September 2020 archive

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It was 2018 when we visited Blue Sand boutique Hotel and Suites in Folegandros for the first time. You can see my blog post from that first visit here. Two years passed by. We felt an urge to go back, so this September we did.

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Blue Sand boutique Hotel and Suites never stop to surprise us and never fail to meet our greatest expectations! Although it was our second visit, there were new things to explore and new memories to be made. For instance, one day during our stay, the team of the hotel organized a private boat tour for us. We swam in crystal clear waters and explored countless secret coves and beaches that were only accessible by boat. The yacht can be privately chartered for a day or half day, so consider this activity if you plan to visit Folegandros island.

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One night we stayed at the luxury Bohemian villa of Blue Sand. It is called Makarias villa and it is located in the more quiet area of Ano Meria. This villa is perfect for those who would like some more privacy when staying in Folegandros, combined with great rustic Folegandros design and beautiful views.

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where to stay in Folegandros island

where to stay in Folegandros island

Despite the global pandemic that has affected the tourism industry severely, and despite the fact that it was September (low season for Greek summer), Blue Sand was fully booked, which is a proof of how amazing this place is and what good work Katerina and her team do at Blue Sand. 

where to stay in Folegandros island

At Blue Sand you can have everything that your heart desires for a perfect holiday and a real escape from the routine: relaxation and adventure, exclusivity and privacy, aesthetics, fashion and design, landscape and fantastic cuisine, the sea and the sun.

where to stay in Folegandros island

where to stay in Folegandros island

where to stay in Folegandros island

where to stay in Folegandros island

where to stay in Folegandros island
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where to stay in Folegandros island

How to get to Folegandros island from Vienna

The easiest and fastest way is to take a direct flight from Vienna to Santorini (check Wizzair flights) and then take the ferry from Santorini to Folegandros. The trip lasts only 40 minutes. Book your ferry tickets online in advance with Ferries in Greece.

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We love Blue Sand boutique Hotel and Suites in Folegandros and everything about it. So yes, we can definitely imagine ourselves coming back here summer after summer. 

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*Disclaimer: My stay at Blue Sand boutique Hotel and Suites in Folegandros was hosted. All words, comments and thoughts in this post are my own. This post contain 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. 

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From Vienna to Santorini

From Vienna to Santorini

I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been to Santorini. Despite that, everytime I land on this island, it feels like the first time. I am always in awe, unable to make any decent thought or utter any decent word. It takes a few hours to realize what is happening to me and after that short phase (that you may want to describe as an emotional shock, yet a good one), I am OK again.

From Vienna to Santorini

Whatever people may say about this island, Santorini is and will be a breathtaking place, an island of unparalleled beauty. And you cannot find this beauty anywhere else in the world…

From Vienna to Santorini

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From Vienna to Santorini

The reason I wanted to fly direct from Vienna to Santorini is because I wanted to avoid the airport of Athens and Athens as a city itsself. I wanted to take a flight that brings me directly to the Cyclades. I wanted to avoid the hassle of Athens by any means. Thanks to Wizz Air, that was possible. 2 hours flight and I was in paradise!

From Vienna to Santorini

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Santorini photography The Viennese Girl blog

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Santorini photography The Viennese Girl blog

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Santorini photography The Viennese Girl blog

Altana hotel Imerovigli

Altana hotel Imerovigli

Altana hotel Imerovigli

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Altana hotel Imerovigli

This year you won’t see me traveling around the world. That’s also one of the reasons I tried to spend most of my summer in Greece. There were no travel restrictions between Austria and Greece during the summer. Greece is a safe place for me. Just in case a lockdown would force me to stay in Greece, that wouldn’t be a problem for me.

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I asked my Instagram followers if they are afraid to travel during the pandemic. 58% voted for Yes, and 42% voted for No. I can completely understand that fear. But still, my lust for life and for adventure is also that big that doesn’t allow me to stay within the four walls of my little apartment (aka my shoe box) in Vienna. Wizz Air created a video, which I personally find pretty cool, explaining in detail the enhanced hygiene measures that ensure the health and safety of its passengers and crew. Watch it here. 

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*Disclaimer: All photos were taken at Altana hotel in Imerovigli by me. Flight tickets to Greece were sponsored by Wizz Air. This blog post contains affiliate links.

Crossroads Inn

Crossroads Inn

Our holiday took a pleasanlty unexpected turn last July, when my travel buddy and I have been invited to spend a few wonderful days in one of the Traditional Lodgings of Crossroads Inn. 

Crossroads Inn Tinos island Greece Cyclades

Tinos Island has 48 villages and one of them is Tripotamos. The countryside boutique hotel we stayed at, Crossroads Inn, is located within the traditional village of Tripotamos. A village filled with arches, arcades, steps, cobbled alleys and both traditional and modern houses. 

Crossroads Inn Tinos island Greece Cyclades

Sophia Passa, the daughter of the owner Mrs. Urania Diamantopoulou, welcomed and led us to our new home. Firstly, she explained us all the health protocols and important measurements that she integrated and apply with great respect & responsibility against COVID-19. We immediately felt calm, cherished and safe. Later on, she gave us her best concierge tips for an amazing stay on Tinos, one of the most deliciously unspoiled islands in the Cyclades. 

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We spent 4 unforgettable days at this family-run inn. We rented a car to explore the island. During the day we explored the villages, the beaches, and the restaurants that Sophia had recommended to us and every evening we were driving back home to enjoy the panoramic views of the Aegean Sea from our open-air Cycladic veranda. 

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countryside boutique hotel in Tinos Island

I can highly recommend Crossroads Inn to those who would like to experience the charm of living the local life in a Cycladic village in the heartland of Tinos.

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A guide to HYDRA

where to go and what to do in Hydra island

A guide to HYDRA

Hydra is small and magical. And if you believe that you can see and do everything in just 1 day, it’s most likely that you can’t! I spent three nights / four days in Hydra and I found them not enough. I didn’t manage to do everything that I had in mind. There are so many cafes, restaurants, beaches, little shops, streets and museums that are waiting for you to explore. And in every spot you stop for a while, you need time to enjoy and definitely more time if you want to take photos. I compiled this guide to HYDRA island.

Hope it will be useful for you…enjoy!

where to go and what to do in Hydra island

where to go and what to do in Hydra island

Taverna in Hydra 

To paradosiakon 

where to go and what to do in Hydra island

For souvlaki

Kai kremidi

where to go and what to do in Hydra island

For breakfast

 Isalos / Plakostroto 

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Hotels in Hydra

 I stayed at Rafalias Mansion. My room was number 4 (loved it) 

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Restaurants

 Techne / Omilos

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A guide to HYDRA

A guide to HYDRA

A guide to HYDRA

A guide to HYDRA

For sunset

Drinks at Hydronetta

Hydronetta Hydra island photography

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I can’t wait to get back to Hydra! The sooner the better! 

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Infinity view Tinos island

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I spent 3 weeks in July on the Greek islands. This is my first blog post from this adventure. I didn’t have the time to post anything before. August was very busy. I went to Hungary and then to France, and at the same time I was working on 2 extra projects. 

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In July I visited 3 Greek islands: Crete, Hydra and Tinos island. Infinity view hotel in Tinos island was the last hotel I visited during this Greek island hopping. Infinity view is a brand new all-Suite Luxury Hotel and I was lucky and privileged to spend a few relaxing days in July here. You can’t imagine how much I enjoyed everything: the beach in front of the hotel, breakfast, my balcony, the infinity sea views from everywhere you look, the pool. The hotel is also very close to Tinos Town, so you can easily reach the Town on foot. Everything about the Infinity view hotel was truly exceptional and so tremendously relaxing! I hope you have the chance to visit it one day too.

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Enjoy the photos. As always, I let them do the talking!

interior minimal design hotel Greece

interior minimal design hotel Greece

interior minimal design hotel Greece

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Infinity view Hotel Tinos island

Infinity view Hotel Tinos island
Infinity view Hotel Tinos island
 

Infinity view Hotel Tinos island

Infinity view Hotel Tinos island

Infinity view Hotel Tinos island

Infinity view Hotel Tinos island

Infinity view Hotel Tinos island

Where to stay in Tinos island, Cyclades, Greece

Where to stay in Tinos island, Cyclades, Greece

Where to stay in Tinos island, Cyclades, Greece

Where to stay in Tinos island, Cyclades, Greece

Where to stay in Tinos island, Cyclades, Greece

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