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Five unusual things to do in Stockholm

I’ve been following the @sweeden account in Tweeter. What makes it interesting is a different citizen takes over Sweden’s official Twitter account every week. A couple of week’s ago, I’ve met on Twitter Xue Mei Rhodin who was handling Sweden’s account and asked gave me 5 unusual reasons to visit Stockholm.

1. Go to Fraulein Frauke: a huge burlesque club every other month in one of the oldest venues in Stockholm. Everyone dresses up after a theme, like “below the sea”, and they fly in cabaret, burlesque and acrobats from around the world. It’s very modern, feministic, HBTQ friendly and with amazing music and amazing party guests.

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2. Eat the Västerbotten Buffet at the Grand Hotel, a luxury buffet completely dedicated to the Swedish cheese Västerbotten cheese.

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3. Go to Vitabergsparkens Dog Park at 13:00 on Sundays and watch 50-100 French bulldogg, pugs and bulldogs play together at the French bulldog meet up.

French bulldog meetup. The white one in front is Xue Mein's Alaska.

French bulldog meetup. The white one in front is Xue Mei’s Alaska.

4. Eat blueberry pie at night at Cafefatoljen until 11 p.m. With the rest of the Stockholmers. It’s the only café where Stockholmers have this tradition.

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5. Rent a boat, go out to any small island without a house on it and occupy it for the day. It’s called Allemansratten here in Sweden. The law that let’s us be pretty much everywhere. Bring champagne, books and a blanket.

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“These 5 unusual things to do in Stockholm is something me and my friends do regularly! It’s all very special experiences. Some are expensive, some are free, but they’re all very specific to Stockholm :)”

Thank you Xue Mei. Tack Sweden!

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Porto’s little treasures

Portugal is little a pearl. A shell hiding a precious jewel. A surprise. People usually associate this country with the Mediterranean sea, but all its beauty it’s hidden in the mainland.

And at the city of Porto.

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I’m not going to describe the beauty of Porto’s scenery, nor the impressive buildings, nor the wineries. But I’m going to give you some tips of nice places that are not necessarily a touristic attraction. Little city details that make a difference.

Click on the pictures to find comments and info.

Gaia

One of the best walks in town. It gives you a panoramic view of the city.

Rua des Flores

A pedestrian street that has everything from jewelry shops to antique bookstores, bars and restaurants. Click on the photos for info.

My other pics:

  • Cantina 32: A restaurant with a wonderful atmosphere and recomended food. Must make reservations well in advance. Mexican, mediterranean and portuguese food. Info: Cantina 32
  • Vintage bookstore: Chamine de Mota. Info: Chamine da Mota

Area around the University 

Best to visit at night, this area is lively with young people, restaurants and bars. I went to Reitoria restaurant for tapas and wine. The food is smart and tasty, the crown young and relaxed and the people who work there friendly. I liked their french fries and foccacias, served at their cute little yard. The atmosphere has a brazilian flavor. Upstairs there is a chic steak restaurant that I would like to go too.

Oliva & Co

Being Greek, this place made me feel jelous. It’s an olive oil boutique, sellin specialized olive products like it’s caviar. I did not check the prices but most things in Portugal are not expensive. It also organizes olive testing events and has an area serving food delights. Info: Rue Ferreira Borges no. 60, Oliva & Co

Cafe Majestic

Residential life

The Atlantic Ocean

I’ve visited Portugal three times. Porto place I look forward to visit again.

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All about buttons in Paris

Buttons are the essence of a garment. They demonstrate elegance. Only quality clothes have quality buttons. It’s all about details. So I was very interested in this special exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts (Musee des Arts Decoratifs) when my friend Sophie suggested to go there. It was a compact story of buttons, art and fashion in France, beginning in the 18th century. It’s amazing to see the progress and the influences of fashion in clothes, shoes, gloves and much more.

Asian influence in the 20s

Asian influence in the 20s

Buttons boxes in the beginning of the century

Buttons boxes in the beginning of the century

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Coco Chanel button coat

Coco Chanel button coat

Chanel model in the 80s

Chanel model in the 80s

About the museum and About the exhibition

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Tel Aviv walks

Rebecca Camhi and Tamuz Nissim talk and walk in an amazing city

Photo by R. Camhi

Photo by R. Camhi

Tamuz walks and talks…

My favorite place to walk around in Tel Aviv is Rotchild bv’. It’s fun to walk or bike because I always meet so many people I know, and most important, I get this feeling of freedom, that everything is possible, doesn’t matter what I wear or do I’m welcome, not matter if my mood is good or bad, after a bit I just want to smile.

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It’s an artistic, open minded, free spirit feeling.

Tel Aviv is small, it’s easy to walk everywhere. I walk by the water, from Tel Aviv to Jaffa, sometimes deeping my feet in, sometimes walking on the hill above the sea, watching the waves crushing on the rocks. Letting my thoughts go out of my mind, join the soft wind and become one with the sea. I have in my mind the song Alfonsina, Chava Albershtain version with hebrew lyrics.

Arriving to Jaffa, walking to the old port, now it has trendy cafe’s, I also liked it before when it had only some fractures of old boats and one fish restaurant. After walking up to the park of the old city, watching the Andromeda rock, hearing the muezzin from the near mosque, seeing a church, a synagogue, tourist taking photos by the small napoleon statues. I used to live in Jaffa, in the alleys of the flea market. I love Jaffa. When you live there you really know your neighbors, you help each other… like in the old days, like in a village.

My personal landmark for this city is, well, again I have two. First one is the Bialik Square. This beautiful street (where my family used to live) with all the bauhaus and eclectic buildings, Bialik Cafe where I used to perform, the Rubin museum, and in the square: Bialik (famous poet) house, the music library and the first municipality house of Tel Aviv. In this square used to be a beautiful small fountain with mosaic but they changed it. When I was a high school student I used to take my dog Peter for a walk to the near Meir Garden. On the way back I alway sat in Bialik sq’ just to watch the people passing by.

The second that comes in my mind is the Shalom building (Migdal Shalom), I don’t know why , it’s an ugly building with offices, where you go to get your ID or passport. For some time it was the tallest building in Israel then they built Azrieli. It is near Neve Tsedek and has nice view of the city. It stands where the Gimnasia Herzelia (the first hebrew high school) used to be. It was a beautiful building with historical value but they put it down. (I think now they regret it…) Whenever I walk by there I think of Meir Ariael’s tune “Tsedek Tsedek tirdof” (Justice, justice shall you pursue! ask for peace and chase it”) that mentions the building as well as the people the street and the building was named by.

עוד כמה זמן? קשה להשיב…

מי שמתייאש ילך לתל אביב

היא תיתן לו שרותי הזייה על המקום

כמו מים בנווה צדק, צל ממגדל שלום

זה מגדל שלום על צומת הרצל אחד העם

(שאגב היו מתנגדים מאוד גדולים בשעתם)

“For how long ? it’s hard to say. who ever feels despair should go to Tel Aviv, she will give him hallucination services on the spot. like water in Neve Tsedek. Like shadow from Migdal shalom. It’s Migdal shalom on the corner of Herzel and Ehad Ha’am (that were both against it at their time).”

Photo by R. Camhi

Photo by R. Camhi

What makes the city different is the people! You can really find people of all shapes and colors. You can be who you are and do what you want. People are friendly, helpful, open minded. It has a lot of art – music – amazing jazz scene and concerts, indie music, dance, theatre, underground culture, cafes and restaurants.

My first concert in Tel Aviv was in a cafe in Shenkin st. I was 15 or 16 and didn’t want my parents to come to the concert ,so that they won’t embarrass me in front of the band members or the cafe owners. (It sounds silly, but I just didn’t want to feel like a little girl). Some years later, a friend of mine mentioned that my parents were there, listen to the whole concert while hiding behind a bush in the garden across the road. My friend passed by there coming to the cafe, they said hello and ask her not to tell me they are there! She only told me 3 or 4 years after. Looking back was great having them there!

Tel Aviv is home. As simple as that. And there is no place like home.

Rebecca walks…

It is a city where people live mostly out doors – all you see everywhere is kids and bicycles couples and babies teenagers gorgeous girls and boys sitting in cafes eating out strolling parks and streets – you almost think like they lived as if there was no tomorrow. The weather is mild to warm almost all year round. And the food is delicious everywhere.

It is great to spend a day or two in Jaffa to look at the flea market and the stylish shops, although they are pretty expensive for Greek standards. I love just walking bare foot along the super soft sandy beach and maybe sit at one of the cafes to have some junk food.

But Rebecca loves good food and strongly recommends Abraxas North restaurant. I see the photos and want to book a ticket just to go there.

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Tamuz Nissim is a Jazz singer, songwriter and pianist, born in Tel Aviv. She travels between Greece, Israel, Holland and New York. Tamuz was chosen as a semi finalist at the “Riga Jazz Stage Vocal Competition” 2015. For her upcoming concerts with Giorgos Nazos and Tamuz Nissim trio in NY city click here.

Rebecca Camhi is the founder and director of Rebecca Camhi Gallery. For almost 20 years the gallery has been promoting and showing international artists, including Nan Goldin, Nobuyoshi Araki, Julian Opie, Ross Bleckner, Sean Landers, Rita Ackermann, Guy Limone, Tracey Moffatt, Bill Owens, Philip Taaffe, Sylvie Fleury, Karen Kilimnik, Lily Ludlow, as well as representing well-known Greek artists in the international arena such as Konstantin Kakanias, Deanna Maganias, Takis, Angelo Plessas, Mantalina Psoma and Nikos Alexiou. About Rebecca Camhi Gallery

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Svalbard: The 80th parallel

On summer 2002 my friend Elizabeth and I had the unique opportunity not only to visit Norway but to go to the remote island of Svalbard. It’s the last inhabited place in Europe that’s so close to the North Pole, on the 80th parallel.

Outside the airport

Outside the airport

Now Svalbard is in the news because of the recent solar eclipse.

It must have been an amazing phenomenon.

It must have been an amazing phenomenon.

I’m not going to give you a full account of our trip this time. But I’m going to share with you some photos of the trip. The quality may not be that great because they ‘re prints, photographed again with my iPhone.

“Pyramid” near the old Russian mines.

Careful of the bears sign.

Careful of the bears sign.

They may look wild but they are tender and caring.

They may look wild but they are tender and caring.

After a trip in the cold, we went inside a hat with a fireplace where they served us hot chocolate.

After a trip in the cold, we went inside a hat with a fireplace where they served us hot chocolate.

My best memories:

  • A boat trip to the Russian mines, watching the midnight sun
  • Sleight with Russian Huskies
  • Trekking trying to avoid polar bears
  • Hot chocolate inside a hat, after an excursion during a cold day
  • Wearing heavy clothing to avoid freezing on August 15
  • Sauna at Radisson hotel
  • A glass of dark bear in the only local bar. A woman wearing a cowboy hat.
  • The feeling that the Russians were there while they were not any more.
  • The wonderful table set for us by Elizabeth’s friend who lived in Svalbard. A large collection of cheeses, cold cuts, all sorts of bread and grapes. Can’t forget that generosity.

About Svalbard

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Why I love Free Thinking Zone

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My favorite bookstore in Athens

  1. Because it is a home for books. Home is where the heart is. And that’s where the heart of its owner is.
  2. It has the best selections of different kind of books. And in good prices.
  3. It’s the only bookstore in the city (as far as I know), where I can sit comfortably in a Chesterfield sofa, drink a warm cup of tea and read a book. And I can listen to quality music.
  4. The owner, Areti Georgili, organizes a series of discussions, debates, lectures on different interesting subjects, where I get the opportunity to listen to and meet amazing people.
  5. It’s right at the border line between Exarchia and Kolonaki.

For me, it is Kreutzberg right in the hear to DDR.

Info: Free Thinking Zone

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Ταξιδεύοντας στην Αθήνα το Χειμώνα

Μικρές καθημερινές χαρές στην πόλη
 
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Πηγαίνοντας στο κομμωτήριο ανακάλυψα τη Σοκολάτα. Την υγρή μορφή της γεύσης που με τρελλαίνει. Το συμπαθέστατο, ζεστό καφέ στη γωνία Βουλής και Απόλλωνος. Τις ευγενικές κυρίες που τρέχουν να με εξυπηρετήσουν, γιατί πάντα πηγαίνω βιαστική να μην αργήσω στο ιερό ραντεβού μου στο κομμωτήριο του Μιχάλη Ανουσάκη.

Έχω καθιερώσει το ζεστό ρόφημα σοκολάτας με τη βαφή μαλλιών, καστανά σκούρα και αυτά. Μάλιστα, μία φορά που δεν είχα προλάβει να πάρω, η Μαριάννα μου λέει “πού είναι η σοκολάτα σας;”

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Ανάμεσα στις διάφορες γεύσεις της μοναδικής Valhrona διαλέγω πάντα την bitter με πορτοκάλι.

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Μια φορά το μήνα προσφέρω αυτή την πολυτέλεια στον εαυτό μου, περιποίηση και ομορφιά σε ένα κομμωτήριο με ποιότητα και ωραία ατμόσφαιρα μαζί με ένα ζεστό φλυτζάνι πλούσιας σοκολάτας.

Ωραίο όσο το σεκσ.

Info: Σοκολάτα καφέ διεύθυνσηΚομμωτήριο Μιχάλης Ανουσάκης

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