June 2017 archive

Karpathos island

Karpathos island

Karpathos island

If the first day of June already finds me on a Greek island, this is a sign that this summer is going to be great”. This was one of the thoughts that crossed my mind upon arrival at the airport of Karpathos island.

Karpathos island
Karpathos island
 

Even though I grew up in Greece, I never had the chance to visit Karpathos. With my family and friends, we used to always spend summers in Samos, where my mom has a family house there.

Best travel blog The Viennese Girl blogger from Vienna Austria
Best travel blog The Viennese Girl blogger from Vienna Austria
 

I can’t tell you enough how happy I was, when the official Greek Tourism board invited me to join a group of journalists and gave me this chance to finally visit Karpathos island, take some photos and publish them on The Viennese Girl blog.

Karpathos island

Best travel blog The Viennese Girl blogger from Vienna Austria
Best travel blog The Viennese Girl blogger from Vienna Austria
 
SUPPORT MY WORK!

If you enjoy my content and you’d like to support this channel, so that I will be able to continue offering you that kind of content for free, please consider using the below AFFILIATE LINKS (Booking & Amazon).

If you make a booking with BOOKING.COM with my link or a purchase on AMAZON.COM with my link, I earn a small commission at NO additional cost to you.

Click here for Booking.com

Click here for Amazon.com

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for using my affiliate links! Helps a lot!

Karpathos island

Book your stay in Karpathos island with Booking.com

Best travel blog The Viennese Girl blogger from Vienna Austria
Best travel blog The Viennese Girl blogger from Vienna Austria
 

Book your stay in Karpathos island with Booking.com

Best travel blog The Viennese Girl blogger from Vienna Austria

Best travel blog The Viennese Girl blogger from Vienna Austria
Karpathos island
 

Karpathos island

Things that I truly loved in Karpathos island during my stay
  • everything about the traditional village Olympos.
  • the restaurant Under the tree in Finiki. The owner cooked for us something I will never ever forget in my life. It was one of the best dishes I have ever eaten: Crab Salad!!! To die for!
  • waking up to the seaview from my hotel room every morning.
  • a little bit of “me time” on the last day and discover the island on my own. I looked for green soaps made of olive oil to buy, treated myself twice with iced coffee latte in a cafe called Anoi all day bar in Pigadia (the town of the island) and ate lots of Yogeat Frozen Yogurt.
Karpathos island
Karpathos island
 

Karpathos island

Karpathos island
Karpathos island
 

Karpathos island

Karpathos island

Karpathos island

Karpathos island

If you consider spending your summer holidays in Karpathos island, make sure to book your tickets with myAustrian Holidays that flies you directly from Vienna to Karpathos twice a week until the 28th of September this year.

Karpathos island
Karpathos island
 

Karpathos island

And just to get you in the mood for Karpathos, watch this video.

Karpathos island
Karpathos island
 
The best travel tips for your holidays in Karpathos

Restaurants we visited in Karpathos: Mama Maria in Pigadia, Under the Tree in Finiki, Petalouda in Arkassa, I zoi ton Aggelon in Pigadia, Kafe Skopi of Manolis in Mesochori.

Car rental companies: BudgetSofias car rental, Makris Travel in Pigadia.

Karpathos Diving Center Dinos in Pigadia

Karpathos island

Hotel: Alimounda Mare

Follow me on Instagram

*Disclaimer: This trip was an invitation to a press trip. However, all words, comments and thoughts in this post are my own. This blog post contains affiliate links.  I get a commission if you make a purchase through the links which comes at no cost to you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for using my links.

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

In this blog post I would like to share a selection of photos that I took during the 5th, 6th and 7th day in Provence, as well as some travel tips that might be useful if you plan to visit this beautiful region in the South of France. Regarding my photos from the first 4 days of the trip, you can see them here and here.

One week in Provence

One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 
PROVENCE DAY 5

On day 5 in Provence, we swapped our rental car for two electrical bikes and went on a cycling tour on the “Luberon by bike” itinerary for 10/12km. The tour started on a little village called Les Taillades. If you like cycling, as much as I do, then you might consider to add this activity to your list with the things to do in Provence.

From Les Taillades to our final cycling destination, Oppède le Vieux, there are signs that indicate the route everywhere, so no need to worry about getting lost. Simply enjoy the route and make sure to stop repeatedly along the way to take pretty pictures, as the landscape is ideal for that.

En route to Oppède le Vieux, we crossed postcard-worthy villages such as Robion and Maubec where we had numerous photo stops. In Oppède le Vieux, there is a quaint restaurant called “Le Petit Café” with a colourful garden. You might want to stop by for a little break.

One week in Provence

Next stop, according to our schedule, was The Museum of the Lavander. Here we had the chance to learn all about Provence’s symbolic flower and its cultivation and buy all things lavender. I personally loved the lavender tea.
We spent the night in the little hilltop town of Gordes, where we dined and stayed at the hotel Le petit Palais d’Aglaé.

One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 

If you are around this area, don’t forget to pay a visit to the medieval Sénanque Abbey.

One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 
One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

One week in Provence

SUPPORT MY WORK!

If you enjoy my content and you’d like to support this channel, so that I will be able to continue offering you that kind of content for free, please consider using the below AFFILIATE LINKS (Booking & Amazon).

If you make a booking with BOOKING.COM with my link or a purchase on AMAZON.COM with my link, I earn a small commission at NO additional cost to you.

Click here for Booking.com

Click here for Amazon.com

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for using my affiliate links! Helps a lot!

One week in Provence

Book your stay in Provence with Booking.com

One week in Provence

PROVENCE DAY 6

Day six in Provence began at the Hotel La Mirande in Avignon. We were supposed to do the check in early and head out to visit Les Halles market but I was captured by the interior design of La Mirande that had me taking more pictures than I should. As a result, we ran out of time and since the market is only open until 1.30 pm, we didn’t make it on time. Nevertheless, we pressed on with our schedule.

One week in Provence

PROVENCE DAY 7

In the last day of our Provence trip we crossed the river Rhône and drove to the opposite side to Avignon, to explore another charming medieval little town called Villeneuve les Avignons.

We explored the little town on foot. We visited St-André Abbey and its gardens and the Chartreuse of Villeneuve-Les-Avignon, in warm sunshine. Not so many tourists here. I would rather say, Villeneuve les Avignons is a quiet village. But this tranquillity and calmness was all we needed in our last day in Provence.

Last night in Provence was spent at Hôtel Le Prieuré Baumanière where we enjoyed excellent food and wine that made us feel truly cosseted.

One week in Provence
One week in Provence
 
One week in Provence
Avignon and the French countryside
 

Book your stay in Provence with Booking.com

Avignon and the French countryside
Avignon and the French countryside
 
Avignon and the French countryside
Avignon and the French countryside
 
Things to do in Avignon
  • Visit Palace of the Popes, the biggest gothic palace, home to the Sovereign Pontiffs in the 14th century. Stroll through the 19th century hilltop garden (panoramic view on the old city)
  • Visit Avignon’s bridge from the 13th century, famous fot its song.
  • Take the free shuttle boat at the bottom of Avignon’s bridge. Walk along the chemin de halage on the Barthelasse island (the biggest river island in Europe). Enjoy the view on the bridge and the city.
  • Stroll around the old city: Have a look at the creators event: Printemps des ateliers in the Cloître St Louis hotel.
  • Shopping areas: rue Joseph Vernet (fashion, antics, creators), rue St Agricol, place Crillon, rue des marchands.
Avignon and the French countryside
Avignon and the French countryside
 

Book your stay in Provence with Booking.com

Follow me on Instagram

Disclaimer: The Viennese Girl visited Provence in partnership with Atout France and VoloteaThis blog post contains affiliate links.  I get a commission if you make a purchase through the links which comes at no cost to you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for using my links.

Hotel La Mirande Avignon

Hotel La Mirande Avignon
Best boutique hotel in Provence
 

Hotel La Mirande Avignon

Hotel La Mirande in Avignon was one of the hotels we had the honour to stay in during our press trip in Provence. This boutique hotel in Avignon was one of the highlights of the trip. I am happy to feature it here on The Viennese Girl blog.

After I’ve stayed in Royal Mansour in Marrakesh and on a private island in the Maldives (both experiences occured last year), I was thinking that nothing else would ever impress me again.

Best boutique hotel in Provence
Best boutique hotel in Provence
 
SUPPORT MY WORK!

If you enjoy my content and you’d like to support this channel, so that I will be able to continue offering you that kind of content for free, please consider using the below AFFILIATE LINKS (Booking & Amazon).

If you make a booking with BOOKING.COM with my link or a purchase on AMAZON.COM with my link, I earn a small commission at NO additional cost to you.

Click here for Booking.com

Click here for Amazon.com

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for using my affiliate links! Helps a lot!

Best boutique hotel in Provence

This beautiful mansion at the foot Palais des Papes in the heart of Avignon, La Mirande, proved how wrong I was. If you follow along on Instagram, you might have already seen the live stories and all the excitement we encountered the minute we stepped into our room at Hotel La Mirande Avignon.

Hotel La Mirande Avignon

Once we arrived, we took some pictures quickly of the interior and in the beautiful courtyard gardens. Afterwards we headed out to explore the city. I will tell you about that day in Avignon on the next blog post.

Hotel La Mirande Avignon
Hotel La Mirande Avignon
 

In the evening, we had dinner downstairs, in an old-style basement kitchen. We shared the same large wooden table with other hotel guests and some other foreign travellers.

Hotel La Mirande Avignon

The meal was prepared by Chef Séverine Sagnet and her assistant. They cooked in front of us, told us stories about food and their love for the local ingredients and we finished the dinner singing the famous children’s song Sur le pont d’Avignon.

Hotel La Mirande Avignon

What a beautiful experience to stay at Hotel La Mirande Avignon! I added this historical property to the list with my top 3 favourite hotels in the world.

Hotel La Mirande Avignon

Disclaimer: The Viennese Girl visited Provence in partnership with Atout France and Volotea.

Follow me on Instagram

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing
Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing
 

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

I visited Hallstatt for the very first time some years ago with two friends of mine. It was actually a very short visit, as our final destination back then was another little village in Austria, where one of my friends had a country house.

Book your stay in Hallstatt with Booking.com

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

Since then, I have always wanted to get back to Hallstatt, but I couldn’t figure out how. Firstly, there is no direct train connection from Vienna to Hallstatt and secondly, I don’t own a car in Vienna (and don’t think I actually need it at the moment).

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing
Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing
 

One week ago, after I came back from Karpathos, I got to visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing. Let me tell you a few things about my personal experience and hopefully you will  find a few useful tips over here.

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

SUPPORT MY WORK!

If you enjoy my content and you’d like to support this channel, so that I will be able to continue offering you that kind of content for free, please consider using the below AFFILIATE LINKS (Booking & Amazon).

If you make a booking with BOOKING.COM with my link or a purchase on AMAZON.COM with my link, I earn a small commission at NO additional cost to you.

Click here for Booking.com

Click here for Amazon.com

Book your stay in Hallstatt with Booking.com

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for using my affiliate links! Helps a lot!

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

The day trip began at 07:00am in front of the Vienna State Opera but Vienna Sightseeing can also arrange a free pick-up from your hotel. All the night owls (including myself plus many others that I know) might think that this is too early. But believe me: what you will see and experience during the day is worth the early morning wake up call.

Visit Hallstatt with Vienna Sightseeing

Just in case you stayed up late the previous night, you can always have a nap on the coach because it’s quite spacious and comfortable and the route from Vienna to the first stop lasts about two hours and a half (depending always on traffic). I personally preferred to keep my eyes open, admire the green scenery and landscape I was surrounded by, and listen to the stories of the English speaking guide who accompanied the group.

Book your stay in Hallstatt with Booking.com

Best day trip from Vienna

First stop was the Orth castle which is located on a tiny island in Traunsee lake. It was quite a short yet pleasant visit for photos and I took it as a hint of what would follow after.

Best day trip from Vienna

The program

Hallstatt is a place I have already visited once in the past. However this little town managed to amaze me once again. This time, apart from the guided city walk, we went on a boat tour in the lake and afterwards we took the funicular. The funicular took us up to the “Skywalk” viewing platform to see Hallstat from the above and enjoy the panorama. All the activities were organized by Vienna Sightseeing.

Of course you are free to choose whether you want to join the group and the activities or not.

If you wish to discover Hallstatt on your own, the guide will let you know the exact departure time and meeting point where you have to meet for the ride back to Vienna. I am just telling this, because some people are a little more independent travelers than others.

Overall, there was plenty of free time for photos, lunch and ice cream!

Best day trip from Vienna
Best day trip from Vienna
 
This excursion is ideal for:

-Tourists in Austria, who mainly visit Vienna and want to swap Vienna for the Austrian countryside for one day.

-Expats in Vienna (couples, students etc). Any one who don’t own a car and want to escape the city, do something different and discover more from the spectacular Austrian countryside.

-Any one who want to take a break from the city and is not in the mood for driving or organising a trip for themselves.

Best day trip from Vienna

As you can tell from the photos, the day I did the tour was a sunny summer day. That made the whole experience a little bit more enjoyable. Highlight of the excursion was the scenery on route. We passed by beautiful lakes and stunning mountain ranges. We encountered lakeside villages and all this was very interesting, from a photography point of view as well.

Book your stay in Hallstatt with Booking.com

Follow me on Instagram

1 2