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European Shopping Destinations

This post is expected to raise interest to shopping lovers. Below you’ll find my favourite five European shopping destinations.  The following cities offer you the ability to make purchases ranging from cheap buys up to expensive designers – the choices are endless. London Oxford Street 1. London, UK London is one of the best places for shopping, specially during its big sales during the Christmas period. The best places are the famous Oxford Street, Carnaby Street and Covent Garden.  Other areas which are enjoyable for shopping include Russells Square (Brunswick) or Enfield Town (Palace Gardens). There are also many shopping malls e.g. Westfield and Hammersmith Broadway. Here you’ll find all the high-street shops with the best prices. Brent Cross shopping centre is another place you can go shopping in North West London. For more luxury purchases visit Knightsbridge and step into Harrods. Don't forget  Selfridge & Co in Oxford Street. For a more characteristic shopping taste visit Camden Markets in Camden Town. Sales Period: The big sales start on Boxing Day (26/12) and end around mid January.  Summer sales start around min June and end around mid July. If you’re in London beginning the sales period make sure to go shopping early in the morning. 2. Athens, Greece  McArthurGlen Athens Outlet I love shopping here. You can find anything from leather goods around Monastiraki area and its surrounding small markets - called Monastiraki Flea Area. You will find chic stores in Kolonaki and Tsakalof Street or by visiting Attica.  For more down to the earth shopping try Ermou Street and the Mall of Athens. If you wish to purchase branded clothing visit the McArthurGlen Athens outlet or the Factory Outlet.  I prefer McArthurGlen since it's big with many brands and it's surrounded by cafes and restaurants. Sales Period: Summer sales start mid-July and run throughout the end of August whilst winter sales begin mid-January and run throughout the end of February.   3. Brussels, Belgium Avenue Louise in Brussels In Brussels you can find all sorts of shops in Rue Neuve and Avenue Louise. In the lower part you’ll find exclusive designer shops (Avenue Louise) and in Rue Neuve you’ll find [...]

2018-01-30T08:55:30+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|

Cyprus Vavla Rustic Retreat: A Traveller’s Review

Vavla Rustic Retreat Booking.com Rustic means relating to the countryside; rural. Kelly, the owner, emailed me straight away asking me what time we'll be arriving, if we need wood for the fireplace, or dinner/breakfast in order for her to sort it out. We booked at Vavla Rustic Retreat since it had the best reviews and met our requirements. We needed a 2 bedroom country house in a nice village, with a fireplace and traditional  Cypriot feel. Friendly Owner We arrived at Vavla Rustic Retreat and Kelly was waiting for us. She toured us around the place and even showed us all rooms and told us the history of the old traditional family stone house. An old restored house This place has been restored though funding by the Cyprus Government and the EU. The rooms contain traditional Cypriot items which were used mainly for preparing and storing food e.g. bread. They have maintained the old traditional food scales, some cookware, traditional old sweepers, even in the garden there's the original water well (an excavation created in the ground to get water). The garden is amazing! It has the traditional stone oven where you can use yourself to prepare food - if you know how to use it of course. Breakfast Vavla Rustic cooperate with their neighbors Donna Marie and George for serving breakfast, lunch or dinner. Donna Marie and George are former owners of an award-winning restaurant in New York, and are excellent chefs and hosts. They primarily offer a traditional Cypriot cuisine, however are often open to requests, and can also cater to those with food requirements. Note that they serve on a reservation-only basis. Our Country House We stayed at the Anoi, a 2 bedroom apartment, cosy, warm and most of all comfortable and clean. The kitchen literally provides everything! Even a juice maker and a coffee machine. You don't need to take anything, just your food. All rooms are fully air-conditioned. You can purchase a big basket of wood for the fireplace, which costs 15 EUROS, that is enough to last all night and a few hours the next morning. BOOK [...]

2018-01-30T08:55:30+00:00 December 20th, 2017|

Top 5 Holiday Autumn Destinations

There's nothing like a last minute decision to spend a few days at a lovely destination before winter actually arrives. If you don't have schoolchildren, it's the best period to take your European spring/summer holidays in autumn. Sea and skies are still blue, everything is quieter and pricing wise, it's a better value. So here we are, proposing you 5 of our Top European Autumn destinations. 1. Verona, Italy 2. Seville, Spain 3. Krakow, Poland 4. Chania, Crete 5. Aveiro, Portugal

2018-01-30T08:55:30+00:00 September 12th, 2017|

Mesa Potamos: Waterfalls, St. John Monastery, Picnic area

Mesa Potamos area, is located near Saittas, towards Kato Amiantos in Cyprus. You can spend a whole day here by visiting the Waterfalls, the Monastery and have a relaxing time at the picnic area. Mesa Potamos Waterfalls On the way towards to Monastery of St. John the Baptist you will find the Mesa Potamos waterfalls, situated on the Argolachanias river. From the main road you will have to park your car and walk a bit. The height of the waterfall is 7m and it’s located on an altitude of 1000km. The river flows directly into Kourris dam. Geology consists of gabbro.   Monastery of Timios Prodromos The Monastery of Timios Prodromos (St. John the Baptist) lies in the Troodos forest area of Mesa Potamos. The Monastery located amongst the mountains surrounded by pine forests, has springs of sweet water near.  The monastery has been renovated in 2003 and you can see that it’s well preserved. There are a few monks living there at the moment, and if you visit the place you might see them walking near the forest, seeking for a quiet place while visitors are visiting. It’s worth knowing that archbishop Makarios and Grivas were using the monastery as a meeting point during 1950 until 1955 in order to conduct the Unity Referendum. Further to that, it has also served as a hideaway for the EOKA fighters ending up damaging the monastery when British soldiers invaded to the monastery to arrest the fighters. Mesa Potamos Picnic area 7 km from Saittas and site road to the left before the Monastery there’s a picnic area.  It’s one of the 40 picnic sites managed by the Forestry Departments who make sure to provide all the necessary facilities (barbeque area, water, tables, washrooms) when visiting the place.  The picnic area is large enough to accommodate up to 700 visitors. The picnic tables are scattered from each other, offering visitors privacy. There’s a facility to make your own barbeque if you take your equipment. The forest in which the picnic area [...]

2018-01-30T08:55:30+00:00 September 4th, 2017|

Cyprus Cape Greco Viewpoint

Between Protaras and Ayia Napa, there’s a magical viewpoint in Cape Greco area. The view point is located on the top of a cliff and from there your eyes will relax by just gazing to the infinite Mediterranean Sea. But let’s introduce the area to those who may have not heard about it. Cape Greco is located Between Protaras and Ayia Napa in the south-east corner of Cyprus. The area is divided into two parts, the military part and national park. Of course you cannot access the military part, however the national park is worth a visit. In order to reach the viewpoint, you will need drive up to one point and they you will have to walk a few meters to reach the top of the cliff. Cape Greco Viewpoint Map For more information regarding Cape Greko National Park visit ChooseYourCyprus.

2018-01-30T08:55:31+00:00 August 31st, 2017|

Mykonos Windmills & Little Venice: Best Sunset Point

Little Venice is one of the most romantic spots in Mykonos to watch the sunset. Many people gather here to enjoy the sunset and afterwards get lost in the small narrow streets to start their evening. Mykonos Windmills are the islands’ iconic feature and from there you can watch the sun setting down. Little Venice is located on the opposite side so from there you will see the sun illuminating on the small houses.   Of course there are more points on the island where you can enjoy the sunset, just make sure to take a breath and enjoy the mixture of sunset colors wherever you are.

2018-01-30T08:55:31+00:00 August 30th, 2017|

8 Reasons to visit Paphos Zoo

Honestly, I would never compare Paphos Zoo with any other zoo I’ve been to e.g. London and Edinburgh. Paphos Zoo is small compared to large European zoos, however for the size of a small island the Zoo is a great place to spend your time. Considering that the zoo does not receive any government funding it has managed to develop from a bird park into a large zoo. Paphos Zoo is located in Pegeia near Coral Bay, approximately 3km from Pafos. 1. Open 365 days You can visit any day you wish. The Zoo is open from 9am every day. Closing times change through the year depending on the season e.g from January – March the Zoo operates from 9-5, from March – July it operates 9-6, during August its open until 7pm, September to October from 9-6 and during October-December from 9-5. 2. Biggest Zoo in Cyprus The zoo covers more than 100.000 sq.m, and is Cyprus’s leading tourist attraction. Here you will find an extensive variety of birds and animals from every corner of the planet whilst the collection of parrots and snakes is one of the largest in Europe. 3. Nice environment The zoo has been constructed in a way that offers visitors the ability to not only enjoy the birds and animals but enjoy the magical sounds and nature colours walking through a beautiful environment of lakes, gardens and ponds. 4. Cleanness What is most important is the fact that the Zoo is clean and you will rarely smell the scent of animals. There are a lot of people working there making sure the zoo is kept clean at all times. 5. Parrot and owl show Enjoy a show with flying clever parrots and owls showing off how clever they are and their amazing abilities. Check out the Paphos Zoo website for the show times. 6. Feed a giraffe With 10 EUR you have the chance to feed a giraffe and take a photo along with the kids who will love it. 7. Great experience for kids If you have kids, it’s a great experience for [...]

2018-01-30T08:55:31+00:00 August 29th, 2017|

Santorini Top 10 Things to Do

Santorini is another beautiful island of the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, shaping its existing landscape. The whitewashed, cubiform houses of its 2 principal towns, Fira and Oia, cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater). Personally, I believe Santorini is more for sightseeing instead of swimming (there are other Greek islands with great beaches and golden sand for that). In Santorini you can enjoy amazing landscapes, views, wineries, food and the amazing sunset. You can visit is anytime between April - November, where the weather is still warm compared to northern European countries. If you choose to visit within October-November prices are dropping compared to high season during summer. If you select to visit during low season, then you should stay in Fira since most places are still open. 1. Watch the most famous sunset Santorini's sunset is what makes the island so famous. Find the perfect spot to watch the island in Oia, Fira, Imerovigli. Make sure to check my post about 'Chasing Sunsets in Santorini' to see more photos. Arrange to watch the sunset and have your dinner at the same time. Although dinner with a view tends to be expensive (in areas like Fira, Imerovigli & Oia) you can still enjoy the sunset from another point of view e.g. in Megalochori. 2. Eat Traditional Greek Food There are a lot of places to enjoy a budget meal, either fish or meat. 3. Explore the small paths in Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli & Oia Walk through the hidden alleys, discover magical places and enjoy amazing views. 4. Drink a Donkey Beer Donkey Beer is the locally brewed beer made in Santorini. There are three beers, yellow, red and crazy with another one which they are making now. You can even visit the Brewery for free tasting. 5. Visit Perissa & Kamari Beaches Perissa is one of the nicest beaches in Santorini. There are a lot of restaurants and bars [...]

2018-01-30T08:55:31+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

Nicosia Christmas Fairyland 2016

We recently visited the Nicosia Christmas Fairyland in Cyprus which you shouldn’t miss especially if you have kids, they will love it. Opening Hours: 11:00 -24:00 Prices: If you visit after 6 the ticket is € 6 per person if there’s a concert on the day. On a normal day without a concert planned the ticket is € 4. The ticket is divided in to 3 coupons. You have the opportunity to enter in a draw for a chance to win a Ford Focus car, you have a free ride on one game of your choice, the Giant Wheel. Carousel, Caterpillas and Blizzard. There are a lot of attractions and games to keep the kids busy and excited.  They have organised live concerts from singers or bangs from Cyprus and Greece, see the program to make sure you don't miss your favorite artist. There are also a lot of stalls selling souvenirs and Christmas gifts, food, sweets and drinks. There are a lot of things planned, concerts, live links with radio stations, theaters for the kids, dancing shows. Location: Hadjiiosif Avenue, Strovolos, Nicosia. Dates: 18th November – 8th of January Facebook Page: Click to find more info about the Christmas Fairyland.

2018-01-30T08:55:31+00:00 December 15th, 2016|

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory: London Theater

Planning a visit to London soon? Is a theater trip on your mind or not? London is very famous for its spectacular West End musical shows. I watched Charlie & The Chocolate Factory in West End and it was amazing. Nothing compares to watching the movie on TV and experiencing it live in a theater. I am totally recommending you to watch this show, and believe me, although tickets tend to be expensive (specially during Christmas Period) its worth it. The Story The mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in this Olivier Award-winning West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes. Now in its fourth and final GOLDEN year at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it's the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he's always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems. Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with great music , a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!; One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot The Musical; Matilda The Musical). A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas must be believed to be seen in this gigantic musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses. All waiting for you to experience, live on stage! The Venue Theatre Royal Drury Lane is located near Covent Garden. I would recommend you to pay a bit more to get a seat in the middle or front and avoid getting a ticket backwards since you won't enjoy it. Back seats are located far from the main stage and you might need binoculars. You can access the Theater via Charing Cross, Embankment, Covent Garden or Holborn tubes. [...]

2018-01-30T08:55:32+00:00 November 21st, 2016|