In the middle of last October I had the chance to visit Lisbon for the very first time, stay and photograph Baixa House. In this blog post, I would like to share with you a few photos that I took during my short stay at Baixa House. When I say short stay, it was a 3 nights stay, to be more precise with you. I feel very happy for the opportunity to photograph Baixa House, I loved the interior design, and I wish I will be able to go back and stay a little bit longer. As for now, I will let the photos do all the talking.
All interior photos at Baixa House were taken by me. This photo of me was taken by Beatriz, a Portuguese follower who then became a friend.
When you stay at Baixa House, you feel like you own an apartment in Lisbon. This is not a typical hotel. This is a five-star apartment building with several beautiful meticulously curated apartments. Curated in a way that it feels quite natural and effortless to you. The apartment I stayed at was on the fourth floor and it was called Gulbenkian. I had a balcony with a view, where every morning I could have my breakfast and every night I could see the moon from it (which is something that I love doing).
Gulbenkian was a lovely apartment. But during my stay, I discovered that there are also some other apartments which are very pretty as well, like Campo Grande, Ultra mar, Principe Real etc. You may want to check this place out, if you are looking for a place to stay in Lisbon. This might be something for you!
Lastly, a sweet shoutout to my friends from Urlaubsguru for their contribution to this trip. You guys, if you also want to escape from the cold, or if you are looking for the best travel offers on the web, I highly recommend you to check them out.
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Last June I had the chance to visit Astypalaia island. In this blog post, I’d like to share with you a few photos that I took during my stay, as well as a few travel tips on things to do if you plan to visit this Butterfly-Shaped Picture Perfect Island. For those of you who haven’t yet been there, those photos and travel tips may encourage you to consider Astypalaia island for a future island holiday.
Where to stay
Kalderimi traditional houses / Chrysalis boutique Hotel
Kalderimi traditional houses were love at first sight! The owners have given a lot of love and care for this special place, so the customers will feel like being in their own house. Sometimes, at the moment you check out of a hotel that you have enjoyed very much, you leave a piece of your heart…Does it also happen to you? I urge you to visit!
Where to eat
Agoni Grammi, Ageri restaurant, Aiolos pizza restaurant, Almyra restaurant
I’d like to thank wholeheartedly the Municipality of Astypalaia, and especially Mrs. Maria Kampouri for inviting us to explore and photograph their beautiful island. I love Astypalaia island. I simply love Astypalaia’s positive energy. I’ll never get tired of saying this.
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At the end of May, I got invited to join a group of journalists to a press trip to Leros island. The trip was organized by the Greek Tourism Board in Vienna in collaboration with Aegean Airlines. I’ve never been to Leros island before, so it was a great opportunity for me to explore one more Greek island.
Our stay was short though. We were there just for the weekend. Therefore, I don’t have plenty of photos to share with you! But I am happy at least that I can offer you an aerial perspective of view. Nope, I didn’t buy a drone unfortunately. Not yet! From the Castle of Pandeli, you can enjoy a great view to the landscape, the sea and the villages of Leros.
Four reasons to visit Leros island (in my opinion)
For the lack of mass tourism, the good prices, the authentic Greek island living, and last but not least, for the amazing Mylos Fish Restaurant in Agia Marina! Seriously, though!
Where to stay
Hotel Crithoni´s Paradise / Hotel Nefeli
Where to eat
Taverna to Steki in Alinda / Taverna El Greco / Apostolis Taverna Psaropoula in Panteli Beach / Mylos Fish Restaurant, Agia Marina / Cafe – Restaurant Glaros in Agia Marina / Cafe Kinezos in Lakki
Here is the online travel guide of Aegean Airlines for Leros.
More info regarding the island you will find at the official website of Leros.
I’d like to thank wholeheartedly Aegean Airlines, Dodekanisos Seaway, and the Greek Tourism board in Austria for inviting me to this press trip. And of course, the Region of Leros island and all the people that contributed to this trip.
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All photos were taken by me
When I landed in Athens at the end of August, I knew I would spend a few days in the capital city to see my family and friends. But for the rest of my time there, I had no plans on where to go. All I knew was that August wasn’t exactly how I would have liked it to be. But then again, there is nobody to blame for this. It’s me who decided to go on vacation in September instead of August…but I have a bunch of good reasons for it.
My initial thought was to visit Spetses and Hydra. But then somehow I remembered how much I miss the Cycladic white washed houses, so Mykonos won. It is after all the perfect picture island, and I knew I would never get bored. Apart from that, last year when I visited the island, I left with a feeling that 3 nights were not enough and made up my mind to come back soon again.
This year I stayed at Portes Mykonos Suites and Villas. Portes Mykonos had exactly what I expect to find in any hotel: exclusivity and privacy, along with a sense of peace and serenity. I especially loved the people working there who became my friends, room with walls all made of glass which served as the reception, late afternoon light, and amazing interior and exterior designs that reminded me of Dior Cruise fashion show in LA. What else do you need for the perfect holidays? Hope you get the chance to experience this beautiful property yourself.
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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…
All photos of the hotel are taken by me