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HIT LIST 2015 – JANUARY

I have to start with the launching of a life time plan, the LOVE FLORIS CONCIERGE experience!

A project dedicated to offer a unique experience to those searching a relaxing holiday combined with Greece’s natural beauties exploration of cultural wealth, both ancient and modern. LOVE FLORIS vacationing scheme designed to provide exclusivity, authenticity and high quality services.

The person who made this concept a reality is my daughter Vivia, for whom I am extremely proud of her endeavors.

A close to heart project that I took over for LOVE FLORIS CONCIERGE was the creation of a calendar, an ode to ancient Greek gods and the equivalent contemporary  Hollywood ones.

This project could not be complete without the efforts and talent of the LOVE FLORIS wonderful girls.

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HIT LIST 2015 – APRIL

The girls decided, that location scouting for “Love Floris” at the Cycladic islands during Greek Easter season, was ideal and they were right!

The trip started with Santorini, a beautiful island with impressive folk traditions, as well as recipes to die for!!

 

Holy Week in Orthodox Christianity is the week immediately before Easter. It is the last week of the 40 day Lent that leads to Easter Sunday, the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Here are some highlights of our great trip and some of our traditions:

Eggs are dyed red in a big pot and then shined with olive oil, on Good Thursday, symbolizing the blood of Christ.

On Holy Saturday after the celebration of the resurrection at midnight, people “use” the red eggs by trying to smash the “opponent’s” one, before peeling them off to eat them, the breaking of the egg symbolizes the breaking of Jesus’s tomb stone!

Easter sweet cookies /(kulurakia), another culinary tradition, are offered in every house, accompanying Greek coffee or sweetening breakfast time!

Spending “Good Friday” at Pirgos in Santorini was an unforgettable experience.

The mourning day of Jesus’s crucifixion, was commemorated with fires lit in metal baskets decorating the ledges of every house, offering a magnificent view in the evening.

The ‘Love Floris’ ladies pay their respect to the icon of the crucified Jesus, the smell of the Epitaph lilacs in the church was surrounding them.

Last but not least the experience of tasting a unique traditional pastry, “melitini”, in a cozy ( reminding the old times) local café at Kasteli, with the personal touch of Ms. Nafsika Lagada.

 

Ios was next, were we visited Vaso and her dynamic group of people.

They took us to all the beautiful sights, including Agalia (Hug) and Pathos (Passion), loving every moment of it!!

 

Our final location was Sifnos, were the weather was not that friendly but the people made up for it!

Marina Vernicos, a dear friend, of whom we have seen great work through her photographic lenses, graciously welcomed us in her home for a wonderful dinner.

That night was full of surprises with the epitome Takis Zacharatos, an old friend that I hadn’t seen for a very long time!!

We enjoyed every moment of our time there, what a beautiful island with my favorite spot being, a small church called Panagia Poulati.

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HIT LIST 2015 – JULY

July

Was a very exciting month, since we welcomed the Kindler family as our First “Love Floris” luxurious tour guests.
One of my favorite memories was, when I had the pleasure of giving cooking lessons to the children, teaching them how to make greek delicious stuffed tomatoes and traditional spinach pie, at the Arresana Hotel in Santorini.
We also had a magnificent night at the Herodion Theater where we heard Alkisti Protopsalti sing Ave Maria, what a voice!
And that was not all, we cruised the Aegean with the Aqua to so many islands. I will not forget the amazing service from the crew on board, they were wonderful!

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Holy Week in Greece!

Holy Week in Christianity is the week immediately before Easter. Is the last week of the 50 days Lent that leads to Easter Sunday and the resurrection of Jesus Christ (of our souls, dreams and spirits)!

This year the Love Floris’ ladies spent it in the Greek islands! Here are some highlights of our great trip and some of our traditions:

Easter eggs dyed red on Good Thursday “Maundy Thursday” symbolize the blood of Christ. They are dyed in a big pot and then shined with olive oil. Following the Easter Tradition , on Holy Saturday’s midnight people in pairs hold an egg in their hand and hit it to their partners’s one to break it, before peeling them off to eat them! Saying at the exact moment of the “crush” that Jesus has resurrected!

Easter sweet cookies /(kulurakia)! A unique taste for both the eyes and the mouth! Can be offered in every house, accompanying Greek coffee or sweetening breakfast time!

Spending “Good Friday” at Prirgos in Santorini was an unforgettable experience. The mourning day of Jesus crucifixion commemorated with fires lit in metal baskets decorating the ledges of every house, offering magnificent view in the evening. The Love Floris’ ladies pay their respect to the icon of the crucified Jesus, felt the smelling surroundings of the Epitaph lilacs in the church. Afterwards tasted traditional pastry “melitini”, in a cozy (and reminding old times) local café at Kasteli, with the personal touch of Ms. Nafsika Lagada.

 

 

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Love Floris is your passport to the very best of Greece and the Mediterranean.

A different kind of concierge travel service, offering customized luxury getaways with a unique style for every kind of traveler — love birds, families, surfers, beach bums, epicureans, history buffs, culture nerds, nature lovers and more.

To Love Floris, your journey is an art form. It’s travel design team begins with a blank canvas and creates a richly textured, personalized and private expression of your interests and desires. Art, in the form of an itinerary, comes to life to create a beautiful and unique journey.

Love Floris is the brainchild of its founder and director, Vivia, an internationally renowned creator of extraordinary luxury experiences.

Vivia is the creative director of Floris Special Events NY and Floris Special Events 2 Athens and a specialist in designing and producing unique events all over the world.

With Love Floris, Vivia brings her passion and expertise to the world of customized travel, sharing her love of Greece with travelers who are looking for special experiences.

So, go ahead — indulge yourself. Let them help you discover the hidden treasures of Greece and the Mediterranean with a customized experience that is unique to you.

At Love Floris, your wish is their command!