Hadrian's Arch Athens
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Winter In Athens

This winter has been particularly cold in Athens (for Greek standards!) and it even snowed as you can see in the photo above! It was chilly for walking around Athens, BUT it was a good opportunity to check new (for me) restaurants and cafes and of course revisit old favorites! I’ve also attended a couple of press events that I really enjoyed and I’m sharing my experience with you. So let’s start with my “winter diaries” Restaurants in Athens Back in December I dined at Estrella, which has a vast selection of brunch dishes, from eggs, to pancakes, to omelets!…

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Red Velvet cake at B Madame, Kolonaki
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B Madame

Back in July my husband and I discovered a small patisserie/ice cream parlor in Kapnikareas street (off Ermou shopping street) called Balader. We loved getting ice cream from there a lot as we really liked the way that the ice cream was made. In September was informed that Balader would move in Kolonaki, but that move took longer than expected. After a lot of searching, we finally located it in Valaoritou street under a new name: B madame. Related: Summer in Athens The Place As we learned from co-owner Spiros Bakogiannis, the main reason behind the move was the space….

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Ergon restaurant, Athens

Ergon restaurant has been on my radar since visiting Thessaloniki last year. On my first night there we planned on dining in their flagship store called Agora, but couldn’t find a table. Luckily they opened a new deli and restaurant in downtown Athens and back in December, on my nameday, I got to visit it! The Space Ergon restaurant is located on Mitropoleos street very close to Syntagma square. Upon entering the store you come across the deli (Ergon started off as a deli brand) with shelves full of various marmalades, spreads, condiments, candies and many more Greek products. Seating…

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Mixing Neutrals and Burgundy
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Mixing Neutrals & Burgundy

What better colors to wear on a cold winter day (although it wasn’t the season’s coldest) than winter pastels and a pop of burgundy? The day I wore this outfit we went for lunch at Ergon, a nice restaurant hailing from Thessaloniki to celebrate my name day (back in December). The restaurant easily became a favorite of mine and a review is coming up on the blog next! After lunch we wandered around the neighborhood and shot some of the photos outside Electra Metropolis, a new luxury hotel which opened recently. I haven’t been inside yet, but I loved those…

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bougatsan at Estrella Athens
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Brunch at Estrella Athens

Estrella is a restaurant that originates from Thessaloniki and made it recently to Athens. I read all about the restaurant and its famous bougatsan last year in Aegean Airlines magazine. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to visit their  store in Thessaloniki, as my itinerary got busy last year, so I was more than happy to find out that a franchise store opened in Athens a few months back. Estrella’s tagline is “World Street Food” but it would as well be “The Brunch Place”, as the menu is full of dishes like boiled eggs, omelets, pancakes and the lot. And of course,…

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10 places to visit in Greece
Greece

10 places to visit in Greece (2016 in review)

2016 was the first in many years that I didn’t travel abroad. Yet I made up for it, by traveling a lot in Greece both for work and leisure. Most of those trips where well documented on the blog and Instagram and here’s my yearly round-up! I hope that you’ll get inspired and add some of these cities and islands on your travel list for 2017. 1) Chania was the first city I visited in the 2016 spending a weekend there and then revisited in September for a wedding. Related: Exploring Chania, 2 Days in Chania, Kritamon wine bar/restaurant, Chania…

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Lefkes restaurant Galatsi
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Lefkes restaurant, Galatsi

Let’s get into festive mood today! I’m reviewing Lefkes restaurant in Galatsi (a northern suburb of Athens), which goes all out during the holiday season! Just a disclaimer: those photos are from last year as I visited Lefkes just after Christmas and posting holiday photos in January didn’t sound that appropriate. Long story short, these photos waited patiently for December to come again, so that I could finally write this post! Lefkes restaurant is located in an old house, with a front yard with elm trees that actually gave the name to the restaurant. I’ve heard about this place so…

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center: Athens’ new gem

Sometime in mid-June I noticed an event keep popping on my Facebook feed: the opening of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center aka SNFCC. SNFCC is located in Kallithea, a coastal suburb of Athens in an area that used to be a racetrack until 2004. The area now houses the new Greek National Opera and National Library of Greece buildings as well as a beautiful park. Ten years ago, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation announced its plans to fund the development of this cultural center. Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop helmed by renowned architect Renzo…

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Phyllo dough pies with avocado, Kritamon Chania
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Kritamon wine bar/restaurant, Chania

Named after a plant that grows in the sand and is used in salads, Kritamon is located in Kondylaki street in Chania’s old town. It is a wine bar/ restaurant with an adjacent organic store, with clean and minimal design. To be honest, the design caught my attention as we passed by and prompted me to check out their menu as well. We already had lunch that day, so we made a mental note and decided to return the next one. And that’s what we did! On our last day in Chania, after walking one last time around the city,…

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Chania old port
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2 Days in Chania, Crete

The last weekend of September my husband and I spent a weekend in Chania, Crete for a wedding. It was the perfect opportunity to explore the city yet again, on season this time! The city was full of people; locals and visitors alike but less busy than it would be in August. The weather was pleasant (and breezy) making it ideal for long walks. During our previous visit in January we had covered many of the city’s important sites such as the old town, the old port, Eleftherios’ Venizelos tomb and house. This time we aimed at visiting the Etz…

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Ancient Olympia, Peloponnese, Greece
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Peloponnese Road Trip: Ancient Olympia & Vytina

Ancient Olympia in Peloponnese has got to be my favorite archaeological site and I’m happy that I’ve included it in the road trip. A modern day village is built in the area, which mainly caters to the visitors of the site. We reached the area late in the afternoon after visiting Koroni and Methoni as I described in my previous blog post. I had booked a room for the night at Arty Grand Hotel in Drouvo village next to Olympia. We had a pleasant stay there and took advantage of the hotel’s pool (and pool café)! Day 6: Ancient Olympia…

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