The last part of my roadtrip included a stop over at Montlucon and then the town of Annecy in the Rhône-Alpes region of France and the passage underneath Mont-Blanc mountain to Milan and Bergamo, Italy.
XXIIth century Saint-Peter’s church in Montlucon is one of the most striking Romanesque edifices I’ve ever seen, due to its authentic simplicity and those imposing round piles to support the bell tower.
The charming lake Annecy surrounded by mountains, laced with canals and flower-covered bridges.
Mont-Blanc is white indeed -its name resulted from its snow-capped mountain peaks throughout the year.
The food at 7367 restaurant in Annecy.
Alta Citta in Bergamo, an almost untouched medieval city.
The cold fish soup at Vineria Cozzi.
The yard at 10 Corso Como and the most impressive collections on display. Byredo “Bohemia” candle came home with me.
Currently on a roadtrip that started with a 24h boat trip from Greece to Ancona.
First stop: Florence.
Highlights & tips:
The trip is long and the boats are no cruise ships, so be well prepared.
Florence, as you well know, is a small jewel, a live museum throughout its extent.
Don’t miss the green, red and white italian marble facade and the duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore.
The Uffizi Gallery, that hosts treasures of the Renaissance, like Botticelli’ s Birth of Venus and Spring.
Try a negroni or a glass of prosecco at the veranda of Hotel Lugarno by the river, right before sunset.
Late dinner at Osteria dell’Olio, excellent wines and Tuscan plates.
Fine stationery and smart gifts at Parione.
One of the best Bisteca Fiorentina is that at Trattoria 4 Leonithat my Florence based friend Haritini recommended, as well as the ravioli stuffed with pear cream and cheese.
Not to be missed: La Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria di Novella, a post about this 16th century perfume legend is on the way.
Istanbul, the city where old meets new in every corner.
Pristine beauty and technology/ history and evolution/ byzantine art and ottoman blend.
I visited the new Zorlu Center, it’s immense and jaw dropping, a shopping heaven.
I ate so much I’d almost die. Apart from traditional turkish food and sweets, I loved the salmon with mango sauce at Well Done restaurant. Very well done indeed. Agia Sofia brings tears in your eyes, so beautiful it hurts.
A walk at Grand Bazaar to buy silver and jewelry is more than needed.
If you have too much money and don’t know what to do with it, book a room at Ciragan Palace.
The view from the hills of the city and the seaside will captivate you, it’s one of those you cannot easily forget.
After attending the grand opening of the Magic Pleasure Store in Athens by Algida for the celebration of its 25 years, one thing was assured: more and more visits were bound to follow, since Ι just had to not only create my very own custom made ice cream, but try out every single flavor. Dark, milk or white chocolate, salty peanuts, cinnamon cookies and popping candies or red pepper, smarties and hazelnuts with caramel, by god, the frustration was overwhelming. Strolling around Syntagma square has never been that meaningful and exciting, thanks to this cute store at 3-5 Kolokotroni street that comes with one and only purpose, to ease ones sweet tooth cravings.
Homemade cheesecake, I’m very good at it/ a tree leaf masqueraded in red lips/ Asos cut out boots/ making a delish spicy Chili Jam cocktail at TGI FRiday’s “Mixology Lab” with Havana Club/ old Athenian architecture/ with the help of God the sun works better than led lights
Strawberry Pavlova and Aperol spritz at Πbox, old Comme des garcons wallet VS new Marc Jacobs bag, and the re-released album of Raul Lovisoni & Francesco Messina (remember?) from 1979 that my brother got me for Christmas (me happy to the moon and back). He even printed the first LP cover, since he knew how much I love it ♡
I first visited Kinsterna boutique hotel when it opened its doors a couple of years ago, during a photoshoot for Vogue Hellas. Last week I payed another visit at this gem of Monemvasia, as a last summer call before we slip into our jumpers and boots and wait for fall (it’s not here yet, thank god). However, Kinsterna is ideal for autumn and winter excursions too, as its medieval architecture, its location up the hill and the rooms equipped with fireplaces, are more than inviting for a relaxing getaway. It is, also, privileged with a great garden and produces its own olive oil and wine, as well as other delicacies with seasonal goods. We tried a fig daquiri and some fig sorbet, both deliciously pure and fresh -it was amazing to watch the bartender walking towards the fig tree with a basket to cut some fruits for our drinks! The flowing water from the ancient stern is the absolute zen, and hotel’s restaurant offers some pretty good dishes, especially for dinner.
Wait, there’s more.
For the wine lovers, Kinsterna announced a tasting weekend between 4 and 6 of October, when Master of wine Constantinos Lazarakis will introduce the guests to the secrets of blind testing. You can find more about Kinsterna’s special offer here.