May the 1st: Flower Festival

Bonjour, lovely ones! I don’t want to see any moody faces today! It’s the first day of May, which means, we can all start counting down for summer vacation – if you haven’t already. I just wanted to give you a post that will make you smile and just stop for a second, look around and appreciate the small things. 

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Each year in my hometown on the last day of April, a flower festival is being held. Everyone goes downtown for the music and a glimpse of the beautiful colours. Oh, the colours are endless… It’s like a wonderland of pastels!

So, what better to do when it’s so warm outside and you know everyone will be there than a date night, walking around the flowers. Under the starry sky, as it’s already 25 degrees in the evening here in Greece, just a spaghetti strap dress and a denim jacket is enough. What did I forget? Oh, that’s right! The more-than-necessary-for-the-night flower crown.

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There’s certainly no better way to welcome May and all the amazing things she’ll bring… (well, May was always a female month in my head!)

Take in all the colours and smells and enjoy the last month of spring!

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P.S. I know this one didn’t have any super interesting discussions but those flower pictures are a wonderful way to welcome May and I hope I got you in the mood to fill your house with colour end floral smells. More content coming up soon! 

 

have a magical day,

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by Elena Ktenopoulou

To fall in love with Cities

We fall in love with people, we fall in love with books and films and flavors of ice-cream that we want to have all the time but sometimes we fall in love with places and that is one strong feeling, my friend. This week we are talking about the bond a between a person and a place.

Who doesn’t love to travel? I mean, come on! It’s 2018 and flying from one side of the planet to another is easier than ever. How can anyone be satisfied with what their little spot on the map can offer them? We want to see everything, every little street in the tiniest village somewhere far. Since I was little I dreamt of seeing the whole world. I didn’t manage to achieve it so – since it is a plan that needs time! – but I have seen a few places around Europe and I am very happy with that.

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Actually, our first love tends to be the place we grew up in. Even if it’s nothing special or we get bored of it, it’s still home and it is usually filled with memories and a sense of familiarity, which is nice. There’s something special about knowing every corner of a neighborhood, the shortcuts, the people, the shops…

But I am not a person who believes in spending your life in one place. I like to travel, I like to explore and make memories in different places, speaking different languages. So, let’s talk about love at first sight, which I do not believe in when it comes to people but, I totally do when it comes to places. London was my very first love. It was instant. The busy streets, the fast rhythm of living, the beautiful buildings… that amazing combination of modern and classic…. I can’t even begin to describe how I felt the first time I walked in Covent Garden.  It was a cold – but surprisingly not rainy – November evening and I was only sixteen.  We had dinner and we listened to those fantastic street musicians. Then and there I knew: there would come a day I would live only a few subway rides away from that spot and I made that promise to my self and to the first city I ever loved.

I could go on for days talking about the places I love

-if you would like to see that I have two more articles related to the subject! One about Prague and one about Paris. Take a look!-

…but that is not the point of today’s post. The point is that every place you visit gives you the chance to discover a new version of yourself and it makes who you are clearer. Each place offers a different culture and a different way to look at life. Take advantage of that, see everything and find out which suits you the most.  Don’t settle for what you know, go further!

Do it because to fall in love with places is to know more versions of you.

have a magical day,

 

 

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by Elena Ktenopoulou

In case you get lost in the streets of Prague one night

I’ve been preparing for summer holiday for months. It had been such a busy year full of To-Do-Lists and cups of coffee that went cold. When the days of relaxation arrived, I couldn’t quite believe it. As you can tell form the title Prague was the place I happened to explore this summer and I’ve been planning to share! So, I decided – if I wanted to do justice to the place, I had – to split the experience in two parts. So… day and night.

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(That means… prepare for part two soon!)

When the sun goes down, the capital city of the Czech Republic is even more beautiful. Walk the lanes of the Old Town and you’ll find various things to taste – drink or food – depending on your taste and mood. Everything form a disco night club to a wine tasting bar or traditional restaurants. Try to avoid the extremely touristy areas – they are ridiculously expensive for  what they sell, in my opinion. Take a nice long walk, do your research and I am positive, you’l find the right place for a perfect evening.

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My personal suggestions:

I love to travel – ALMOST more than anything! – so I usually prepare a detailed list with what I want to see in advance, making sure I don’t miss out on anything interesting. I always leave open spaces for things I’ll discover during the journey, though. I must confess now what I discovered during my five nights walking the streets of Prague – they’re all things that you should also try if you get the chance.

  • the National Marionette Theatre

Yes, I am a theater person but this doesn’t mean anything. I know you’re skeptical about watching a two hour original Opera in Italian performed by marionettes. I understand. Trust me, though! You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the show. It’s unbelievably well set and well performed. Every little detail will amaze you. The people involved are extremely talented and they will provide you with all you need for an unforgettable night. It’s certainly something you won’t easily get to see elsewhere. You will certainly laugh – I surely did! – and there’s NO way you’ll regret it.

  • the Jazz Boat 

I’ll start with the one thing  that stands out the most: atmosphere. Whether you’re a jazz lover or not, you will not regret getting on this boat (well, except if you hate music and nice food). For me, it was the perfect night. We were lucky enough to pick the night with an super talented jazz group that made us sing and clap along from start to finish. I am not going to say anything about the view! Prague all lit up in night time.. I envy the people who will get to go on the boat around Christmas time…

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  • the Blacklight theater of Prague 

It’s everywhere! If you’re planning to visit Prague and you’ve looked for Must-see stuff, I’m sure you’ve made a little note somewhere about it. It’s very famous all around the world. I’ll be honest here. It wasn’t as great as the Marionette performance, for my taste,  but it was indeed spectacular. The directors and choreographers of this show surely must have known what they were doing. They create beautiful images. It feels a little bit like you’re in a dream. The music creates an irresistible atmosphere that you fall into and then… there come the costumes full of colour and unusual shapes.

  •  the Walks 

Even if I gave you exactly a plan of what to see, you wouldn’t have as much of a good time as I did. Everyone has their own preferences depending on their taste and interests. Don’t be afraid to go out after the sun comes down and explore the city by yourself or with you friends. Trust your instinct and I’m sure that while walking the streets of Prague lost in the town or admiring the view by the river with a handful of bright star above your head, you’ll find out about amazing little places.

have a magical day,

 

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by Elena Ktenopoulou

When good Americans die, they go to Paris

Oscar Wild believed Paris to be an earthly heaven. Well… can you doubt him? I visited Paris a few months ago and I was stunned. I am a person who loves the arts so, Paris was the place to get me ecstatic over the museums, the galleries, the theaters and even the street artists.

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Paris is absolutely magical. That’s why I must point out the creme de la creme of the things I saw! If you have the chance to visit it, don’t hesitate. Get on a plane or a train and go experience one of the most magical places on earth.

I was lucky enough to visit Shakespeare and Company, the famous bookstore, which I now call “my very favorite place on earth”. I adore bookstores in general… but the atmosphere in that one had me amazed. The smell of paper, the old flat of stairs, the piano and my personal ultimate dream: a desk in front of a window with a typewriter on it. If I could stay there forever, I surely would but I promised to revisit as soon as I can.

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On my second night in the City of Light, being a Jazz lover, I went for a drink at the Sunset Jazz Bar. If you are also a jazz fun, you will never forget a night there. Such brilliant vintage atmosphere and a group of brilliant musicians playing the classic hits that we adore.

What can I say about Centre Pompidou? It is a must see but if you love modern art, you will be fascinated by more classic-modern pieces – such as Picasso and Miro – but also you’ll be given the chance to discover new artists. It is a sensational journey that takes you from artist to artist and from era to era. The architecture of the museum is also something to admire!

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Walking the streets of Paris was magnificent. I advise you to walk as much as you can even if it’s cold. The atmosphere and the colors are the most beautiful part of the trip. Rainy or sunny, Paris is as beautiful as no piece of art. No wonder it inspired so many great minds…

have a magical day

 

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by Elena Ktenopoulou