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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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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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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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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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Brighton Pier, England, UK
Destinations, Europe

A quick guide to Brighton

Today’s post is a “break” from the previous food related ones! It’s also a break from featuring places and cities in North America (can’t help it since I’m stationed in Boston). It is about a city that although I’ve visited only once, is a favorite of mine! Read on to see my favorite spots and must-dos in Brighton! Visiting Brighton was on my list for a long time! Every time I visited my friends in London and proposed a trip to Brighton they said that they’ve been there and weren’t impressed! I mean how that was even possible?!? Why so much fuss about…

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5 Things to do in Soutwark, London
Destinations, Europe

5 Fun Things to do in Southwark, London

  Southwark is one of Inner London‘s Boroughs, located opposite the City. Southwark’s Thames Bank is one of my favorite (if not the best) walking places in the city! This borough is also home to The Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern, Design Museum, and Borough Market. It’s also the are where the Shard is located as well as London’s City Hall. If you’ve been in London I’m pretty sure you’ve walked around this area. If not here’s some fun things you can do around Southwark: 1) Visit the Borough Market. And make sure you’re hungry!! I don’t have a single photo…

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Destinations, Europe

On Road Trips

I took my first road trip when I was just 8 months old. It was from Athens to my grandfather’s village Vlasti in Western Macedonia (NW Greece). Every year we would road trip around Greece for vacations and when my brother and I were old enough, we took several road trips in Europe. Our starting point was usually Luxembourg were we have relatives. From there we traveled to France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, The Netherland, Belgium. That’s how I came to appreciate road trips and loved staring out the window at the changing landscapes: mountains, lakes, endless field. As an adult I…

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Destinations, Europe

The one time I celebrated Queen’s Day in Amsterdam

In 2000 I visited Berlin for the first time. Our visit happened to coincide with the popular back then Love Parade. My parents weren’t that excited about the happy ravers that we would encounter during our stroll in the city. Yet my brother and I were delighted that we would get a glimpse of the parade. To that day I wish I had bought a t-shirt to remind me of that day…it would be as iconic as my “I <3 NY” one. Well when I happened to visit Amsterdam in 2008 while the Queen’s Day (now King’s Day since King Willem-Alexander…

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Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote
Europe

A quick guide to Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Do you have a travel “bucket” list? You know, the kind of list where you mentally write down the places you want to visit in your life. I don’t exactly have such a list, but there are a few places that I’d love to visit like Japan and California. One thing’s for sure: the Canary Islands weren’t on this list. But when the opportunity arose to visit one of them I hopped on board. I’m exaggerating a bit here, as I only visited one island, that being Lanzarote. It isn’t the most renowned island of the bunch such as Tenerife…

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Destinations, Europe

Guildford, Surrey

It seems that I have an unwritten pact with myself to visit as many British towns and villages as possible. It all started actually back in 2005 when I set my foot in Lancaster for my masters degree. Since then I’ve visited so many places in the UK, south, north, middle…you name it! Most of my travel posts are on my old blog, but slowly I’ll get them transferred to this one. Anyways…one of the latest additions on the list is Guildford in Surrey, which I visited in November during my latest trip in the country. On the day we…

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