Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Best Summer Ever: Touring Nafplio in the Peloponese

Today I bring you another experience from my #bestsummerever list that #MalibuUK is kindly helping me achieve! 
When you go to an Epidavros play you must decide how you want to "play" it. You have to decide if you want to go back to Athens after the theatre or stay at a nearby town and thus spend the weekend away. My recommendation is the later. There are beautiful towns around Epidavros where you can spend the night and enjoy a fabulous summer weekend, lots of beaches too! We stayed at Nafplio, which is a 20 minute drive away. I had never been and was excited as it is supposed to be one of the prettiest towns in the Peloponese. There is a big town square where you can seat and enjoy a coffee under the shade of the trees or walk along the small and colourful streets where you can indulge in a bit of shopping. 

The hotel I chose was the Kyveli Suites, a small very well located hotel with 5 super well appointed rooms. I can't recommend it enough! After the play we drove to Ligourio where there is  the oldest taverna in the area and where all the actors and staff go after their show. It's called Leonidas and there is a nice back patio and the food is delicious as is the service in this family run full of art history eatery. Don't go if you don't book beforehand!

Disclaimer: This post has been written in collaboration with #MalibuUK. All opinions my own. Thank you to the brands who support A Diary of Lovely. Make sure you check out about the Malibu Best Summer Ever Project here. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Wear

I feel a tad of an excitement when I buy something dead cheap and it becomes a closet staple. This is what this skirt is all about, I bought it for next to nothing at H&M and have worn it everywhere and with everything. You have seen me wearing it on Instagram here and here and has become the easiest thing to throw on and walk off the door. I love pairing my stripes with other bold elements and this necklace is the best proof of it, it makes a statement but remains casual enough being plastic. 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Best Summer Ever: Epidavros Theatre

Do you remember I told you all about my Best Summer Ever list

The one I put together in collaboration with Malibu who is organising the #bestsummer ever? 

Over the weekend I ticked off one of the activities in my list.  On Saturday we drove to Nafplio, a coastal town in the region of the Peloponese in Greece and in the evening I headed to the Ancient Theatre of Epidavros to watch the tragedy play by Euripides, The Bacchae. The Theatre of Epidavros seats about 15,000 people and the way it is built allows for perfect acoustics on all rows. No matter where you seat you can even hear the sound of the actors walking on the ground. 

When there is a play doors for spectators open at 8pm and it is the best time to enter if you want to find a good seat. Seats are given but broadly so you might want to arrive early to get the best seat in your assigned section. The Play we watched was a tragedy written by Euripides and while it wasn't my favorite I can say that it is an incredible experience to see perform in such a place. Definitely an activity that makes this the #bestsummerever

I can't wait to show you how pretty Nafplio is!

Disclaimer: This post has been written in collaboration with Malibu. All opinions my own. Thank you to the brands who support A Diary of Lovely. Make sure you check out about the Malibu Best Summer Ever Project here. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sifnos where to drink: Rambagas

Before going to Sifnos a couple of weeks ago (second post coming soon!) a friend recommended me a couple of spots to visit, 2 places to eat and a nice semi secluded beach. She also told me to go to Rambagas, she said it was a multi space, a Cycladic Space with a restaurant, a bar/cafe, an art gallery, and a few selected stores. So off we went in search of Rambagas when we arrived and found this fabulous space that is jus perfect for a nice cool drink in the evening or a delicious breakfast in the morning. I didn't get to try the restaurant but heard good comments so this lovely, very Greek space, is a definite must if you are visiting this quaint island. 

The most delicious apricot french toast! Such a must!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Weekend Wear

This is probably my most boheme look in a while (in a life long time?! ha!) but I love it! I wore it to the Epidavros Ancient theatre where I went to see a play, you can see some pics on Instagram and I'll post about it later this week, it's a must see I think, definitely something you should include in your bucket list, especially if you are visiting Greece. 
Anyhow, I wore my breezy hippy like trousers paired with a simple linen tee and my Ancient Greek Sandals (how appropriate in such setting!) I never ever show my tummy but I liked how the tee looked tied in a know so please excuse the flesh sight ;-)

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Pants: El Armario de Irene | Tee: Zara | Necklace: vintage | Bag: Coach | Sandals: Ancient Greek Sandals | Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Friday, August 08, 2014

Best Summer Ever: Snapshots from Sifnos - Part I

I have said it many many times, Greece is a stunning country and you should visit whenever you have a chance. It is the perfect country to make of your summer #thebestsummerever

This summer, after many years, I went back to the Cyclades, the gorgeous little islands that basque mediterranean sun, beautiful beaches and lovely scenery. More specifically, I spent 6 days in Sifnos, a lovely little island with nice sandy beaches, a beautiful town called Apollonia perched from the hill and very delicious food. 
I will split the Sifnos posts as there are many gorgeous photos I want to share with you. 
This time we stayed at Platys Gialos, a lovely long sandy beach where you can find accommodation steps away from the sea. To me being staying a few feet away from the beach is pretty much unbeatable. I definitely recommend it if you want quite and relaxing holidays, it is also perfect for families with young kids, as they can run around freely and truly enjoy your Greek holiday! 

The town is called Apollonia and is perched over the hills, there is a long narrow street called to Steno where all the shops and bars and restaurants are and it gets pretty busy in the night hours when everyone goes out to enjoy the balmy weather. There are nice places to grab something to eat and many little bars. I loved spending time at Rambagas, but more about it in my next post!

Malibu has been working this summer on the Best Summer Ever Project and has kindly asked me to put together a list of what I would consider the activities that would make MY summer the best ever and going to Sifnos for a week was definitely the big highlight!
Make sure you check out about the Malibu Best Summer Ever Project here. 
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