Sunrise above Guadalquivir in Seville

Sunrise above Guadalquivir in Seville

Hey guys, I'm back from my Iberian Peninsula tour with so many memories of everlasting beauty, tastes and more than 2500 photos (I beat my records!) to sort and organize.

So here we start with -oh my beloves- Seville. We were so lucky to stay just above the Guadalquivir's banks, right in the heart of the historic center. However, this dawn could make itself the redemption of our stay all by itself. And I I am so grateful of that hidden inner strength, which lifted me off the fluffy duvets despite the exhaustion of many hours of travel that begged for more sleep. And that's how I managed to capture all this beauty through its reflections and pastel colors.

The river, a non-wavy, eerie sky's extension. Really gorgeous times.

Sunrise above Guadalquivir in Seville
Sunrise above Guadalquivir in Seville
Sunrise above Guadalquivir in Seville

And here's a little video too, cause taking only pictures of this sunrise wouldn't be enough at all:

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Spain & Portugal here we come!

Packing my suitcase once again, but this time (after Bremen) I go south! I go for a tour to the Iberian Peninsula. To be more precise the plan says: Barcelona- Seville- Córdoba- Porto- Lisbon and back home! I'm so excited, Ican'tbelieveIamindeedgoingthere!

Leaving on Sunday, but what are 3 more days when you have such a trip waiting you behind the corner, JIZ IT'S HAPPENING FOR REAL GUYS.

So I pre-wrote some extra posts to keep you busy the next 2 weeks while I will live it up in Spain & Portugal. Make sure to check my Instagram and Facebook for peaks at my trip. Also if you know hot places to visit in these cities please let me know in the comments below.

You are the best, cya.

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

On my Way to Bremen & some Love Links

As you are reading this post, I will be on my way to Bremen (yay!), for a quick trip. If you have been in Bremen before and know the best places around don't hesitate to share them with me in the comments below.

As this is a 100% pleasure trip, I will be able to share with you bits and bytes of the city on my Instagram (new account, consider to follow), Twitter and Facebook account. Make sure to check. :) And when I will be back, you will have your traditional extensive list of go-to places.

 

Until then check my week's great findings:

:: The news of 4,7 billion years or how the scientists saw gravitational waves from the Big Bang. In other words, we have evidence that it really happened.

:: The BEST adventure, fantasy and science magazine that you will find; the Dodo magazine.

:: Researchers at Sony - CSL in Paris have developed an online storytelling game through which they are conducting research. It is basically an online game of collaborative comic book writing. It is meant to be a fun experience and one which will help them better understand the creative mind.

:: Such a great article on how to stop procrastinating and start writing!

:: March's track addiction, True Detective's opening video is true art.

:: This guy will search around Africa stories that make you smile, wanna support him?

:: And this hilarious guy using Disney and Pixar character's voices to sing Frozen's "Let it Go"

 

That's all for now, have a great weekend my friends!

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

The Best Coffee Shops & Bistro in Lyon

overview of Lyon - France

So my friend Jul was in Lyon last semester for her Erasmus exchange program. After six months of living the city, I knew that I had to drop THE question; "Which are the best coffee shops and bistros in Lyon?"

Enjoy her extensive list.


Old buildings, paved roads, bicycles, polite and pleasant people and lots of artistic activity in the city that gave birth to the 7th Art .
 

  • Le little (6 Rue Bellecordière, 69002)

Only 5 minutes from Perrache, this "petit" gives you the opportunity to enjoy a bunch of cupcakes and a quick coffee before you take the bus, metro or tram right from the largest station in Lyon. Come here for framboise, spéculoos and carrot cupcakes or order a custom cake for the Saturday's birthday party .
 

  • Le Sucre (50 Quai Rambaud)

Next to the La Sucrière art gallery, from where you can go to the city's center by boat too, the "hype" term coincides with a place and this is Sucre. If you are a fan of that term and want to see the treasures that people can dig up out of the (many) secondhand shops or see live the most important releases of the electronic music scene, come here. You can drink a beer on the benches on its roof and if you happen to be here in spring check its flea market too. There you will be able to buy many handmade shirts and shave your mustache in vintage barber chair reminiscent. Oh! Don't forget to see Todd Terje, who plays on April 12th !

Inside L'epicérie

Inside L'epicérie

  • L'epicérie (2 Rue de la Monnaie, 69002)

If France is famous for something, that is its tarts.Do not leave Lyon without tasting the tarts of this sweet, taken from a movie, but not at all touristy bistrot. Accompany your coffee with its, always, fresh Speculoos cheesecake or with a praline tart, which is the area's specialité. However, if you've come for lunch try the chicken and vegetables tart or the salmon one that will surely reward you. Sit preferably in the large wooden table if you want to feel your company's vibe.

  • Boulangerie du Palais (8 Rue du Palais de Justice)

The less touristy brioche of your life in the most touristy are of the city. Here your patience after waiting in its endless rush hour queues will be rewarded. Just taste its traditional praline brioche, made by the genre's masters. If you happen to be in winter here, drink the corresponding pink drink and be convinced that French know about gastronomy.

Inside La poule au pot

Inside La poule au pot

  • La poule au pot (5 Rue de l'Arbre Sec)

Great cocktails and barmen plucked from another era, dressed in plaid shirts and suspenders. In this small, but special café/bar you never get enough of complimenting the incredible decor or its patrons' eccentric style or the, always there, film projection. If you want to see "Reservoir Dogs", eat appetizers made by the most high quality materials, dance non-stop at parties and to get ideas of how a tree can be beautifully decorate a wall, you are in the ideal place.

 

  • Le terrier du lapin blanc (37 Rue Imbert Colomes)

Delicious mulled wine, melted candles into bottles and delicious appetizers with stunning soundtrack on the background. Dark atmosphere and aesthetic, while the WC upstairs is a notes museum, from the customers that leave little notes here and there. Sit for hours here  and gaze confessions and dedications .

Inside   La Bicycletterie

Inside La Bicycletterie

  • La Bicycletterie (16 Rue Romarin, 69001)

If you have a bike ( a between us, if you are in Lyon you definitely have a bike) and you have just finished seeing the Musée des Beaux Arts come and check the place that defines itself as a cafe -boutique-atelier for bikes. The staff will fix your brakes and saddle, while you enjoy a coffee and think that life here in Lyon passes on bicycle wheels for sure. Like those hung from its walls. When leaving, make a stop right next to La Bicycletterie for an authentic , freshly baked American donut, in Hello Brooklyn.

Inside Crock 'n roll

Inside Crock 'n roll

Best coffee shops and bistro in Lyon - Crock 'n roll
  • Crock 'n roll (1 Rue Désirée)

Only two minutes away from Lyon's Opera House, you can taste the most delicious Crock Monsieur/Madame in all its variations, both savory and sweet, accompanied by salads and cool milkshakes. The shop organizes photography exhibitions and live music concerts and
painting almost permanently so it is, and it is considered as one of the most meticulous places of the city.

Inside Cafe Cousu

Inside Cafe Cousu

Best coffee shops and bistro in Lyon - Cafe Cousu
  • Cafe Cousu (Passage Thiaffait)

If you want to drink your coffee with distinctive tiles in the background and special tables, you're in the right place. Here you can read your book for hours and be certain that within two days the staff will know your preference in coffee, but also taste delicious brunches every Sunday. Go for your cigarette while holding your drink outside with a bunch of people, who will probably discuss the unique artworks on the walls and decide with them in which bar to go next. Vintage aesthetic in, perhaps, the most beautiful part of Lyon, in the Croix Rousse, just 5 minutes from Place des Terreaux.
 

  • Antiq' y thé (20 Rue Longue, 69001)

For the fans of tea and chocolate, the solution is this Salon de Thé. Two floors, the lower allows you the annotation of the passersby and the upper one offers you more privacy and quiet to enjoy beverages found only here. Find here the cutest teddies chocolate marshmallows, which are never enough. Maybe this place will be a favorite one of yours, consider it next time being here.

Inside Pola Cafe

Inside Pola Cafe

  • Pola Café (19 Rue René Leynaud)

Just opposite of the Cafe Cousu, for the fans of photography revives the beloved fιlm camera, which films compose the shop's price list with the extremely cheap coffee and the tables on the walkway. Too often interesting events are held here by the fully-informed owner, who is  always available to answer questions supply you with the impossible film, sold as many other accessories on the huge rainbow wall.

Inside Mokxa cafe

Inside Mokxa cafe

  • Mokxa café (3 Rue de l'Abbé Rozie)

Paved roads and a bunch of ateliers prepare your enter in the Croix Rousse. If you want to drink a delicious latte, served in special glass cups, to read, to do your assignment on your laptop and to eat the best carrot cake in town, come here. The huge glass windows allow you to look outside and when the weather allows it, there tables on the paved road outside as a good excuse for coffee in the sun. Do not forget that here you will find a table for many once in a blue moon, as this place is mainly for mainly for confiding secrets .

 

  • Bec de jazz (19 Rue Burdeau)

The stairs leading to rue Burdeau and the piano door, don't not prepare you not a million for the magical space indoors. The smokehouse that due to the absence of  loud music allows long conversations, accompanied by gallons of beer and the its stairs make it on the best places in the city. Every detail is meticulously edited and the music is always different keeping jazz, rock 'n roll rolling. At your first time there, it will be hard to resist not looking around all the time with the fear of losing a key detail, or stay motionless when everyone around you dances like there is no tomorrow. Sure, sooner or later someone unknown will pull and drag you with his dance moves. Often the owner goes to the piano and closed the evening with live tracks .

 

  • Absinthe (22 Rue de Flesselles)

Especially near the Bec de Jazz, and sometimes even stylistically, the Absinthe is a place that never stops to amaze you. See live concerts on weekdays and enjoy dj sets on weekends by people who play music with sunglasses, cowboy hats, wigs and theatricality confirming that here you can feel like home. Almost permanently, a football table is on site, making it easier to meet people, in a place that you will find yourself singing and hugging with people that you will never see in your life.

Best coffee shops and bistro in Lyon - Sonic
Best coffee shops and bistro in Lyon - Sonic
  • Sonic (4 Quai des Étroits)

Last but not least, Sonic. The floating paradise of live concerts, outward trans parties and especially extrovert people. With the dark 80s parties every Saturday to be a reason for a huge queue outside the bar.
Sonic will prove to you that every patron that respects himself and wants to have fun will dance like crazy in a boat that it's amazing how it does sink by the crazy dancing regulars on it, dressed in red by the melodies of New Order, Trisomie 21, Das Kabinette and KVB, will go up on stage and will make friends one night (or a life) and wait like crazy the Banana Split which almost always the soundtrack of the evening. And when the party is over, with open shirt and no shoes he will go up on deck to wonder how this place can ensure him that will give him the most special evening of his life.


So that's it guys! I hope you liked our list, If you are from Lyon or have been there before don't forget to share your favorite places too :)

If you want more voyage-dust, check here!

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Excursion to the Amari Village, on Psiloritis Mountains

Amari Village - Crete, Αμάρι Κρήτη.jpg

Some weekends are meant to be lazy ones; reading, favorite tv show and hot coffee by fireplaces and just that is enough. Some other times, when the every day's routine becomes a burden on your shoulders, you come up with a hidden desire to escape that couchpotato-ing weekend scenario and do something more, let's saying outgoing and energetic.

So, last weekend, 12 people and a furry little beast went up on the (Cretan) Psiloritis Mountain, in the tiny village of Amari to spend a challenging weekend. You know, keeping the fire burning 16hrs a day, hiking out in the wild beauty of Cretan mountains  and cooking for 12 people can be tricky sometimes. But, it went really marvelously well.

Χιονισμένος Ψηλορείτης - Snowy Psiloritis, Crete.jpg
Village Amari - Crete, Καμπαναριό Αμάρι Κρήτη.jpg
Village Amari - Crete, Αμάρι Κρήτη.jpg
Winter Oranges - Χειμερινά Πορτοκάλια.jpg
Amari Crete - Αμάρι Κρήτη.jpg
Amari Crete - Αμάρι Κρήτη.jpg
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Amari Crete - Αμάρι Κρήτη.jpg
Sunset Psiloritis - Ηλιοβασίλεμα στον Ψηλορείτη.jpg
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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Buda and Pest and Vice Versa

Buda's view, Budapest - Θέα της Βούδας, Βουδαπέστη

I promised to show you a quick photo diary of my trip in Budapest, so here it is . Many times I caught myself feeling that I was in a small Vienna’s version , but only a lot more sweet and romantic. Role that Budapest, actually, played during the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Also, I noted that each time you cross the Danube it feels like you change city. The Buda (on the west bank) and the Pest (on  the east) maintain their distinct character even today. In Buda you will see the are medieval palaces and castles and beyond them there are only woodsy hills. On the other side of the coin, in Pest is the new center of the city with the Parliament , the art nouveau buildings and most of the restaurants and cafes . And it's green green city. She is adorable with her little green dresses in the spring  and really stunning with her yellow-reddish ones in autumn too. Only her winter isn’t worth it, as she is swallowed by the Danube’s mists.

The city despite its beauty and grace brought on a little sadness off me. A ride on the not-so-touristy streets will reveal to you the wonderful, perfectly preserved Victorian-style houses’ facades that hide the empty , abandoned homes of the wartime . Something this felt like walking through huge, empty dollhouses, spooky.

 

But I'm not complaining, these 2 days in Budapest were a great piece of unforgettable ones.

 

St. Stephen's Basilica - Szent István Bazilika (Lipotvaros Region, Pest )

St. Stephen's Basilica - Szent István Bazilika (Lipotvaros Region, Pest )

Museum of Applied Arts // Iparmuveszeti Muzeum 

Museum of Applied Arts // Iparmuveszeti Muzeum 

Walking by Danube, Pest side

Walking by Danube, Pest side

Finding your way in Budapest - Βρίσκοντας τον δρόμο σου στην Βουδαπέστη
Buda palaces // Budavari Palota

Buda palaces // Budavari Palota

Buda palaces // Budavari Palota

Buda palaces // Budavari Palota

Pest's view from Buda's side

Pest's view from Buda's side

At Buda's Palace Gardens

At Buda's Palace Gardens

At Buda's Palace Gardens, Budapest - Στους κήπους των παλατιών της Βοθδας, Budapest
Buda's Palace Teleferik
Trevi's Well  (Buda Castles)

Trevi's Well (Buda Castles)

Fisherman's Bastion // Halaszbastya (Buda Castles)

Fisherman's Bastion // Halaszbastya (Buda Castles)

At Buda's Palace Gardens

At Buda's Palace Gardens

Budapest Parliament // Orszaghaz (Lipotvaros  Region, Pest)

Budapest Parliament // Orszaghaz (Lipotvaros  Region, Pest)

Going through Margaret Island // Margit-sziget in our lil' automobile

Going through Margaret Island // Margit-sziget in our lil' automobile

In Fatal restaurant enjoying quite-a-lot pea soup

In Fatal restaurant enjoying quite-a-lot pea soup

In Great Market Hall // Nagycsarnok  (Belvaros Region)

In Great Market Hall // Nagycsarnok  (Belvaros Region)

In the Baromfi Hentesaru (butcher shop with delicious cooked sausages take-away)

In the Baromfi Hentesaru (butcher shop with delicious cooked sausages take-away)

Nice kitchy tourist stuff at Great Market Hall // Nagycsarnok  (Belvaros Region)

Nice kitchy tourist stuff at Great Market Hall // Nagycsarnok  (Belvaros Region)

House of Terror Museum

House of Terror Museum

Darth Vader's everywhere!

Darth Vader's everywhere!

Labirinthus Castle Caves Museum (my friend is only 3m away and the visual contact is ...ehm... limited)

Labirinthus Castle Caves Museum (my friend is only 3m away and the visual contact is ...ehm... limited)

To Stay:

Wombats Hostel: THE hostel to stay at Budapest, to reminds nothing like some filthy, rat-holed hostels that I have seen, the beds are like sleeping in heaven - best sleep of my life, the breakfast great, the prices unbelievably low for what is offering; clean, friendly and cheap.

 

To Eat:

Fatal Restaurant (in an alley of Vaci utca): basement restaurant with hearty traditional food, exceptional dishes (beware: the have one little shop on the Vatci Utca for tourists and only, ask for a table in their basement reastaurant)

Gerbeaud cafe: most famous luxury café in city, make sure to try its specialty; Esterhazy

Cserpes Tejivo: the cutest little cafes, our everyday stop for brunch and coffee

Baromfi Hentesaru (right outside the Klinikak metro station, the metro station for the natural history museum): a butcher's shop that cooks right there for you its de-li-cious sausages, accompany them with bread, pickles and more  

 

To See & Do:

House of Terror Museum -Terror hasa: great museum dedicated to the victims of Nazism. the house used to be the headquarters of the Nazists and Communists the different periods of their stay in Budapest. the preserved suffocating dungeons and the torture cells are truly shocking, unfortunately photos are not allowed

Hungarian Natural History Museum - Magyar Termeszettudomanyi Muzeum (Belvaros Region)for the 2 tons whale skeleton and for a stunning coral reef of120sqm under the glass floor with 200 species of corals

Opera House - Magyar Allami Operahaz (Lipotvaros Region): not excessive prices, if you are a lover of classical music it is a good chance, if you are not, take a minute to check the inside of the opera house. majestic decoration

Margaret Island -Margit sziget: rent a bicycle-car (or a real golf car) to make a nice, athletic walk around it, in the summer the Sziget music festival is here too

Kiraly Baths - the oldest baths in city, affordable and relaxing at the same time (going to Budapest and not going to a bath its like committing a crime)

Labirintus Castle Caves Museum: network of caves used during the period communism as military hideouts, now hosts wax figures of important Hungarian historical events, a liiitle creepy

Nagycsarnok - The Great Market Hall (Belvaros Region): the great hall for everything from vegetables, meat, sweets, delicatessen, clothes and more

Vaci utca (Belvaros Region) - the-touristy-big-walk of your day

Andrassy ut.: charming avenue in patterns of Chaps-Elysees in Paris

Check also: Budapest General Info || All about transportations || City Festival Guide

So? Would you go to Budapest? :)

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!