The Wine Box in Athens

Some friendships are like good old wine. You keep your precious bottle hidden in some cellar, away from light, gathering dust but never forgotten. You know its production year, what is made of, where it’s coming from yet you anticipate for the time that you will finally blow the dust off the bottle and open it to pleasantly surprise you with its taste. Continue reading “The Wine Box in Athens”

A treat A day with Moleskine

Yeah!

My new year’s diaries, just arrived in the mail and I simply can’t wait writing on them.

 

This year it was the Little Prince, for 2016 I chose Peanuts… Isn’t it cute?

But to be honest I’m quite intrigued to get my hands on the Starbucks collection which is available in South Korea! Flying to Seoul next week, hopefully before it’s out of stock…

 

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Photo Credit: moleskine.com

If you are a Moleskine fan like me you can order your supplies online here. Be sure to check everyday until Christmas for they hold special treats on their holiday calendar…

Now, if you would like to see what Moleskine diaries look like and how cool they are, check my video review below.

xxx

 

Tripping to Paradise

Paradise does exist. It’s a tiny little dot laying in the middle of the pacific ocean. Mortals call it Maui, Hawaii. I’m back in town but I left my heart there.

What to do… Life is a beach.

Maui’s beauty is irresistible and our stay at Alejandro’s studios in Haiku- Pauwela was beyond enjoyable. You definitely have to visit the island at least once in your life and if you finally do, check with Alejandro for your accommodation. His profile on Airbnb is found here.

Aloha! 

No kidding, it’s me not Kidman

Unaware of Etihad’s release of their new commercial and shortly after it, my husband took this picture of me on board Etihad’s flight to Abu Dhabi. And then… no kidman… ehm…I mean no kidding…

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not comparing myself to Nicole Kidman, I’m simply comparing the two photos leaving the comments on you.

I have to admit though, traveling first class with Etihad had been a pleasure.

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Kathmandu… Why?

Photo memories from my trip to Kathmandu back in 2009… Today I feel as sad as I felt when I first visited the emerald valley that has lost its shine under the heavy smog.

But most of all I wonder what happened to all these kids I met on the streets of the busy and dirty city. I just wish and hope God kept them safe.

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Take me to the other side

I have been traveling a lot (yet again) this season but one of my favorite destinations where we go every winter for snowboard fun is Serfaus in Tyrol, Austria. It’s a beautiful village up in the mountains with an exceptional scenery and very friendly people, we have actually made some good friends there. This year we visited twice and during our second visit -without kids!- we had the time to walk around the village undisturbed and enjoy all the little details we’ve been missing when we are too busy with getting on our snowboards.. Hmm.. by just looking at these photos I simply smell the chilled fresh mountain air. Feel with me.

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Just take me to the other side.
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Padlocks with names marked to signify a bond, attached to the bridge’s handrail.
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Padlocks left and right, I am feeling the bridge vibrating with love!
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I checked the water. It’s damn freezing!

 

 

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What an old house. But take a closer look:
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Bright white embroidered curtains. I wish I could look from the inside out.
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Innsbruck and another bridge on our way back home. Just turn back the time and take me back to the other side from where I started this post.

Oman : a photo gallery

I’m back from our short trip to Oman and although I have a hectic schedule these days I still feel like sharing some photos with you as I believe a picture is worth a million words. Some of these photos you may also find on my Instagram account: idolimages
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The Beach at the Shangri-La resort
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View from Shangri-La’s Al Husn Hotel
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Al Husn Hotel private beach – exclusive to Al Husn guests
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Al Husn Hotel private swimming pool

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We had a great stay at Shangri-La Al Husn Hotel. Then we were taken fishing. We caught nothing more than footage in our cameras (editing project number 24 on my to-do list? bear with me please!) but we loved exploring the beaches.

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Our host saved the best for last: The revelation: The road trip to Jebel Akhdar (The Green Mountain), high up to 2,400 mtrs. And we were left speechless!
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A rose-water “factory” in the village of Sayk.
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The village of Sayk
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Swimming pool view of the Sahab hotel.
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Enjoying the view and some fresh air!
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Alila Hotel
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Indoor pool at Alila Hotel
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Alila Hotel
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View from the special council for the people of the village of Al Roos
 That’s all for now and we are certainly going back to explore more of Oman’s beauty.
Oh! And I shouldn’t forget: a special thanks to my “panoramic view” photographer and of course to our host! (They know who they are!) xxxx
All photos were shot with iPhone 5S.

Red Bull Art of Motion a Greek Win!

“Be better than yesterday, worse than tomorrow”
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Photo: Redbull.gr

 

With this motto there’s no doubt 19 year old Greek free runner Dimitris Kyrsanidis will give us more exciting moments in the future. His performance at Red Bull Art of Motion in Santorini was very impressive and flawless thus secured him the first place in the competition. His tricks wowed the crowd. This boy wasn’t free running – he was simply flying.
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Do you know what I loved about Dimitris, besides his immaculate technique and adorable baby face? He seems to have instilled years of Greek values and traditions in a fresh and powerful twist. He’s the new, unconventionally traditional guy, every grandma would love to have as grandson. Before he even started he wasn’t afraid to make the sign of the cross showing respect and trust in his beliefs. He competed exercising the athletic ideal of his ancestors: sport is not just a physical act; It is a complete way of life and it involves mind, spirit, culture, religion, education. It transforms not only your body but your whole being. It’s something more than the art of motion: It’s the art of living. You could clearly see these ideas manifesting in every move of this young man, from congratulating and discussing with his co-athletes to jumping and landing with such a steady force and grace, it was out of this world.
Dimitris welcomed victory in pure modesty. Like an Olympic athlete and at such a young age, he honored his family without even saying a word. They should be really proud of him as his participation in this competition reflected his wonderful upbringing. Congrats DK. Congrats to your family too. We will be following you.
It’s worth watching the full length video below with the Art of Motion semifinals and finals but you may as well just “jump” to 42:30 and 1:35:03 respectively, to admire Dimitris’ performance.

Homesick…

Yes, it gets me from time to time… And after discovering these two videos by Daniel Rhodes on youtube… what did you expect?

So here is the city I was born and grew up in… FEELING or better LIVING:

…facing the Parthenon every day from our small balcony… having our school trips next to Pnyx, driving to Lycabettus for romancing, feeding the pigeons in Syntagma square, looking for treasures in Monastiraki on weekends or waiting at the dock in Piraeus to board the ferry to some distant island…

And here is the island where I spend my summer holidays… Voted the best destination in the world…

Thank you Daniel, whoever you are… you reminded me that how hard I try I could never erase these pictures from my mind… And my heart will always belong to Greece, my multiple-wounded, hatred-plagued, politically-distorted, all the while citizen-deserted country… 

I wonder when…