Probably the most clear sunset I’ve ever seen! Caught the last sun sliver before going down!
California was high on my travel wishlist, probably because of all the films and series I’ve watched that take place there. Well I grew up watching Beverly Hills 90210 (the original one not the remake) after all! And then there is San Francisco and Golden Gate bridge and not to mention Pacific Coast Highway 1, which I discovered through blogs and Pinterest (the latter one is definitely a “thing” nowadays for travel planning along with Instagram).
Today I’m really proud and excited to say that I’ve been there and done that and I really really liked the experience! I have so many photos, experiences and tips to share with you and will take it one step at a time, starting off with 12 fun things I did in Los Angeles over the span of three and a half days (yes they were jam packed, but we saw and experienced so many things that it was worthy)!
1) Window shopped along Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Abbot Kinney is probably my favorite street in the LA metropolitan area as it has cute stores (sometimes beach themed), it’s small (by LA standards) and leads to the beach! We mainly window shopped but returned here on our last evening and stopped by the TOMS flagship store, which was very bohemian I should say!
2) Walked along Venice Beach
After the window shopping we ended up on Venice Beach just in time to see the last sliver of sun go down in the ocean. That would be a killer sunset, but I’m happy that at least we caught a glimpse of it! We then walked along the beach towards Santa Monica pier. Being Saturday night the beach was bustling with people who walked, biked and skated.
3) Visited the Getty Center
The Getty Center is one of LA’s free attractions, which I highly recommend if you like museums, gardens and killer views. We mostly visited for the latter to be honest, although we did see one photography exhibition by Josef Koudelka and admired the center’s central garden! Continue reading
It’s been a week since I came back from California. A week spent with my friends from Greece which came with me to Boston after our California road trip! We braved the cold and did sightseeing, shopping and dining in Boston. We also visited the Boston Opera House to see the newest Boston Ballet performance called Shades of Sound. The show was brilliant (especially the Chroma part which you can see a preview here), but it did not make me miss my ballet days as ballet is so physically demanding and I’m not flexible at all!
Yesterday we walked around Mission District in San Francisco which is full of street art. The most famous murals are those of Balmy alley, but I found this wall in 19th & Mission very cute! It’s brand new as well!!
Have I ever mentioned that half my close and extended family are engineers? No? Well, now you know. We have every specialty you can think of: civil engineers, architects, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, rural and surveying engineers…we missed out on chemical engineers, but you get the point. And me? Oh I’m the black sheep…I studied Business Administration with and MSc on IT&Management and a part-time course in Fashion Design, just because…
When I was a kid and we travelled in Europe I got to see many engineering/construction projects like the Øresund Link between Denmark and Sweden or the glass dome of the Reichstag in Berlin. So needless to say that I’m fascinated by bridges and buildings. Especially buildings, because of the aesthetic part. If you check my Athens’ blog I have a whole category about architecture and wherever I travel I surely get lots of pictures of buildings. Architecture is part of a country’s culture and I’m interested in architecture as much as trying a traditional dish (though the latter can be really tricky because I’m a very picky eater).
My favorite architect is Frank Gehry and my dream is to travel to Bilbao with the sole purpose of seeing the Guggenheim museum (I care more for the building than the exhibits, mind you) and I’m super happy that these past days I got to see a “clone” of the museum, aka the Walt Disney Music Hall in LA (post will definitely follow). For the time being I present you the Ray and Maria Stata Center in Cambridge, MA which is part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (affectionately known as MIT). Last year on this exact date we learned that we were coming in Boston and I was thrilled for many reasons, one of them being that I would get to see a building by Frank Gehry! Score!
If you’re following me on Instagram, you probably saw that I landed on Saturday in Los Angeles and I have to admit that I’m super excited to be here. I technically don’t have a so-called bucket list but there are a few places in this Planet that I would like to visit. California
is was one of them! Today’s post is all about the blog posts that helped me and my friends plan this trip!
My first stop was Rachel’s blog, where she has a whole category about LA, were she studied for 6 months. I singled out the post 24 hours in LA which is very compact and comprehensive (though we’re going to spend more than 24 hours here). I also follow Rachel on Pinterest as she pins delicious recipes and spotted a photo of a street with the Hollywood Sign as a background! Thankfully I found the name of the street on Alix’s blog (Cherry Blossom Girl) and I definitely want a photo-op there! A visit to the Hollywood Sign couldn’t be left off our schedule, so Christine’s post came pretty handy!
Our next stop in Golden State will be San Francisco and we’re getting there by car, which means one thing: road tripping along Pacific Coast Highway! That’s where Mathilde’s post comes handy, showcasing the route from Santa Barbara to Big Sur. As for San Francisco I found an “essential guide” from Lonely Planet, a guide to the most romantic spots in SF (yes, this is a girls’ trip but still….) and a very detailed food guide from Jordan!
P.S. The header photo is actually from Athens and was taken when I shot this outfit post.
Spring is an ideal season for weekend breaks in Greece. The days are longer, the weather is mild, and the trees are blooming. Bonus: the cities are not crowded from tourists, which mean you’ll probably get better accommodation deals! Today I’ve rounded up 5 Greek cities ideal for a weekend escape and rounded up tips on what to do once you get there (visit, walk, shop and eat)!
Well, a proper city break guide for Greece should start with the capital right? (*cough, cough*), which happens to be my hometown as well!
Shop: Ermou is the busiest shopping street in Athens and a pretty central one, so it’s difficult to avoid! If you’re looking for luxury shopping you can visit Kolonaki and especially Voukourestiou street.
P.S. You can find more inspiration on things to do on my other blog Aspects of Athens!
Thessaloniki is Greece’s second largest city. It’s built along Thermaikos Gulf, which means one thing: a killer promenade for (romantic) walks.
Visit: Byzantine Museum, TV tower (for the view), the White Tower by the promenade
Walk: Along the aforementioned promenade, Tsimiski street for window shopping, Aristotelous square for pigeon “hunting”
Shop: Thessaloniki has a really “rich” shopping center and you can find a cool store in the most unexpected places. My favorite streets are Tsikimiski, Proxenou Koromila and Mitropoleos
Eat: Make your way to Ladadika neighborhood which is filled with interesting restaurants. I also like Kitchen Bar by the port (the view is amazing) as well as the cafe/bar of Byzantine Museum for a drink! Continue reading