Souvenirs from Venice..

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At this day, exactly one year ago, I was at Venice with Chiara, Sara, Niccolò and Nikos for the Biennale of Architecture!

There are no words to describe this city, I think we all have an image in mind, but every time I visit Venice I discover something new!  I just love getting lost in the same alleys and find myself to the same channel or bridge again and again.. However, what fascinates me most is that this city is the same as it was five hundred years ago! The transportation is on foot or by boat, which adds to the romantic character of the city.

When you visit the Venice Biennale the fact is that you do not have much time to see the city, just in the afternoon on the way back completely tired but always with an appetite for a Spritz! Spritz is definitely my favorite beverage and in Venice you have to try it with Select instead of Aperol or Campari. There are two late-night (ok, not that late!) drinking areas in Venice, the one is Campo Santa Margherita and the other one is Erbaria close to Rialto bridge.

Soooo prepare to get lost at Venice and have a Spritz for me! Have a nice weekend everyone!

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

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

Memories from Mykonos..

Hello people! Ιn Florence the weather has gone crazy, I desperately need a vacation or at least the proper temperature. So i remembered my trip to Mykonos exactly a year ago. Εven though it was brief it was highly refreshing!

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I’m sure all of you know the beautiful island of winds, as they call it in Greece! Definitely the most famous island in Greece and, with no doubt the most cosmopolitan in Cyclades. But Mykonos isn’t only entertainment, it has many unexplored places and unique beauties. How can you not be enchanted by the incredible beaches, the traditional architecture, the unique Little Venice and the church of Panagia Paraportiani?

What is being said about this island should not scare you, the truth is that it combines everything from parties, fuss and cosmopolitan life, to relax and privacy. I’ll certainly visit very very soon!

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photos © chrysoula papagianni.

Tuscany part 3 : Siena!

Hi everyone! At last i can present to you my favorite Siena, one of the most enchanting cities i visited!

Siena was my first contact with Italy almost 8 years ago, before even coming to Florence. I stayed there for a month and took an intensive Italian course. It was a unique experience since I met people from all over the world, several of whom I have kept in touch until today!

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Siena is a classic medieval hill town in Tuscany famous for its large fan-shaped Piazza del Campo which is the heart of the town and home to the famous summer horse-race, known as Il Palio. Palio is a horse race that is held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards, as Siena retains a ward-centric culture from medieval times.

Main sights :

  • Siena Cathedral (Duomo)
  • Palazzo Pubblico
  • Torre del Mangia
  • San Domenico
  • Pinacoteca Nazionale
  • Santa Maria della Scala

According to legend, Siena was founded by the son of Remus, and the symbol of the wolf feeding the twins Romulus and Remus is as ubiquitous in Siena as in Rome. In reality the city was probably of Etruscan origin, although it wasn’t until the 1st century BC, when the Romans established a military colony there called Sena Julia, that it began to grow into a proper town.

In 1966 Siena was the first European city to banish motor traffic from its heart. To stroll its arteries, unclogged by carbon monoxide and unthreatened by speeding vehicles, scooters notwithstanding, is not the least of the town’s pleasures.

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

Aperitivo by the river..

Aperitivo by the Arno river now.. I love this time of the year at Florence!

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Listening to : this mess we’re in!

Spring by the Arno river..

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Milan Design Week ’13..

Hi everyone!

This weekend i took a short trip to Milan, on the occasion of Salone del Mobile. It’s been a really long time since my last visit, but this time i didn’t get the chance to visit the city center.. We visited only the Fuorisalone and only Via Tortona and Via Savona.. The weather was amazing and the streets were filled with people from all over the world!

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First stop the Nhow Hotel, where our friend Michele Chiocciolini and his amazing leather clutches were! Art and design made in Tuscany, a collection in leather and fabric with pop echoes created by him!

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Then the Soffio installation! The word is italian and means breathing.. The installation is formed from fragments of illuminated glass and LED and by the ‘”rainbow” that it generates, and for the designers it represents the “sensitivity of light and beauty, a low energy that creates a sense of welcome “. The individual light formed by the LEDs represent an ecological city with minimal energy use and sustainable.

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And then the “Fluidic Sculpture in Motion” by Hyundai.. A unique installation that creates dynamic virtual sculptures using lights, conveying the essence of fluidic sculpture, the inspirational role played by nature and the ability to continuously adapt to the changing environment. Is made up of 12.000 translucent spheres suspended above a shallow pool of water. Each sphere is carefully positioned in a highly optimized distribution algorithm which takes into account the location and projection angle of eight high powered laser projectors around the installation.In the photo below me standing on one of the spots where you could “guide” the lights of the sculpture (thanks to Nikos for the photo)!

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And some other pics from other spaces and events!

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Thanks to Niccolò for the photos below of Me, Chiara and Nadia!

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Now back in Florence, where spring is here for good and i can finally sit outside and enjoy the sun! Have a nice week everyone!

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

Fuorisalone ’13..

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