October 2017 archive

Crete in October

Crete in October
Crete in October
 

Crete in October

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…

Crete in October

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?

Crete in October
Crete in October
 

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.

Crete in October

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!

Crete in October

Crete in October
Crete in October
 

Crete in October

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Crete in October

Best travel tips for Crete island

Where to eatPelagos Seaside restaurantKanali restaurantTerzakis restaurantBakaliko Crete

Things to do: Horse riding at EGVUS Equestrian Club of IerapetraWine tastingHandmade pottery workshop

Points of Interest: Knossos and Heraklion Archaeological MuseumNikos Kazantzakis Museum in Myrtia villageToplou Monastery

Crete in October
Crete in October
 

Crete in October

Crete in October

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

I will tell you a funny story that happened very recently. The other day in Vienna, 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!

Starck Paris
Starck Paris
 

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 because of me, she might have found a new favourite perfume.

Starck Paris

What is a perfume for you? And why do you wear it?

Starck Paris

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.

Starck Paris
Starck Paris
 

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

Starck Paris

Starck Paris

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I personally tend to wear a perfume, not only when I go out, but also at home. I am a firm believer that a few drops of a good perfume have the power to make me feel good. That’s the point of wearing a perfume after all, no?

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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. 

Photography by Stefan Kokovic

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Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris

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
Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
 

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

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
 

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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 I truly needed.

three Michelin star restaurant Epicure

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.

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
 
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three Michelin star restaurant Epicure
three Michelin star restaurant Epicure
 

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

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 organised all by myself.

3 days in Amsterdam

Pen Pal from The Netherlands

Why to the Netherlands? I had a pen pal who was living in a little town in the countryside, called Gouda. I visited The Netherlands in order to spend one week with her and her family in Gouda.

Back then, Instagram and Facebook didn’t exist. 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.

3 days in Amsterdam
3 days in Amsterdam
 

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 popped up in my inbox while I was vacationing in Mykonos.

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.

3 days in Amsterdam

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

3 days in Amsterdam
3 days in Amsterdam
 
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The Viennese Girl blog Vienna's best lifestyle travel blog
 

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3 days in Amsterdam
Amsterdam 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.

Amsterdam 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)!

Amsterdam 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.

3 days in Amsterdam

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3 days in Amsterdam

Amsterdam travel 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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