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Goodmorning from Istanbul..!

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Breakfast with a view..

Goodmorning people!
Finally after a tiring summer, I managed to take 2 days off and visit the island of Kea.
Have a nice weekend everyone!

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Homemade caramel macchiato!

Good morning everybody! Have a nice day!

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New cup and view. 🙂

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Hi everyone! This is my “nofilter” view while exiting the university for a quick break for coffee.. Love these clouds!
Have a nice day!

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Irish coffee..

Back between 1939 and 1945 many Americans flew to Ireland in a flying boat. The plane landed at Foynes, Co. Limerick after an 18 hour flight. The passengers were than shuttled by boat to the terminal. On cold damp days the passengers were somewhat chilled after the ride especially in the winter months. They really appreciated a cup of hot coffee or tea upon arrival to the terminal.

The Irish have long taken a little whiskey in their tea. This gave the new chef at the restaurant Joseph Sheridan an idea. He thought he would treat the newly arrived damp miserable Americans to a little Irish hospitality with an American twist. He knew of their taste for coffee, so he added the whiskey to their coffee instead of the Irish way of adding it to tea. One of the pleasantly surprised passengers asked “Is this Brazilian coffee?”, “No”was Joe’s reply “That’s Irish coffee.” So in 1942 the Irish coffee recipe was born. It is now enjoyed all over the world. (source)

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In Florence there are several Irish pubs but not all of them are as original and Irish as Finnegan‘s Irish pub. Below the Irish coffee prepared by the Irish  Brendan!

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Pre-heat a clear stemmed glass with very hot water.  

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Empty the water, and add a generous measure of Irish Whiskey.

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Now add some freshly brewed rich coffee, then sugar and stir.

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Gently pour in some whipped cream and you’re ready!

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

Goodbye Athens..

Yesterday night, after a very long and tiring journey, I returned to Florence. I was in Athens for nearly a month, a break that I so much needed. Spending some quality time with family and friends, doing absolutely nothing for some days, a walk by the sea, a stroll downtown Athens or overlooking the Acropolis, drinks with friends I haven’t seen for a long time, cooking with mommy, go to the movies and just relax. Now that this break is over I will have to adapt to the harsh reality of the exams. This implies that my presence here will be from limited to negligible and my posts and photos will mainly come from my iphone. After that, however, I intend to explore every corner of the city, as this is my last year here in Florence.

Below I share with you some moments of my stay in Athens. 🙂

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A sanatorium, deers, a shelter and goodbye 2013..

Goodmorning last day of 2013!

My very first post was from Florence and this one, my 119th and last for this year,  is from my beautiful Athens and Mount Parnitha. Parnitha is the highest mountain on the peninsula of Attica, with an elevation of 1,413 m, and a summit known as Karavola. The Mont Parnes Casino, is located near the top of the mountain, and is the first casino to open in Greece. Two shelters are also located on Parnitha, Mpafi and Flampouri. In 1961 the entire mountain (250 km²) was declared a National Park and on 2007 suffered extensive damages from a wildfire which burned approximately 56 km² of land.

Last Sunday we decided to visit the Mpafi shelter and on our way there we stopped at the old Sanatorium of Parnitha and the Park of Souls. The Sanatorium was built in 1914 for tuberculosis patients and shutted down in 1960. Then for a few years it operated as Xenia Hotel and now is totally abandoned. The remarkable poet Yiannis Ritsos was a patient there and during his hospitalization wrote the famous poem “Spring Symphony”. The internet is full of “paranormal activity” references, and the fact is you can find more “ghost hunters investigations” than informations about the architectural value of the building. I won’t lie, I was totally frightened by the idea of this abandoned place, lying there in the middle of the mountain alone. Well this time I entered only in the entrance hall in the light of day so there was nothing scary about it. I could never go there during the night but I definitely want to go back and visit the whole building room by room. 

Just across the road lies the Park of Souls, an outdoor exhibition in memory of those who suffered in the Sanatorium.The exhibition consists of twenty amazing sculptures, carved from burnt logs from the Parnitha fire in 2007, with a height of not more than 4.5 meters.

On the way to the Mpafi shelter if you are lucky, as we were, you may come across deers and approach them! Finally reaching the shelter you can enjoy your coffee with a breathtaking view.

I’m wishing you a happy new year!!

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“We love the earth, the human beings and the animals, the reptiles, the sky and the insects.
We are, we too are all these together, together the sky and the earth too.”

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

#instawork

Goodmorning people!
I think it’s about time to post something from Instagram! It’s definitely my favorite social network and my account name is chrys_pa!
The past two weeks I’m doing my internship at an architectural studio in Athens. I know that most of you are already on vacation and your instagram feed is full of summer, unlike mine which is full of #athens #summerinthecity #work # internship and #instagreece hashtags.. Today is my last day here and I’m sharing with you some #instamoments before, during or after work. On my way to work, in the office, coffee breaks, drinks after work and more! Have a nice weekend everyone!!

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Spring by the Arno river..

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Tuesday stroll + coffee..

Hi everyone!

Today it was a beautiful sunny day! So i went for a walk and then for a coffee by the Arno river.. 

Crossing via Ricasoli, where Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia di Belle Arti) is situated, i arrived at Duomo’s northern side.. In the photos below you can see a part of the cathedral and the Campanile (bell tower)..

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Then i passed from Piazza Duomo with the famous Cathedral, Campanile and Battistero (baptistery)..

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And then i arrived at Via Tornabuoni that houses high fashion boutiques.. Via Tornabuoni recently became pedestrian which is awesome! At the end of the street is situated Santa Trìnita square and then the homonymous bridge.. They are finishing now the pedestrianization of this final part of the street!

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The Ponte Santa Trìnita (Holy Trinity Bridge, named for the ancient church in the nearest stretch of via de’Tornabuoni) is a Renaissance bridge, spanning the Arno river. The Ponte Santa Trìnita is the oldest elliptic arch bridge in the world. The outside spans measure each 29 m (95 ft) with the centre span being 32 m (105 ft) in length. The two neighbouring bridges are the Ponte Vecchio, to the east, and the Ponte alla Carraia to the west.

The bridge was constructed by the Florentine architect Bartolomeo Ammanati from 1567 to 1569. Its site, downstream of the equally remarkable Ponte Vecchio, is a major link in the mediæval street plan of Florence, which has been bridged at this site since the thirteenth century. Four ornamental statues of the Seasons were added to the bridge in 1608, as part of the wedding celebrations of Cosimo II de’Medici with Maria Magdalena of Austria: Spring by Pietro Francavilla, Summer and Autumn by Giovanni Caccini, and Winter by Taddeo Landini.

On 8 August 1944, the bridge was destroyed by retreating German troops, but reconstructed in 1958 with original stones raised from the Arno or taken from the same quarry, under the direction of architect Riccardo Gizdulich, and engineer Emilio Brizzi. The missing head of Primavera was recovered from the bed of the Arno in October 1961.

Here you can see the bridge in 360º view!

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Then heading towards Ponte Vecchio..

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Then i walked through one of my favorite alleys at Via Girolami and arrived at the Uffizi Gallery which is always under construction!

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

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