UNITED KINGDOM

A Jane Austen kind of city

January 14, 2017

For a fervent reader of Jane Austen novels, Bath feels like a familiar place. Although the talented British writer detested the pretentiousness of the Bath crowd,  the place is haunted by characters of her novels, strolling in the spacious squares with their lace bonnets. Continue Reading…

GREECE, TILOS

Small Paris

November 6, 2016

‘Not sure if there is WIFI in Tilos’. ‘Just to be on the safe side, eat an ice cream in Rhodes. You never know if there is snickers-flavoured ice cream in the island’. And when we were just about to board the boat, my friend timidly asked me about bank machine; both I and my sister gave her an enigmatic look. Our bad jokes notwithstanding, Georgette’s cheerful mood for her first visit in Tilos was vivid. She was prepared for the most primitive and far from civilisation and amenities vacation. Luckily reality was much better than the picture I and Anna drew for our forefathers’ island, but still not very close to the name given by my uncle: ‘small Paris’. Continue Reading…

GREECE, SANTORINI

The right dining experience

August 30, 2016

When the numerous tourists left the romantic spots, from where they indulged the world famous Santorini sunset, three girls arrived at Oia with an unprecedented hunger. In search of a restaurant we noticed that Oia is very romantic and elegant, surpassing even Fira in the level of luxury. The various boutiques of high fashion stay open until after midnight in case someone needs to buy a Jimmy Choo shoe at 1 o clock in the night, for example. Continue Reading…

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

It’s “Afternoon tea” time

March 15, 2016

Our consecutive viewings of the movie “Notting Hill” resulted in a strong desire to visit one of the most beautiful interior sets of the classic film. The Ritz hotel. And what could be a better excuse than an afternoon tea? When our youngest sister surprisingly arrived in London by airplane, we finally made our reservations and could not wait for the day to come.  Continue Reading…

ATHENS, GREECE

A homogenous flight

January 2, 2016

A Ryanair flight transferring ambitious Greeks, at their mid twenties, from London to Athens. In-between my automatic flight naps, I pick up some random conversations of strangers, who met at the plane the same day. A girl and a boy on the front weigh the advantages and disadvantages of working abroad. The boy brings up an example of a friend who finally decided to return to Greece, with a lower wage but the incalculable chance to live in sunny Greece. Continue Reading…