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.
An express trip last week took me to Milan for the #Betterway pre-launch presentation party of the new Lenovo mega-product, the Yoga tablet. A wonderful black industrial space was encircled with high-tech columns, all showcasing the new tablet -each for every guest. As announced during the event, Ashton Kutcher has joined the Lenovo team as the new Product Engineer (!)
Though I never had any tremendous urge to obtain a tablet, I have to admit that the Yoga tablet is perfectly designed: Its cylindrical handle breaks the mold on “sea of sameness” tablet design, allowing users to more easily hold the tablet to read and browse the Internet, deploy the stand to sit it upright on a surface to watch movies and tilt the tablet down on a surface for a better viewing angle for touchscreen typing and reading. It also offers the possibility to use a cute little keyboard, which I love.
Wearing a beautiful black & white DeuxHommesdress with a lace cape
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.