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Samos

samos

Samos island, Greece. 5th trip of the year!

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samos
 

I used to spend every summer holiday as a teenager in the homeland of Pythagoras. But in the last years I haven’t visited the island due to various personal reasons.

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This May I went back, thanks to Visit Greece and Aegean Airlines, that invited me to join this press trip. Our visit in the island was short.

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One day only. But what a beautiful day that was it!   

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pythagorio museum

Pythagorio museum

It’s interesting to go back to a place that you know so well but haven’t visited the last years. Coming back means you see a familiar place with new, fresh eyes.

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As always, I am happy to share with you the photos I took during my visit, along with a few Samos travel tips. 

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Points of interest: 

Samos Wine MuseumSamos orchids glass house / Archaeological Museum of Pythagorion

Panagia Spiliani Church / Temple of Hera

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Where to shop: 

2 the little store 

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Dress: 2 the little store

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pergamonto pythagorio bar restaurant
 

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Restaurants

Pergamonto bisto bar restaurant in Pythagorio/ Restaurant Ithaki in Agios Konstantinos / Panorama in Koumaradei / Ammos Plaz

pergamonto bar restaurant pythagorio

This blog post has everything that your heart desires to find on an island. Except beaches.

Unfortunately the day I visited Samos, the weather was not beach weather. But here are a few beaches to visit in June, July, August, even in September: 

Potokaki, Kaladakia, Lemonakia, Tsampou, Tsamadou, Kerveli bay, Mikali, mikro and megalo seitani. 

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Samos is definitely a summer destination that you may want to consider for your upcoming holidays. And if you wonder how to get there, Aegean Airlines has you covered!

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I’d like to thank wholeheartedly Hotel Venus for the hospitality, Samos Municipality, Visit Greece and of course Aegean Airlines for inviting me to one more unforgettable press trip! 

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Puglia

Puglia
Puglia
 
Puglia
Puglia
 

At the end of September, I had the chance to cross another dream destination off my bucket list: Puglia, Italy. With summer coming to an end, I’ll admit my spirits were a bit down as I prepared for the dark and cold Viennese autumn and winter to come.

But this trip perked me up and gave me a final taste of summery warmth and sunshine to look forward to.

Puglia
Puglia
 
Puglia
Puglia
 

I had never been to Puglia before. So this trip was to be a chance to explore somewhere entirely new while speaking Italian all day long.

Plus — who doesn’t get excited about the food in Italy? Pizza, pasta, gelato, it’s an overwhelming feast for the senses and taste-buds.

Puglia
Puglia
 

And now, I hope you will come with me! As I reflect on my time in Puglia, I want to share my tips, hot spots to visit, plus some of my favorite photos of the trip. Perhaps they’ll inspire you to plan your next journey to Italy — and follow a similar itinerary to mine.

Puglia

1st stop: Polignano a mare 

Oh, is there anything more exhilarating than arriving after a long trip at the gorgeous Italian coast? Polignano al mare, perched on the shore of the Adriatic, opens its watery gates to all those who travel from far and wide to stay here. And trust me — they do!

The tiny town was jammed on the Sunday afternoon when we arrived, with tourists shopping, dining al fresco at cafés, and gazing out at the turquoise waves.

For much of the afternoon, we wandered, but at points I had to stop and remember how lucky I felt just to be here in this heavenly spot.

Extra tip: Next to our hotel we found a place that was making yummy sandwiches with octopus and burrata that I will never forget. Yum!

Hotel: Giovì Relais

Restaurant: Grotta Ardito

Puglia
Puglia
 
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Puglia

Puglia

2nd stop: Monopoli

It was difficult to pull ourselves away from the intoxicating views of Polignano al mare, but the next phase of our excursion beckoned. Pauline and I packed up the car and drove to Monopoli. It’s a short drive — only twenty minutes or so — but still, for such a brief distance away, we encountered our fair share of wacky moments.

For instance, a man I’d never met before started singing a song for me featuring my name. “Viva Silia, welcome to Monopoli!” he called the improvised tune. A greengrocer share a few slices of fresh fruit with us, out in the fresh air on the street. A former craftsman brought us to the tiny shop where he used to repair shoes years ago. And we had a brush with fame — we saw a group of people filming a movie right on the beach. It was as close as we came to Hollywood this trip.

If you would care to spend a night or two in the charming town of Monopoli, check out this beautiful hotel, the Don Ferrante!

Puglia
Puglia
 

 

3rd stop: Ostuni, also known as the White City 

Like a castle on a hill, Ostuni is an enclave on a cliff overlooking more of that crystalline, sapphire water I treasure so much. The city itself is almost all white and there’s something very striking about that, as well as its wild cacti protruding from every crevice.

Check out Taverna Della Gelosia for a delicious meal!

Hotel: Masseria Grieco

Restaurant: Tito Schipa

 

4th stop: Alberobello, famous for its Trulli houses

At our final stop in Puglia — Alberobello — we met Valerio, the vivacious owner of our hotel. We fell in love with the Trattoria Terra Madre’s spectacular cuisine, and overall had a wonderful time.

The press trip concluded with a short visit to Locorotondo, where we had dinner at the restaurant Bina ristorante di Puglia.

Hotel: Palazzo Scotto

Restaurant: Trattoria Terra Madre

 
 

I came away from this adventure fully appreciating just how unique Puglia is — it’s an Italian treasure that will make an indelible impact on you. I would like to thank ENIT Italia, which in collaboration with the Region of Puglia and Losurdo Viaggi, organized this individual press trip for us.

And of course, big thanks to our new friend Pasquale, our amazing driver who kept us company as we roamed Puglia and took us in its stunning sites.

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Disclaimer: Press trip with ENIT ItaliaRegion of Puglia and Losurdo Viaggi. 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.