Last week I went to Athens in a business trip, accompanying a group of fashion journalists at Media Day Tommy Hilfiger Fall16, and yes, the time spent in this ancient city since the landing and until take-off was exactly 30 hours.
Little or much, is debatable and depends from what angle you look at it, therefore I invite you to go together through the 30 hours, and then decide.
The first stop was in Tommy Hilfiger’s showroom, where the entire #TommyFall16 Collection was revealed by an authentic navy decor, reproducing Tommy Hilfiger’s catwalk set-up from New York Fashion Week.
Following the next business target, we took a respiro moment at Pastis Brasserie terrace to enjoy some tasty traditional Greek dishes.
The night came with a business dinner at The House Project-Balux Café, one-of-a kind destination in the Northern part of Athens, placed on the beach, with a great view over the sea. I enjoyed the decor concept, kind of playful mixed with traditional and bohemian.
Mornings are my favorite part of the day and this time, as usually, I gave a round on the streets surrounding the hotel, charging myself with the local normality of brightly colored bougainvillea or the effervescence of little local market.
Then, the road to the next business objective passed by an absolutely gorgeous building, that I learned to be the Numismatic Museum, which I’d like to visit at length in a future trip. Until then, let’s have a quick info about. The three-story mansion was built in 1838 for archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, who is credited with discovering Troy, and is formally known as Iliou Melathron / Palace of Troy. It was the most magnificent private residence in Athens and is considered to be architect Ernst Ziller’s finest piece of work. The building harmoniously combines Italian Renaissance elements with features of Athenian neoclassicism, surrounded by a 800 square meters garden, an excellent outdoor choice for a coffee or cold beverage.
Exiting the final business task from Attica Mall, I felt in love at the very first sniff on Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Sea Salt divine fragrance and then went on to Acropolis, (UNESCO World Heritage Site), to finish the 30 hours Greek journey near this hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings such as the colonnaded Parthenon temple.
And, fortunately for me, as home & deco avid traveler and lover of old buildings, on the path surrounding Acropolis, I found the most beautiful houses from Athens, with plenty of architectural and design precious details 😉
À très bientôt, j’espère, Athènes!
Photo credits: greece-is.com, cutand-dry.blogspot.com, milkteef.com, Carmen Negoita, personal archive Ruxandra Chiurtu