March 25, 2015

our trip to Andros island!

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If it’s not the plane, it can be the ferry, but please no, not the car. Because when I decide to leave town for a sheer breakout, I need to pass through the air, or the sea, otherwise “relaxation” won’t easily come and visit me. As you can see this time we chose an island, miles and miles of blue sea, the Cycladic spring breeze, blooming nature, and a sun kiss!

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I guess it was about time to share this post about Andros island, as you should, if you haven’t already, pick your luggage and wave bye-bye! It was a lovely experience and i hope not to sound corny, but this place is magical! Spring is an ideal season to see it blooming, open a wide airy window to the sea, feel the nature and walk its picturesque Chora. Over our three nights’ stay we got lost within the island, discovering magnificent places which we couldn’t find again unless by accident. Here are some tips that may help you if you ever take the boat too!

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the accommodation : For the first time ever, we hadn’t planned one single thing for our accommodation so we were more lucky enough to find this place waiting for us. My theory of  ”the importance of white bed sheets” was cultivated in this bed, and since then i rarely chose colours and patterns to sleep on! The dawn’s delight was coming from the sea and was knocking our balcony door for a quick good-morning . Our rooms were just a few steps from Batsi Village where we were rushing for an irresistible “take-away” breakfast from the local bakery.

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 the restaurant: The only appointment to keep during our trip was with this cosy restaurant in Chora. Endochora, is a small place with a small, delicious menu! Pleasant, homey decoration with tables to the paved road. Be sure to make a reservation both for a table and a strawboffee dessert!

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the activities: The best way to explore the island is on foot! In this way we were able to discover the beauty hidden in every corner and explore new places out of the map. It was an epiphany to be so close to the unique nature of the island. Old watermills, windmills, traditional olive presses, and a small river to rest and enjoy an unforgettable picnic. Some of the small things that really count in life! So if you are anything like us, a bit adventurous, a bit, you can choose between a number of signposted paths otherwise ask for a tailor made walking tour. Bring your trekking shoes and a camera!

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the shop: This summer concept store in Chora will definitely tempt you for some unexpected shopping. Greek designers, bright colours, lovely designs and unique patterns! I bet you won’t leave Waikiki without a bag filled with goodies.

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 the cafe: This friendly place was definitely the perfect hang out spot for long lasting chit chats. If you too spend your quality time with drawing pencils and books, this cute cafe in Batsi village will welcome your artistic and creative spirit with a cup of hot tea and biscuits.

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A trip full of unforgettable memories and stories! Now back to the grid till the next one!

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photos and words by Gertrude Gary Milk

(post created especially for teapot.gr)

March 23, 2015

random things we love / 2!

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one. Underwater Dancing Print from Leah Goren , two. Thrilled to Peaches Bag from Modcloth , three. Dot Dash Top from Gorman , four. Faux Patent Leather Ankle Strap Flats from Forever21five. Twist Scarf from Ban.do , six. Wallpaper City Guide Copenhagen from Phaidon , seven. Jigsaw Wide Leg Pants from Gorman , eight. Lovely Little Pot from Gin Bay

March 19, 2015

emma’s detox tip!

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Who’s ready for a healthy twist? ( I definitely am! ) We are taking baby steps towards the so called “balanced diet” , so we decided to start from scratch and try a detox water recipe! Emma is a “well-being” genius and turned our water into a colourful fruit pool that provides a number of benefits for the body and mind.

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8-12 glasses of water, lime, bergamots, grapefruit, mandarin and pomegranate. Cut the citrus fruits in big pieces, deseed the pomegranate and add the fruits into a bottle or a jug of water. If you are a grapefruit lover add a few drops too. Leave your detox water in the fridge for a couple oh hours. Enjoy it cold day long, and make more!

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The benefits of:

Lime: lime aids digestion and contains immune system-supporting compounds that strengthen the body’s natural defenses against infection and disease. Pomegranates: are an antioxidant-rich superfood and are a source of fibre, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium.

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Mandarin: Contains a high level of Vitamin C which provides a number of health benefits. The antioxidants present in mandarin help to lower bad cholesterol and promote good cholesterol. Mandarins are a substantial source of fibre and are natural blood purifier that helps to flush out toxins and unwanted substances from the body.

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Grapefruit: A very rich fruit in vitamin C that strengthens and supports our immune system. It boosts metabolism and reduces stress. Bergamot: Helps maintain proper rates of metabolism, it aids in digestion and proper absorption of nutrients.

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So what do you think? Are you into a mini detox mood?

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(photos by Gertrude Gary Milk, recipe and execution Emmanouelle Foteinou)