Monday, September 01, 2014

Best Summer Ever: Spending a weekend in Hydra


The weekend before last, very unexpectedly, we too the Flying Dolphin, an hydrofoil boat from the Pireus port and headed to Hydra to spend the weekend. 
Hydra is a lovely tiny little island a couple of hours from Athens just across the shores of the Peloponese. There are no real roads per se and cars and any other type of transports are strictly forbidden, only rubbish trucks are allowed! You can either walk, take a little donkey or a water taxi. 
There is only one town, the little harbour where there are lined coffee places, galleries, restaurants and little shops. Hydra is the perfect little getaway to finish off the #bestsummerver!

We stayed at the most lovely hotel ever, the Hydra Hotel, up a steep stone street.  The lovely Katerina, our hotel host, showed us the rooms and the amazing view from the room 202, wow! Ours was a nice bedroom with a lovely private patio where we enjoyed the most magnificent breakfast ever, I can't recommend this hotel enough!


Hydra is very well known for the mules and ponies that take tourists around the island and help locals and not carry heavy suitcases and others. 


Hydra is not super well know for its beaches but there are a few bays and nice stretches that can be reached either by a boat taxi or little boats. At the ver end of the harbour there is also a combination of cliffs with bars and restaurants and at the bottom you can swim in lovely clear waters.


I highly recommend walking a bit around the island, especially the little hikes to see the beautiful view. Going to Hydra is the cherry on the top of my #bestsummerever !


Check out my other experiences that kindly #malibuUK is helping me achieve this summer. 

A greek holiday at Sifnos - Part I and II

Disclaimer: This post has been written in collaboration with Malibu. All opinions my own. Thank you to the brands who support A Diary of Lovely. Make sure you check out about the Malibu Best Summer Ever Project here. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Weekend Wear (albeit a late one!)


This has been one of my hero pieces of this summer, together with my mini striped skirt and my denim shorts. I have worn it on every occasion when I needed to be warm but still feel summery, mostly at night while I was in my mom's village and it was a bit chilly. It has the most perfect movement ever and makes me feel just a little bit glam without being OTT! Perfect in between seasons dress!




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Dress: Anthropologie | Sandals: Ancient Greek Sandals | Bag: Hakei | Lipstick: Nars Funny Face



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Best Summer Ever: Hydra's Sunset


This is definitely an experience that made this the #bestsummerever !! Watching the sunset at Hydra over the weekend was simply stunning. I have seen my fair share of beautiful sunsets, in Ibiza some years ago and in Milos I remember another gorgeous one, but in Hydra on Sunday in was beyond breathtaking! The setting couldn't get any better, at the very end of the port of this little island in the Saronic in Greece there are a few rocky stretches where one was swim or have a drink perched on one of the lovely terraces. And boy, it is beautiful, relaxing chill music, young people enjoying the end of the afternoon, people jumping from the cliffs to the cold waters, tough to beat that is!


A bit of romance, probably leftovers from a past wedding. Very fitting with the whole marvellous view. all over. The is a restaurant over the cliffs called Sunset, it has been voted the number 2 restaurant with the best view worldwide, no wonder!! We had a drink, at the more youthful Hydronetta, I can't recommend it enough. 


I loved watching these two getting ready to jump! So cute and utterly romantic to swim under the sunset!


And now, here we go!


More to come about my weekend in Hydra soon!
Check out my other experiences that kindly #malibuUK is helping me achieve this summer. 

A greek holiday at Sifnos - Part I and II

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Recipe: Greek Gemista (Rice Stuffed Vegetables)


Say home cooked Greek food and to most of us one of the first dishes that comes to mind is "gemista" which translates to stuffed vegetables. My past attempts to making them by myself have been a massive failure, ALWAYS. So this time, while I was in my mom's village in Kalavryta and taking full advantage of my grandma's cooking I took some snaps of her AMAZING gemista. 
My giagia stuffs them with rice and grated tomatoes and vegetables and adds grated cheese just before taking them out of the oven, some other people stuff them with minced meat too, I haven't tried that version but they sound delicious too!

Ingredients
(for 4)

Vegetables

6 large ripe and firm tomatoes
6 large bell peppers, I like orange and green ones but you can pick any colour


For the stuffing

the inside of the tomatoes
1 courgette grated
1 onion grated
200 gr long grain rice
200 ml olive oil
Salt and pepper
Parsley if you like it, I don't especially like it so I omit it

3-4 medium potatoes, cut into medium cubes 

Instructions

Wash all your veggies and pat them dry. Make sure you have a large enough oven proof dish that will fit them all in one layer.
Preheat oven to 

Cut the top of the tomatoes, peppers and scoop all the insides using a small spoon. Save the tomatoes pulp for the mixture. 
In a large bowl mix the rice with the grated tomatoes, courgette, onion, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well. Assemble the gemista by filling them with the mixture and placing them in the dish together with the potatoes. 
Place in the oven and bake for 60-80 minutes. About 10 minutes before taking them out sprinkle them with grates cheese.


This goes well with the stuffed courgette blossoms

Monday, August 25, 2014

Best Summer Ever: Snapshots from Sifnos - Part II


This second post about Sifnos in Greece is not going to be about telling you how gorgeous it is, I already did that in my first post. Today, in collaboration with #thebestsummerever Malibu project,  I want to share a few of my places to visit. There are many other great places of course but here go my recommendations if you happen to visit, you should!

***Swim***

Sifnos has some beautiful beaches (but not the most amazing in Greece, I must say it as a disclaimer as I think it's only fair!). Nonetheless, for me, it is one of the most gorgeous Cycladic islands.

Platys Gialos
Great place to stay if you want to be right on the beach, which is what I wanted this time. Sandy long beach, great for couples and families.

Chrysopigi 
Not the beach near the Church but the plates/slabs behind it. The clearer waters in the island, I'm super scared of rocks and this kind of swimming but loved it there!


Vroulidia
Now, this isn't the easiest beach to reach in the island but is is quite pretty and calm. It's in the north side of the island, you need a car to get there and the road isn't the very best. I recommend going in the morning to grab a good spot for the car!


Vathi
Another long and sandy beach. While it is one of the most visited beaches I thought it was a bit complicated getting to the actual place to sunbathe and swim, but you should visit anyway. 

***Eat and drink***

Rambagas
In Apollonia, I blogged about it here, lovely place all day long.

Mamma Mia
There are two of these italian restaurants. One in Platys Gialos, at one end of the beach, the other in Apollonia on the way to Artemonas. Fantastic pizza.

Perivoli
In Artemonas, only for dinner, in a little hidden street. Very nice setting in a patio, perivoli means vegetable garden in Greek. Local food very well prepared. 

Depastas
At Vroulidia beach. Try the sundried octopus. Simple well made food.


To Steki
At the end of Platys Gialos, a few feet away Mamma Mia, this is a busy little taverna with nice food. I loved their local mizithra (a type of fresh white cheese).

***Visit***

Chrysopigi
The most beautiful church ever, overlooking the sea, stunning inside and outside. The views are breathtaking.


Apollonia - Artemonas
In the morning and in the evening. Very different but just as beautiful.


Disclaimer: This post has been written in collaboration with Malibu. All opinions my own. Thank you to the brands who support A Diary of Lovely. Make sure you check out about the Malibu Best Summer Ever Project here. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Archery classes in the Peloponese


Greece is not only beaches and sun, well there is a lot of that and is most stunning but there is so much more to it! My mom is from a region called Achaia in the Peloponese and more precisely from a mountain village called Kalavryta, where in the winter there's one of the few ski resorts in the country.
One of my friends there has a company called 4 Seasons Outdoor. In the winter he runs a skin school and the rest of the time he runs other outdoor mountain activities like hiking, mountain biking and archery classes. I was lucky to be able to shoot a few arrows in the most gorgeous location, in the middle of the woods nearby a stunning little church. I definitely felt a bit like Katniss Evergreen!!

 
 
 

Let's do it!

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