Zurbaran restaurant, Athens
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Zurbaran restaurant, Athens

Back in June my husband and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary. For the occasion, we went for lunch at Zurbaran restaurant in Kolonaki. It has been the talk of the town lately and I was keen on visiting. We went for a late lunch and it was the best time to visit, as the restaurant (bar from the tables on the street) was very quiet. We got a table on the patio (definitely the best place to sit) and both ordered burgers. What can I say? When there is a burger on the menu it always lures me in! We…

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Kalamata Railway park, Peloponnese, Greece
Greece

The Essential guide to Kalamata

Kalamata is a coastal town in the regional unit of Messenia, in the Peloponnese. It is known for its olives (Kalamata olives) and olive oil. Messenia is literally covered with olive trees! Last year during our Peloponnese road trip my husband and I spent an evening in Kalamata. We returned this year as we wanted to explore the city further. Things to See in Kalamata As I mentioned last year, I enjoyed Kalamata’s central square (on Aristomenous street) which is full of cafes. It does have a lot of free space as well and was full of people when we…

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Museum of the City of Athens
Greece

6 (more) museums to visit in Athens

A few months ago, I shared 5 must-visit museums in Athens. Those are the ones that will give you the best overview of Greek history from antiquity to the 20th century. They are not the only museums in Athens though.  Last April I got a glimpse of the Numismatic Museum during Open House Athens, and later on, in May, I took advantage of the World Museums’ Day (on May 18th) and visited 5 additional museums! I’ll be presenting them in this post, so, without further ado, let’s get into this. Museum of the City of Athens The name is somewhat…

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Greece

Postcards from Kardamyli

Last year during my Peloponnese road trip I missed the opportunity to visit Karadmyli. Well, we did stop and walk towards Old Karadmyli. It was rainy; the signs were inadequate so we didn’t see much. So this year we returned to the area to spend more time in Kalamata and stop in Kardamyli. Related: Peloponnese Road Trip: Elafonisos & Mani peninsula   We started our day in Kalamata with a hearty breakfast at Elektra Hotel & Spa. After an hour of equal scenic and mountainous ride, we reached Kardamyli. We found somewhere to park and started to explore the village….

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View from Kohtuotsa viewing platform, Tallinn, Estonia
Europe

The essential guide to Tallinn, Estonia

Last month I visited Tallinn for a conference. It was my first time in the city (and Estonia) and needless to say I was excited. Visiting in the summertime meant that I had plenty of daylight to explore the city. The sun set at 10.30pm (whereas in Athens it sets at 8.40pm). Tallinn is a charming town and the old city surrounded by walls, towers, and all that jazz remained intact throughout the years. Another thing that amazed me was the kindness and friendliness of Estonians. From the conference organizers to the waiters in the restaurants, I visited everyone was…

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Nivea sunscreen, La Roche Posay sunscreen
Greece

Greek Vacations summer beauty essentials

At the time of posting the temperature is 37 degrees. We had two heat waves by now. The temperature even went up to 44 degrees during the last weekend of June! Scorching I know. Thankfully it’s slightly cooler in the islands for those of you planning a trip to Greece. With the heat and the sun in mind, there are a handful of summer beauty essentials you need in your beauty bag. Sunscreen Remember that Baz Luhrmann song from the late 90s? The one that includes the lyrics: “If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would…

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Fontana di Trevi Rome
Europe

5 Days in Rome: Itinerary & Budget

Travel planning is my jam! I love crafting out itineraries and maximizing my time when visiting a city. I also love to share those itineraries with my friends and here on the blog. Today I’m sharing a 5-day Rome itinerary from my trip back in March. I’m also sharing our expenses for those days. Let’s get started! Rome Itinerary Day 1: Arrival at Rome, St. Peters Basilica, Pantheon, Piazza Navona We arrived at Rome at around midday. Our flight landed at Leonardo Da Vinci airport and we took the Leonardo Express to the city. Our hotel, Vica Pota Guesthouse, was…

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Waffle House Vouliagmeni
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Waffle or Bubble Waffle: Find them both in Vouliagmeni!

Now that summer is (finally) here, I’ve traded hot chocolate and tea for ice cream and waffles. So, it’s time for another “this or that post” featuring Waffle House and Buffala Gelato in Vouliagmeni! Waffle House Let’s start with the older establishment in the neighborhood! Waffle House opened in Naxos back in 1996 and then opened in Vouliagmeni in 2006. It’s always a difficult task to secure a table especially during the weekends, but its worth it! I love its waffles as they are thinner than the classic Belgian ones. The ice cream selection is also a vast one, ranging…

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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
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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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