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..

photos © chrysoula papagianni

Xmas mood –> ON!

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Hello everyone! After 2 months of work we finally managed to relax and arrange some things around the house. First thing on the list was to decorate our very first christmas tree! Among old and new ornaments, we made also our own handmade balls and delicious gingerbread cookies that one of our cat totally loves!

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Our cat eating the cookies from the christmas tree. We are now moving most of them on the top of the tree!

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On Saturday it was also Niko’s birthday so some friends came over for drinks and karaoke! I prepared a red velvet cake, but it turned green (!?) so i poured some chocolate over to cover it.

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

“Unofficial” Goodbye..

The time has come.. I just left my house in Florence and I’m on my way to Ancona and then to my hometown, Athens.

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This change will be really difficult at first. Of course I’ll miss this amazing city and all the people I’m leaving behind. This is an unofficial goodbye not only because I’m coming back soon for my thesis, but because I intend to visit really often! So beware!
Below some photos from this last week in Florence. Have a nice day people!

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Tuscany part 7: My 28th Birthday at Volpaia!

I woke up this morning intending to share with you some moments from my 28th birthday which was definitely the strangest birthday till now. Why? Well this is the last year or better the last week i’m living in Florence after 8 years of studies. I might have 2 exams left but i’m leaving my house here and I move permanently in Athens. So these last days here are so difficult and emotional for me. So many things to do and no time for doing even the half of them. So this morning I ended up looking photos from my previous birthdays in Florence, so many different people in them, dearest friends, friends of friends, some of them total strangers but all of them people i’ll never forget.

But let’s go back to yesterday. Me Nikos, Robert and Elena went for lunch at Volpaia, an amazing fortified village of medieval origin, situated between Radda in Chianti and Panzano in Chianti. So for lunch we went at Bar Ucci, owned by Paola the most welcoming hostess, she will always find a table one way or another, and her mother Gina in the kitchen, the funniest tuscan lady!

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When we got there the weather was good, then it started raining so we were not able to go for a walk outside the village, but seeing Volpaia only was more than enough! On our way back to Florence the weather changed again so we stopped to take a small walk and enjoy our last moments in magical Tuscany.

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Thanks to Nikos for the photo above! Below my improvised 4 piece birtday cake and some pics from my past birthdays in Florence.

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Two steps closer..

Hello people! Yesterday was the last day at the university with my classmates. We were all day at the university’s department at San Niccolò area for our Architecture and Environment Lab exam, my last exam of a laboratory! After that I have only 2 exams left for my masters degree.. Below some pics on my way, during and after the exam. Have a nice evening!

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

Disaronno Terrace..

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Hi everyone! Yesterday I attended the Disaronno Terrace event at Società Canottieri Firenze (Rowing club).. It’s the second event organized by Disaronno in Florence and every week they’re organizing similar events all over Italy. Of course the location in Florence is the best by far!

Great music by WHITE CHESTNUT featuring Valentina Nervi and Alessandro Gigli..!

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Grandma’s pickled eggplants..

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the process of preserving food by anaerobic fermentation in brine or vinegar. The resulting food is called a pickle. This procedure gives the food a salty or sour taste.

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Every summer my grandma is preparing the best pickled eggplants (from our garden of course!). In Greece, pickles, called τουρσί(α), are made out of carrots, celery, eggplants stuffed with diced carrots, garlic and peppers. The last 2 years i’m helping her and in exchange I take 1-2 jars with me in Florence! The perfect appetizer when your fridge is empty or when you’re just bored to cook. Bon appétit!

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

Happy belated birthday Urbanzip!!

Hi everyone!

Last Saturday it was our first birthday! We discussed with Rania about posting something, but between one thing and another we eventually forgot!

Anyway, we want to thank everyone for reading, sharing and giving us feedback! This year was full of moments, bitter or sweet, beautiful walks, new people and many plans for the future. We traveled from Mount Olympus to Rome and from Cyclades to Paris, Venice, Milan, ThessalonikiBarcelona, Valencia, Brussels, Edinburgh, and of course all around Tuscany! We started posting stories, photos, recipes and slowly our group was growing and so did our topics. So besides Rania I would like to thank the 4 other girls of the gang, Andy, Katerina, Stephania and Vera that shared with you and us something of their own, a photo, a story, a journey.

Visit the link below to see some moments of this 1st year together!

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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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Ruins of the past..

Florence, 1966 Flood

Today is the 47th Anniversary of the 1966 Flood. The Arno River flood of November 4, 1966 killed many people and damaged or destroyed millions of masterpieces of art and rare books in Florence. It is considered the worst flood in the city’s history since 1557.
With the combined effort of Italian citizens and foreign donors and committees, or angeli del fango (“Mud Angels”), many of these fine works have been restored. New methods in conservation were devised and restoration laboratories established. However, even decades later, much work remains to be done.
The flood has had a lasting impact on Florence, economically and culturally. City officials and citizens were extremely unprepared for the storm and the widespread devastation that it caused.
Tragically, 5,000 families were left homeless by the storm, and 6,000 stores were forced out of business. Approximately 600,000 tons of mud, rubble, and sewage severely damaged or destroyed numerous collections of the written work and fine art for which Florence is famous. In fact, it is estimated that between 3 and 4 million books/manuscripts were damaged, as well as 14,000 movable works of art. (Source : Wikipedia)

…At 2.30 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, 1966, the Civil Engineering Department in Florence declared that there was “an exceptional quantity of water” and the city’s drains were unable to cope. Suddenly, manhole covers popped off and powerful jets gushed in the air. Basements flooded around the Santa Croce and San Frediano areas. The first electricity failures were reported as fuses began to blow.

…The greatest loss was the Crucifixion by Giovanni Cimabue, the Father of Florentine Painting, in the Santa Croce Museum. The water there rose thirteen feet and the painting was ruined. (source : a tuscan trilogy)

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Florence Flood November 1966 Flood of the River Arno in Florence

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Below you can see a photo taken by Joseph Blaustein, the only color photo i’ve seen from the morning after the flood.

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And here a photo I took 7 years ago. Due to the 40th anniversary of this tragical event,large photos like this one were put along the river and some at the center of the city…

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