Ioannina, Greece

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Ioannina city, the old and the new

During October I’ve had a really nice time on a long weekend at Ioannina city of Greece and finally I’ve made the time to make a post about it! It’s been a month (plus) now that I have so much work to do that I think my blue flamingo is feeling very lonely…however is always in my mind, I’m mentally preparing interesting posts to present them to you someday!

This one is about this marvelous city that I’m definitely proposing of visiting! It highlights the tradition in such a chic way, offering very nice strolls at the lake, at the old market, the traditional coffee and wine/tsipouro spots where you can warm yourself and your heart with the right company. And of course, starting from Ioannina you can explore the Zagoria villages and the mountain which is very very beautiful.

To better understand the culture and fully get in the mood of this place you should hear some traditional epirus music, I adore it! One of my favorites is this: Xechorismata by Petroloukas Chalkias.
Or a contemporary aspect of it, the Villager of Ioannina city band.
I really believe these 2 aspects of music is very characteristic of the city vibes you can’t catch by photos only. I propose to hear them while you read the post if you are into it! 🙂

Unfortunately, we had only 3 days for all, but I think we saw a lot to love the city. The first thing anyone thinks on hearing about Ioannina is the lake! Such a serene scenery and beauty of nature especially on this time of year where the tree leaves have all these hues of green-orange-yellow…They say that deeper on winter, the lake is covered by a mysterious mist and it can be even more beautiful! We enjoyed that stroll so much that definitely I could say people there are very lucky. It’s also a great place for photographers, we even saw a famous one(as we’ve been told) photo shooting his little daughter among fallen leaves, where she was doing the same at her dad with her phone! Cute, huh?

Along the shore – despite the birds and the people to look at – there are some sculptures to admire that I liked a lot. By local, famous or not (to me) artists contribute to the evolution of aesthetic level and criteria of the people. I think it’s very nice having pieces of art out in the open, for every people to get familiar with it.

As I told you another characteristic of this city you shouldn’t miss is cute cafes and small taverns where you drink local tsipouro (a very strong alcohol drink) with tasty food. In any food situation I am incapable of taking photos, it’s official! I had my mind though of capturing some moments/corners from a very cute vintage cafe where we had our morning coffee one day. It’s called “To diko mas waltz” which means “our waltz” and served coffee and more in a well preserved old house, with small rooms and old furniture. I liked the “love of books” touch at the entrance a lot.

Another highlight of the city is the Its Kale hill where the Turk commander, pasha, has his palace and facilities. From there you can have a really nice view of the lake and the city and of course learn about this era. We visited a new museum of silverware that had a huge development in the area. This museum was actually very interesting both for the exhibits and the displaying ways of them and for the renovation of such a building. I was looking at the exhibit boards and then at the lighting methods or the way they used the building structure. A must see for architects!

Also, an excursion nearby is a must! We went towards Aristi village and at its exit we stopped at the river. You can see by the photos that it was amazing! The colors of nature, the hearing of the water and the feeling of your footings at the moisty earth was very refreshing. There were also some people that were doing rafting etc it would’ve been awesome.

As you can imagine it was the joy of the photographer! A lot of desktop wallpaper choices!

Continuing from there towards Papigko villages we stopped at some water ponds called Ovires. It’s a magical place where mountain water passes by big stones, sculptured by it, creating small and larger water ponds. During summer people swim there, I don’t even imagine how cold the water must be!

The scenery there is very imposing: big mountains around you, small villages underneath them, Vikos gorge and the river whenever you can see it. Leaving Ovires we had this view in front of us! And at this mountain foot was the Small Papigko village where we stopped for lunch and exploration.

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Mountains at Vikos gorge, such a scenery!

The first thing we saw after we left our car was this scenery below…Like a fairy tale. This plane tree was like a magnet to us…we took several photos!

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This plane tree reminds my the ‘Big Fish’ movie, don’t you think?

Obviously…

And then we went to eat something because after all these our stomach was complaining clearly! Lamb ribs at a tavern’s yard compensated us! 😉

It was such a great 3days vacation yet very tiring because it’s very far from Athens. I definitely recommend to have more days there, to have a car and to explore the mountain and the magical nature/villages of the area. It’s really beautiful at any season!

 

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Weekend time while Fall still lasts

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Because you know…winter is coming and stuff! In Athens we were lucky this weekend to have a nice weather to enjoy it but it won’t last for long! Yesterday that I went out I realized that maybe it’s time for heavy coats and fluffy scarfs already! And I’m gonna prepare a nice post for you about a very autumnal excursion I’ve had in mountain Greece last month, so I’m trying to get in the mood! (This photo is from there 😉 )
Lately, I’m having a very cultural time with jazz concerts, modern dancing performances, cinema, architecture exhibitions etc. all of them with nice company and I’m really enjoying it! I think Autumn is perfect for such night outs, let’s have the most of it!!

Do you have plans for this Sunday? I wish you a great time! xxx

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!

 

source image via Find your own adventure

Fall patterns, again!

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Molly from the movie ‘The Breakfast Club’ – Beginning of school and discipline, in the right colors! By JTO JTO

Seeing that last year’s post about Fall patterns is one of your favorite, I prepared another one these days to feed our (because it’s mine too!) desire for seasonal patterns to put us in the mood for Autumn!
Funny thing that when I was younger I didn’t like this season at all! I imagine because of the beginning of school and the end of summer carelessness etc etc. On the contrary, as I grow up I am so ready for all the changes of this transition that I even can’t wait for them! I’m so eager for cozy nights and weekends, the new face of nature all around us, excursions to the woods, warmer palettes of colors, cozier outfits and homey feeling!

Happy Sunday guys, let’s enjoy Fall!!

Nature and foxy themed in earthy tones! Orange foxes – I don’t know why but this animal is stuck in my mind as a fall’s element, falling leaves, new pinecones – the last one was such a hit! – and of course pumkins!
1. foxes by Leticia 2. falling leaves by Jess Smart Smiley  3. pinecones by Georgiana Paraschiv 4. pumkins by Lindsey Elise Design

Sweeter tones with some blush pink and pomegranates! And of course-again foxes, cooler this time.
1. flowers via pinterest 2. blue foxes by Ooli, via Sorryzorrito 3. Pomegranates by Better Home

Closing this patterns’ party with my favorites, mostly for the feeling they create. Swallows for the migratory birds of this season, school/office stuff with pencils and erasers – it’s the time to concentrate again and do the real business, the first hot coffees of the year…knitting of course 🙂 beside the fire even better, with a purring cat at your lap (my favorite!!) and then as we have the rains what’s more suitable from rubber wellies!
1. swallows by Bridiy  2. office supplies by Emma Trithart  3. Knitting via pinterest  4. Chemex Coffee Culture Pattern by Sara Combs  5. pink cats by Angie Garland  6. rain boots by Cassie Kulp

Check out the previous Fall Patterns post Here

 

 

 

 

Fall patterns

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Red Foxes by pond ripple. Via spoonflower

I would like to start this new week with the feeling of fall! It’s been a while that I haven’t posted a pattern’s theme and I think this is the best for now. In Athens the weather prepares us by all means for this change and I must admit that I like it. I look forward for the trees to become yellow and orange, I love it when it happens! Especially in the country the view is just magnificent. The light of the sun is already milder and now is also the time to organize a small trip, I’m already having plans!

However my favorite change is staying at home at nights! I already dream about it with fluffy slippers, the fireplace, a hot drink or a pizza and a movie playing! Also autumn is the season for chestnuts, pomegranates and other yummy fruits! So, as you can see for the fall theme I got inspired mostly by orange and brown animals who live in the forests, leaves and fruits. Get in the mood for fall!

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Pinecones by Sophie Brabbins

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Hipster Bear pattern via weheartit

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Autumn leaves by Caroline Bourles, via My textile design

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Rain of hedgehogs! The only information I find for this is a name Block Magnaye…unfortunately I can’t find the source

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Cats with sweaters! What’s more suitable for fall, the cat that starts to return inside, the sweaters that we start to wear and a combination of them! Via society6

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Cute foxes by natitys, via spoonflower

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Pencil savings. Because school is also one of main characteristic of fall… via jacqueline colley

Pear pattern by My textile design

Pear pattern by My textile design

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Nourishment theme by JongMee. I really like the colors here and how fall can be pop too!

Apple pattern via society6

Apple pattern via society6

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Pomegranate with flowers. One of autumn delicacies! via society6

Want more of fall themed patterns?? See here the new post!

Autumn essentials printable

autumn-essentials-printable-free-downloadWhat I like the most in autumn is the warm and sweet feeling you begin to have and the mood for cozy nights at home! Soft blankets, brown leather accessories, delicious pies and hot drinks to keep you warm during the firsts chills!

This is a beautiful art print that in my opinion depicts all of these! Emily’s blog is one of my favorites for her small art projects, mostly stationery. I like her works because through watercolors she makes beautiful pieces with a nostalgic feeling that I can see myself in them. Here I have a print for autumn essentials that you can download and hang it in a wall and smile when you look at it! If you click on the image it’s in larger size but you can go to emily’s page and download it for free.

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Autumn cozyness!

autumnI don’t know if that word exists but in my mind it’s perfect! Autumn makes me feel like these pictures above. Brown, mustard, beige colours, soft blankets and lazy mood! Also, for me it’s the beginning of hot coffee again, going with my morning ritual, coffee and pinterest 🙂