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ATHENS, GREECE

MUMMY DEAR, INSTEAD OF A PHOTOBOOK

May 13, 2017

Part of living abroad is totally losing track of the Greek holidays, although to be fair Facebook is helping a bit. Luckily this week I was meticulous enough, or let’s say bored enough, to even check my Offers’ section of Gmail, only to find that this Sunday is Mother’s day. Instantly I felt ashamed of myself but I quickly attributed it to the fact that in London Mother’s day had already passed, sometime in March. Squeezing my mind to come up with the right surprise I remembered that she asked for a photobook similar to the own I gifted to my sweet grandma. Blimey! Boots does take ages to deliver such personalised gift and does not consider the last minute, absent minded Greek daughters. Only after a while I remembered my poor old blog. And yes it came after Boots..
Mummy please find below some of the reasons you deserve to be celebrated by your four brats this Sunday. 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…

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…

GREECE, TILOS

Sapphire folklore stories

December 6, 2015

The old documentary was being played once more on the Sea Star’s outdated screens. Some words about mythology and the origin of the name Tilos. Some snapshots of the island’s peaceful life and the traditional feasts. Some touristic information about the dwarf elephants and Saint Panteleimon monastery. I was watching mechanically the video, while I discerned a familiar figure. My grandfather was sitting on a plain wooden stool and was fishing at the crystal clear water with a straw hat and his distinctive thick moustache. My thoughts traveled at my grandfather, who had six children, my father included, and adored the sea. My anticipation grew bigger and I wished Sea Star arrived at the destination faster. Continue Reading…