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).


Photo of the day: Gazing at the White Tower

Last week we visited beautiful Thessaloniki thanks to Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
We had plenty of time between the screenings so we could explore this amazingly vibrant and youthful city and stroll around the streets, taste the food and experience the north greek vibe. The weather was awesome (no rain! a total #win) so everybody was enjoying the sun staying all day out. They say time passes really slow in Thessloniki, because of the rythm of the life, it is slower. I say time flies in Thessaloniki, because I had such a great time I did not realize how it passed.
Here is my favourite photo in my favourite place at the newly restored pier of Thessaloniki having a great view of the symbol of the city, White Tower.


Photo of the day: Screwing around Bike Festival

We love bikes. The truth is that our city is not suitable for cycling, no matter how hard the Athensians try. Steep roads, asphalt potholes, careless and rude car and bus drivers, non existent bike lanes and the traffic frenzines, makes cycling in Athens a risky business. 
However, bikers are increasing, bike clubs are having more and more members and although we are not a flat city we do cycle! And it is fun! I see cyclists every single day conquering the streets of Athens and this makes me really happy and optimistic for a car-free future :)
Bike Festival is an annual celebration introducing us to the bike culture that takes place every September in Technopolis. During the 3-day celebration there are many happenings, events, contests and kiosks with sponsors and sellers of various bike stuff.
For more info: http://www.bikefestival.gr/
In that picture we are happily flying over Technopolis on a BMX thanks to Lucozade.

Bike wish list:


Photo of the day: Memories from Coronado Island

Now, that summer is gone and winter is coming there is one place I am dreaming of: Coronado island. The most exotic, fabulous, peaceful and wonderful pacific coastal place I visited last April. 
I will keep this picture in my mind and wait till the sun comes out again..

Summer memories


Missing summer...

Now that in this part of the world (yes, even in Greece) the summer is gone we begin whining about the cold and the rain and the grey skies. In such an atmosphere, a friend asked me: What is it about summer that makes you love it so much?
Well... how could I possibly give only one answer?

"Summer is about not caring about a thing"

"Summer is about salty bedsheets"

"Summer is about roadtrips"

"Summer is about quality time with friends"

"Summer is about falling in love"

"Summer is about living your dreams"

"Summer is about wearing your suimsuit all day long"

"Summer is about being happy all the time without an obvious reason"

...because summer is the best time of the year!!!

Maybe it's time to move towards the other half of the globe, where summer is coming..

See you soon, summer!