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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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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Home sweet home..

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Just landed in Athens.. So happy to be back home!!

An unexpected Sunday..

Good morning (or good afternoon!) and have a nice week everyone!

So yesterday all of a sudden, me, Nadia and Nikos arranged a trip to Rome and not for sightseeing as you’ll understand from the following photos. It’s not the first time I was visiting Rome (i’ve been there recently remember..?) so we had a completely different walk than usual.

We arrived around 14:30 and headed straight to Dionysia’s house for lunch. Then we went for coffee close to Piazza di Spagna where Vagelis was added to our company! After that a quick stroll through the streets around Pantheon and then we met Michele at Ginger for an aperitivo! Finally we headed to pick up the last of the gang, Irene, and back to Florence with a stop at Piazzale Michelangelo and my favorite baker for pizza and bombolone alla nutella!!20131202-120221.jpg

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One last thing I almost forgot.. I want to thank Yatzer for picking one of my photos for his Hashtag Universe project and #YATZER_emptystreets!

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An ordinary Tuesday..

Today I was at the university as every Tuesday. It rained like always and at some point I noticed the amazing lit sky. So I ran to the top floor of the faculty to capture this moment, unfortunately I missed a double rainbow seen only from the other side the building. After that I had an aperitivo with Nadia and Umberto and now i’m heading back home.

Below I share with you some photos from my Instagram profile. Buonanotte!

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A Sunday brunch..

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Hello everyone!

Today i had brunch with Melin, Niki, Despina and Dimitra at the roof garden of New Hotel. New hotel is situated in the very heart of Athens, 2 blocks from Syntagma Square and the metro station and walking distance from all the main sights of Athens! The roof garden, NEW Art Lounge, has an amazing view to Lycabettus hill and the Acropolis!

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Behind the trees

Porto Heli

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New York: Now and Then

If you ask me, I have never been to New York but there is always something magical in this city that excites me even through the photos.

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Thus, I decided to share with you an interesting historical flashback of this American city. I will show you some photos that my sister e-mailed me, which depict the same places in the city in different decades. The old ones have been taken in the 20th century, whereas the rest of them are contemporary ones.

What is impressive in these photos is the fact that many buildings remain identical through the time and of course the significance of nature is widely obvious. The green spots have not been uprooted despite its radical development.

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”I’m in love with cities, I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met– Unknown

Once upon a time in Athens…

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Πλατεία Ομονοίας, γύρω στο 1930/Omonoia Square 1930’s (travelinyourmind.wordpress.com)

Ψάχνοντας μια μέρα στο διαδίκτυο έπεσα πάνω σε αυτό το post. Το μοιράζομαι μαζί σας γιατί θεωρώ ότι οι φωτογραφίες του έχουν ιδιαίτερη αξία. Δείτε πώς ήταν η Αθήνα σε διάφορες φάσεις του 20ου αιώνα.

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One day I clicked on this post and I was amazed by the old pictures of Athens. I share it because I think that it is really worth it to see how the city of Athens was through the 20th century.

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