Happy Birthday Μελινάκι!

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart…

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Happy birthday to my friend Melin!! I wish that she was here or that I were there on this day, celebrating as we did some years ago.. ♡

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Rainbow and fireworks..

Hi everyone!

Yesterday, as every year on June 24th, Florence celebrated the feast of its patron, San Giovanni, with a series of exhibitions that involve the entire city. Unfortunately it was raining and some of the events were cancelled. Around 9 pm the rain stopped so the most spectacular event (at least for me!), the Fireworks of St John’s took place. Unfortunately this year i missed this beautiful show but i had the chance to witness an amazing rainbow on my way home! Below some photos of the unique rainbow and some of the fireworks from the past years..

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On the morning of June 24th, a Historic Parade starts from Piazza Signoria and continues towards the Baptistery of the Cathedral with an offering of candles for the patron. After the parade, a solemn mass follows with the exposure of the Saint’s relics. In the afternoon, it’s time for one of the most popular events linked to the Feast of San Giovanni is the Calcio Storico Fiorentino,  which is held in Piazza Santa Croce. After that in the evening, there is a traditional fireworks display in Piazzale Michelangelo called Fuochi di San Giovanni (St John’s fireworks), which draws a huge crowd, especially concentrated on the Lungarni (Arno river promenades). The fireworks normally begin at 10 pm, and of course you have to arrive a little bit earlier to find a nice spot from which to enjoy the show! Some of the best spots are at Ponte Santa Trinità, Ponte alla Carraia, Piazza Poggi and of course if you are lucky to have a balcony (or a friend with one) looking towards the river that’s always the best spot!

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

Behind the trees

Porto Heli

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Colorful risotto..

Lunch time! Today I didn’t feel like going out for grocery shopping so I made a risotto with what was left in the fridge! Risottos are so easy to cook and there are plenty of combinations, don’t be afraid to experiment!

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This time I used:

  • 1 medium size eggplant
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 medium size pepper
  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 200 g rice
  • extra vergin olive oil
  • about 1 litre of vegetable broth
  • salt & pepper
  • a glass of wine

When is ready serve with parmiggiano reggiano. Buon appetito!

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Trunk show by Michele Chiocciolini..

Hi everyone!

Pitti Immagine week in Florence and the city is full of fashion, parties and people from all over the worldDuring Pitti Immagine are organized various openings, galas, presentations, fashion shows, social events and exclusive parties throughout the city.

So yesterday I attended the Trunk show by Michele Chiocciolini, which was held  in Palazzo Medici Riccardi.  The name of the event Unico and is designed to present the creations of fashion designers in Tuscany.

Michele yesterday also presented his brand new clutch bags capsule collection at his unique atelier! Unfortunately i couldn’t be in both of his events, but i had the chance to see the 3 new clutches at the fashion show. Amazing as always!

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Thanks to Nikos for the photos of me and Nadia above!

photos © chrysoula papagianni

Ancient vs Contemporary Rome..

Good evening and have a nice week everyone!

Last Sunday i had a short trip to Rome to visit Stephania! On my last day there i met my classmates and our history professor along with a friend of his who is a specialist in early modern architecture, specifically Italian and Roman, who guided us through some very important monuments.

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Our appointment was at The Fountain of Moses which is a monumental fountain located in the Quirinale District. It marked the terminus of the Acqua Felice aqueduct restored by Pope Sixtus V. It was designed by Domenico Fontana and built in 1585-88. Then we went at Santa Maria della Vittoria church which is famous for the masterpiece of Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the Cornaro Chapel, the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. Next stop the amazing San Carlino alle Quattro Fontane church by the architect Francesco Borromini. A masterpiece of Baroque architecture, built as part of a complex of monastic buildings on the Quirinal Hill. A few meters away is situated the Palazzo Barberini which houses the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. Both Borromini and Bernini designed some parts of the palace, my favorite is the helicoidal staircase by Borromini.

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The Fountain of Moses

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Ecstasy of Saint Teresa

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San Carlino’s dome

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San Carlino’s cloister

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Staircase at San Carlino

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Borromini’s helicoidal staircase at Palazzo Barberini

A quick stop for lunch and then we headed towards the unique Pantheon, definitely one of the most famous and important ancient buildings of the world. The interior design of the Roman Pantheon is a striking synthesis of tradition and innovation. The dimensions of the interior height and the diameter of the dome are the same (145 Roman feet., which is 141 feet. 8 inches;43.2m). The only natural light enters through the Oculus at the center of the dome and through the bronze doors to the portico. As the sun moves, striking patterns of light illuminate the walls and floors of porphyry, granite and yellow marbles.

On our way to the MAXXI we passed by the Ara Pacis Museum designed by the architect Richard Meier, a work that has been criticized a lot. Finally we visited the contemporary MAXXI designed by the architect Zaha Hadid. The building is a composition of bending oblong tubes, overlapping, intersecting and piling over each other, resembling a piece of massive transport infrastructure. The most impressive part though is it’s interior and in particular the stairways that lead to the various exhibitions.

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Pantheon – Oculus

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Ara Pacis museum

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

Follow me around Rome..

Good morning from Rome!!

For a long time I was thinking of visiting Stephania in Rome, so a little break just before the exams was the perfect opportunity! 

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When i visit a place i always want to see everything! And by everything i mean the main attractions, a traditional café, a not so well-known restaurant and of course an alternative place for a drink! So I followed the daily routine of Stephania and Michele!

First of all we attended Stephania’s dance show, which was really great! Then of course we visited the center of Rome and the famous Colosseo, Pantheon, Piazza di Spagna, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza Navona, Bocca della Verità (the Mouth of Truth), Capitoline Hill, Quirinale, and some parts outside the historic center such as Mausoleo di Santa Costanza, the Testaccio area, the MACRO museum and the unique Piazza Mincio. For food and drinks we also went at the Trastevere area which is full of bars, restaurants and beautiful narrow streets, and at the San Lorenzo area where many university students and artists gather,  and old workshops and industries are becoming modern bars and restaurants. I’m not going into the details since Stephania will guide you around Rome in the future, i just want to say that Rome is a fascinating city, the most charming without a doubt and i will definitely come back very soon!

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Today is my last day here and i’m meeting my classmates and our history professor for a more detailed tour of some monuments. Have a nice day everyone!

photos © chrysoula papagianni

Urbanzip drinks..

Drinks with Stephania in Rome now!! At an amazing place called Pastificio at San Lorenzo area..

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Street art, Piraeus Str.

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Στην οδό Πειραιώς, απέναντι από το ίδρυμα Μιχάλη Κακογιάννη. / Athens, Piraeus Str., opposite to Michalis Kakogiannis Foundation.

Tree Hugs..

Goodmorning!!
2 days ago was World Environment Day which is celebrated to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972.
So all the trees in Florence are offering Tree Hugs!! Have a nice weekend!

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