Rainy weekend

Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 presetHello there again! I woke up this Saturday with a bunch of thoughts at my head swirling around…today is the day that I have to make plans, organize myself and next week’s work, tidy up my home-because you can’t work in a chaos, and then maybe tidy up my head and in general DO stuff!! It’s gonna be a really hard week and I should be prepared and ready, don’t you think?
And as all these must happen it’s been a while that is raining cats&dogs here! The sky is dark, you feel like the night has come already and all I want is spend the whole day in bed, under blankets watching TV series!

I imagine myself being a (cute) snail as I recede into my ‘house’ and prepare myself for next days! I would be a weird snail though doing that when it rains, I know…

Have a nice and relaxing weekend y’all!

 

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Folegandros | The Sea

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A tiny beach next to Agali, beautiful to look from above

As the temperature in Athens is still hot -despite the first days of October- I take the opportunity to post about my main summer vacations! And get some of the vibes that are so precious!!
The first days of September we went at the small&distant yet magical island of Cyclades, Folegandros! I’ll make 2 parts of it because there is such beauty that I simply can’t limit the photos. At this part we’ll have our jaws dropped by the clearest and tempting waters of the island! If I should distinguish one thing from Folegandros would definitely be the beaches. At least for my taste that I love pebbled beaches, blue and deep waters and calm and isolated-if nudist even better, this was a paradise. You should know though that you’ll have to get supplies with you definitely and an umbrella because usually there is nothing there.

However, we were unlucky with the weather. It was SO windy these days that couldn’t go at any beach whenever we wanted. And because of the cold wind I felt really chilly sometimes! Brrr… I’m not famous for my tolerance to cool water anyway!
So, to get an idea of what Folegandros was for us the first days you can take a look at the following pictures and see: The wild situation of the see! The dry and rocky land that dominates (with some goats here and there) and the Karavostasis where the port is. When we say port though don’t think of what you’re used to, check it out to understand!

One of the most accessible and easy beach was Agali, in the middle of the island. Its name means “hug” as the land subsides like one so that the weather isn’t such a problem. However because of that there is always crowd which I don’t love…It was very nice in general but I liked more to look at it from above!

 

As I told you all these days the wind was pitiless! After asking some local people we started exploring some more “secret” beaches that you had to walk through pathways. The first day we attempt exploring  Fira beach which is 10′ from Agali. Along the way we were very surprised sometimes by what people consider “pathway”!!! After all, we took the right way every time but I think it was only a matter of luck! I was of course fearless….
Besides the view from there was magnificent, so I was only impatient to reach the beach. And we were very well paid off as you can see!

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Happy swimmer

To find a quiet beach, with rough beauty, after all the wind and crowd was such a delight! All the beaches from that day on were amazing. I was swimming for hours, sunbathing after the cool water to get the right temperature, reading my book (‘The woodpecker’ by Tom Robins which I finished there and totally loved it!!) wearing my mask and seeing SO many fishes underwater that I enjoyed it a lot!!!! Also, as you’ll notice, I was very proud of my pedicure 😉

Some other beautiful beaches were St. Nicolas, Galyfos and Livadaki, on the south part of the island. Again by foot or by boat. Quite small all of them if you are used to large, endless beaches and I imagine if someone visits the island on high season they can be very very crowded.

On the following picture we can see some old guys trying to pull a boat out of the water with no good results…As I was waiting for G. to help them I was taking photos…

The best beach in my opinion was Katergo! It was our favorite by far and thankfully the wind stopped for one whole day (wow) so that we could see it. I mean, magnificent…We didn’t want to leave that beach. A high cliff behind us, a large beach so that all the people can spread out and clear, refreshing waters for swimming for hours. Beautiful scenery.

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Katergo beach – the best!!!

Another, rather quiet and small beach was Ambeli. Very rocky in general, wilder as an environment, but what I loved the most was the way until there. Not so the driving part-which was very atmospheric indeed- as the walking part till the beach. You have to pass through small paths under trees so that the beach is revealing itself at the end and you feel like you found a treasure!

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Heading to Ambeli beach, seems like we’re gonna find a treasure!

It’s also nice to catch a sunset there or on your way back and stop at Ano Meria, a small village, to see the sunset and eat local delicacies as matchata pasta with rooster…yummy!! The best closing for a day at this beach!

If you want more from greek summer/islands of Cyclades see my older posts:
Sikinos here and here 
Kimolos here , here and here

Summer holidays at North Euboea

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Panorama shot of my favorite beach

At last I found some time to write a post about a part of my summer vacations! It’s fall already but everyone enjoys some summer spirit even if summer has gone, right?
So, here I present you my time at north Euboea during August! We went by car, passing through Euboea which was magical if you are a strong driver! The first day of our trip was not so summery because the weather was just the opposite! Rain and cold but on the top of the mountain we stopped for a hot cheese-bread that calmed us for ever!! Then as you can see on the photos above we made a stop somewhere to rest and we found out a small river there! It was just after the rain and the scenery was beautiful!

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When we arrived at G’s village we were welcomed by his grandmother and the cats! We ate some figs with cheese and the proper summer had just started!!
We stayed for a few days only but we had a great time. Swimming all day at paradise beaches, eating like kings, playing with the dapper cats that required quite patience I must say and relaxing a lot……

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This cutie was so low-voiced that was like been in silent mode

As you can see the beaches there are superb!! Just like I want them: quiet and calm, less people the best, with pebbles, clear blue waters and fishes to explore on the inside! One day the sea had a lot of jellyfishes (not harmful though) that scared me but G and I made a silly song about them so we had fun eventually!

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As we were staying all day at the beach we were present during the sunset. Which was magical. I loved the serenity of that time on that beach!

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I must say that I’d taken my new camera for the first time so I tried a lot (!) of sunset shots!! It was hard of choosing just some of them!

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Returning from the beach that day as the sky was magnificent-obviously-we saw an owl that stopped just in front of our car!! I was so excited!!!

See my other excursions to north Euboea here and here.

August | Let the summer begin!

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First day of August and the living is easy… or I wish it was! As I get closer and closer to my vacation days it’s getting even harder to focus and work! What about you? I must ignore the sirens and do stuff but all I think is a deep dive into the sea and forget about everything…

So, what did you do the weekend? I had a very special time because my best friend is getting married in a month and we had all kind of preparations! Wedding dress fitting and 2 kind of bachelor parties! One night version of it (At a beach bar, drinking cocktails and wearing funny stuff) and one morning version of it (traditional hammam treatment!!!) This second one was my favorite! I’ll talk about it next days, I hope..

So, you tell me, how can I work after such a weekend!? Impossible!!

Instagram opening!

I’m happy to announce you that I decided to create a profile in Instagram, at last!! I was negative for a long time because I though it would be very time consuming but there were so many pictures I wanted to show to the world and couldn’t through the blog that I changed my mind eventually. Also, my sister insisted so much that made me think about it seriously…I hope I’ll get the hang of it and spread the net with my eye-shots!
Here, I have my first photos posted to lure you to my profile! 😉 Come and take a look, I’m thrilled to open another communication channel with you!

Tokyo | Gardens & Sakura

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Kiyosumi Gardens, my first sight entering

I remember one day I was planning to start my day with a certain museum that had nothing else to do in the area except that. I took the metro and after a long time (it was far from my hotel) I got off it and saw a sign that the museum was closed for 4 days including that day!! I was so disappointed and frustrated!! So I turned to go back when I saw another sign that pointed to some gardens…and I though “oh what the hell, I am here…” and I went to the Kiyosumi Gardens. And I was so amazed!!! I though I was dreaming or something, it was like an oasis. Until then I hadn’t been in any Japanese garden like these, only at the parks as Yoyogi etc. and had no idea that these small paradises exist!!

I wandered there quite a time, I walked the circular path around the pond, saw the huge fishes and the ducks, I was trying to capture a crane that was standing but didn’t make it, I found myself in a glade with a plum tree or something like this with purple flowers and some cherry blossoms at their bloom beginning, I stalked a kid chasing some pigeons, admired the nature that was so carefully cared.

In Japanese landscape gardens, every tree, bush or rock is there by a plan, so that the whole picture is ideal and the visitor will feel calm and peaceful and amazed by the beauty. Especially in the Kiyosymi gardens the many stones are a highlight, as they’re highly sought after and valuable and some of them are even famous!

So, imagine that in every turn or seating place or path you see something different and you walk through different kind of paths. Also, as you walk around a large pond, you see every time another aspect of the place.

In general I went at 3-4 Japanese gardens, I liked to go in the morning with a cup of coffee and my favorite cinnamon roll and beginning my day in zen spirit! I even got a book with me to read but I was strolling around so many hours at the end-there are so many spots to see!- that never had the time to open it.
The other garden I liked a lot was the Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens which is one of the oldest and best gardens in Tokyo. It was named Korakuen after a poem encouraging a ruler to enjoy pleasure only after achieving happiness for his people. It has the circuit style as also, with ponds and manmade hills centering on the pond and combines the Japanese and Chinese landscapes resulting to a really scenic beauty!

There are so many things to see there, feel like you are in a forest walking to dark paths under high trees, near small rivers even a small waterfall, climbing and find some old shrines or ruins of them, bridges etc. and of course admire the first cherry tree blossoms when I went.

If you like nature and all these trees, plants and flowers depending on the season then Japanese landscape gardens are a perfect place to be! I don’t know if it’s something I would recommend to anyone but if you are like my I surely do! I loved them!

And of course some sakura photos couldn’t be missing from this post! They are something extraordinary to look at! It’s not unjustly considered the super spring highlight of Japan, for all over the world. And in popular places they are full of Japanese people photographing them, trying to capture the perfect flower bud! I really love the photo with the cat resting on the branch 😉 Unfortunately I wasn’t there but G. sent it to me from Nakameguro afterwards where it must have been magical!

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Have you felt the happiness of spring and the calmness of nature or is it just me that remembered the feeling?..

Check out the other posts about my trip to Tokyo here, here and here!

Tokyo | eating&shopping

One of the best things to do in Tokyo is eating strange, different and special foods, taste new delicacies or extravagant versions of usual food and also go shopping!! At the same time these can be of the worst things … Continue reading

Summertime in B&W

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Sailing boat solo in the sea. Image found on pinterest, source unknown

These days we are in the heart of summer for us Greeks. Everyone – and I mean everyone!- is away on vacation. I happened to be in Athens these days and I think is the first time I do that..quite interesting I’d say. One of my favorite summer moments and very characteristic is summer midday. Because it has such a power on you! Or just on me maybe…I really enjoy the laziness of summer afternoon. When you feel you have all the time in the world, like time flows more slowly these hours…So, I think these photos depict very well that feeling and in B&W even more!You almost can hear the cicadas…enjoy!

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Wet back and hair after swimming. Image via Sleepy Jones

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Laying in the hammock during noon probably…Image found on Pinterest, source unknown

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My favorite photo. Called “eros” (of course) but unfortunately I don’t know the source. Eros at midday

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Woman’s back as she sleeps. Source unknown

Milos, Greece 1970. Photo by Zaharias Stellas

Milos, Greece 1970. Photo by Zaharias Stellas

Koufonisia, Greece by Skamalas

Koufonisia, Greece photo by Skamalas

Urchins waiting to be eaten. Paros, Greece 1958. Photo by Zaharias Stellas

Urchins waiting to be eaten. Paros, Greece 1958. Photo by Zaharias Stellas

At midday in Greece everything is sleeping, silence everywhere...except children! Source unknown

Midday in a Greek island where everything is sleeping, silence everywhere…except children! Source unknown