bit to get to the beach in the photo below. There are signs that indicate the path to the beach. Since there are not so many things to do in Samiopoula other than lying around in the sand, playing with a beach ball, taking some pictures or swimming all day, life there is a beach..but probably only in Samiopoula.

Weekend getaway

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MOLE WEST

Photo (c) Elena Azzalini Photography

Here is a weekend getaway idea for you: If you live in Vienna and have a car, or a friend of yours has a car and you two (or three, or four) want to do something different on the weekend and go for a breakfast, dinner, or for a drink next to the lake, visit Mole West in the Lake Neusiedl. As far as I remember they don’t accept reservations and on the warm summer nights this place is usually full. You have to be a bit patient until a table is free. If you want to have a dinner, go earlier than 22.00 because the kitchen closes at 22.00.
It’s a great location and the place gives you that feeling of being on a holiday, so it’s totally worth a visit in my opinion. I visited this place twice and both times we had a chat with a waiter who told us that he came from Hungary and I still remember that he was especially kind to us. The second time he even brought us some finger food even when the kitchen was closed. Overall, a nice experience.♥

Helianthus annuus

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Photo (c) Elena Azzalini Photography

Helianthus annuus aka sunflowers. Have you ever stopped the car suddenly, pulled it up to the side of the road and jumped into a field of joyous Helianthus annuus?
In Burgenland we found many endless sunflower fields on our way and as they are during the peak of summer, we didn’t want to miss the chance of snapping some photos among the yellow, cheery flowers.
My only concern was the bugs, the bees, all the possible insects and my biggest fear was the snakes but in the end everything went smoothly and we had some amazing pictures with a spectacular background. I just love to take pictures in the most incredible amazing places.♥

“If I were a flower.. I would be a sunflower. To always follow the sun, turn my back to darkness, stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds.”- Pam Stewart

Dear London

Dear London,

It’s been 12 years since the last time I visited you and I had that feeling that it was time for me to come back to you.

Although it’s been such a long time, I still remember some of the most famous spots around the city such as Oxford street, Buckingham Palace, Harrods, Big Ben, and London Bridge. But do you know what the most beautiful memory of my first visit is? The theatre and the musical “Cats”. I would pay again to see the same musical in the same city and listen to that song which goes like “Midnight, not a sound from the pavement, has the moon lost her memory?”.

On my second visit to that beautiful city, I had more time to explore and discover. But London, I have to say this. You are expensive. You are more expensive than New York and Paris. I mean, I knew that you would be expensive but didn’t imagine that you would be that expensive. Anyway, I still like you. You have been nice to me and I had a wonderful time walking around the streets and avenues.

Those who follow me on Instagram, you probably have seen some photos. Let me take you to the London city, through the lens of my camera.

Although I wasn’t so well organized because some days before my travel my arm was aching and I couldn’t stand in front of the pc doing the research I should have done, I managed to visit the following spots:

Covent garden / Trafalgar square / Camden Market / Old Spitalfields Market / Flower Market on Columbia Road / Notting Hill and portobello road / Big ben / London eye / Harrods / London Bridge / Borough Market / Soho / Piccadilly circus / British Museum

Some observations:

1.Everywhere at all hours I was listening to people speaking italian. What’s going on here? Where are the Londoners? It seems that Italians occupied the London city.

2.Nowhere in the world I have seen that sign in front of the traffic lights “look right/look left”. That was really funny and useful although pedestrians didn’t respect the red and green.

3.Around 20 degrees Celsius in July. Does summer ever come to that city? Visit Greece on July and you will understand what I mean.

4.The English pronunciation is to die for. They talk and I feel amazed.

5.Thanks to Starbucks, we have free wifi and can charge the empty batteries of the camera.

All my best,
Silia

The 500

the 500 The 500 – Oh, what a day! We went for a stroll around the city, the weather was warm and the sun was shining brightly. We explored some cool places where you can enjoy a drink with a view (stay tuned – posts are coming soon) but what really excited me were two things: a fawn pug with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face that wanted to bite me, or kiss me, or lick me (actually I didn’t understand his intentions) but it was fun anyway and also a vintage Fiat 500! Cute pugs and old cars make Vienna even more beautiful! If you like this photo, you can find more photos on Instagram.

Btw, the mini skirt in the photo below was made by me.

Pandemonium

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Photo by Jakob Reinfeldt

Well, after many grey cold days, sun came back to the Viennese sky yesterday. Jakob, who happens to be a talented photographer and a friend of mine, and I didn’t miss the chance to have a walk around the city. He grabbed his fantastic photo camera (which I am dreaming of having the same) and we snapped some beautiful pictures.

What I especially enjoy very much every time I write this blog is that I have to give a name to each post. I call this one Pandemonium because it is like an explosion of colours. The first photo of this post could have been taken somewhere in Brazil or Murano in the Venetian Lagoon, but no, it was taken in the centre of my beautiful Vienna.♥

What is in my beauty case?

What is in my beauty case?

What is in my beauty case?

What is in my beauty case? – I received one email and I was asked about the make up products I use and I thought I should write about it. Well, I don’t like make up that much, I’d rather say I avoid it most of the times, especially when I have to wake up early, I don’t feel like putting a lot of make up on my face. And I believe in natural beauty…!

Nevertheless, I will tell you about some products I use:

As a day cream, I use the “Make a difference plus +” from Origins, every day after I clean my face. Breakfast and day cream go together. This cream keeps my skin soft and hydrated. I first bought this product in Manhattan and fortunately I can find it in Vienna as well.

I am quite pale, so I believe I need a little bit of color on my cheeks. For that purpose, I use the Crème de blush No 2 from Yves Saint Laurent.

Fortunately not all beauty products are expensive. My favorite Volum’ Express Mascara from Maybelline is friendly to our wallets.

And now I am going to reveal my favorite lipsticks….
The No 97 Incandescente from Chanel…so sexy, hot red, french and classy! And the “Im-Passioned” from MAC cosmetics. I love them both. Two more lipsticks that I like are from Yves Saint Laurent: Rouge Volupte No 13 and No 11.

This products fit my colors and skin perfectly, and that doesn’t mean they fit you as well. Try them before you buy them.

Thank you for asking and never forget that happy girls are the prettiest girls and that all you need is a spontaneous smile!♥

Beaulieu

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Two are my favourite french bistros in Vienna: Beaulieu and Le Bol.

So, If you wake up one day and feel the need of having/tasting/living something French (like often happens to me), there is no need to go to Paris because you can find it in the heart of Vienna. Something French like baguette, quiche, and tarte au citron.What I especially like in this bistrot is the flower motif tiles adorned by flower buds and stems and its romantic atmosphere. ♥

Herrengasse 14, 1010 Wien

Let it snow

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Let it snow – We were waiting for some snow flakes for a long time and at the moment of writing this post the city is finally dressed in white. I tried to find a little bit of time to go out and enjoy it despite the freezing weather below zero.

Although we were waiting for the snow to come, I have to admit that I would love to get rid of all this heavy clothes, wear a mini skirt and a t-shirt , and escape to a dreamy warm exotic place, somewhere in the Caribbean, for example. Vienna is beautiful but the winter here lasts unfortunately longer than the summer. Anyway, instead of mini skirt and t-shirt, I wear red boots that I bought in Manhattan, a long white coat from Benetton, and a red beret. I like the contrast between the colors, white red and black! Let it snow!

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