Weekend in Paris

Just after the Deerupt event was finished (see all about this here) I decided to extend my stay in Paris, just a little longer. Luckily, Divouision came along from Athens, just in time for the weekend. So that morning I said goodbye to the wonderful Adidas team and I went to check in my new hotel for the next days, the super stylish Hotel Square Louvois, located in the heart of Paris’ Rive Droite. I was greeted by the most friendly staff before being escorted to my high ceiling room (insider tip: rooms on the 2nd floor have a higher ceiling). I appreciate good design and I couldn’t help but notice all the small beautiful details in the hotel itself and of course in my room. Loved the Michael Anastasiades Flos lamps all over the interiors and the color palette used throughout the establishment. There’s also a cavernous basement with a small gym and a heated pool to relax after the long hours of walking, exploring the city. So many things to see and do, but so little time. We focused on eating, always a good place to start when traveling. Had delicious lobster rolls at Frenchie To Go, a long sushi tasting menu at Kinugawa in Matignon, a Michelin starred lunch at the Palais Royal restaurant and a super comfort dinner at Jones. Long walks by the Seine, some art watching and lots of window shopping completed the activities list! The final day before leaving we visited the Fondation Louis Vuitton in the snowy Bois de Boulogne. Check out some of the photos I took during my stay!

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Brussels briefly

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.

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Late September in Lisbon

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.

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Bologna

My childhood friend Gina has been living in Bologna for many years now and although she always told me to visit I never made it. Until a few weeks ago that is, where I finally made a long weekend trip to this beautiful Italian city. And to be honest, three days are more than enough to see most of it and long enough to survive the fantastic but fatty food that comes with it. My favorite place for lunch was Tamburini and for dinner it was the excellent trattoria della Gigina! I returned to Athens feeling fatter than ever but I would definitely do it again soon. Here  are some photos from my trip!

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Industrial E75

Last week my friend Fanis, aka @fanellas and I decided to go on a little scouting trip, to find some interesting spot for photography. We decided to leave Athens and head north. While driving on the national highway E75 we saw some empty silos on the side of the road so we took the first exit and headed there. What we found was quite interesting. Here is a selection of the photos I took. We are definitely going back soon…

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Inside EMST Athens

It’s been a year since I started trying to get into the new EMST building, Athens’ new Museum of Contemporary Art. I have been negotiating this with the Museum staff and it’s been really difficult for various reasons, one of them being the Museum not being ready. The building is the old Fix beer factory, a landmark in the area which for years has been under reconstruction and most Athenians have been impatient to visit it. The time is near for this, as the first step has been made and slowly the museum will be ready to open to the public.  This Saturday 17/5 I got invited to a press conference and I was allowed to bring some fellow photographers with me to shoot the inside of the new EMST. I must say I am very happy I had the opportunity for early access to this beautiful, new art space in the city. I can’t wait to shoot it again and looking forward to see it opening to the public soon. Here are some photos I managed to take so you can also get an idea of the building’s interior, as well as some more fun shots with my friends!

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WWIM11

For the 11th World Wide Instameet we decided to meet up at the Olympic Sport Complex in Athens on Sunday 22 March. This was my fourth Instameet and I am very happy to see this community grow bigger and stronger every time. The weather didn’t really help much to be outside as much as we would have liked, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Getting out of your comfort zone is always rewarding to your creativity. I got lost inside the complex with @malddim and we had such a laugh. It was great to see old friends and really nice meeting new ones! Here are some shots from the wwim11_athens! If you are feeling nostalgic see the post from WWIM9

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#emptystegi

This short time that I have been working with Stegi, some amazing things have happened. One of them is that I was given the chance to arrange an Instagram event along the lines of the #empty movement that has been happening in museums around the world.

The team at Stegi (Onassis Cultural Center)  is very forward thinking & always edgy in everything that they do, so arranging the event was a breeze. But what’s even better, there are many more digital events to come. I couldn’t be any happier working with such an institution! Here are some of my shots from the event but you can also follow @stegi_occ on Instagram & check #emptystegi for more excellent content!

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