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On Foreign Grounds

1 Σεπτ.

That’s right people! I have officially moved to a foreign country way up north. That country is…Sweden and the city…Stockholm (or Stckhlm as I like to write it). It is a rather small city considering it’s the capital. But I’ve had noticed from my previous trip here that it is sparsely habitated. It means that there are big areas of green and forests, but not a lot of houses (outside the centre of Stockholm).

I’ve been here for two weeks, but I haven’t done much stuff since I had to do some Swedish courses, register at the University and other important things. But I’ve had the time to go around and visit a few places. So… here are a few things I have to show you.

Beautiful Scandinavian houses

The ones we dream about, with little attics and a big garden? In the area that I live there are sooo many. Each one has its own beauty.

Gamla Stan (Old Town)

It’s filled with tourists every day! It’s not very big, but it is full of beautiful old buildings. You shouldn’t try to eat or buy anything here though. It’s double the price. Walk a bit further and you get to the centre of Stockholm (Sergels Torg).

Candy Shop

In this candy shop you get to see how they make the candy. If you have a sweet tooth then this is the place to go. Below you can see a chocolate fudge candy that was offered to me.

Beautiful Bridges

Stockholm is almost like a big island. And all around there is water. Love it!

Sunday Book Sale

Drottninggatan is filled with people selling old and used books on Sunday. A must if you are a collector or a book-worm.

Akademibokhandeln

The best place to find books in English and with a good variety/price. Got one myself! And then sat down for an espresso at the Espresso House.

Sergels Torg

Where a lot of people get off from the Tunnelbana (metro) and gather around. Not my favourite place. It’s a good option for shopping though, because you can find a lot of shops wherever you look.

American Cookies

I’ve noticed that the Swedes love everything American. This stand here has a huge variety of muffins and cupcakes and cookies and so on… Haven’t tasted anything yet, but will soon.

T.G.I. Friday’s

Had to eat here on Sunday. I was so hungry and this was the nearest place to eat. I really enjoyed my quesadillas. Yum!

Montis Gelateria

This is the best (so far) italian ice cream you can find in Stockholm. And it offers a lot of flavors. Here I am tasting blueberry. It was so good!

Swedish Sweets

Swedish love their sweets! And they are very good at it! Try one of their traditional sweets and you won’t regret it!

Random photo

There was like a team-marathon (I don’t know what it’s called) at the Gamla Stan the other day. Teams of four or two people tied to each other were running in streets. Pretty cool and scary… one athlete almost knocked me over.

That’s all the experiences I can share so far. You will probably get a lot more from my life in Stockholm from now on. So far I really enjoy it! Let’s see what happens when winter comes…

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Le Coin d’ Alsace

4 Αυγ.

It is time to start sharing with you my experiences from my last trip. Today I want to show you a little place called «Le Coin d’ Alsace» in Strasbourg that is the cutest, most wonderful and adorable small store you should visit. It is housed inside a building that characterises the main architecture in the city, a black and white timber-framed house! YES! I don’t know about you, but I love these houses. Inside the house there is the ground floor and on your right there are stairs that get you to two more floors! Apart from the tourist stuff you will find in any other place, here you are most likely to buy things for your living room, like cushions, for your kitchen, like oven mittens and decorative stuff for your own bedroom. Take a look at a few of the great items that can be purchased here…

So, I got some things for myself. My favourite is the owl! I almost adore it! It will be perfect for winter nights with candles…

 

 

 

 

Around the World: Prespes

12 Ιαν.

The trip continues to one of the most beautiful lakes in Northern Greece, the Prespes Lake. There are two lakes however, one big and one smaller. I went to the smaller one, because there is a beautiful small island there and you can go to the top of it and see the lake. There is a built bridge between the island and the other side of the lake, so this first photo is me about to cross that bridge!

There was this old boat right at the end of the bridge and the begging of the island. I like the way the boat is placed, like someone meant to put it like this just to take a photo of it or paint it!

On the island a few small houses made of stone and wood entirely.

These are the famous red peppers of the area. Here, they are a typical type of sun-dried peppers. Yummy!

A small village near the lake is called «Psarades», which means fishermen. As a result, here you can taste delicious fish fried or roasted, your choice.

More photos to come! Don’t you just love nature? I do!

P.S. To let you know, I got my self a new tumblr, where I’m posting photos, quotes, music, videos that inspire me! It’s not a blog, just a place to leave thoughts.

http://vintageair.tumblr.com/

Around the World: Kastoria

9 Ιαν.

Hello, everyone! This kind of post had to resurface again, since what kind of a passionate traveller am I if I don’t write about those travels, right? So, this time my trip was in a beautiful city of Northern Greece. What I loved most about it is that it combines the mountain and the lake together. The lake’s waters are so calm that the whole city reflects on them making a beautiful sight.

Yes, this is me! I might as well introduce myself properly. Maria, 21 years old, nursing student, lover of the 7th art, passionate traveller, have a sweet tooth, loyal fan of Supernatural and Charmed, like vintage fashion and old films and have one dream in this life : to travel as much, taste as much and learn as much there is out there. Can’t yet decide where I’m going in this life, but I know that in the end it will be exactly where I’m supposed to be.

What you should taste:

This part of Northern Greece is known for its various kinds of beans, like chickpea, common bean and black-eyed pea. When you visit Kastoria of Florina you should taste their bean soup or request the «Giant beans» called «gigades»in greek. Also, local people here make delicious pickled vegetables such as cabbage or red pepper. And last but not least, there are a lot of sweetened fruits we call them «sweets of the spoon» because normally you eat only a spoon of it or you eat it with a spoon (taking the whole fruit). What are they? They could be any kind of fruit (grape, strawberry, cherry etc) and they taste like jams only they keep the whole fruit and not just the syrop.

Interesting activities:

Riding the bike all the way around the lake or walking up to the top of the city where there are lots of cafeterias, shops and stuff and its quite a good exercise.

Around the world: Verona

4 Οκτ.

Η πόλη από την οποία εμπνεύστηκε ο Γουίλιαμ Σέξπιρ για να γράψει το μυθιστόρημα «Ρωμαίος και Ιουλιέτα» είναι πολύ πιο μαγευτική από κοντά. Μια πόλη τόσο γραφική και ρομαντική δεν μπορεί παρά να σας ταξιδέψει σε ξεχασμένες εποχές.

The town that inspired William Shakespeare to write his novel «Romeo and Juliet» is more magical in real life. A town so picturesque and romantic cannot do anything but take you to forgotten ages.

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Ταξίδι: Ελβετία (γύρος λίμνης Geneva) μέρος 2ο

16 Σεπτ.

H συνέχεια του ταξιδιού μας βρίσκει στο Saint-Maurice…

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Ταξίδι: Ελβετία (γύρος λίμνης Geneva) μέρος 1ο

15 Σεπτ.

Πριν από περίπου 10 χρόνια εγώ και ο μπαμπάς μου ξεκινήσαμε μαζί ένα υπέροχο ταξίδι… Κάθε καλοκαίρι ταξιδεύαμε και σε μια διαφορετική χώρα οι δυο μας. Το πρώτο μου ταξίδι τότε, το 2001 ήταν η Ελβετία (Γενεύη, Μπάζελ, Λουκέρνη, Βέρνη). Μετά από 8 χρόνια ήταν και πάλι η Ελβετία, αλλά αυτή τη φορά αποφασίσαμε να επισκεφτούμε μικρές κωμοπόλεις γύρω από τη φημισμένη Lake Geneva ή Lake Léman, την οποία μοιράζονται η Ελβετία και η Γαλλία (με το μεγαλύτερο μέρος να βρίσκεται στην πρώτη).

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