Smile Restaurant • Athens

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Smile Restaurant - entrance
Smile Restaurant – entrance

Greek food is one of my favorites in the whole world. I simply love anything they make and when I went to Greece last year for almost two weeks I knew I would have a hard time to fit in every dish I wanted to try. 😀

To start our time in Athens, our first choice was Smile Restaurant, for an authentic mousaka and a gyro!

My order

Hubby and I had already in mind what each of us wanted for lunch, so our order was super straightforward.

  • To share: Greek salad – Tomato, cucumber, olives, capsicum, onion, feta cheese & capers.
  • Mine: Mousaka – Layer of eggplant, a layer of potato, minced beef, cream, and cheese.
  • Hubby: Pork gyros platter – with hot chips, tomato, onion, pita bread, and tzatziki dressing.
Greek salad - Tomato, cucumber, olives, capsicum, onion, feta cheese & capers.
Greek salad – Tomato, cucumber, olives, capsicum, onion, feta cheese & capers.
Mousaka - Layer of eggplant, layer of potato, minced beef, cream, and cheese.
Mousaka – Layer of eggplant, layer of potato, minced beef, cream, and cheese.
Pork gyros platter - with hot chips, tomato, onion, pita bread, and tzatziki dressing.
Pork gyros platter – with hot chips, tomato, onion, pita bread, and tzatziki dressing.

As we expected, everything was AMAZING! We loved every single dish, and that Greek salad was from heaven.

Actually, hands down for all the salads we had in Greece. It is impressive how these guys know how to make very good salads with simple ingredients. Keep tuned to my future posts about Greece and you will see what I’m talking about.

The verdict

It is a good place for authentic Greek food. Needless to say anything about the food, this is a very good spot in the middle of busy Athens. Staff is super friendly and understands English well.

Exact location: www.goo.gl/maps/mGEktoDyAdM2

More information: /www.smileathens.gr


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Greece.

My favorite restaurants in Barcelona – Spain 🇪🇸

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Barcelona was the greatest surprise I had during my holidays in Europe. Not only for the city itself but for all the food variety I could find there and here I decided to share with you my favorite spots to eat in Barcelona!

Shall we start?

Woki Organic Market
Very yummy healthy food options.

Mixed veggies, chicken, spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, thai dressing.
Mixed veggies, chicken, spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, thai dressing.

Reem Al Bawadi
Great Lebanese food in the middle of Barcelona.

Combinat Shish Taouk - Chicken skewers with hummus, mutabal, fatthoush, and falaffel.
Combinat Shish Taouk – Chicken skewers with hummus, mutabal, fattoush, and falaffel.

Restaurante Miño
THE BEST PAELLA EVER. No need for extra words here.

Paella Mixta - seafood and pork.
Paella Mixta – seafood and pork.

Teresa Carles Healthy Food
Good mix of modern Spanish cuisine and healthy food.

Verde que te quero verde risotto - Oat's risotto with spinach, green asparagus, zucchini, roquefort cheese, and grated lemon rind.
Verde que te quero verde risotto – Oat’s risotto with spinach, green asparagus, zucchini, roquefort cheese, and grated lemon rind.

Santa Anna Restaurante
In case you are not a seafood fan but would like to try a paella, this place serves very good chicken paellas.

Chicken paella - chicken, artichokes, peas, and green beans.
Chicken paella – chicken, artichokes, peas, and green beans.

You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Spain.

Travel itinerary • 4 days in Barcelona – Spain 🇪🇸

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Barcelona map
Barcelona map

Barcelona was the greatest surprise I had during my holidays in Europe. I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t have huge expectations and Barcelona was never on my bucket list of cities to visit one day. However, Hubby is a crazy soccer fan and this was a must place to go for him. So, why not?

To my surprise, I simply loved the city. Barcelona is modern and charming, super busy and extremely cosmopolitan. For me, the high point was all the cuisine varieties you could find, from every single place in the world. They are also in the healthy food trend, so I mean can’t complain at all.

But this is not all, the city is beautiful, their architecture is unbelievable, I was always walking looking to the buildings and all that mix between old, fashion, and modern architecture.

I had 4 amazing days there, which I’ll be happily sharing with you now.
If you want to get straight to the point, here you can get my Google Maps with all the main attractions conveniently marked for you.

Keep reading if you would also like an overview of these attractions.

Day 1

Mercado de La Boqueria
In case you’re a foodie like me, this is THE place to be. Stroll along a good number of stalls featuring local products and produce.

Mercado de La Boqueria
Mercado de La Boqueria

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Travel itinerary: Day trip to Girona, the city where Games of Thrones was filmed – Spain 🇪🇸

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Girona itinerary map
Everything you can do on a day trip to Girone!

When I decided to go to Spain last year, I was sure I wanted to visit one of those Medieval Spanish cities. Then after some research, I found Girona, and for my surprise, this wasn’t any medieval city, THIS WAS THE CITY WHERE GAME OF THRONES WAS FILMED! Yep, all in caps so I make my message very clear. lol

If I’m not mistaken most of all season 6 was filmed there. You get scenes from Bravos, Oldtown and Kings Landing. It was fantastic to stroll through all the streets and lanes from this place and remember of scenes from the show. You can check here my Google Maps with the main spots, plus some extra historical sites that Girona has.

What we did then

Plaça de la Independència
Very pleasant space on your way to the Medieval city, with many restaurants and cafes around. Perfect for a quick coffee before you go and explore the city.

Plaça de la Independència
Plaça de la Independència

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Rocambolesc Gelateria • Girona

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Rocambolesc Gelateria - entrance.
Rocambolesc Gelateria – entrance.

Rocambolesc is a very fun gelateria in Girona Spain. There is not only a great variety of different ice cream flavors (like asparagus) but also super cool popsicles with different shapes and flavors. They even have a Game Of Thrones themed option!

My order

For that hot summer day, these were our choices:

  • Strawberry and milk ice cream.
  • Hand – Blood Orange and Mango sorbet.
Strawberry and milk ice cream.
Strawberry and milk ice cream.
Hand - Blood Orange and Mango sorbet.
Hand – Blood Orange and Mango sorbet.

As you can see we played save flavor-wise, that strawberry and milk ice cream were super creamy and soft. Simple but direct to the point.

The highlight goes to THE HAND, yep, Jaime Lannister’s hand. This popsicle wasn’t only delish but was super fun to eat and to take photos of course. However, I might say that I preferred the ice cream better.

The verdict

Fun and cool place to visit while in Girone. In case you are a Game of Thrones fan, please help yourself with one of the themed ice creams. 🙂

Exact location: www.goo.gl/maps/a6Z37veRbZ92

More information: www.rocambolesc.com


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Spain.