July 2017 archive

50 years MARC O’POLO

50 years MARC O'POLO

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 ; ) )

50 years MARC O'POLO

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.

50 years MARC O'POLO

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.

50 years MARC O'POLO

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.

50 years MARC O'POLO

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 Katharina was able to come visit me at the hotel.  She took my camera, and shot a couple of pictures for The Viennese Girl blog while I was getting ready.

50 years MARC O'POLO

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

Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos from the party that followed after. 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!

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

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!

50 years MARC O'POLO

Photos: Katharina Vukadin

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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.

Zagorochoria

On the first day of the 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!

Zagorochoria

From Vienna to Ioannina via Athens 

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.

Zagorochoria
Zagorochoria
 

The 5 star resort is situated in an idyllic location. It 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).

Zagorochoria
Zagorochoria
 
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Zagorochoria

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.

Zagorochoria
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VISIT ZAGOROCHORIA 

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.

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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, I was excited to try out this adventurous activity. It was very nice and I was pretty sure that it would be so beforehand!

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My hotel in Zagorochoria was the Aberratio Boutique Hotel. The hotel room was very beautiful and the owner was such a warm-hearted person. I hope that my photos will give you a taste of how Zagorochoria is and what you should expect from this place.

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Best Greece travel photos and tips
 

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 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.

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However, the itinerary I describe in this blog post is for people who are seeking both: sea and mountains. A combination of both is great and you will definitely not get bored.

Best Greece travel photos and tips
Best Greece travel photos and tips
 

Best Greece travel photos and tips

Best Greece travel photos and tips

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.

Best Greece travel photos and tips
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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

I can remember myself as a teenager. I used to spend my summers on a Greek island. Summer holidays for me mean sun, sea and the beach. As teenagers, we had an entire month of holidays.

Be sun smart

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.

Be sun smart

I remember that at the beginning of those holidays, my skin looked dull and pale. 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). 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.

Be sun smart

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.

Be sun smart

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.

Be sun smart
Be sun smart
 

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.

Be sun smart

It keeps your skin hydrated and it has a velvety non-sticky feel, which allows sand to easily brush off of the skin.

Be sun smart

Be sun smart
Be sun smart
 
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!

Be sun smart

Photography by Liliia Chuba

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