Last summer I visited Santorini and Mikonos, 2 tiny yet incredibly touristic islands in Greece. Santorini’s majestic beauty is something I will not forget and for which I still have not posted because honestly I don’t know what to choose first!
Here however is a picture of a beach in Mikonos. Beaches in Mikonos were the classic turquoise water beach crowded with tons of tourists (Santorini had mostly deep water, but still good for snorkling).
I hope I can get you mentally to this sunny place and feel the sunlight touch your cheek :)
I am sure it has been obvious by now that I love coffee and the weekend cannot finish unless I have enjoyed a cappuccino at a nice cafe. This week I visited a new cafe that opened in Copenhagen, really cozy and Swedish style, exactly as I like it. It really reminded me of the cafes in Stockholm where I go repeatedly! It was full of people when I went so I only managed to take one photo of a very cozy corner but promise I will come back with more! Please inform for more cozy places in Copenhagen and not only!
Summer is getting closer and I just can’t wait to go to Greece! Summer nights are perfect to walk around the city, any city, town or island, because people love to spend time out with friends. Streets are filled with voices until early in the morning and it is just normal that you don’t want to go home.
Here I played a bit with some old photos from my walk in my small town called Alexandroupoli, located by the beach and perfect for summertime. I created 3 versions of the same photo, one with purple touch, one with blue touch and left the original as well unfiltered, just to compare.
Looking forward to summetime!
Which one do you prefer and what would you change in a photo editing software?
Copenhagen is filled with construction works for the past years, mainly due to new metro stations coming up. The working areas are usually surrounded by tall green walls but this doesn’t mean that they necessarily have to be ugly. These walls are used for exhibition of art, meaning that they are either painted very often or are decorated artistically. For me it was a great idea to brighten up all the ugliness that these works have done to this beautiful city! What do you think? Here is just the central one in Kongens Nytorv which is called the happy wall! It consists of moving parts with different colours on each side, so you can form your own words or picture on the wall!
For the last 2 years I have spent so many weekends having brunch at cafes. In reality I love to enjoy a brunch at different cafes on a saturday or sunday morning, but I love even more to make such delicious platters at home, exactly as I would like them to be.
For this reason, I dedicate this post to a very simple guide of how to make brunch at home. This is purely my boyfriend’s dish, or one of them actually, since he likes to try different variations every weekend. So, take a look and experiment!
What you need:
- -recipe for pancakes: He likes the one here, but it is really up to you and youtube :)
- -banana, raspberries, blackberries (or any berries you like)
- -icing sugar
- -maple syrup
What to do:
- Start with the pancakes. The recipe my boyfriend chose is a really simple one. When finished, place 4-5 pancakes in each platter.
- Cut the banana and place on top of pancakes. Drop some berries according to your preference.
- Pour maple syrup on to and sprinkle icing sugar to the whole platter as you see below.
You can literally make hundreds of variations, but here is just one idea. Serve with coffee, tea or juice. I find it a good idea for weekend brunch at home when alone or with friends! I hope you try this or let me know for better alternatives!
While walking this weekend, I ran across the new built bicycle lane-bridge in Copenhagen. From a top view I think it looks sort of like a snake and once again I have to admit Danes/government/anyone responsible for this architectural attempt. Even though I am not sure it offers as much as it promises (it seemed quite short and of small significance), for sure it adds credit to the city for considering innovative ideas and trying projects that you hardly see in other European cities. Well done!
I chose to post this photo in #FlickrFriday for this week’s theme Dilemma! My dilemma being…to walk or to bike?
One of the things I love in Denmark are the libraries. This is because 95% of them provide the best circumstances for a student or traveller to visit: they manage to combine study and entertainment in wonderfully designed interiors and usually offer as a social gathering place. The library I chose to spend some hours during the past month is the Kongelige Bibliotek or the Black Diamond, for which you can find more info on an earlier post.
When I have nothing specific to do and I just want to browse a bit on the computer, my first choice would be a cafe with wifi but that is not easy to find. Therefore my second alternative is libraries, where again I have other favourites, but this library offers quiet surroundings and a more vintage interior than the rest. Also, on a good day, the garden on the back side is great for a walk.
Enjoy the photos and let’s hope for better weather coming up!
As we start to get into spring (yes we are) and the first rays of sun are visible after months of darkness, I chose another picture that George shot of me, while he paid me a visit in autumn. No edit, no filter, just a quick upload to say my goodbye to this cloudy winter! We were taking a walk in Rosenborg slot (Rosenborg Palace and Garden) in Copenhagen. By this time of the year, trees and leaves start turning yellowish red and it is a wonderful time to visit it. In springtime it is also lovely, green and crowded and many couples around the world choose it for their wedding photography. I would not recommend it in the wintertime, because, as all nature in winter, it is dark, empty and leaf-less. Rosenborg palace and treasury are one of my favourite palaces to visit in Copenhagen (together with Frederiksborg Palace, which has amazing surroundings). I hope you find some time to see it if you visit Copenhagen!
Looking at this photo drives me back to such good memories of my last summer in Greece…Back to when I was enjoying the sun and the sea open in front of my eyes..and back when I was begging George to go out for photoshoots in 40 degrees celcius. Lucky enough for me, I managed to drag him out in the fields where he shot some amazing images. I honestly can’t choose which one I like most but I will slowly start rolling them out to share what has been my screensavers for the past year :) :)
Here we were in the middle of Evros (Έβρος), north of Greece. On the way to Didimoteicho (Διδυμότειχο) there were several fields with sunflowers but the best one by far was the one located next to a small church called church of Ai Giorgi (Αη Γιώργης).
I hope you enjoy the picture as I did! You can give some credit to the photographer here, he will be very happy! :)
Since the weather has decided to go against our will for walks and going out, we decided not to limit ourselves in 4 walls and not even in Copenhagen, so just for a change, Swedish Malmo is always a nice getaway. Small city but quite lively and charming. I am always surprised by how crowded it is, no matter the cold or warm weather. People love to go out, and you can clearly see their love to socialize and enjoy a long coffee over a nice talk (or liberating gossip, whatever…) with their friends. Living in Copenhagen, I sometimes miss this opportunity to just get lost in your friends’ company and stay for hours in a cafe talking with them, since it is more popular here to either get a coffee to go or have a quick one and rush out. Unless of course, I have not found the right place, I am ready to listen!
Take a look at our day in Malmo and how it was in pictures!
Beginning of this week I was terribly lucky and unlucky unfortunately: I was recovering from a painful dental operation and had to stay home but it happened to be the sunniest (and only sunny I may add) day of the month!
As a Greek, I am missing the sunlight to my bones and I tend to cherish this sunlight for every minute it touches my skin (overdramatic but sadly true)! Hope you enjoy your valentine’s day but not only that!
Spring is coming! Not because of this wonderful sunsets but because I can lead myself to this outcome: the day is getting longer, the weather is getting better, I can finally see the sun at sunset and it is just so amazing to watch the sky change so many colours.
I can only imagine that the northern you get the better the sunset becomes, but I trust you can tell me if I am right! Take a look:
Unfiltered picture by iphone. Close to reality but of course wonderful to watch in real life!
Below is the previous day, slightly filtered with some vignetting but overall close to reality:
What do you think?
I was lucky enough to visit Amsterdam in a very sunny day during this dull an cloudy winter, therefore needless to say it is in my heart. I spent only a weekend there and I got most of it, therefore I would totally recommend it for a short weekend trip. I landed there Friday night right after work and left late Sunday evening. If you have more time, definitely go at least Friday morning, because when I arrived at the hotel around 22:00 I realised transportation was only available until around 23:00. I stayed east of the airport, south of station Zuid.
Despite that, Amsterdam (like Stockholm) is the perfect city to be discovered on foot. I decided to go against the traditional recommendation of the canal tours and just walk. Freezingly cold but equally wonderful. The city is full of canals, bicycles and happy faces and is truly an international community.
During Saturday and half Sunday (Sunday evening was picking up luggage and heading to the airport, very time consuming and came as a surprise to me), I split the centre on the map and started walking randomly, trying not to repeat the same places but manage to see as much as possible from my small pocket guide.
This was my only preparation for this weekend trip: a pocket guide that I browsed shortly and off we go.
And the outcome is: this city is perfect choice for last minute unprepared trip!
1. Bicycle culture in Amsterdam (similar in Copenhagen)
2. I amsterdam sign, very touristy but lively area
3. Transportation in Amsterdam is miniature
4. Golden hour
5. Discovering that the old city gates are turned into a fancy cafe
6. Absorbing the nostalgic vibe from walking in the canals
7. Loving the big tables in cafes
8. By night
9. Observing alternative architecture (also here)
Canals were filled by houses fixed inside the canals. You can see my impression here.
10. Sunshine and powerwalk
11. Choosing one canal house gallery out of many
The number of museums and galleries has no limit. I just had to choose one and I enjoyed it. Here is Museum Van Loon here with a beautiful garden and well kept rooms.
12. Locking love on the bridges
13. Buying cheese and tulips in the street markets
14. Observing architecture
15. Free tour at a diamond shop
I admit I took it because it was free. But how often do you get to see real diamonds and how they are made in front of you?
If you are not able to distinguish real from fake, first is real, second is fake. The second picture is where we explained the basics of this ‘science’.
My boyfriend took a short tour in the Rijksmuseum. If you do have some extra time and will to , I think it is worth it.
All in all, I think I managed to do quite a lot in a weekend. There is still a huge number of things I was not able to experience or see, like the so called brown cafes for example. It’s up to you to choose what would be the best from the vast variety of options this city offers! Hope you enjoyed reading!
While in Amsterdam, you can notice quite a few weird things. No, not the standard ones for which Amsterdam is so well known. You notice others, like small vehicles that look like miniature cars for example (see coming posts) and houses fixed in the canals. Yes, houses built inside the canals. It took us some time to realize that the canals were full of small buildings that looked like houses and that people living in there seemed to enjoy it! In fact, I watched a documentary stating that they like to have their curtains open, because they have nothing to hide and they want to be ‘open’ to the others this way. Frankly, both me and my boyfriend were confused, because our brain could not decide if this was a good or bad idea! Anyhow, I leave this decision to the reader and I will just attach here how these houses looked like:
More from Amsterdam in Netherlands and looooots from the 2 greek islands Santorini and Mikonos, that I never had the chance to post, will come soon!