Metallic Forty

I have neglected my diary I know. I hate excuses but life happens sometimes and it’s too fast so you have to leave some things behind. I’ll try my best now that I am in my forties to better manage my time. This is a rather unusual post for me but maybe one of my favorites. It’s about my birthday party. I was thinking of celebrating my 40th birthday and I wasn’t sure what to do. Invite some close friends for dinner? Invite more for a fun brunch? An afternoon tea party? No. It had to be bigger and more fun. So then it hit me. A party should be a party and the more the merrier is a rule. It had to be a night club, the music had to be perfect for most guests and I had to have premium drinks, just how I like them. So I started searching and it wasn’t long before I visited the brand new location of Athen’s members club, Salon de Bricolage. It was love at first sight! I knew this was the venue for my birthday party, just like I had imagined it; perfect setting and excellent grooves. Now all I had to arrange was the fine drinking, but that was a no brainer to me, being a member of the Grey Goose family all this time. We discussed my party details and they loved the idea of supporting me in this big birthday bash. So as everything was falling into place, all I had to do was fine tune the not so minor details, like the birthday cake that the super talented pâtissier Ianthi created according to the party theme, that was all about metallics.   You can see some of the photos from the big night below! A huge thanks to all of you who joined me in this unforgettable party, for all your warm wishes and perfect gifts. I am truly touched, feel loved and I am very very happy. Hope I don’t have to wait for another decade to repeat this!

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New year, old habits

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!

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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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Discovering the new Nissan Micra

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.

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Snowmageddon 2017

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.

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Flying beyond 2016

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…

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Summer closing in Kefalonia

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!

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Back to Nisyros

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!

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A week in Patmos

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!

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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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