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!
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.
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.
Greece is a country perceived by most foreigners as a summer destination. Fantastic beaches to swim at, tavernas to enjoy your ouzo and meze and little white washed cycladic houses. But more often than not, there can be more whiteness than expected during winter. It’s usually not as severe as it’s been lately, but snowfall is very common in certain regions during the winter months and even early spring, making Greece a fantastic all year round destination. I was lucky enough to experience one of the greatest snowfalls, considering that I was on an island, Evia. Check some of the photos I shot from this extreme weather phenomenon, where the entire village of Steni is half buried under tons of pure white snow.
I was more than intrigued when I received my invitation for Christina’s New Year’s Eve party. To me, and to many others I’m sure, the holiday season stopped being fun when my childhood ended. Instead of a time off school, with endless presents, lots of favorite foods and games in the snow with my cousins, it had become a tightly scheduled period, with endless obligations and days of hectic work. Of course, I have to admit there are a few nights that are destined for fun, and Christina’s reception was one of those…Christina is a great cook, with her own catering service, renowned for her amazing parties, always with the best music, the tastiest finger food and the most eclectic cocktails. On the night of the event I had a friendly couple over for some cocktails to warm us up…
Just like the last couple of years, there has to be at least one summer visit in the Ionian islands and to be more specific, in Kefalonia. There are a few posts already about Kefalonia (and you can find them here, here, here and here) but I can’t ever get enough of this beautiful island. Especially when I have friend that like to pose for me around! Check some of the photos I took in August on the island!
Two years later and I’m back on this little volcanic island on the southeast Aegean. This time I didn’t get the chance to go to the volcano but you can see the photos from my previous visit here. Nisyros is a very unique island, there is a very special energy to it (some say it’s the volcano) and some of the most otherworldly landscapes. I stayed at the wonderful village of Emporios again and had excellent food at Triantafylos’ taverna almost every single day. A must do apart from visiting the volcano is a day trip to the nearby island of Gyali for swimming or snorkeling. Below are some photos from my latest visit!
Patmos had been on my list for a while now and this July I finally made it there. It’s definitely a very special place and I would recommend it to everyone seeking tranquility in their vacation. I was lucky enough to be with friends that know the island very well so my time was well spent. I was even luckier to be a guest at the excellent villas Onar just a few minutes away from Petra beach which made the whole experience truly unforgettable. I will definitely try to be back next year!
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…
This was my third visit to the island of Karpathos in just over a year but the first time I was there in mid October. I was really looking forward to seeing my friend Popi again and also staying at her excellent Silene Villas. The weather was perfect, even better than summer and the beaches were very quiet, totally how I like them!