Posts tagged ‘Travel’

July 24, 2014

City Break in Athens, my travel book

by Penny BroJacquie

And book it is. Or booklet if you prefer. After three months of writing, studying and researching here it is: my very first book, a travel guide for the city of Athens, Greece.


Collecting all the information needed for writing this travel guide wasn’t difficult at all to me. I had already gathered it while working for Yia Su, a successful travel service for those who want to plan their trip to Athens. What was most challenging to me was bringing this book to life.

English is my second language, so proofreading was essential. And maps; non travel guide should be published without maps in it.

I struggled to find a solution and by the time I hit a desperation point, there was a revelation:

I had never heard of Fiverr before until I came across one of my Twitter friends tweet. That was it. Now I wasn’t only able to hire skilled proof-readers and I also could work with talented map creators! And that happened only a month ago.

As soon I got my stuff proof-read and my maps created, all I had to do was convert my files into a PDF file. I created my booklet using Microsoft Publisher. All I had to do was to click the “File” tab and choose “Save As.” That displayed the “Save As” dialog. After I gave a name to my file, I clicked “OK” and that was it.

I’m not a US resident and that means getting published on Amazon or Barnes and Noble would be time consuming. There are several actions I have to do in order to create an author account and I have to double check my options.

That’s why I decided to start my self-publishing career in the most humble way. I listed my ebook on Yia Su Etsy shop. You can check it if you click on this link:


City Break in Athens, is live and right is all that matters to me. I’ve taken my first step into self-publishing industry. The road I have to travel is long and the possibility of failure has been always hiding around the corner.

But if I don’t take my chances, I’ll never know what’s the destination of this trip…

November 10, 2013

Rituals of Hospitality : Ornamented Trays of the 19th Century in Greece and Turkey

by Penny BroJacquie

This is an exhibition I visited today and I found it quite interesting!

Yia Su!



This The Benaki Museum exhibition focuses on a group of fascinating, multi-faceted 19th century objects from the field of the decorative and applied arts: the ornamented trays produced during the Indian summer of the japanning industry in Europe, which are today prized treasures of private and museum collections in Greece and Turkey.



Once an essential part of the rituals of daily life in the Ottoman empire and the newly founded Greek Kingdom – the serving of coffee and syrupy ‘spoon’ sweets but also the elaborate rituals of hospitality enacted over the partaking of meals – these objects, hitherto unpublished and under-researched, are laden with the complex socio-cultural history of their times.




This exhibition aims at an inter-disciplinary reading which looks into their iconography and function, the techniques of manufacture and places of production, the commercial routes that brought these coveted wares to the ‘east’ and the homes of…

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October 17, 2013

Monastiraki Sp with the famous flea market

by Penny BroJacquie

Monastiraki (which means little monastery) is a flea market neighbourhood in the old town of Athens, Greece, and is one of the principal shopping districts in Athens. The area is home to clothing boutiques, souvenir shops, and speciality stores, and is a major tourist attraction in Athens and Attica for bargain shopping. The area is named after Monastiraki Square, which in turn is named for the Pantanassa church monastery that is located within the square. The main streets of this area are Pandrossou Street and Adrianou Street.


When you get out of the Metro station “Monastiraki”, there is a sign that says “Athens Flea Market”. It’s actually a small winding street. There are shops on both sides of the street shelling running shoes, men/ladys outfits, and tourist stuff.

A few meters further lies a small square lined with antique shops mostly furniture themed. There are a lot of booths and second-hand “fleas”. There are also quite a few leather/fur stores . The winding street actually continues on the other side of the Metro station square.

 Photos provided by Pyksida ©

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May 25, 2013

Boukamvilias in Greece

by Penny BroJacquie


Bougainvillea also known as “napoleón” in Honduras, Veranera in Colombia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama, “trinitaria” in Colombia, Cuba, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic & Venezuela, “santa rita” in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay or “papelillo” in northern Peru is called “boukamvilia” in Greece. They are popular in central and south parts of Greece where the climate is warm.

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October 16, 2012

Ticket to… Chatsworth House

by Penny BroJacquie

Chatsworth House is a stately home in North Derbyshire, England.

It is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire, and has been home to his family, the Cavendish family, since Bess of Hardwick settled at Chatsworth in 1549.

Chatsworth House appeared in the 2005 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” and it was also used in “The Duchess”.

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September 11, 2012

Plitvice Lakes National Park

by Penny BroJacquie

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. It is located in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO .

Sixteen lakes are located in the Plitvice National park as a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. All those lakes are interconnected and they follow the water flow. They are separated by natural dams of travertine, which is deposited by the action of moss, algae, and bacteria.

The name Plitvice was first mentioned in a written document in 1777 by Dominik Vukasović, the priest of Otočac. In Croatian pličina (or plitvak, plitko) means shallow and “Plitvice” was a reference to the shallow basins filled with water that are formed throughout the Park and have created the lakes.

The national park became famous during the 1960s and 1970s as it was the scenery in several Western film productions of Karl May novels.

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August 24, 2012

Kallimarmaron Stadion

by Penny BroJacquie

The Panathinaiko Stadion, also known as the Kallimarmaro Stadion, is an athletic stadium in Athens that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.  

Reconstructed from the remains of the ancient Greek stadium, the Panathinaiko is the only major stadium in the world built entirely of white marble (from Mount Penteli) and one of the oldest stadiums in the world.

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July 17, 2012

Hydra, a rocky island

by Penny BroJacquie

Hydra is a rocky island and it is separated from the Peloponnesus by narrow strip of water. In ancient times it was called Hydrea (derived from the Greek word for water) as a reference to the springs on it.

You won’t see any motor vehicles on the island as only rubbish trucks are allowed. Public transportation is provided by donkeys, bicycles, and water taxis. Hydra is reached from Piraeus by high speed hydrofoils, catamarans and ferry boats. It is also connected by ferries to Aegina, Poros, Spetses, Nafplion and Monemvasia. On weekends Hydra is full of tourists as it is a favourite weekend destination of the Athenians.

You can visit the Manors and the Museums, walk through the picturesque paths and swim in rocky beaches such as Hydronetta, Avlaki, Kamini and Spilia. Any other beach is reachable only by sea transportation.

The main town is simply known as “Limani” (aka port) and it is the island’s gateway to the world. Bastions with cannons lie on both sides of the port. They were used to protect the city from attacks.

The town of Hydra is built amphitheatrically inside a close cove and it is surrounded by huge rocks. A strand of restaurants, shops, markets, and galleries lead up to steep stone streets and outwards from the harbour area.

The astonishing manors are the jewels of Hydra. Once mansions of the captains with significant role in the War of Independence, they are mostly used nowadays as Museums. On the left-hand side of the harbour the Tsamadou mansion is standing. It now hosts a Maritime Academy and the Tombazi mansion is part of the School of Fine Arts.

Mansions as those of Lazarus and George Kountouriotis, Boudouri, Kriezi, Voulgari, and Miaouli now contain collections of 18th Century local furniture. The Lazarus Kountouriotis mansion operates as extension branch of the National Museum of History.

At the eastern side of the port, one can see the statue of Andreas Miaoulis. Miaoulis was an admiral and politician who commanded Greek naval forces during the Greek War of Independence (1821-1829).

Many movies have been shoot in Hydra. The most famous of them was “Boy on a Dolphin” (1957) with Sophia Loren starring in it. A statue with the same theme is there to remind of the film.

December 9, 2011

Vienna is magic…

by Penny BroJacquie

… especially during the Christmas time!

More feedback to come soon!


November 8, 2011

Santorini underwater

by Penny BroJacquie
 Santorini is a Greek island located in the southern Aegean Sea and it is the remnant of a volcanic caldera.

Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic explosion, known as the Minoan eruption: one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history which is estimated to have occurred in the mid second millennium BCE. Not only the nearby Minoan settlement at Akrotiri was devasted but it is believed that it had a catastrophic impact to the Minoan population on Crete.

Some scientists also believe that the eruption caused significant climatic changes in the Northern Hemisphere and there is evidence indicating that from China to California.

it has been speculated that Santorini inspired Plato’s story of Atlantis, the legendary island which sank into the ocean “in a single day and night of misfortune”.

The most recent eruption recorded in 1950. Since then the volcano has been quiescent.

Scuba diving in waters like that wouldn’t be more challenging. Vassilis Kouloumperis and some friends of him took this challenge, they went underwater and the slideshow above is the result of their adventure.

Click here to start the slideshow

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