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March Adventures! (Back to Action)

2 Apr

Hello!
 It’s been a while since my last post due to my busy schedule! But now, I’m back again with fresh ideas to share with you!
Let me first make a synopsis of what I did during March:

No1: From Xanthi with love

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  During the 15-18th of March I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Xanthi. The city is located in Thrace, northeastern Greece and it’s a worthy opponent against the city of Patras concerning Carnival days. So, as you can imagine I went up there to attend the 2013 Xanthi Carnival and I have to say that the city was overwhelming by the amount of people who were there.
 Little children, teenagers, adults and elderly were all enjoying the music which didn’t stop flooding every cobbled street of the Old City centre until the 18th. The most famous attraction was the Parade were thousands of people took part in dressed in colorful, funny, weird and even scary costumes. I had the chance to participate in the Parade, too! Well, our theme was Toy Story and we had to choose from Jessie the Cowgirl, Buzz Lightyear and, last but not least, Mr. Potato Head! Of course, you can imagine which of the three I chose! 😛 Mr. Potato Head’s costume was absolutely hilarious!!! I’m not going to upload a picture of me dressed like a gigantic potato with a moustache because (let me borrow the famous quote) what happens in Xanthi, stays in Xanthi!

Overall, it was a great experience, although it took us 5 hours in order to get to Xanthi via train from Thessaloniki. We danced, had fun, ate well, met new people and left the City of Colors behind us only with the promise to come back some other time.

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This is a small taste of what happened on Sunday 17th of March!

No2: The Lady of the North

 The Lady of the North can be no-one else than Thessaloniki. I bet that a lot of you have heard of it due to the fact that it’s considered to be the most famous city of Greece after Athens. I visited Thessaloniki 3 times during March and if I could, I would travel up there more because Thessaloniki is a city you will fall for right after you arrive. 

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 From the friendly people, the White Tower and the hidden places around the city to the picturesque wine shops near Rotunda (a cylindrical church build in 306 AD near the famous meeting spot Kamara in the city centre), Thessaloniki has something for everyone. Just walking down Aristotelous and Naurinou (two of the most popular pedetrian precints with shops and cafeterias) with my friends, makes me feel like I’m transferred into a whole new city.

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The old imposing buildings located on both sides of Aristotelous create a feeling of awe to one’s soul especially if you’re walking there during sunset. Another major thing I adore, is the Old Town or Ano Poli as it is called in Greek. Ano Poli ( literally the Upper Town) is a district north of Thessaloniki’s city center that was not engulfed by the fire of 1917 and was declared by UNESCO a heritage sight. It’s one of Thessaloniki’s most traditional part of the city, still featuring stone paved streets, old squares and traditional Greek and Ottoman houses. Just a walk up there is something memorable enough.

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The city is also well-known for the famous Trigona Panoramatos, triangle shaped phyllo pastries stuffed with custard cream, among all the other delicious things. Maybe that’s a reason that I visit Thessaloniki so ofter 😀  but trust me, once you try one you’ll be asking for more. As I came to the conclusion, Thessaloniki is the city of senses. Basically the city of taste and smell. Wherever you might find yourself, you’ll come across delicious smells that will tinkle your nose and tempt you to try pretty much everything. For me, this city is also a source of inspiration and whenever I’m out of ideas, I just go through all the photos I’ve taken so far.

And No3: Inspiration Recharged!

Well, I was sort of running out of inspiration lately but all these ‘adventrues’ March provided me with gave me a great boost. 🙂 For the time I’m occupying with my book’s availiability issue and I just started proofreading the second one again. I’m so thankful for your patience and support and I’m doing my best for everything to be ready soon!

Inspirational Places in Greece!

28 Jan

There are places in my homeland that inspired me so much for writing certain things and coming up with colorful images…

A walk to Zappeion (Athens) during Spring, for instance, was the place I got inspired for The Mecha Chronicles:

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Whereas, Raches, the graphic town I spent almost all my summers, was the place I started writing.

Maybe it’s just the landscape…

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Well, I don’t remember from where this one is, but a friend of mine took it during a walk inside the forest. When I saw it, I knew I had to embody this image into one of my stories. It’s simply magnificent.

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Every single thing around represents a little miracle.