Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Greece

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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Methoni Castle. Peloponnese, Greece
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Peloponnese Road Trip: Kalamata, Koroni & Methoni

Continuing on our Peloponnese road trip, we reached Kalamata late in the afternoon. It was cloudy and damp from the rain, so we retreated to our hotel before venturing out for an evening stroll. In hindsight I should have added an extra day  on our trip in order to explore the city more, because we liked it very much! Day 4&5: Kalamata Kalamata, a coastal city, is located on the Messinian gulf between the and its history is traced back to the antiquity (was called Farai back then, while Messini was the region’s prominent city). The name of the city…

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Peloponese Road Trip: Elafonisos & Mani
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Peloponnese Road Trip: Elafonisos & Mani Peninsula

I love a good road trip and it’s been a while that I actually took one! During our summer vacations, my husband and I revisited Elafonisos island and road tripped in the Peloponnese. The whole trip lasted 6 days, 3 spent in Elafonisos and the rest 3 covering various places of interest in the Peloponnese. I will split my posts about the trip into 3 parts so I can add as much information and of course photos to each post. So let’s crack on with Part 1. Days 1-3: Elafonisos Elafonisos was charming as always with those crystal clear waters…

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Summer in Athens

So, August is here and Athenians are fleeing the city like mice, escaping to the countryside and the islands. I will too, leave in a few days for vacations, as it is getting very hot in here! During June and July I spent almost every weekend by swimming and sun tanning (a bit) in Varkiza beach (one of Athens’ coastal suburbs). It’s the best time of the year to explore what the southern suburbs have to offer (food wise), which actually translates to many visits in Waffle House Vouliagmeni! Our friends from Crete visited us in early July and it…

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the essential guide to Naxos
Greece

The Essential Guide to Naxos

I’m continuing my guides to the Cyclades, bringing you tips about things to see and do in Naxos, which is the largest island of the Cyclades archipelago. The island has a lot to offer: beaches, archaeological sites, picturesque villages and of course delicious food! So, here we go! Beaches in Naxos What I loved in Naxos was the long sandy beaches. The water was crystal clear and inviting, albeit cold. In a nutshell the ones I liked the most are the following: Plaka – long beach with sand dunes, not very crowded Pyrgaki – this beach is on the South…

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Kashmir chicken at Babaji Indian restaurant Athens
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Babaji, Indian Restaurant, Athens

Indian cuisine lovers, there’s a restaurant in Athens you should visit! I was introduced to Babaji about six months ago on a lunch break with two colleagues. I’d already tried out another Indian restaurant a few blocks down and I was eager to explore this one too. I loved all of the dishes we tried out and especially the Chicken Kashmir (with litchi fruit, pictured above) and the Sweet Pulao (basmati rice with saffron, pictured below left). So I returned once more with my husband to try out more! Of course we ordered Chicken Kashmir once more as well as…

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Afternoon Walk in Thessaloniki

Last week I spent a day in Thessaloniki for work and although I didn’t have time to see much of the city and explore new places (*ahem* food related), I did take a long walk along the seaside promenade that I gushed about on my guide to Thessaloniki. Unlike October when the weather was cold and rainy, the weather was warm and partly sunny which made it ideal for an afternoon/sunset walk. The starting point was City Hotel near Aristotelous square, where my colleagues and I stayed for the night and walked up to Fokas’ garden (which is part of…

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Fresh patisserie, Athens

Last week on my Saturday in Athens walk I mentioned Fresh pastry stores and particularly their Valaoritou branch and since it’s a pastry store/cafe that should be on your list if you visit Athens I came back with a full post! Fresh is a well known chain of chic pastry stores in Athens and suburbs. It’s well known for cakes, assorted pastries and dessert bowls. But the dessert options don’t end there! In these pastry stores you’ll also find macarons, cookies, chocolate and gluten free desserts. A few weeks before Christmas, Fresh opened a new branch in Valaoritou street in Kolonaki…

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