Monday, 20 October 2014

Autumn Leaves

The ordinarily lush green parks and gardens in London have been entirely transformed and been redecorated whilst I've been away.

The gently sloping grass has been glazed in magnificent red and orange leaves. The air is crisp and the sun is as golden as an apple.

It looks more like a fabulous watercolour painting which you would find in the National Gallery than the park which only a few weeks ago we were sunbathing in.

After a very filling lunch with friends, I went for a bit of a walk around the park to burn it off and have a bit of fun crunching through the leaves.

Now, I have a new fashion brand find which I just have to share with you as let’s face it what are friends for?!?!

They’re called Koalabi and I've become totally head over heels obsessed with them.

They specialise in lined sheepskin boots and come all the way from Australia. Mine are the Amberly boots and are honestly the most comfortable boots I own.

Honestly, you need a pair. They mix fashion with comfort perfectly as how many pairs of heels do you think are more comfortable to walk in then flats! I know that’s a big statement but I’m sticking to it!!!

Seriously, what more could you ask of from a pair of boots?

I'm just completely obsessed with them and might wear them every single day until the flowers start blooming again in Spring.

My green jumper dress is sadly old so I don't have a link for it, but here’s a really similar one (which I may have just bought whilst looking for a similar one for you) from ASOS.

I also really love my moss green hat. It has a tan-coloured belt which is just right for an autumn walk. It also goes perfectly with my faux fur waistcoat and Louis Vuitton bag helping me channel that autumn countryside look!

It simply was the perfect lazy afternoon. We walked through the park enjoying playing in the leaves and admiring the perfectly decorated landscape.

As Albert Camus notably said “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

And I couldn’t agree more!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Rhodes Old Town

Besides the amazing weather and the incredible food, Greece and the Greek islands have some of the world’s best history.

Rhodes holds one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the great Colossus of Rhodes.  It was erected in the city of Rhodes or as it’s now known Rhodes Old Town.

It was the statue of the Greek titan-god of the sun Helios in 280 BC.  It was constructed to celebrate Rhodes' victory over the ruler of Cyprus, Antigonus I Monophthalmus, whose son unsuccessfully besieged Rhodes in 305 BC.  Before its destruction in the earthquake of 226 BC, the Colossus of Rhodes stood over 30 meters (98 feet) high, making it one of the tallest statues of the ancient world.

Fast forward over 2000 years and you are left with a city that has bags of history and a slightly mixed identity.

It’s because the island is at a crossroads between Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  It's position in major sea routes has given Rhodes a very rich history.  This has given the city and the island many different cultures and architectures over its long history.

For me, the main attraction to Rhodes Old Town was the twisting maze of back alleys, secret cobbled streets lined with market shops, stone covered enchanting tunnels and the open tavern squares beaming with sunlight.

It has everything your heart could desire.

Clothing, shawls, bags, football shirts, plants, homewear, food, shampoos, blankets, cameras, headphones, fragrances, trinkets & charms, art the size of houses and at a price you could never get back home.  You name it, they probably sell it.

Wondering through the streets in Rhodes Old Town is incredibly full on.

Folks try to entice you in to look at their items to try and make you buy something.

Don't be anxious about saying no thank you to them, they’ll quickly leave you alone and move onto the next tourist.

But trust me having a little snoop now and then is key to picking up some real hidden treasures.

All that treasure hunting builds up quite an appetite don't you know, so we started looking for our next jewel... lunch of course.

Being that we were in a place with so much history, it was only natural that I had to go for a Greek salad.

Refuelled and ready to go, we carried on wandering around Rhodes Old Town.

In my book, Rhodes Old Town is a must if you are heading to Rhodes.

My main advice is if you walk around the lanes and get lost, embrace it, as that's how you will find the real treasures which are on offer!

Monday, 13 October 2014

A Sweet Little Greek Taverna

When I left you last time, the sun had cast its golden haze over everything as it slowly went down into the sea.

Having spent the day slurping on strawberry margaritas and relaxing in the pool, the evening had arrived and we couldn't possibly have felt more tranquil!

ASOS Spaghetti Skort Playsuit // Glastonbury Bracelet - similar one here by Hipanema // Canvas Espadrille Wedge Sandals - similar ones here by Dune

We couldn't help but feel a joyful cheerfulness as we got ready for dinner, the grey wet autumn English weather felt a million miles away and we were more than happy to let our new found Greek euphoria wash over us.

As the sunset breeze started to creep in, we headed out in search of a Greek taverna.

We came across Kostas Village Taverna, a sweet little taverna serving traditional Greek food.

They welcomed us with a smile and the gentle greeting of “Kalispera”!

As soon as we sat down they brought over some chilled white wine!  I could seriously get used to that sort of service.

The decor is really bright and modern.

We went for the Greek sharing plate to get our Greek food cravings satisfied in one hit. It was a monster of a dish and was 100% homemade and authentic.

It was a combination of all my favourite Greek cuisines.

There was Moussaka which contains aubergines, minced meat, sliced potatoes and béchamel sauce. Pastitsio which is like a greek pasta with minced meat and béchamel sauce. Soutzoukakia which is greek meat balls in tomato sauce with garlic. Stifado which is basically beef & onions cooked in the oven. And finally there was Gemista which is stuffed tomato, green pepper, rice & minced meat.

When I get home I have to do a recipe for each of these for you as you need to try them. Trust me they will blow your mind.

After devouring the food, we finished our wine and our cheeky greek waiter decided to photobomb us!

He was so funny that it only added to our meal.

As the night drew to a close we said "kalinihta" (goodnight) to the lovely cheeky waiter and headed off.

But where you might be thinking?!?!  Well, being the wild party animals that we are we took ourselves... back to our hotel to play cards on the balcony!  We really know how to live it up!

No, the sad reality is that when we go on a family holiday we LOVE playing cards and it doesn't take long before the competition heats up. 

There was a fair bit of cheating going on.

Naturally it didn't take long before I won! What do you mean you don't believe me... well that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

What a brilliant first day in what is quickly becoming one of my most loved islands, with some of my favourite people.

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