Athens urban adventures

Marketing can often be bothering, annoying or even insulting. However sometimes can be cool. This is my story, about how Cutty Sark used the tools of marketing to promote its brand among athenian youngsters. The company found a very interesting and clever way to gather groups of people by organizing alternative guided tours in the streets of Athens, calling them "urban adventures". And then of course making parties.
So, every Sunday, in a different location a new alternative tour (aka urban adventure) takes place and we have the chance to discover hidden gems in our own city!
Our tour was held around Syntagma and within this residential anarchy we could see art and beauty. This evanescent art - and I say evanescent because graffity one day is there, the other there is a new one over it- gave us the opportunity to learn about the greek street artists and see their work. The walls of our city is a big canvas and sometimes we do not even realize it. 
Here is a small amount of this -literally everywhere- urban art: 


Farewell 2014: What a year! Hello 2015!

2014 you were an amazing year! 
You had everything we needed to appreciate life, friends, family and what we have achieved so far. We will keep in our hearts the amazing adventures we created during your days. One of my biggest dreams became reality this year, our attendance to Coachella festival and our road trip to California, which is so far the best trip I've ever had in my life and a lifetime experience. 
As I read somewhere, 2015 is a book with blank pages and it is in our hands to write what we want and make it a bestseller!! 
Happy new year with bigger dreams and bigger expectations!!

Here is a year's recap with the highlights of each month:
January, you were not cold enough, fortunately for us, as we became farmers this month in order to take care our family cottage. Our contact with nature and with each other was the best present to start this year!

In February we took part in the best carnival in Athens, at Metaxourgeio where everybody gets crazy and is having pure, unconditional fun. No seperate groups, all the carnival is a group!
March was the month that made us realize that Athens is becoming the new Berlin! Projects and urban culture is huge here, you just have to look a bit more carefully sometimes..

April what can I say about you, you've been one of the best months this year, you were the chosen one to realise our biggest dream (and trip) so far! 
LA - Santa Barbara - San Fransisco - San Jose - Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Palm Springs - Coachella Festival - San Diego - Coronado Island - La Jolla - Long Beach - Los Angeles - Malibu - Santa Monica.

May you make Athens blossom and it feels so good!

June was about concerts and friends!!

On July we celebrated our 3 years anniversary, which came with an amazing photofreak present! Our annual date with "Up Festival" in Koufonissi island marked the beginning of our holiday season.

On August we made it for another year to Epidavrus Theater Festival and after cult-ure we visited the famous cult disco Capaki! 
Plus a Polish-greek wedding took place in a village close to Gdansk and gave us (apart from great joy) the chance to roadtrip northern Poland and pass a night as Royals in Warsaw!

On September we experienced a greek-indian wedding in the island of Mykonos and we visited our most loved island of Cyclades, Tinos.
Each year, October is my month! It is the month of my birthday. This year I became 31 and I moved in with my boyfriend, had my first tattoo and became a bit more wiser and mature #not.

On November I visited for the firts time Thesaloniki International Film Festival and I promised to myself I will return every year to feel the vibe of the festival and experience the city's amazing life! 

We closed the year with the best way ever, and I don't mean the Santa Run. But this was one of the highlights and we were so happy to be part of it!!


Santas came to town

It's been already almost two weeks since the first Santa Run at the city of Athens. But christmas days are always busy so that's why this post is a liiiiiittle late. 
Santa Run is an annual tradition in many cities around the world. In Greece it was taking place for 4 years now in the magical city of Chania in the island of Crete but never in Athens. So, Athenian people were craving for it, and that's why 800 Santas run!
The route was 2,5k around Syntagma square beginning and ending at City Link, at the most central area of the city.
It was fun and sweaty, we were eating our beards, we were undressing while running, jumping on touristic trains, taking pictures and videos. 
It took a lot of sweat and joy to gain our participation medal and it was definitely worth it! 
Until next year... 
Merry Christmas! Ho! Ho! Ho!   

Αthens full of Santas

Santa likes coffee!! One shot of espresso is always a good idea.
A day to remember
And in the background.. Lycabettus Hill!!

And in the background... the old University!!

No sleigh?? .. we took the train!



Photo of the day: 1st Athens Santa Run

Today the center of Athens became red!!! More than 600 Santa Clauses conquered Athens streets for the first Athens Santa Run. Thanks to the team of Spetses mini Marathon we run for a good cause and for fun as well. It was a great chance to start the Christmas period and get into the mood.
We hope it will become an annual event and every year more people can participate!
More photos are coming soon :)
Do you know any other cities in the world that they already have a Santa Run? Share it with us! 


In love with Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is a beautiful vibrant city. It is located in the North of Greece and it is the second largest city of the country (co-capital, as we the greeks call it).
When you visit Thessaloniki it is definite that you will eat a lot, you will party a lot and you will sleep a few. Because it is a student city (one of the biggest greek Universities located here) that never sleeps and every night parties. On the other hand, it is said to be very a very romantic city, suitable for lovers. It holds a great history that is reflected in its various museums and historic buildings all around.
Whatever destination they categorize it in, Thessaloniki indisputably, is a beautiful city. 
It has a north european air, from the cosmopolitan Navarinou street for shopping, to the waterfront walk from the newly restored Pier till the White Tower. This route is amazing, giving you great views of the cafes, the restaurants but mostly the breathtaking sunset.
Don't miss the boat cafe that takes you a 30 minute boat trip to Thermaikos Gulf and remember to enter the city's emblematic White Tower and go upstairs so you can see the city from top. Just have in mind that it closes at 5 o' clock in the afternoon, so plan an earlier visit - at least half an hour before - in order to have enough time to see the exquisite historic exhibition inside each floor. 

Thessaloniki city centre is walkable so I would suggest you walk to discover every picturesque corner, street and neighborhood. Walking won't dissapoint you, unless the weather is cold. What is more, the municipality offers a Cultural Route Bus (number 50)that takes you to a 50-minute drive around the city's major attractions and it only costs 2 euros per person. There is no better and relaxed way for sightseeing!

In Thessaloniki you can never worry where to party. Cause the answer is everywhere and you can see and feel that. Each corner of the centre is a potential party place as students dominate the city. The main streets to go out is Valaoritou, the famous Ladadika (ofcourse), the Port and the hipster area in Isavron street.
In Thessaloniki you will eat good. Best places with many taverns is Athonos square, Bit Bazar that lives at night and sleeps in the morning and Ladadika.

You will find everywhere patisseries and you will crave everything #mystory. Because everything is so cute and looks so delicious. I can say Thessaloniki is the mecca of pastries. Do not leave the city without trying the famous koulouri (cruller) which originally comes from Thessaloniki but you now found it all over Greece. Try bougatsa which comes with cheese or meat and has a sweet version with cream and cinnamon. Go to "Elenidis" store for the best trigona panoramatos (traditional syrupy triangle with wipe cream) and to "Terkenlis" (your nose will guide you :)) for tsoureki (greek tasty brioche). 
Find "En Karpo" store (we found it by chance) where they have all kinds of handmade chocolate and creams, superfoods and fruit all deliciously made and healthy above all. We spent so much time in there! 

Useful Tips and adresses
  • Terkenlis: http://www.terkenlis.gr/ 
  • Elenidis: D. Gounari 13, Tsimiski center of Thessaloniki website: http://www.elenidis.gr/ 
  • En karpo: Egnatias 12 website: http://www.enkarpo.gr/ 
  • Cultural route number 50: departs and arrives at White Tower. Time schedule: 08:00 – 21:00 [June to September every hour] and 09:00 – 16:00 [October to May every hour], 2 euros per person/ 1euro for students. More info on: www.oasth.gr
  • Information on the White Tower: http://www.lpth.gr

Best time to go to Thessaloniki is all year round. But best of the best is on early November during the annual International Film Festival where the city becomes a film mecca and attracts people from all over the world, plus there are many parties and great screenings.
Only 45 minute flight from Athens (find cheap flighs with Ryan Air) and three hours and a half by train (Intercity).