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Milano

I asked you guys what you want to see and read first –  Milan travel guide or Florence travel guide, and there was very little difference in the vote but Milan won. So here it is as promised – Milan through my eyes  and camera 🙂

Milan is  the biggest city in Northern Italy and one of the biggest in EU. It is situated very close to the border with Switzerland so if you have more time you can visit this beautiful country and enjoy its gorgeous landscapes. But lets get back to Milan shall we 🙂

Milan is one of the most famous cities in the world – it is well known as a global fashion capital – you can wander around all those fancy boutiques with exclusive collections. One of the events that brings thousands of people each year is the Milan Fashion Week. Of course this was exactly my first thought when my friend suggest to go to Milan.

When I visited Milan, I was inpatient to see The Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – both well known as symbols of the city.

So we checked-in in our hotel and hit straight to the city centre. Milan has a great transportation system so you can get around easily.

We weren’t staying so far from the Duomo so we were walking to the city centre – first thing that got our attention was the most famous shopping area Quadrilatero della Moda –  shiny fancy and crazy expensive boutiques with  beautiful arranged windows. Great place to take some unique photos for the Insta 🙂 The streets leading to the city centre are also full of high end fashion stores where you can find everything you may need.

Tip: If your main interest is shopping you better plan your visit during periods of season discounts – usually – January – February and  July – August. Or visit some of the outlets out of the city centre where you can find some great deals.

And then I saw the Duomo…

That is the moment when I was speechless…

Tip: Go on the top of the Duomo or to some of the nearest coffee shops from where you will have an amazing view!

and of course the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 🙂

If you don’t enjoy the crowded places, you  will like Navigli – a neighbourhood with tiny streets, water canals, picturesque spots and nice restaurants and cafes. Where you can enjoy tasty croissant and cappuccinos in the mornings or have an aperitivo after sunset.

Out of the most crowded areas is Parco Semipone where is situated The Castello Sforzesco. We visited this area on our second day in Milan. The castle was home of Sforza dynasty – who ruled Milan during the Renaissance. It is beautiful place and it houses 12 museums – Musei d’Arte Antica, Museo dei Mobile, Pinacoteca and others.

Tip: Free entry for Castello Sforzesco is offered from 2pm every Tuesday and for the last hour of every day. And also every first Sunday of each month you can visit other museums for free – Museo del Novecento, Sforza Castle museums, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Casa Museo Boschi di Stefano, MUDEC.

Other must-visit place in Milan is the Santa Maria delle Grazie church where you can admire Leondardo da Vinci`s masterpiece – The Last Supper. I left this one for my next trip to Milan, since you have to book your ticket in advance.

P.S: Have you been in Milan?

xoxo,

Gabrielle

Old Town of Chora Naxos, Greece

Naxos is the biggest of the Cycled islands and one of the most underestimated Greek islands. It is not that famous like Mykonos, Santorini or Rhodes so that makes it perfect for a relaxed vacation. Naxos has its own beauty – sandy beaches, small villages and mountain hills.

Chora (also known as Naxos City) is the biggest city on the island, it is situated on the west coast of Naxos. The Old Town of Chora is located in the city centre, close to the harbour and it is the most visited place on the island. The tiny streets are hiding a lot of picturesque spots and breathtaking panoramic views.

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My two favourite places in Chora are the streets of The Old Market, following them you will get to  The Castle.

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The Old Market is the perfect walking area, with its narrow streets and nice shops where you can find unique handmade souvenirs, jewels, clothes. There are also a couple of good restaurants and coffee shops where you can try some of the greek dishes and drinks.

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naxos_xoxogabrielle7The Castle (Kastro) was built in 1207, when Marco Sanudo conquered Naxos and established the Duchy of Naxos (also known as The Duchy of  the Aegean). The Castle had three gates – but only two exist today – The Strong Gate (Trani Porta) and Paraporti. While walking through the streets of the Castle area you can visit  the Venetian museum, Tower of Crispi, the Catholic Cathedral, the School of Commerce, the Archaeological Museum.  For me It is one of the most relaxing and charming places, it amazed me with its tranquility and atmosphere. A part from the most popular touristic sights I found my own favourite spots.

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Наксос е най-големият от групата на Цикладските острови и една от най-подценените дестинации. Не е толкова известен като Миконос, Санторини или Родос, и това го прави идеалното място за спокойна почивка. Наксос има какво да предложи на посетителите си- пясъчни плажове, малки китни села и планински хълмове.

Градът Chora (известен още като град Наксос) е най-големият град на острова, разположен на западния бряг. Старият град на Chora се намира в центъра на града, в близост до пристанището и е най-посещаваното място на острова. Малките улички крият много живописни места и спиращи дъха панорамни гледки, част от които можете да видите на снимките 🙂

Двете ми любими места в град Chora са улиците на Стария пазар, а те ще ви отведат до второто – замъка. Старият пазар е чудесно място както за шопинг, така и за разходки – с тесни улички и хубави магазини, където можете да намерите уникални ръчно изработени сувенири, бижута и дрехи. Има и няколко хубави ресторанти и кафенета, където можете да опитате някои гръцки ястия и напитки.

Замъкът (Кастро) е построен през 1207 г., когато Марко Санудо завладял Наксос и се провъзгласява за херцог на Наксос (наричан и херцог на Егейско море). Замъкът имал три порти – само две са запазени и до днес – Трани Порта и Парапорти. Докато се разхождате по улиците на замъка, можете да посетите Венецианския музей, Кулата на Криспи, Католическата катедрала, Търговската школа, Археологическия музей. За мен това е едно от най-релаксиращите и очарователни места, което ме изуми със спокойствието и атмосферата си.

P.S: Вие били ли сте в Гърция? А гръцките острови?

xoxo,

Gabrielle

One afternoon in Apollonas Naxos

Apollonas is an old pretty small fishermen`s village located on the northeastern coast. The distance from the capital is around 35 km and on the way from Hora to this picturesque village you will enjoy  beautiful landscapes and view over the sea.

 

 

Apollonas is very relaxing place and it has its own charm. You can enjoy the beach or just go for a walk around the costal area. There are also a couple of restaurants and cafeterias where you can take a rest and enjoy some of the local dishes and drinks.

Very close by is also the 10-metre tall statue of Dionysus which is worth the visit. It is impressive huge piece of art of its time. While you are there you can also enjoy the gorgeous view over the village.

 

 

P.S: There is nothing better than exploring new places! Have you been to Greece?

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Apollonas е малко рибарско селище, разположено на североизточното крайбрежие на остров Наксос. От столицата Apollonas е на около 35 километра, а  по пътя от Хора към това живописно селце ще имате възможност да се насладите на красиви пейзажи и изглед към морето.

Apollonas е много спокойно място и има определено носи свое собствено очарование и дух. Можете да се насладите на плажа, който е с по-малко посетители от този на столицата или просто да отидете на разходка из крайбрежната зона. Там ще откриете и няколко ресторанта и кафенета, където можете да си починете и да се насладите на някои от местните ястия и напитки.

Наблизо се намира и 10-метровата статуя на Дионис, която си заслужава да бъде посетена.  Ако когато се качите, за да разгледате статуята ще можете да се насладите и на прекрасната гледка към селото.

xoxo,

Gabrielle

Sunday Afternoon – Aktaion in Naxos

I have found Aktaion Pastry Boutique two weeks ago when I went out for a walk. This is one of the cutest and most Instagram-able places in Naxos.

There are two Aktaion Pastry Boutiques under the same name in the city. But the one I recommend is in the city centre close to the harbour because it is easier to be found. And also the view is very beautiful, you can take a sit outside and just enjoy the sea and the ships going in and out of the harbour.

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Photo Credit : Facebook

Address:
Ππεριφερειακός, Νάξος 843 00
84300 Náxos
Phone: (0030) 2285 026111

You can have a coffee as well as some other hot drink. But of course don’t skip those heavenly sweet treats. My favourite ice-cream is the Macaron one which you can see on the photo below.

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You can also choose from a huge selection of French Macarons. Not only a pleasure for the eyes but also super delicious 🙂

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More Info: Aktaion Official Site

P.S: Do you like Macarons? Which one is your favourite?

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Много обичам малките интересни и цветни кафенета и сладкарници. Открих “Aktaion Pastry Boutique” преди около две седмици, съвсем случайно минавайки покрай това кокетно местенце, реших да си купя сладолед. И WOW! Колко е готино само, това е едно от любимите ми места в Хора, Наксос, а и е супер за Инста снимки, нали?

В града има две сладкарнички с това име. Тази, в която аз се влюбих е по-близо до центъра на града и до пристанището. Препоръчвам ви я, не само защото е много лесно да я откриете, но и защото ако седнете навън, ще можете да се наслаждавате на прекрасна гледка към пристанището.

Адрес:
Ππεριφερειακός, Νάξος 843 00
84300 Náxos
Телефонен номер: (0030) 2285 026111

Можете да се насладите на кафе или друга напитка, а те са толкова щедри, че ви почерпят с малко сладкишче. Освен това витрините им са отрупани със супер вкусни десерти, френски макарони и различни видове сладолед. С две ръце препоръчвам да опитате моя любим сладолед – Macaron. Много лек и инетересен вкус с парченца френски макарони.

P.S: Обичате ли да си похапвате сладко? Харесвате ли френските макарони?

xoxo,

Gabrielle