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

PINK..

Amazing view from the office.. Have a nice evening people!

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By the sea..

All these years in Florence the thing I missed the most is definitely the sea. So now I’m back to Greece and finally sooooo close to the sea!
Today I spent the whole day swimming (first swim for this year) and finally dinning in a simple and wonderful place by the sea. Goodnight everyone!
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“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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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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Tuscany part 4 : Pienza..

Last week I visited one of my favorite places in Tuscany, Pienza!

The town of Pienza is situated in the province of Siena, and more specifically in the Val d’Orcia (val = valley). In 1996, UNESCO declared the town a World Heritage Site, and in 2004 the entire valley, the Val d’Orcia, was included on the list of UNESCO‘s World Cultural Landscapes. Val d’Orcia is definitely my favorite part of Tuscany and I intend to visit (or walk if I can) the most of it!

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Pienza was rebuilt from a village called Corsignano, which was the birthplace (1405) of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (Italian: Enea Silvio Piccolomini), aRenaissance humanist born into an exiled Sienese family, who later became Pope Pius II. Once he became Pope, Piccolomini had the entire village rebuilt as an ideal Renaissance town. Intended as a retreat from Rome, it represents the first application of humanist urban planning concepts, creating an impetus for planning that was adopted in other Italian towns and cities and eventually spread to other European centers.

The rebuilding was done by Florentine architect Bernardo Gambarelli (known as Bernardo Rossellino) who may have worked with the humanist and architectLeon Battista Alberti, though there are no documents to prove it for sure. Alberti was in the employ of the Papal Curia at the time and served as an advisor to Pius. Construction started about 1459. Pope Pius II consecrated the Duomo on August 29, 1462, during his long summer visit. He included a detailed description of the structures in his Commentaries, written during the last two years of his life. (source)

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This is the route me, Enrico, Lorenzo, Nikos and Robert followed from Pienza into the “wild” countryside by foot!

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I think these walks in Tuscany are what i’ll miss  the most when i’m back to Greece.. (Thanks to Nikos for the photo of me below!)

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

Back to the future..

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Hi everyone!

Usually this time of year I get a nostalgic feeling, a desire to walk by the sea. I’ve already posted here some photos from my favorite walk in my hometown!

Before leaving Athens back in January, I visited the construction site of the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center designed by Renzo Piano! The project site is located 4.5 km south of the center of Athens, on the edge of Faliro Bay, and the SNFCC is designed as a multifunctional arts, education and entertainment complex which will house the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera. It’s been less than a year that the construction began and scheduled to be completed in 2015.

I really look forward to the realization of this project, when it will become the  finale for my favorite walk!

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View from Visitors Center, designed by Greek architecture students, Spyros Giotakis and Ayis-Panayiotis Mourelatos.

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Thanks to Nikos for the photo above!

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Georgios Averof armored cruiser.

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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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Welcome 2014..

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Happy new year everybody!! What a better way to welcome 2014 than a walk on Philopappou Hill overlooking the Acropolis!

Philopappou hill is also known as Hill of the Muses and is located south-west of the Acropolis. The view from there is breathtaking, besides tha fact that you have in front of you the Parthenon, you have a 360° view of the city. From the Saronic to the Argolic gulf and from mountain Parnitha to Imittos, the entire city of Athens is at your feet! And if you think that the spectacular view is the only reason I went up the hill, you are mistaken! Walking through the different paths you can discover from the Prison of Socrates to Pnyx, you just have to follow the unique stone path made by Dimitris Pikionis in the 50’s.

And while you’re in the heart of an apparently “concrete jungle” at the same time you feel like being somewhere in the countryside, away from all the hustle. I love Athens!!

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Prison of Socrates 

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Pikionis path

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Pnyx

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

Unusual foggy weekend..

Good morning and have a nice week everyone!

My weekend started and ended at exactly the same place, Piazzale Michelangelo!

On Saturday I had breakfast at Ponte San Niccolò, I love going there and just watching the rowers training. After that I had a long stroll through the streets of Florence until sundown. There was an amazing atmosphere created by the fog, I think this is the first time I see the city covered in fog!

Sunday’s in Florence are dedicated to vintage flea markets and every second Sunday of the month it’s held at Santo Spirito square. Irene bought an incredible bicycle for Boutique Nadine! Then me, Elisabetta, Irene and Nikos went at Magaza’s Sunday market where we found Antonia, Dario, Visnja, Elvira, Stefania, Duilio and Cassius!

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Remember the #unusualflorence map? Check number 12 and Mağaza, an image archive, collecting works from illustrators, photographers and graphic designers. There you can find :

– Fine-art prints on 100% cotton paper, 310g/m2, whit or without frame
– Hard covers for iPhone 4/5
– Hard covers for IPad
– Recycled paper sketchbooks, 32 pages, semi-rigid cover
– American Apparel T-shirts for men and women in various models
– American Apparel basic bags, 100% cotton

They are also organizing events such as yesterday’s market, live performances and yoga lessons! And they are also searching for new artists, so if you feel creative enough you can be part of it!

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

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