November 15, 2016

heaven on earth!

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My trip to Stockholm was a life lesson. Each and every corner at this magnificent city was a reason to feel inspired but the most fascinating part that i still miss, six months later, was my day at the Rosendals Trädgård, a beautiful garden open to the public.

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The garden café is located in a fantastic setting on Djurgården island, and offers salads, soups, sandwiches and pastries made in the bakery next door. The brunch on Sundays is outrageous so be there early, because they don’t make table reservations and people rush for their delicacies. Whenever possible they use their own biodynamically grown vegetables, and all bread is from their own artisanal bakery that holds a wood fired stone oven. Εverything is done by hand without shortcuts and with the best of biodynamic and organic ingredients. You can also book the greenhouses for a dreamy wedding, a rustic party, dinner with friends and other private functions.

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Do not miss a visit at the plant shop which offers a carefully selected assortment of flowers, plants, seeds and tools for the urban gardener. During the summer season you can pick your own flowers or you can order your favourite flower arrangements.

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Today, the garden’s main purpose is to present biodynamic garden cultivation to the general public through a series of educational activities like lectures, courses, excursions, and exhibitions focusing on “environment, horticulture, organic cooking, or garden art. Most of its biodynamically grown vegetables, flowers, herbs, and other potted plants like olive, laurel, fig, and citrus trees are either sold through its onsite shop or used for cooking in the cafe. The garden crops are served at our tables, and leftovers go back to the compost heap, providing first-rate soil for next year’s growth. Visitors can actually feel the continuity of a connected whole,” says Rosendals.

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 Rosendals Trädgård is open six days a week (closed on Mondays). During the summer months of May through September, it’s open seven days a week and during winter is closed from 22nd of December and reopens at the beginning of February again.

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(photos by Gertrude Gary Milk, post created especially for teapot.gr)

August 3, 2016

summer with L’Occitane and a giveaway!

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There is a special place in my mind, a lavender field somewhere in Provence and whenever I “travel” there, I’m closing my eyes and breathe deep and all I can feel and is nature’s greatness and beauty. The same feeling visits me when Ι touch and smell a L’OCCITANE product. I can relive the atmosphere, recognise the herbs, sense the Earth.

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I shared my thoughts with Nikki and Mary and decided to team up with L’OCCITANE and feature our favourite products for this summer, the Lavender Foaming Bath and the Immortelle Precious Cream. Both sisters love everything pure and natural and they were more than excited to be part of this project!

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“The Lavender Foaming Bath leaves the skin clean and supple. The lavender essential oil from Haute-Provence has calming and soothing properties and its subtle and unique scent delicately perfumes the water. Only a small amount of product is needed to create a bath full of bubbles and to sweep away the cares of the day!”

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The Immortelle Precious Cream is a rich, smooth moisturiser which visibly corrects deep wrinkles and help restore firmness to the skin. The combination of organic immortelle essential oil and organic immortelle cell extracts makes the skin smother and firmer. After the first week, the skin appears retightened! visibly smoothed.”

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This was also a great chance to learn more about the philosophy behind the brand and give you a mini present for your summer vacations. So don’t forget to enter our giveaway and win a box filled with natural goodies and travel essentials.

ΤΗΕ GIVEAWAY BOX: 

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 This giveaway box contains: Verbena Refreshing Towelettes, Body and Strength ShampooVerbena Shower GelVerbena Body Lotion, Verbena au de Toilette and Verbena Cooling Hand Cream (all in travel size packages!)

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To enter our giveaway Just follow these two simple steps: 

1. Share this post on Facebook

2. Leave a comment below (be sure to include your email too) 

one lucky reader will be announced on Thursday August 11th and the present will be waiting for its winner at one of the following L’OCCITANE Boutiques: Kiffisia, 4 Kasavveti Str, Kolonaki, Solonos & 25 Voukourestiou Str, Glyfada, Plateia Esperidon 2A.

(thank you Nikki and Mary for your summer vibes, photos by Gertrude Gary Milk, post created especially for teapot.gr)

UPDATE: the winner is Eleni Konstantinopoulou

July 31, 2016

a day in Vaxholm, Sweden

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Vaxholm, the capital of Archipelago, is an idyllic village with well-preserved wooden houses painted in pastel tones, charming cafes, restaurants, shops and galleries, photogenic alleys, lovely cottages, remote beaches and a bursting nature.

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People come here to spend their day at the beach, indulge in a romantic dinner, or just enjoy its great views of the fortress and harbour. Just an hour awayfrom Stockholm, Vaxholm is the perfect getaway all year round. (A very popular Christmas market takes place annually!)

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During summer season it can be a bit crowded but a mini stroll along its crooked streets, which makes the island irresistible, will definitely reward you. If you decide to spend a couple of hours here, bring your swimsuit and be prepared for a very thriving restaurant scene.
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Of course do not miss the Hembygdsgården Homestead museum and summer café. Located in a lovely wooden house from the turn of the last century, the museum describes the life of the fishermen while the interiors are still decorated with the 19th century furniture and memorabilia.

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The house next to the museum is an amazing rustic cafe overlooking the little bay and the islands. The location is superb and the food is delicious. There is also a huge choice of home-made desserts such as swiss rolls, tosca cakes, lemon cheesecakes and chocolate coconut slices, all served at the main dining room table. After making your selection go outside to the garden where the tables and chairs are scattered around, under the fruit trees at the edge of the water and enjoy your “fika“. Vaxholms Hembygdsgårds Café should be on top of your list if you ever take the ferry to Vaxholm!

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The Waxholmsboalget boats depart frequently from Strömkajen and the trip trip takes between 50 minutes and 1 hour 20 minutes, depending on the boat. Upon your arrival, Vaxholm’s tourist information centre in the Town Hall will be happy to answer your questions and give you information about anything you’ll need here. So, let’s go on board!

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(photos by Gertrude Gary Milk, post created especially for teapot.gr)

more Swedish posts coming this season, stay tuned!