21.6.14

the spring & strawberry thing


 It has been almost two weeks since I got back from Belgium and I love it here. It is summer already, this means I missed spring for good but, I decided to bake a spring strawberry cake with fluffy cream to celebrate my comeback. This delicious recipe is from miss Pastaflora! If you can still get some strawberries on hand, bake this for sure! It is a razzle dazzle cake and you can make it a chocolate one as well! There are fresh strawberries inside the batter so that makes it extra special.
 Meanwhile, I am buried under piles of books and papers because it is exams period once again... Such a pity we can't enjoy the best of the weather strolling around the beach and making day trips.

I have decided to start my blog all over again, make a few changes here and there, give it a little makeover and start fresh. I will be posting more and I am already preparing posts from my trips all around Europe while I was away.

Stay tuned for more recipes and posts... 

2.6.14

Primrose Bakery, London

Εκεί στον πιο όμορφο και ρομαντικό λόφο του Λονδίνου, υπάρχει ένα μικρό bakery με την πιο όμορφη και φωτεινή κίτρινη  βιτρίνα... Σοκολατένια brownies και αφράτα cupcakes μέσα σε ξύλινα συρτάρια σε περιμένουν πίσω απο τη γυάλινη βιτρίνα... Τα τραπέζια ρετρό, θυμίζουν 50's diner και το απογευματινό τσάι σερβίρεται καυτό αγκαλιά με Victoria sponge cakes! Ένα λονδρέζικο Bakery με τα όλα του, που σου γεμίζει την κοιλίτσα λιχουδιές και ζαχαρένια frosting,  προσφέρει καταφύγιο στις ανοιξιάτικες (αλλά καθημερινές) μπόρες και δε σε αφήνει να φύγεις με άδεια χέρια, αφού πωλούνται και τα δικά τους cookbooks, που πίστεψε με, αξίζει να αγοράσεις για 20 γυαλιστερές λίρες!



 Primrose Hill, 69 Gloucester Avenue and Covent Garden, 42 Tavistock Street

25.5.14

Cats Love Athens: A blogger's Life Spring Edition

Recently I was asked from the beautiful cat lady Aggeliki, from Cats Love Athens to take part in their project A blogger's life, to celebrate Spring. I photographed my favorite spring items and shared a few words about my little blog...have a look here and here! Thanks again girls! Make sure you have a look on what the other girls post about Spring!




13.5.14

κάρτ ποστάλ


Εγώ, είμαι πάντα ο μικρός τουρίστας με το χάρτη και την κάμερα στο χέρι. Πρόγραμμα, πρόγραμμα, λίστες και προκαθορισμένο budget.
Τις μικρές χαρές στο ταξίδι, τις βρίσκεις όταν ανακαλύπτεις μετά απο πολύ ψάξιμο εκείνο το μικρό μικρό κουκλίστικο bakery που είχες βρει στο Pinterest πρίν μήνες κι αυτό, μόνο χάρη  στο χάρτη σου. Φορτώνεις το σακίδιο σου με ιστορίες, φρέσκο χυμό και όρεξη και ξεκινάς τις περιπέτειες σου. Ποτέ δεν πίστευα οτι θα ήμουν ικανή να κάνω μια μονοήμερη εκδρομή ή ένα μικρό ταξίδι μόνη μου.

Κάποτε αυτό θα μου φαινόταν λυπηρό και ανούσιο. Η καλή παρέα είναι το ιδανικό, αλλά οχι και το παν. Δε θα σου πω τα κλισέ, οτι θα συναντήσεις τους πιο κουλ τύπους της Ευρώπης στο δρόμο σου, αλλά θα σου πώ μια μοναδική και μικρή αλήθεια. Αυτό που πραγματικά θα γνωρίσεις είναι ο εαυτός σου, σε όλες του τις μορφές. Θα έχεις χρόνο να τριγυρίσεις και να ξοδέψεις το χρόνο σου όπως εσύ θέλεις, να οργανώσεις δραστηριότητες και διαδρομές που σου αρέσουν χωρίς να συμβιβαστείς σε τίποτα. Είναι κρίμα να γυρίσεις κάποια στιγμή και να μετανιώσεις ευκαιρίες που είχες και πέρασαν μπροστά σου σαν τραίνο Thalys και δεν πήρες χαμπάρι. Είναι καλό και δυνατό το να βάλεις τον ευατό σου σε δοκιμασία και περιπέτεια.

Γυρίζοντας μικρές πόλεις του Βελγίου, βρέθηκα μόνη μου με ένα χάρτη και μια φωτογραφική στους πιο όμορφους δρόμους, στα πιο στενά σοκάκια, στις πιο μυστηριώδεις βιβλιοθήκες, στα πιο πολυσύχναστα μουσεία και η αλήθεια είναι οτι το απόλαυσα τόσο πολύ. Ξεπέρασα τον εαυτό μου όταν κάθισα για καφέ μόνη μου, σε ένα γωνιακό τραπεζάκι δίπλα στη τζαμαρία ενός μικρού bakery διαβάζοντας (πόσο κλισέ). Περπατούσα και σχεδίαζα την επόμενη μου στάση με απόλυτη ελευθερία. Και κάπου εδώ να σου πω, οτι φυσικά και μου αρέσει να ταξιδεύω με φίλους, αλλά απο δω και στο εξής δε θα χάσω καμία ευκαιρία για εκδρομή γιατί κάποιος δεν έχει την ίδια όρεξη/διάθεση με εμένα.

Eίμαι πάντα μικρός τουρίστας. Ακόμη και στην ίδια μου τη χώρα, ανακαλύπτω καινούριους θησαυρούς μέρα με τη μέρα και δε θα μπορούσα να είμαι πιο ευτυχισμένη.

15.4.14

a proper tourist


A proper tourist is: always up for a good story, holding his/her camera proudly at all times, in love w/ city maps, enjoying the menu of the day, using the tripadvisor app more than 5 times a day, carrying around in his/her backpack at least 2 homemade sandwiches and some fruit, always walking around in messy hair no matter what.
Here are some pictures from my day trip in beautiful Gent, Belgium... loved this magnificent little city.

24.3.14

ανοιξιατικο μωβ ηλιοβασιλεμα

purple sunset in Hasselt, Belgium

Hello Monday

lunch at home... starting to take care of my everyday diet. second submission on #100happydays project

la primavera

all images taken from pinterest

I love spring time...Its is absolutely my favorite time of the year. The sun shines bright on the sky, people hanging out in beautiful parks,reading, drinking fresh lemonade, enjoying the first ice cream of the year....

Started my #100happydays project and I am feeling really excited... can't wait to share the pictures of my week here!

23.3.14

the 100 Happy Days project

hello friends,
recently I found out about a wonderful little project idea by the name 100 Happy Days. The concept is easy, you just submit a picture of something that made your day happy and then share it with the world in any social media you like for 100 days.
Everyday life can be so stressful that sometimes you may forget to appreciate the little things that can make you happy and lift you up. Moving in Belgium for four months has been really difficult for me and I had days that I could not simply get out of bed. So, this is my little challenge for the next 100 days. I will be posting my pictures on instagram, you can check them out in #mikrotartaki

The real fun part of this challenge is that by the end of the project you can get a book with all the 100 happy moments that you have posted, so yey for that! Can't wait to commit to a real challenge and start to appreciate the little things in life!

16.3.14

Spring in Atwerpen, Belgium

Visiting Antwerp last week was one of the most rejuvenating trips I have ever done since I came here... Spring came early in the North of Europe and I am really enjoying it, already.
We had to visit a school and then we had the rest of the day off, wandering around the city in spring dresses and floral perfumes...
Dageraad Plats
Antwerp Central Train Station
Antwerp is a beautiful city located in the North of Belgium. It is a city that can easily be discovered on foot, or by using  the public transportation. With one of the most beautiful train stations I have ever seen, Antwerp can easily become one of the coolest places you can visit. There are several beautiful and exciting neighborhoods you can discover while enjoying the spring sun....

Right about when you start feeling a bit hungry (mmm..like always) you can have a walk around the Dagerdaad Plats and have a bowl of warm mustard soup with sausage and bacon (served with fresh whole wheat bread and some butter, yum!) @Zeezicht for only 3,50 euros (wow!) Soak up all the sun you can get with the locals, especially if you are there during a Wednesday aftrenoon. Schools end at 12.00 and everyone is having picnics and fun at the square!
Dageraad Plats

How could anyone forget about Forever 21?
Have a look around at the city centre...Walk around Meir Str. and discover the little treasures Antwerp has to offer... Urban Outfiters, Sissy Boy, Forever 21, Dille & Kamille, LUSH and so many more...

Been there done that: Having done my little research I recommend some places you can visit for some sweets and coffee, essentials for any successful trip:

#1 "Normo" : Located in the heart of the city, is one of the favorite spots for Art students, one street away from the Academy of Fine Arts. Here you can relax and have a cup of the best coffee in town.. "focus on burning their own coffee beans (the machines for doing that are in the bar and look great) and the genuine coffee experience… Talk to the owner, he will explain his plans to you, and feel his passion and joy for making great coffee." 

#2 "Starfish and Coffee" You should definitely try the creamy ginger tea along with some of the freshly baked goods this coffee place offers... Snuggle up in the cosy sofas while enjoying your tea and treats...Book friendly environment!

#3 "Vinyl & Coffee" For the devoted fans of vinyls and good coffee, this is the place you should visit when in  Antwerp. They offer a wide selection of LP’s and singles, old and new. The drinks have funny and musical names like Flat Barry White, Sun Ra, Creamy Jay Hawkins… have a cup of hot chocolate in a little corner, after you browsed for some great vinyls.

If on the other hand you fancy libraries, this one, is right for you! Nottebohm Library- The Hidden Library. The best spot to be in a rainy afternoon...Check out the website for more info about opening hours.
You can also check out this page for more information and travel tips about Antwerp.

                                                                                                                                                                      -all pictures taken by me-



Living in Belgium

As some of you may already know, almost two months ago, I left the warmth of my fluffy duvet and my double bed, gave up all my kitchen tools and baking tins, had to pick only a few of my clothes and leave other, favorite ones behind, said goodbye to friends, family and my loving boyfriend and got on the plane for Belgium. I am studying in the Erasmus Program, in a little city called Hasselt, in Belgium, not far from The Netherlands.

I am not gonna lie and say that everything has been butter on toast since I've been here. Living in a small dorm room, having to share everything while building up a whole new life from scratch has been a real challenge for me. Although feeling like a fish out of the water, I got myself together and created a new reality, with new people and new places. This experience is like a relationship; you have good times and bad times. The thing is that you always have to find a little way to pull yourself together and wipe those tears away from your face, because tomorrow is always a new day.

During my stay in Belgium, I had the opportunity to visit some wonderful places like Maastricht, Liege, Brussels, Antwerp and Utrecht. I really love the fact that I'm so close to so many beautiful cities and I can hop on the train whenever I feel like it and go somewhere new, in less than two hours!

I am planing to visit so many more places until I return home... If only I had the free time to travel on weekdays as well. School is really stressful and requires everyday attendance and work, so travelling is not so much on the program and that is a real pity.

Here is a little taste of the things I have seen so far...
Brussels
Brussels
vinyl shop-Brussels
Brussels
So cold weather in Hasselt
Brussels
Taart in Maastricht
Maastricht
Shanti Beans in Hasselt
Taart cafe in Maastricht 
Grand Place in Brussels

                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                         All photos taken by me