Site specific Valentine’s..

Goodmorning Valentines!!

How did you spend the world’s most commercial holiday..? Well, I have to admit that i’m not the kind that embraces the traditional Valentine’s day, but it’s a day that brings out mixed and different emotions for each of us.

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I spent it with Nikos and Donatello and we’ve been to Onassis cultural centre and Candy Chang’s installation School of the Future, the first of her three site-specific installations in Athens.

The classroom reinterpreted without teachers, books or pupils. Visitors find themselves in a space with a school desk at one end surrounded by thousands of big, red balloons. They are invited to write down a lesson life has taught them in a notebook on the desk. In so doing, the visitors become teachers and students at one and the same time: by taking part in a school of collective experience in which the shared encyclopaedia of knowledge consists of the lessons of their individual lives, they can teach but they can also learn.

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After all the fun we sat down and shared our thoughts in the collective notebook answering it’s 2 questions :

  • What do you think is important to teach our children?
  • What do you wish you learned while you were in school?

What do you think..?

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❤️❤️❤️ #CandyChang #SchoolOfTheFuture

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Inside Onassis cultural centre..

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Celebrating Valentine’s..

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Missing Florence and my International Hairdresser..

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Lemon poppy seed Birthday DONUTS..!

Good morning and have a nice week everyone!! Today we celabrate our 3rd birthday with a sweet sweet recipe.. Lemon and poppy seed donuts!

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Baked, not fried, they’re healthier so you can have 2 or 3 without remorse.. 🙂 At first I thought that baked donuts don’t really count as donuts, but they’re just as soft and fluffy!

More sweet (not only donuts) recipes coming soon..

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Ingredients

For the cake donuts:

  • 80gr unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 110gr caster sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 185ml milk
  • 500gr self-raising floor, plus extra for dusting
  • a good pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest

To coat:

  • 220gr sugar

For the lemon buttercream:

  • 60gr unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 250gr icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

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First walk of 2016..

Good morning people..!

First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 2 years ago we were saying goodbye to 2013 from Mount Parnitha and the Mpafi shelter,  this time we decided to welcome 2016 from the Flampouri shelter and a totally different point of view of Athens!

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We visited again the abandoned Sanatorium..

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With Jenna, Sergios, Nikos, Sotiris and Elina at Park of Souls..

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Golden hour over the Saronic Gulf..

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Grandpa’s cauldron..

Goodmorning from Mount Olympus and grandpa’s cauldron!!

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Last days of tsipouro distillation and below are some important facts about this traditional drink of the greek countryside!

-Tsipouro is the extract obtained from the distillation of pomace (the residue of the wine press), containing a portion of fermented grape juice, not drained.

-Tsipouro, depending on whether it will be flavored with anethole or not, is distinguished in a) tsipouro with aniseed and b) tsipouro without anise.

-According to tradition, the first production of tsipouro was the work of Greek Orthodox monks in the 14th century on Mount Athos in Macedonia, Greece.

-The traditional cauldron was institutionalized by Eleftherios Venizelos around 1920, when permits were given to the Cretans farmers for the traditional raki boilers, in order to have the ability to produce raki from the grapes produced.

-Distillation was always “homemade” and  launched after the grape harvest in late October and had a festive character.

-From 1918 until 1935 were given 15,000 licenses of distillation pot still ownership to wine growers. Since then, there haven’t been given permits to new winegrowers, but anyone who has a cauldron can sell it if he wants. These permits are hard to come by and their price can start from 6,000 euros and reach up to 25,000 and 30,000 euros!

-In 1883, the Greek state establishes the first law on the taxation of alcohol and in 1896 the first official licenses are provided  to produce grape pomace distillate.

-A second distillation is usually performed, in which various other components can be added, such as anise, fennel, cloves, nutmeg and masticha, resulting this specific product to be purer and more aromatic.

-Anise-flavored tsipouro and ouzo have almost identical taste but vary enormously in their method of production.

-Tsipouro, raki and tsikoudia are the same drink. The main difference of tsipouro from tsikoudia or raki, is that raki is single distillated.

-Similar drinks in other countries, are the Cyprus Zivania, the Italian Grappa, Arak of the Middle East, the French Marc and the Serbian Slivovitz.

ρακή < turkish rakı < arabic عرق (araka)

 

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Meanwhile, on the foot of Mount Olympus..

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Around Thessaly..

Goodmorning and have a nice week people!

Last week I was at my grandpa’s village, situated on the foot of Mount Olympus, remember..?

Before that we visited the beautiful village of Anatoli, the most mountainous village of Kissavos on altitude of 960 meters and 42 kilometers away from Larissa.

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Valley patterns..

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Agios Panteleimonas church..

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Larissa’s coast..

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Arriving at Olympus.. The coffee place!

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Morning walk..

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Hera..

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Directly from grandpa’s garden..

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Morning hike (9km)..

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At the vineyard..

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(Have you checked our Instagram yet?)

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On the road towards Livadi..

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Our little patient..

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The mountain..

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The moon..

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Olympus magnetic field test..

Paranormal activity…. ⁉️

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Below you can see the map of the places we visited..

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Goodmorning Florence..!

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Chickpeas on fire..!

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A day at the museum..

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Good morning people! Last Sunday along with Chrysana, Phaedra, Maria and Stefanos we visited the Goulandris Natural History Museum.

Founded in 1965, is home to zoological, botanical, marine, rock, mineral and fossil specimens.

The G.N.H.M. is located in Kifissia, 14, N.E. of Athens. It is housed in an elegant neoclassical building of the 19th Century (1875) which was converted and expanded in order to satisfy the Museum’s educational and scientific requirements. It was the first museum of its kind to be established in 1964, and the first to initiate environmental education in the country.

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Happy 2nd anniversary..!

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Hi everyone! I just realised that Urbanzip is 2 years old..!

The past 6 months we didn’t post as frequently as in the past, but this “neverending” transitional period makes it almost impossible to dedicate the time we would have liked.. So today i’m posting some pics from a beautiful stroll two days ago in the center of Athens, while I was searching urban planning material for my thesis. Looking forward to my graduation, than i’ll have all the time to explore my colourful city!

Happy anniversary!

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White 2015..

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Hi everyone! First of all happy new year! First post for this year with snow in Athens for the past 3 days..  Below some pics from a stroll around the neighborhood..

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Thanks to Nikos for the photo of me above!

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