Throwback 2021

Throwback 2021

For a photographer like myself, it is always interesting to try out a new device and see how this device can take my, in this case mobile, photography to the next level. I published a blog post that describes which are the features that make this smartphone a must have and why you should consider purchasing a Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, if you are in the market for a new smartphone. Read it here.

January and February

January and February are always the less exciting months of each year. Each new year begins with low key vibes, but as time passes by, things are getting slowly more and more thrilling. One of the most exciting things that happened during these two months must have been the launch of the new Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

March and April

The months that followed I felt the need to escape the Viennese bitter cold temperatures and the lockdown in Vienna in order to keep things going. It is important to me to remain creative even in challenging times. Therefore, I escaped to Chania Old Town where I spent 2 months, March and April. Chania’s colourful buildings and the vibrance of Mediterranean culture were all the inspiration I needed.

When I look back at this year, I realize, that was the wisest decision I took at that moment. These 2 months, March and April, were the best months of the year because they gave me the opportunity to do so many things, and as far as work is concerned, to create content with my Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

May found me back to my beloved Vienna where the temperatures, in the meantime, had gotten warmer. That translates automatically to long walks and taking photos around the city with my Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

In June, I flew back to Greece for the usual annual island hopping. Off to discover new islands and taking photos of them. The photos above were taken in Patmos and Symi island with my Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

In July, work assignments brought me to Salzburg and its surroundings. I had the honour to begin working for Schloss Leopoldskron and worked on an exciting project with Eugendorf Tourism board. These opportunities gave me the chance to meet so many nice people, discover new places and create content. In fact, the photos above were all taken with my Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G. 

August

I spent August in Vienna. While August is a holiday month for most Europeans, it was a quiet month for me. My focus was on my work. I visited the cafes of my neighbourhood and worked from there. I edited photos and planned the projects for the coming months. At the end of August, I published a blog post where I gave 8 photography tips that help you to make the most out of your Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G camera.

September

In an effort to catch the last bits of summer before it ends, I flew back to my home country in September. The endless palette of colours found in the sky never ceases to amaze me. In the photos above you see me trying to capture these colours with my Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

Throwback 2021

In October I found myself back in Vienna. When in Wien, I prefer working from the cafe of my neighbourhood, instead of working alone at home. This month I received a new pair of Galaxy Buds2 which help me focus on work because of the Active Noise Cancelling that blocks the outside noise and lets me enjoy my music undisturbed. That makes working in cafes easy and fun!

In November I switched to Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3. Read my article to find out why.

December found me in Bruges for the first time. What a beautiful country Belgium is. And how beautiful is the architecture, how cosy are the cafes there.

I started the year, as many of you, at a standstill in lockdown and ended it in Abu Dhabi. A year in which there were so many things to be grateful for. Grateful for the experiences, the lessons, the opportunities and the adventures that have come my way. 

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Christmas in Bruges

Christmas in Bruges

My cousin had this cool idea to spend Christmas in Bruges. And I, as we all know so far, can’t say no to a good travel opportunity. I’ve never been to Belgium before, so the time was ripe to change that.

Christmas in Bruges

I’ve seen so many photos of Bruges on the web and heard so many people saying it’s a fairytale city. I was looking forward to seeing this city with my own eyes.

Christmas in Bruges

Christmas in Bruges

First things first: Our pretty boutique hotel in the city center of Bruges

Hotel Patritius

Christmas in Bruges

Christmas in Bruges
Christmas in Bruges
 

Christmas in Bruges

Christmas in Bruges
Christmas in Bruges
 
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Hotel Patritius BRUGES Belgium

Hotel Patritius BRUGES Belgium
Hotel Patritius BRUGES Belgium
 

I fell in love with Bruges, but not with the weather in Bruges. We spent four days in Bruges and in these four days we never saw the sun. That’s also the reason why the photos of this blog post turned out quite dark and moody.

Hotel Patritius BRUGES Belgium

Bruges best travel tips

Bruges best travel tips

Bruges best travel tips
Bruges best travel tips
 
Bruges best travel tips
Bruges best travel tips
 
Bruges best travel tips
Bruges best travel tips
 
Cafes and restaurants in Bruges

Le pain quotidien / Seafood bar Belge / That’s toast / The old chocolate house / Otomat Brugge for pizza / Vero Cafe / Potato Bar for fries / Casa Patata for fries / Bar des Amis for wine and cocktails / Brasserie surplace / Adriaan Coffee Shop / Cuvee wine bar

The Viennese Girl travel blog photography
The Viennese Girl travel blog photography
 

The Viennese Girl travel blog photography

The Viennese Girl travel blog photography
The Viennese Girl travel blog photography
 

The Viennese Girl travel blog photography

The Viennese Girl travel blog photography

The Viennese Girl travel blog photography

The Viennese Girl travel blog photography

The Viennese Girl travel blog photography

Bruges Brugge photography

Bruges Brugge photography
Bruges Brugge photography

Bruges Brugge photography
Bruges Brugge photography
 

Bruges Brugge photography
Bruges Brugge photography

Bruges Brugge night photography Christmas markets

I would love to live in Bruges for a certain period of time. It is my kind of city… small, cute and photogenic. One thing I don’t know is for how long I could put up with with this gloomy weather. But, I guess, I won’t be able to know, if I never try to live there …

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Visit Abu Dhabi

Visit Abu Dhabi

At the end of December and all of a sudden, I received an invitation to visit Abu Dhabi. So exciting! I’ve never been to that city before. A trip to spend a few days in a warmer destination was all I needed at that moment. Therefore, I accepted the invitation, packed my things, and a few days later, I jumped on a Lufthansa flight to Abu Dhabi via Frankfurt airport.

Scroll down if you are interested in seeing my photos and reading my itinerary. Hopefully my travel tips will help you to organise your trip to Abu Dhabi.

Visit Abu Dhabi

First stop: Qasr Al Hosn

Visit Abu Dhabi
Visit Abu Dhabi
 
Visit Abu Dhabi
Visit Abu Dhabi
 

Second Stop: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Visit Abu Dhabi

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Visit Abu Dhabi

Visit Abu Dhabi

Best Things to Do in Abu Dhabi

Best Things to Do in Abu Dhabi

Best Things to Do in Abu Dhabi

Third stop: Wahat Al Karama

A GUIDE TO ABU DHABI

Fourth Stop: Ferrari World (No photos from this visit)

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Fifth stop: Louvre Abu Dhabi and Kayaking at Louvre

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre museum Abu Dhabi

Louvre museum Abu Dhabi

Louvre museum Abu Dhabi

Louvre museum Abu Dhabi

Louvre museum

Louvre museum

Louvre museum

Louvre museum

Louvre museum

Louvre museum

Louvre museum

Where to eat:

I loved Aptitude, which is located next to Louvre museum.

I can also highly recommend Antonia Restaurant, if you have cravings for genuine pasta, a piece of delicious pizza and Aperol Spritz.

For Mediterranean seafood lovers, I can recommend Flooka. Unfortunately I discovered this restaurant a few hours before my departure, so I didn’t have the chance to have a meal there. But I would love to, because the food smelled so good. I keep it in my mind for the next time I visit Abu Dhabi.

Louvre museum kayaking

Louvre museum

Louvre museum

Sixth Stop: Visit The Souk Al Qaryat Al Beri (No photos from this visit)

Soul Beach Saadiyat Island

Ninth and last stop in our itinerary: Soul Beach

Soul Beach Saadiyat Island

Soul Beach Saadiyat Island

Soul Beach Saadiyat Island

Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel

We stayed at Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel. I would recommend this hotel because of the magnificent views over the Mangrove National Park and the amazing sea food restaurant nearby, called Flooka UAE! But remember to book a room with view to the National Park, not the other way! We unfortunately had a room overlooking the parking space and the avenue. A room with views to the National Park would have been a much better experience and a nicer memory from our stay.

Founders' Memorial
Founders' Memorial
 

Seventh Stop: Founders Memorial

Etihad Towers

Eighth Stop: Desert Safari with Emirates Tours 

camel in the desert

Desert Safari

Desert Safari

Desert Safari

Desert Safari

Desert Safari

Desert Safari

Desert Safari

The trip to Abu Dhabi had been amazing and achieved its own purpose! It gave me time to breathe, allowed me to rethink the future and dream big! I even wish it would last a little bit longer cause I feel there were more things to do and see.

I can highly recommend Abu Dhabi as a travel destination to anyone like me who wish to escape the cold European weather…

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*Disclaimer: This content is result of an invitation from the Official Tourism Board of Abu Dhabi  to visit Abu Dhabi.

#iSwitched

#iSwitched

#iSwitched. From my primary mobile phone, the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G. Please keep reading to see the reasons behind my decision.

Samsung is pushing the envelope in innovation, and I find it so exciting to watch the progress of a foldable smartphone over the years. Last year I was a user of the Galaxy Z Flip. This year I own the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.

Most mobile phones you can buy these days are made flat. And I guess that’s one of the reasons that make the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 so unique. Because it’s different, it’s impressive. It’s an eye-catcher wherever you go. People who haven’t seen a phone like this before get impressed. So it’s safe to say the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 brought some cool factor into the game, and it has been enjoyable to use so far.

#iSwitched

Here are five reasons that made me switch. In other words, why you may also consider switching to a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3:

1. Compact Form Factor
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a hit with ladies. It fits everywhere! Having a smartphone that fits in most of my small pockets and small handbags is impressive! Fold it and put it in your pocket. And when out of pocket, the screen is big enough for practical use and reading.

2. Flex Mode
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 works like a tripod. Prop it on any surface, adjust the angle and take the shot.

And for those who are sceptical and afraid that the screen may crack and prevent the smartphone from folding, Samsung claims that the hinge has been tested and retested for durability to help ensure that it stands up to the folds and unfolds of everyday living, so that you get the most out of your foldable device. 

The innovation and the artistry behind the technology of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 need to be appreciated.

3. Iconic Cover Screen
By default, the 1.9-inch Cover Screen displays the time, the battery and the date. In addition, you have access to various widgets and notifications by swiping left and right. You don’t always have to open the phone to see those. Instead, swipe and interact with them intuitively.

4. IPX8 Water Resistance
I do not plan to dunk the phone in the water nor drop it in a puddle, but you can do it if you want to. What I love doing is taking photos of raindrops or film when it rains. And when I do that, I want to be on the safe side. I want to know in advance that the phone will be just fine and that I will have fantastic raindrop shots.

5. Lavender case perfectly colour coordinated with my Galaxy Buds2
My case comes with a very cool ring loop that keeps the two parts of the case together. But if you wish to get rid of the loop, you can unclip it from the inside. I prefer keeping the ring loop, as it allows me to get a good grip of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, and it also serves as a pop socket. I chose the lavender colour because it perfectly matches my Galaxy Buds2.

#iSwitched

The verdict: If you love the idea of a folding phone, don’t look any further. 

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Rhodes in October

Rhodes in October

It’s been a while since the last time the Greek Tourism Board in collaboration with Austrian Holidays organised a press trip to the Greek islands. Fortunately we got back on track, and in the middle of October, a little before the summer season ends for good, a group of journalists and I flew from Vienna to Diagoras International Airport in Rhodes island on a press trip organized by the Greek Tourism board and Austrian holidays. It was a short trip, but we had a wonderful time. These are my photos.

Rhodes in October

Rhodes in October

For anyone who cannot make its mind, has doubts and is not sure whether a trip to Rhodes in October is a good idea (weather-wise) let me tell you this: it is a very good idea. I still remember the moment I stepped into my hotel room, went straight forward to the balcony to check the view and saw people swimming in the sea. It’s good that I witnessed this with my own eyes, so that I know where to fly to next October. For when I wish to catch the last rays of summer sun, I will make sure to check the direct flight from Vienna to Rhodes island with Austrian holidays.

Rhodes in October

Rhodes is the largest island of Dodecanese. It is situated at the crossroads of the two sea routes of the Mediterranean, between the Aegean Sea and the coasts of the Middle East.

Rhodes in October

Throughout its long history, Rhodes was inhabited by different civilisations who left their mark on all aspects of the island’s culture: art, language and architecture.

Lindos Acropolis

Rhodes is world-renowned for its history and monuments. It is also a blessed land with long beautiful beaches and a rich underwater environment.

Lindos Acropolis

Photos taken from Lindos Acropolis

Lindos Acropolis

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Rhodes in October

Rhodes in October

Rhodes in October

Rhodes in October

Photos of Lindos, known as the most beautiful village in Rhodes island.

Rhodes in October

Rhodes in October

Photos from Old town Rhodes island

Restaurants in Rhodes

Paraga Traditional Greek RestaurantChatzikelis restaurant

Photos from Old town Rhodes island

Photos from Old town Rhodes island

Photos from Old town Rhodes island

We spent the last day of this press trip in Symi island. We went to Symi for just one day.  What a beautiful day that was it! And so much laughter! I had a swim in Pedi, a small traditional fishing village. And afterwards, we had a wonderful lunch in an amazing beachfront taverna. This lunch felt like it was our way to say farewell to the Greek summer for 2021. Tip: If you go from Rhodes to Symi, it’s worth staying longer.

Symi Island Greece

Symi Island Greece

panoramic view Symi Island Greece

panoramic view Symi Island Greece

panoramic view Symi Island Greece

panoramic view Symi Island Greece

panoramic view Symi Island Greece

Symi Island Greece

Symi Island Greece

Symi Island Greece

Symi Island Greece

A THANK YOU NOTE

I would like to thank wholeheartedly the Greek Tourism Board, and Austrian holidays for inviting me to join the press trip, the Municipality of Rhodes and Hotel Mediterranean for the warm hospitality and for the amazing room with the front sea view. Also, many thanks to the Deputy Mayor Mr. Nikitas Gryllis for one more welcome to Symi island!  

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