Sunday, June 29, 2014

Greetings from Parga!

Kalispera =)



Watching the World Cup right now: Greece playing against Costa Rica and celebrating the win of the Netherlands against Mexico!!!

On other news I wanted to share some lovely pictures of the seaside town called Parga. The town is located in mainland Greece in the Epirus region. Dutchman and I took a 2-hour boat ride to get here. It was all worth it.


Yours truly =)


Panoramic shot of the square and seafront boulevard.


A busy Parga beach.


Beautiful panoramic view of Parga seafront from the castle ruins.

More soon about Parga...

Travel Period: June 2014
Destination: Parga (Epirus), Greece

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Scootering the Corfu Greek Countryside

Scootering is the new term I have invented whenever Dutchman and I are in the Greek Islands.


Yep, we love scootering =)

And I highly suggest this when you are visiting the Greek Islands. Much, much, much better than renting a car. Because with a motorbike you become one with your surroundings.

We always rent a smaller bike hence scooter (also called as mope) for the reason that I do not want Dutchman riding too fast. We always wear our helmets on as well. Safety first of course. The Greek police as well have their moments and fines can go up as high as 350 Euros, so it is better to be safe and sure.


Corfu has many pine trees scattered all over the plateau and mountainside.


Approaching Ana Korakiana village.


Our silver scooter =)


Olives and pine trees in the northern part of Corfu.


A lonesome church from out of nowhere in the intersection of a road.

Travel Period: June 2014
Destination: Faiakes, Corfu (Ionian Islands), Greece

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

FIFA (Football) World Cup 2014 Brasil in Corfu

The World Cup fever has taken the world and much of Greece as well after the country qualified for the next round from their win against Ivory Coast a few days ago (score 2-1). At the moment the Greeks are in high spirits! And we of course as well with the Netherlands ending as number 1 in their pool which has been dubbed as the "death pool".

As you might have noticed, our evenings, well some evenings actually were spent watching the football matches. It is really hard to ignore the World Cup because huge TV screens grace every corner in Corfu.

The recent 2-0 win of the Netherlands against Chile however was spent watching from a beach bar on my computer live streaming via a local Greek  TV channel. Long live WIFI =).

Below I took these pictures in a little bar cafe restaurant in Dassia called JOY'S (located inland and not on the main road) where we watched the Greece - Ivory Coast game. We were so entertained watching it because the locals were so loud, tensed and animated, haha. One guy sitting at the back of the cafe stood out because he always comes dashing towards the TV screen when Greece has an upper hand in the game. When Greece scored (twice) he went running to the front and jumping up and down. Funny as hell. Of course we cheered and supported for Greece =)


We started the football match with Greek coffee for moi and cappuccino for the Dutchman.


Followed by a Greek Mythos beer for the Dutchman and a Margarita cocktail for moi.


Dutchman had another round of Mythos beer and I went for a Metaxa, which is a Greek brandy.

Travel Period: June 2014
Destination: Dassia, Faiakes (Corfu - Ionian Islands), Greece

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello Corfu, Greece! First Day at Dassia Bay

Hi there! Kalispera =)


Dutchman and I are in Corfu Island (Greece). The island is part of the Ionian group of islands located in the northern part of Greece and Albania, just across the southern tip of Italy.

We arrived last Saturday and spent our first day orienting around with our surroundings, quickly renting a scooter and had a relaxing welcome lunch of Greek Salad at the Dassia Beach on Dassia Bay.

We will be here for 2 full weeks!!!

See below a few pictures of our first few hours in the island.


Aerial  view of Kerkyra, the capital of Corfu, Greece.


Moi after landing, inside the bus that will bring us to arrivials at Corfu Airport. We flew at 08:30 Amsterdam time which meant we woke up really early to go to the airport and spent sleeping during the entire 3-hour flight.


Corfu International Airport.


 In Greece, when someone dies they announce obituaries in posters such as these and plaster them around street lamp posts.


Such a beautiful flower. I love blue flowers =)


Dassia Beach on Dassia Bay, 12 kilometres north of Kerkyra, the capital of Corfu.


We quickly found a lounge area to relax on the beach =)


Having lunch: Greek Salad. Always our welcome to the Greek Isles treat. Everytime.


Temperatures during the day here in Corfu is between 25C and 30C. It tends to get a bit fresh in the evening dipping between 18C-20C. 


More stories soon about Corfu.

Travel Period: June 2014
Destination: Dassia, Faiakes (Corfu - Ionian Islands), Greece

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

In Ljubljana: Cake Shops and Borovnicke Liquor


Cake Shop Bar Cafe: Slaščičarna pri Vodnjaku
Facebook: Slaščičarna pri Vodnjaku  |  Address: Stari Trg 30, Ljubljana

I noticed in Ljubljana that there are just too many cake shops which are called locally, slascicarna, and are doubling up as café and bar restaurants or vice versa. The cake thing is interestingly a major thing in this city.

If only I have a big stomach for my large mental appetite I would have tried the scrumptious Slovenian cakes. This was actually in my plan, to try the famous ‘prekmurian layered cake’ (prekmurska gibanica) but sometimes it is difficult to force a mental craving to become an actual palate craving. It just does not happen like that.

Instead, I had a glass of fruity brandy called ‘borovničke’ which are pressed out of blueberries. The waitress offered this to me as a recommendation when I asked for a local liquor suggestion. It is sweet, fresh and has a rich thick texture.

As for the interior design and ambiance of the bar cafe, it is a bit eclectic and cool. Earthy tones with a bit of shabby chic elements meets classical antique yet trendy style.

Nevertheless, when in Ljubljana do check out these local bar cake cafe shops. I am sure you will love it.


This cake display is from another cafe by the way.M/div>


Very cool interior design of wood, chandeliers and antiques.


Borovnicke liquor, just a little before dinner =). I also picked up a Ljubljana guide.


This is the prekmurska gibanica layered cake, a national speciality in Slovenia. If you are into pastry, this is a must try when in the country.


At the back of the cafe bar are cosy rooms. I really liked the interior design of this cafe. Very down-to-earth, arty and inviting.


The pastry shop bar cafe is located on the corner of this square intersection (Stari trg corner Gornji trg) in Ljubljana old centre.

Travel Period: March 2014
Destination: Ljubljana, Slovenia

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