Cobalt Blue Dreams in Ouranoupoli

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♫ ♪ Fiona Apple - Pure Imagination 

My vacation at Halkidiki was only for 5 damn days, but the trip’s memories are a monopolizing theme in my mind, especially now – exams period-. The sea near Ouranoupoli is in my top list of idyllic cobalt blue waters. Also, in the term of “total relaxation holidays” these 5 days should be mentioned. They place that we were staying is an excellent example of an austere place, swamped with olive trees and

century cactus, in total harmony with the nature. Its name and aesthetics recall the monastic communities. The only difference; they don’t have beds with fancy mosquito nets.

If Skites is something that you would consider make sure to book the rooms with the sea view, drinking coffee on their wooden balconies with such a view would be bliss.

You can found more about that vacation, here –sunsets at Skites- and here – upside down world project.

Photos taken at: Skites hotel - bungalows

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At the border with holy mount Athos

At the border with holy mount Athos

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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!

It's All About Viewing Angles

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♫ ♪ Arcade Fire - Reflektor

All depends on your point of view. The fact that you and me watch something, doesn't mean necessarily that we see indeed the same things. "Change your point of view and the world will change with you", haven't you heard of that? Totally irrelevant but I wanted to tell it. Anyway, in these photos (oh my, we had so much fun shooting them) I go with the really literal translation of the angles thing. In Halkidiki, in Ouranoupoli ( which means the City in the Sky by the way ) it's the best place to think about viewing perspectives. Sincerely really.

Photos taken at: Skites hotel - bungalows

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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 Day's Last Sound

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♫ ♪ Brian Hyland - Sealed with a Kiss

This magical moment. For that pico amount of time everything stays quiet and still, like all the nature holds its breath. The sun makes the last inspection for the day, before withdrawing to another exotic places.  As soon as the splashes of pink and red make their appearance, everyone knows; the boiling giant is gone. And life returns back to its playful and roaring routine. 

Photos taken at: Skites hotel - bungalows

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(See more of this trip's: cobalt blue waters and different angles)

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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!

One of the last Shipyards

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In our way to Ouranoupoli, Halkidiki we made a stop in one of the three remaining shipyards of Ierissos, in Chalkidiki to admire the entirely by wood handmade boats that are dying a few meters away from their natural environment. The boundaries of sky and sea. The vast blue in which they used to sail.

"The job of the shipbuilder is laborious and requires precision and knowledge. The Craftsman measures, cambers and cuts the wood and then he stabs the boat. For the side planks, he uses clamps and he ties the ship's skeleton with large rivets. In the end, the joints are closed with caulking and the sealing will follow. The painting is the ship's regular maintenance and after many years we will make a total maintenance. After twenty or thirty years, the nails are oxidized by the saltiness and the ship needs a total new nailing, all from scratch. The wood that it is mostly used is pine, set in resin and it stands really well. To answer the question of wood or acrylic, I will say that wood is not only cheaper, but more reliable for sailing too.", says Mr. Vlachos, one of the last few, who continues a long maritime tradition.

See our entire trip and its palette of blue 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!

Shades of blue and green

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Skites Hotel, Ouranoupoli, Halkidiki, Greece

From the lab's heat wave, to the sky and sea frontier. xo, from the sunny Halkidiki

{ all photos from my mobile phone, wait for more soon }

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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!