[SANTORINI] oo8. SNAPSHOTS & FLASHBACKS

I have been amassing a copious amount of photographs in these two years, it’s no surprise I’ve had to spend hours filtering through terabytes of memories. My favourites are heavily biased toward those taken in Europe, especially Greece and Santorini, and oh, Belgium and Paris too. I think I take too much pride in good photos I forgotContinue reading “[SANTORINI] oo8. SNAPSHOTS & FLASHBACKS”

[SANTORINI] oo6. FOODPORN IN GREECE

xoxo, Viktoria Jean

[SANTORINI] oo5. PHOTODIARY: JOJO BEACH BAR @ PERIVOLOS

xoxo, Viktoria Jean

[SANTORINI] oo4. SIGALAS WINERY

Wine tasting at Sigalas Winery on Santorini Island was followed by a splendid meal at their very own restaurant. Wine with dark chocolates is…simply heaven on earth. Μπαξές, Οία Oia, Greece +30 2286 071644 xoxo, Viktoria Jean

[SANTORINI] oo3. LIVING ON THE EDGE

Sitting on the edge of Santorini’s peak, the dormant volcanoes that we can see are silent with power. The calm blue sea emanates with trillions of years of being. This sense of awe in the face of earth’s grandeur captures what each of us essentially are in the grand scheme of our universe – mere specks ofContinue reading “[SANTORINI] oo3. LIVING ON THE EDGE”

[SANTORINI] oo2. ALEXANDER’S BOUTIQUE HOTEL

For 3 days, home was Alexander’s Boutique Hotel, a resort-villa mid-waisted on the slopes along Oia’s breezy coastline. At night, Santorini’s otherwise pitch-black darkness is incandescently lit. A romantic glow permeates the scenic seaside village. At Alexander’s we experienced how it must feel like to reside in a cave! We were checked into 2 rooms: a family suite, asContinue reading “[SANTORINI] oo2. ALEXANDER’S BOUTIQUE HOTEL”

[SANTORINI] oo1. THE ELUSIVE SUNSET

I began my journey to Athens in Greece. Everyone who’s ever read a summer issue of Condé Nast Traveller dreams of the perfect Santorini sunset. Elusive is the word: sunset at Santorini isn’t about the picture-perfect moment. It is the breathtaking instance when you first catch sight, with your very own eyes, the illuminated sphere of bright fiery orange, radiating pink atContinue reading “[SANTORINI] oo1. THE ELUSIVE SUNSET”

[PARIS] oo9.THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE

Paris was a dream, and a very beautiful one. The procession at the Arc de Triomphe blew us away with its grandeur and oomph commandeered by top-tiered officials of Parisian council. Hi blogosphere, I’m back. I’ve missed this space, ab imo pectore (from the bottom of my heart). xoxo,Viktoria Jean

[PARIS] oo8.GALERIES LAFAYETTE

And Paris is a woman’s town, with flowers in her hair; – Henry van Dyke A full-blown visual tour of Galeries Lafayette’s gorgeous interior: other than to gush over luxury goods I took the liberty of snapping otherwise passed-over gush-worthy details. Has anybody ever really highlighted the architectural wonder that is this shopping mall? Top-storey view: gorgeous and lofty. YouContinue reading “[PARIS] oo8.GALERIES LAFAYETTE”

[PARIS] oo7.CARETTE

“When good Americans die, they go to Paris,’ the ghost said, after taking a drag on a small cigarette.” ― Karen Chance, Embrace the Night The sky decided on delivering a full-blown shower and a trio of very drenched Paris Explorers braved their way on foot across the Eiffel Tower and towards Trocadero. Pretty much everywhere in Paris’Continue reading “[PARIS] oo7.CARETTE”

[PARIS] oo6.THE EIFFEL TOWER

“But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition xoxo, Viktoria Jean

[PARIS] oo5.LÉON DE BRUXELLES

You know you’re in love with restaurant in a foreign land when you visit twice in 2 days, and already miss having it the moment your plate is clean. This was Lèon de Bruxelles for us, having found love in pots of garnished mussels in delectable broths and platters filled with basil sauce and meltedContinue reading “[PARIS] oo5.LÉON DE BRUXELLES”

[PARIS] oo4.PONT DES ARTS LOVELOCK BRIDGE

“But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition So we found two veryContinue reading “[PARIS] oo4.PONT DES ARTS LOVELOCK BRIDGE”

[PARIS] oo2.NOTRE DAME DE PARIS

“Paris is always a good idea.” ― Audrey Hepburn Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, which inspired Victor Hugo’s 1831 French Romantic/Gothic novel, stands resolute in the Parisian city center unscathed by ruining tides of time. The state of damnation of the Cathedral is the single most significant aspect of Hugo’s novel, influencing the ebb and flow of Notre-DameContinue reading “[PARIS] oo2.NOTRE DAME DE PARIS”

[PARIS] oo1.KUSMI DETOX TEA

Whilst walking along Champs-Elysées my colleagues introduced me to Kusmi Tea, a brand of tea producing Russian-style teas and tea blends with headquarters in Paris. All of Kusmi’s merchandises and beverages are beautifully packaged in pretty tins and boxes perfect for gifts or simply displaying in homes. Couldn’t help grabbing a couple tins of looseContinue reading “[PARIS] oo1.KUSMI DETOX TEA”

[ROME] A NIGHT AT THE VATICAN

Probably the only time you can catch the night scene outside St Peter’s Square is if you spend the night at Vatican City, or if you’re reading this as I’m about to show you a couple of my night scene captures. Outside St Peter’s Basilica on the day we arrived, there was a huge preparationContinue reading “[ROME] A NIGHT AT THE VATICAN”

[ROME] 10 SNAPSHOTS OF VATICAN CITY

Bringing to you a quick showcase of the world’s smallest independent state – all 109 acres (44 hectares) around St. Peter’s Basilica and the palace of the Vatican. In and around are beautifully preserved cultural sites, lush green gardens, and museums which feature some of the world’s most famous sculptures and paintings. Home to architecturalContinue reading “[ROME] 10 SNAPSHOTS OF VATICAN CITY”

[ROME] VATICAN CITY – A VIEW FROM THE TOP

The view from the top of Vatican City’s St Peter’s Basilica was exhilarating, breathtaking, and worth the claustrophobia-inducing flight of stairs we had to take to the top. Once in your life, or perhaps through somebody else’s eyes, you should see Vatican City from its proudest heights. Here are some pictures I snapped, enjoy! xoxo, ViktoriaContinue reading “[ROME] VATICAN CITY – A VIEW FROM THE TOP”

[ROME] ST PETER’S BASILICA

We were both blessed and unlucky to have arrived in Vatican City the day before a huge and important event for the Catholic Church. Many parts of the basilica were closed due to preparations for mass. On the upside, we got to witness the procession which arrived to prep the church up. There were massiveContinue reading “[ROME] ST PETER’S BASILICA”