My first post for 2018 is all about how I spent the last days of 2017. Exactly the same way I’ve been spending it the last few years, in the same house in Ano Doliana in Arcadia, with the same company doing exactly the same things. Things such as eating lots of amazing food, playing cards for hours and when in need of a break, we go for long walks in the nearby chestnut forest. Unfortunately there was no snow this year, check last year’s post though. Having a routine in your vacation is so comforting and clearly I don’t want to change this recipe at all. But I did change one recipe this year and that’s the season’s cocktail. Last year it was all about Grey Goose Le Fizz, this year it is all about Espresso Martinis. The recipe is quite simple, all you need is 45ml Grey Goose Vodka, 25ml espresso, 15ml coffee liqueur, a pinch of fleur de sel, lots of ice and (VERY) good shaking skills. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with grated chocolate or a few coffee beans. This was the perfect accompaniment to our long card sessions, perfect both before or after dinner. Try it out, if you like coffee you will love it!
Just a week before Christmas I visited Epirus for work, my ongoing travel project with Ouzo MINI. First stop was Ioannina and the next few days were spent exploring the magnificent Zagori village complex. I was lucky enough to test drive the brand new Volkswagen Polo during my trip, I drove a bit over 1500km in total, and I can easily say that this little car has grown and feels much bigger in every aspect. When traveling for work things can get very tiring – it’s work after all – and that’s when you need the amenities that a resort such as Grand Forest Metsovo can provide. Some spa treatments and swimming in indoor heated pools never hurt anyone, right? Especially when it’s snowing outside! Check out some photos from my visit below.
In mid October I was invited in Brussels for work and I spent three nights in the Belgian capital. I had not seen much of this cute city because last time I was there it was only for a few hours. This time, although I had work to do, I did manage to walk around the center and catch a bit of the vide of the city. I was really lucky with the weather, sunny and warm for Brussel’s standards in mid October, plus I had good company – always important – the awesome @stylelove so we got to make some extra shots together. Check out some of the pics below.
Lisbon had been on my bucket list for quite some time now and for various reasons I kept postponing my visit. But in the beginning of September I got a job offer to speak in a photography workshop, guess where? Lisbon! So, with not much hesitation I happily agreed. Thanks to Aegean airlines, there’s a direct flight from Athens which makes it all so easy. Once arriving in Lisbon, best way to go to the city is by Metro, cheap, efficient and so easy to use. We stayed near the Avenida da Liberdade and I really liked it and would definitely stay there again. I have a few Portuguese friends that I loved seeing after a long time and I thank them for showing me around this beautiful city. Loved the food, the people, the weather – nothing to complain about. Now I am planning to visit again, but this time it’s going to be a long road trip from the north of the country all the way south. Can’t wait for it! Check some of the photos I took during my visit.
Chios has been one of those islands that I have always wanted to visit but never made any actual plans. Until this summer, where everything just fell into place and I visited this beautiful place in the north aegean, under the best of circumstances. Although it’s a relatively big island and five days are not enough to see everything, I had a perfectly designed itinerary from one of my friends, so I got to see literally nothing but the best! I would definitely recommend Chios as a vacation destination, beaches are many and some of them are absolutely stunning, food is great and there are many interesting villages, museums and sights to be seen. Check out some of the photos I took in these five days on the island!
Tinos is one of the Cycladic islands I’ve been craving to visit for a long time now. Early June, as part of my ongoing project with Ouzo Mini, I travelled there to create some photos and a short video, like in every other destination I visit for this client. Unfortunately in trips like these, free time to take photos is very limited if any, but I did manage to capture a few. In just two days I saw a big part of the island, met some wonderful people, had delicious food and stayed in the beautiful Anemostinos villa and I also visited the unique Crossroads Inn. The problem is that now, after getting a good taste of this island, I want to go back for more!
Some of you may not know but I am a football fan, especially when it comes to UEFA Champions League finals. So when Heineken invited me to the Champions Voyage I was thrilled. This is a global event that has been taking place in Ibiza and this year, for the first time it took place in Greece. From 3 to 5 of June I would be on a crazy cruise to Mykonos with 450 people from all over the world and I would get the chance to watch the final on a huge screen while traveling in the Aegean sea with dancers and musicians creating a real stadium feel. Sounds great, right? There’s more! Our captain on board was Ronaldinho and I was lucky enough to take a photo with him! The second day of the cruise we had a full on party schedule, first stop at Super Paradise beach and the same night, a club night at Cavo Paradiso. Check out some of the photos below from the #ChampionsVoyage!
In the end of April I was invited by Nissan in the unique Costa Navarino for the launch presentation of the new Micra. I was actually given the car to drive to beautiful Messinia. The car is totally redesigned, it’s bigger, lower and wider than its predecessor and with a much more premium feel to it. But it’s most valuable characteristic is the overall edgy design of the car, definitely eye candy and extremely photogenic. Nissan had everything perfectly arranged in Costa Navarino, apart from the perfect sea view rooms and excellent dinner, we even got to play golf (or tried to play, as I totally sucked at it). The next morning I got up early and went to the famous Voidokilia beach and took some photos of the car. But I wanted some more, so another trip was arranged, this time with an all star crew, @spathumpa, @dimitrism_ & @jim_ble coming along for a day trip in Chalkida. The rainy weather didn’t stop us from having a blast with this fun car and creating some really nice images. Check out all the photos below, both from Messinia & Chalkida.
Last week I was invited by Grey Goose to their 17th century chateau, located at a tiny village named Juillac-le-Coq, a 20 minute drive from Cognac, right in the heart of the French wine land. The amazing chateau can be visited on an invitation only basis. Once arrived we were greeted by our amazing hostsess Nadia Melot, who literally manages the entire home to the finest detail. From there on we had excellent food and well, lots of the world’s best vodka! The visit included an induction to the history of the brand by the man himself, Francois Thibault, a mixology lesson and a fun bread-making class led by Nadia. Our rooms were very cozy, just like the rest of the communal spaces like Le Salon and the breakfast area in the kitchen. Below are some photos and a short video just to get a glimpse of what these two amazing days in Le Logis were like!
At the beginning of May, Alitalia introduced a brand new daily, year round service, connecting Athens to Tel Aviv. For this reason and to help spread out the good news, I was invited on this day trip to this beautiful city which included a guided tour in the basic parts of the town, a visit to the Museum of the Jewish people and of course a fishetarian lunch by the beautiful sandy beach. Honestly, it was quite a tight schedule that didn’t really allow me to go out and explore and take enough photos, but it definitely made me want to visit this fast developing city again. It will be happening soon! Check some of the photos I took on this day trip arranged by Alitalia.