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IMEROVIGLI

4 Jul

OUR LITTLE HOLIDAY STORY CONTINUES….

IT WAS TIME TO ADVENTURE THE ISLAND A BIT AND CHECK OUT A LITTLE VILLAGE CALLED IMEROVIGLI…
MY OUTFIT; JEANS SHORTS, BRACELETS AND NECKLACE FROM HERE, SHIRT FROM HERE, NEVERFULL BAG FROM LOUIS VUTTON, WHITE AND GOLD WATCH FROM MICHAEL KORS, SUNGLASSES FROM GUCCI AND BOW JELLY BALLERINAS FROM SUPERGA.

MY LOVE´S OUTFIT; ALL THE CLOTHING FROM RALPH LAUREN AND BOAT SHOES FROM HERE.

IMEROVIGLI IS  A TRADITIONAL VILLAGE AND IT´S THE EXTENSION OF FIRA BUT IS SITUATED ON A HIGHER CLIFF. THE NAME COMES FROM THE WORD `VIGLA`WHICH MEANS `DAY`. IN FRONT OF THE VILLAGE IS LOCATED AN ENORMOUS ROCK CALLED SKAROS. UNTIL 1800, SKAROS WAS PART OF THE LAND AND HAD A CASTLE ON IT WHERE ALL THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF THE ISLAND WERE LOCATED. THE VILLAGE WAS ALMOST DESTROYED BY THE EARTHQUAKE OF 1956, AND THE CLIFF-EDGE HOUSES WERE ABANDONED BUT TOURIST TRADE STARTED UP AGAIN IN THE 1970´S. TODAY IMEROVIGLI IS A BEAUTIFUL AND QUIET VILLAGE. HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR COUPLES SEEKING FOR TRANQUILITY, SPECTACULAR VIEWS AND ROMANTIC GETAWAYS.

SANTORININI IN GENERAL IS NOT THE BEST PLACE TO GO WITH CHILDREN OR ELDERLY PEOPLE WITH REDUCED MOBILITY, SINCE THE TERRAIN OF THE ISLAND IS VERY CHALLENGING.

 WONDERFUL PLACES, VIEWS, RESTAURANTS, HOTELS, CAFETERIAS AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE…..LOVE THE PLACE.LOVELY LITTLE LAID BACK FURRY FRIEND….AND THE STORY CONTINUES….

LITTLE HOLIDAY

21 Jun

AFTER WORKING HARD IT WAS TIME FOR A LITTLE HOLIDAY, THE MORNING STARTED WITH WONDERFUL LITTLE SUPRISES FROM MY LOVE ….. EVEN IF THE CHAMPAGNE WAS WARM AND THE CUPS WERE PLASTIC, IT DIDN´T MATTER…. WE WERE SO HAPPY TO DISCOVER NEW HOLIDAY DESTINATION ONLY 3 HOURS AND 20 MINUTES FLIGHT AWAY FROM HOME. OUR DESTINATION WAS SANTORINI,STUNNING LITTLE ISLAND IN GREECE.WE BOOKED ONLY FLIGHTS AND CHOOSED OUR HOTEL NOT FROM THE TOURIST CROWDED BEACHES BUT THE CITY CENTRE OF SANTORINI CALLED FIRA. WE FOUND A  GREAT HALF PRICE HOTEL- DEAL FROM WWW.YEEGO.COM. OUR HOTEL WAS LITTLE DAEDALUS HOTEL WHICH IS MANAGED BY FRIENDLY GREEK FAMILY.  WE CHOOSE THIS HOTEL BECAUSE OF  THE GOOD CENTRAL LOCATION AND NICE  POOL AREA. CUTE LITTLE HOTEL GARDENFRESH AND NICE POOL AREA
EVEN WHEN WE TRAVEL, WE PREFER HOTEL ROOMS WITH FRESH DECORATION, LOVED THE MINIMALISTIC ROOMS WITH HARMONIUS WHITE AND BEIGE COLOURS….OUR ROOM BALCONY HAD A VIEW OVERLOOKING THE POOL AREA.MY TRAVELING OUTFIT; BLOUSE FROM HERE, LOWKY JEANS AND DIAMOND SANDALS FROM HERE, GOLDEN CHAIN BELT VINTAGE.AFTER A LITTLE CHILL OUT BY THE POOL WE LEFT TO DISCOVER THE ISLAND….
GREEK LUNCH; FETA SALAD, TZATZIKI, MOUSAKA AND WHITE WINE FROM A LOCAL WINERY….YAMMY
WE FELL IN LOVE WITH SANTORINI AND IT´S BEAUTIFUL AUTHENTIC GREEK SURROUNDINGS IMMEDIATELY. THE VIEWS ARE UNBELIAVABLE AND THE PLACE IS FULL OF WONDERFUL RESTAURANTS AND CAFETERIAS….
FRAPPE SPICED WITH STUNNING VIEWS….

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A NICE WORKOUT WITH STUNNING VIEWS THERE ARE 600 NUMBERED  STEPS  YOU HAVE TO WALK DOWN AND UP TO REACH THE OLD PORT VOLCANO, BUT IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A EASY WAY DOWN OR UP YOU CAN TAKE A RIDE WITH CABLE CAR OR MULE….I PERSONALLY THINK CABLE CAR IS BETTER CHOICE, SINCE I FEEL BAD FOR POOR LITTLE MULES…..

AND THE STORY WILL CONTINUE…..

NEW YEAR

30 Jan

IF YOU EVER GO TO VISIT SRI LANKA, PLEASE DO TAKE SOME DONATIONS WITH YOU THERE…. CLOTHING AND NECESSITIES LIKE PEN, LITTLE NOTEBOOKS, TOYS OR  ANYTHING USEFUL….. PEOPLE LIVING THERE ARE IN NEED OF EVERYTHING USABLE AND REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE DONATIONS THEY RECEIVE FROM TOURISTS. I WOULD HAVE DONE THIS, IF I HAD KNOWN…SINCE WE DIDN´T KNOW ,  WE ARE GOING TO SEND DONATION PACKAGE  THERE AFTERWORDS.

HERE SOME PICS FROM OUR NEW YEAR.

WILD THINGS

21 Jan

PEARL OF THE INDIAN OCEAN

18 Jan

SRI LANKA IS SURROUNDED BY SPECTACULAR GOLDEN BEACHES, WHICH ARE EXTREMELY CLEAN AND IN THEIR NATURAL STATE. THIS TROPICAL ISLAND IS IDYLLIC WITH PALMS PENDING OVER THE WHITE SANDS  AND ALL THE CLEAR BLUE WATERS. THE HUMIDITY PERCENT IS BETWEEN 90 AND 100 PERCENT, IT TAKES A WHILE TO GET USED TO IT, LUCKILY THE OCEAN BREEZE WORKS AS A COOLING FAN….

  SRI LANKAN PEOPLE HAVE GONE THROUGH TOUGH TIMES WITH THE CIVIL WAR AND TSUNAMI, MOST OF THEM ARE POOR AND HAVE LOST EVERYTHING. IT´S UNBELIAVABLE HOW FRIENDLY AND SMILING THEY CAN BE BE AFTER ALL THAT TRAGEDY. 

ALL THE COLORS OF THE TROPICAL VEGETATION WERE FANTASTIC…

REGARDLESS IF YOU ARE INTO SWIMMING, SURFING, DIVING OR JUST SUNBATHING SRI LANKA GOT IT ALL. YOU ARE SURROUNDE D BY THE WARM WATERS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN. BUT  YOU SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE RED FLAG WARNINGS ON THE BEACH ALL THE TIME, SINCE THE DANGEROUS CURRENTS ARE VERY STRONG AND THERE ARE NO LIFEGUARDS AROUND.

IF YOU WANT TO BUY SOMETHING , YOU CAN FIND THE BEST DIAMONDS AND TEA  FROM SRI LANKA, ALSO SOME CRAFTS, LITTLE SOUVENIRS AND SARONGS ARE SOLD ON THE BEACH AS WELL AS IN LITTLE SHOPS.


WE PLAYED SOME BEACH VOLLEY WITH THE LOCAL BOYS, THAT WAS SUPER FUN….

SRI LANKA SUNSETS ARE JUST MIRACULOUS , ABOUT  FROM 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM  THE COLORS OF THE SKY KEEP MAGICLY CHANGING LIKE YOU NEVER SEEN BEFORE…IT´S AMAZING AND ROMANTIC ….

HELSINKI – COLOMBO – BERUWELA

17 Jan

OUR CHRISTMAS EVE STARTED AT THE HELSINKI-VANTAA AIRPORT´S FINNAIR LOUNGE….

WE WERE READY TO FASTEN OUR SEAT BELTS  AND CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS EVE , OUR ENGAGEMENT ANNIVERSARY AND MY LOVE´S BIRTHDAY UP IN THE AIR….AND OF COURSE THE START OF OUR VACATION TOGETHER!!!!

SO WE THOUGHT…

WE HAD BOUGHT COMFORT SEATS FROM TRAVELING AGENCY  AURINKOMATKAT (FOR EXTRA 200 EUROS PER ONE WAY /PER PERSON), JUST TO MAKE SURE WE CAN COMFORTABLY ENJOY THE FLIGHT, WATCH MOVIES AND SLEEP…..

WELL IT DIDN´T QUITE GO LIKE THAT….

IN OUR CASE , MY TV WAS ON …..LIKE ON THAT PICTURE, BUT DIDN´T WORK AT ALL, YOU COULDN´T WATCH, LISTEN OR DO ANYTHING WITH IT…THE WORST PART WAS, THAT THE FLYING ATTENDANTS COULDN´T EVEN TURN IT OFF….IMAGINE SITTING 10 HOURS THIS NEON BRIGHT BLUE LIGHT FRONT OF YOUR FACE….NEITHER OF US COULD SLEEP OR ENJOY THE FLIGHT, IT WAS A TOTAL DISASTER….I DON´T RECOMMEND BYING THOSE COMFORT CLASS SEATS WHILE FLYING ON A CHARTER FLIGHT….

AND I DEFINITELY DO NOT RECOMMEND AURINKOMATKAT AS A TRAVEL AGENCY TO ANYONE!!!

THE SERVICE IS POOR AND THE PEOPLE WORKING IN THE ORGANISATION ARE DOING EVERYTHING ELSE BUT SERVING THEIR CLIENTS APPROPRIATE WAY, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU DO RECLAMATIONS.

IT TAKES TOO MANY PEOPLE, TOO MANY PHONE CALLS AND  E-MAILS FOR THEM NOT TO FIGURE OUT AND UNDERSTAND THE  POINT  OF THE MOST SIMPLE RECLAMATION, WHICH IS TO RETURN THE MONEY FROM A DEFECTIVE PURCHASE……LET´S SEE HOW MANY MORE MONTHS WE HAVE TO WAITE FOR A SOLUTION……

I HAVE SEEN ALL SORTS OF THINGS, BUT NEVER ORGANISATION ,THAT DOESN´T REALIZE THAT COST EFFICIENCY IS QUITE RELEVANT, TIME IS MONEY AND CUSTOMERS ARE THE ONES KEEPING THEIR BUSINESS ALIVE ??????

SO HAPPY TO SEE THE GROUND….

AND TO LAND SAFELY TO COLOMBO, THE CAPITAL OF SRI LANKA….

AFTER 10 HOURS FLYING AND 4 HOURS SITTING IN THE BUS… LUCKILY OUR DESTINATION, LITTLE FISHING VILLAGE, BERUWELA AND THE HOTEL WAS A SUPER-POSITIVE SUPRISE….WONDERFUL  AND COLORFUL SURROUNDINGS, NATURE AND  FRIENDLY PEOPLE!!!


POOL AREA WAS RIGHT BY THE BEACH, NICE AND NOT OVER CROWDED….PERFECT FOR US!!!

WE DECIDED TO GO VISIT THE LOCAL FRUIT AND VEGETABLE MARKET WHICH IS HELD EVERY MONDAY…

YOU GET AROUND THE  EASIEST WITH TUK TUK, SINCE THE ROADS IN SRI LANKA ARE IN TERRIBLE CONDITION AND EVEN SHORT DISTANCE TRIPS CAN TAKE FOREVER….

IF YOU ARE THINKING OF GOING TO BERUWELA TO SHOP TIL YOU DROP AND PARTY HARDY, YOU ARE HEADING TO WRONG DESTINATION. THERE ISN´T ANYTHING FOR A SHOPAHOLIC OR A PARTY ANIMAL.  IT´S A PERFECT PLACE TO REST AND EXPLORE DIFFERENT CULTURE AND NATURE, FOR PASSIONATE PHOTOGRAPHERS, PEACE AND NATURE LOVERS AND OPEN MINDED TRAVELERS THAT UNDERSTAND THAT LUXURY CAN BE DIFFERENT IN DIFFERENT PLACES….BERUWELA IS A SPECIAL PLACE WHERE TOURISM HASN´T DONE IT´S HARM YET….

MY TRAVELING ATTITUDE THAT WORKS EVERYWHERE :  ` THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY`AND REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR EYES  AND HEART OPEN TO EVERYTHING NEW AND DIFFERENT, YOU WILL SEE , FEEL AND EXPERIENCE MORE  IN YOUR LIFE…..

I ENJOYED ALL THIS EYE CANDY AND TAKING PICTURES OF ALL OF THESE BRIGHT COLORED EXOTIC FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND FISH. …SO LOVELY, HOPE YOU ENJOY  MY FRUITS AND VEGGIES PICTURE OVERLOAD AS MUCH AS I DO…

AND THE STORY CONTINUES…..

MY LITTLE MONKEY

12 Jan

I HAVE BEEN TRAVELING LATELY AND BEEN UNABLE TO DO BLOG UPDATES…. BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF UPDATES COMING….THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE!!!!

MY VERY FIRST VIDEO UPDATE COMES HERE;

CHECK OUT  MY LITTLE MONKEY VIDEO….ONE OF MY CHILDHOOD DREAMS FINALLY CAME TRUE….I BONDED WITH THIS HAPPY LITTLE MONKEY CALLED JOHNY…I MISS MY LITTLE FRIEND SO MUCH ALREADY !!!