Alice Inn Athens
Greece

Exploring the hidden courtyards of Athens

Back in May, I embarked on yet another Open Walk by Atenistas. This time I explored the hidden courtyards of Athens located in Plaka. It was sweltering hot that day, but equipped with a wide brimmed hat and water I explored as many as I could. Courtyards are typical in the old houses and especially in Plaka. They are not gardens though, but many of them had some trees and flowers. The first stop is the mansion of Benizelos family. It is the older house in Athens dating to the 16th century AD. It is the family home of Saint…

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dessert at Peskesi restaurant, Heraklion Crete
Taste

Peskesi restaurant, Heraklion

Peskesi restaurant is undoubtfully the new it-place in Heraklion. I visited it on my mother-in-law recommendation but it keeps popping up everywhere. I read about it on Aegean airlines magazine, I’ve seen it on my Facebook and Instagram feeds. But popularity isn’t the reason why you should visit it. You should visit it, because it’s a very good restaurant! About Peskesi restaurant   Peskesi focuses on the farm-to-table philosophy. The family behind Peskesi owns a farm in the area of Hersonissos. There they cultivate vegetables and raise free range animals. That means that the vegetables and eggs used in dishes come…

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View from Gianicolo park, Trastevere Rome
Europe

Sunday walk in Trastevere, Rome

I’ve heard about Trastevere back in 1999 during my first visit to Rome. It was a bohemian neighborhood with bars and restaurants ideal for nightlife. Or so it was depicted. Back in 2011, I visited Trastevere for dinner and I admit that I wasn’t impressed. It was during my last visit in March that I got to explore Trastevere. I realized that there is more to it than “bars and restaurants”. We explored Trastevere’s parks, cobblestones streets, and medieval churches! Before I get on with our walk I’d like to let you know that I started a Youtube channel! The…

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Knorr stand at Athens Street Food Festival
Taste

Athens Street Food Festival 2017 review

Over 3 weekends in May, the Athens Street Food Festival took place. The location was an old trolley depot in Ermou Street (corner with Pireos street). Last year it took place over only one weekend and I didn’t have the time to peruse it properly. I did pop on to try a specific dessert though: the so-called chimney dessert that I had eaten years ago in Budapest. This year though, I fared much better. I visited on two subsequent Sundays. I tried out from 3 different stalls and I am in a better position to review this event. I do…

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Alice Inn Athens
Greece

4 design hotels in Athens you should check out

  Since I live in Athens I have zero experience on how hotels in this city look like! So, last month as I was perusing Open House list I spotted some design hotels in Athens that I wanted to visit. I not only saw those hotels but also came back with suggestions on where to stay during a city break in Athens! 1) Periscope Hotel Periscope Hotel is part of Yes Hotels, a collection of 5 design hotels in Athens and Kifisia. Their first hotel was Semiramis in Kifisia, designed by Karim Rashid. Periscope is located on Haritos Street in…

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Caryatids Acropolis Museum Athens
Greece

5 Must-Visit Museums in Athens

Athens is known for its archaeological sites and museums. From the Acropolis to the new museums of Contemporary Art there is something for everyone. Question is, where to start? A visitor will definitely want to see ancient art. Greece is famous for that. But what about the history of Greece in the middle ages? Or after the liberation from the Ottomans. Greek history is rich and so are the findings that you will find in the museums. In this post, I’ve gathered the top 5 museums in Athens. These museums exhibit artifacts from 3200 BC until the 20th century! I’ve summed…

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Pagrati, Athens
Greece

Exploring Pagrati

Last year I shared my experience of Open Walk Athens by atenistas. During that walk, I checked out a lot of mid-20th-century buildings in downtown Athens. This year I participated in another Open Walk, this time in Pagrati. The walk started off from Proskopon (Scouts) square. There we popped in Magemenos Avlos (meaning Magic Flute) restaurant. The restaurant operates since 1961 and was the hangout for Greek artists at the time. Manos Hatzidakis was one of the regulars in this restaurant. Then we made our way towards George Seferis house. George Seferis was a renowned Greek poet, who won the…

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Corfu Old Town
Greece

24hrs in Corfu Town

Last month I had the opportunity to visit Corfu in the Ionian Islands for work. It’s been more than 10 years since I last visited so I had some catching up to do! A little bit of history The first thing that you notice upon arriving in the city is how Italian it looks (I also got that comment on Instagram). That comes as no surprise since Corfu was under Venetian rule from 1386 since 1797. During that time the Ottomans attempted to siege the island on a number of occasions and most notably in 1537 and 1716. All these…

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Where to eat in Rome: Osteria dell' Angelo
Europe, Taste

Where to eat in Rome

It’s no secret that pizza is my favorite food ever so I was very excited to visit Rome last month! The best pizza in town still escapes me, but I have plenty of suggestions on where to eat in Rome (especially pasta) for you! So let’s move on! 1) Osteria dell Angelo In just a 10′ walk from the Vatican museums in the Prati neighborhood of Rome, you’ll find Osteria dell Angelo. It’s a place where you’ll come across a lot of locals, rugby decoration and delicious food. I tried the carbonara which was delicious but also eyed some interesting steaks….

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Colosseum, Rome
Europe

15 things to do in Rome

You’ve probably heard or read Rome referred to as “The Eternal City” and the term couldn’t be more accurate. While walking around the city you will come across ancient ruins, churches, and monument spanning the centuries from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance to more modern times, buildings from the 19th century. Rome is living history and for that alone it’s worth a visit! There are a lot of things to do and see in Rome, so I’ve rounded up the highlights – along with some tips for visiting Rome. You can also watch my Rome vlog on my Youtube…

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hot chocolate at Σοκολάτα Athens
Taste

Tea or Chocolate: Reviewing two specialty shops in Athens

If you’re a regular reader you probably know that I don’t drink coffee. I love cute cafes but always opt for tea or chocolate (and sometimes for a cocktail). Admittedly it’s easier to find a nice tea than chocolate, as there are various brands of tea bags, but in both cases if you are looking for something exceptional then you have to visit a specialty shops. That’s where To Tsai (Το Τσάι, translates to Tea) and Sokolata (Σοκολάτα, translates to chocolate) come to play. So let’s have a look! To Tsai To Tsai is located in a tiny street parallel…

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