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Zarouchla - Olympian Gods & Jazz in the Snow

The drive to Zarouchla is a real-life Narnia adventure. There are nymphs and deities involved.

Zarouchla is a lady - the word is treated as female in Greek.
This lady stands proud, amongst tall, dark green fir trees that carry a good amount of snow on their branches. It's all so quiet and still. The only sound on the main road comes from the nearby stream, which despite the -3C temperatures, isn't frozen yet.

Of Nymphs & Olympian Gods...
When we left the northern Peloponnese coast behind us, on a sunny December morning, we could still see the sea and the sun shining over the coastal villages, up until the first dustings of snow appeared on the roadside.

Then gradually, little by little, we were leaving the buzzing world behind, entering this wondrous gorge that leads up to Zarouchla. Half way up is Tsivlos lake - one of the youngest lakes in Europe.
It was formed roughly 100 years ago, after a landslide of the neighbouring mountains into Styx river.

Leaving the northern coast of Peloponnese behind
Fir trees covered in fresh snow, a majestic sight

Styx river
If that doesn't awaken ancient Greek myths in your mind, nothing will!
And so the legend begins: Styx is the river that bridged this world to the underworld, according to ancient Greeks. The Olympian gods swore by drinking the waters of Styx; Achilles was dipped in it to become immortal - he was held upside down by his heel, the only part of his body that didn't get dipped in - it became his weak point.

See, you are not all the way up Mount Aroania yet and ancient myths have already overtaken your trip!
Utter peace and quiet around Tsivlos Lake

The spectacular setting around Tsivlos lake
The dirt road leading to Tsivlos Lake was covered in fresh snow.
We opened the windows; not a sound...just the cars sliding slowly through the snow, amongst the overhanging branches.

We were aiming to have lunch at "Paradise", a lakeside restaurant, with traditional dishes, like rooster cooked in a red sauce served with pasta (kokoras makaronada) or traditional wild greens pie (hortopitta). We didn't stay long enough to have lunch. My dad and my husband were both keen to get moving and reach Zarouchla, before it got dark, in case the roads were closed, due to the snow.

But we did take a few minutes to stand on the shores of Tsivlos lake, observing the calm waters. You don't even have to look up because all of the gorgeous colours of the surrounding mountain peaks, the trees and the sky are all mirrored in the still waters. Absolute peace for a moment. Not a sound.

Arriving in a snow-covered Zarouchla, we are here now so...let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Mountain breakfast - fried dough puffs (loukoumades) dripping with honey, cheese, ham and stone baked bread, alongside these old Nescafé mugs, blast from the past!

Stay at... 
We stayed at Aroania Hotel, which is right at the end of the Main Street, easy to walk down to the restaurants.
The view from our balcony was mesmerising; through the opening of the surrounding mountains, we could see the fog travelling back and forth, bringing light snow along. We didn't care. Once we had made ourselves comfortable in our warm hotel, we wouldn't drive anywhere for the rest of our time.
Breakfast is a treat. You get an almost retro spread of sliced ham and cheese, bread, butter, orange juice and loukoumades, that is a mountain hug concealed in a light puffy fried dough covered in honey!

There is a more opulent option, that is hotel Styga Mountain resortbut it's a bit higher up and if you are driving in the snow, getting there might get challenging. To be fair the hotel's 4x4s were roaming around the village to ensure that guests were comfortable moving around.
It must be amazing in spring though, sitting by the pool surrounded by dark green for trees.

Old stone houses around Zarouchla
Maxairas Taverna in Zarouchla
Lamb Giourbasi (cooked in a steam-tight parcel), full of cheese and herby flavours

Eat at...
"Mahaira's" for an array of well-cooked traditional Greek mountain food, next to a gorgeous fireplace.
Make sure you chat to the chef, who happens to be the owner's wife too. She's witty and funny and a very adventurous cook! She made this lovely salad of fresh uncooked beetroot, grated, topped with simple red vinegar vinegret and crumbled feta.
For starters get some Cheese Saganaki (baked cheese) and for main "giourbasi" slow-cooked lamb wrapped up in a neat little parcel full of garlic and melting cheese, heaven! Amongst the chef's welcoming tone and the lit fireplace, there isn't much else you need really; oh, maybe seeing your parents giggle might be something, wondering how these carafes of red wine keep disappearing.

For a simpler even  dinner, that is pure barbecued meats in this part of the world, try "Yianni's" taverna. Go for lamb chops, wild greens and fries - Greek mountain staples. This is where skiers come after a whole day on the slopes, in their ski attire to eat and warm up.
So it's a very simple place, with an old fashioned wood burning heater in the middle of the room!

Keep warm inside with some hot raki and honey

Gorgeous view of Zarouchla, from the place with "no name"!

Of Jazz in the Snow...
In the evenings you have two options: Jazz in the snow or warm raki and stone-baked pizza in lux surroundings with he most amazing view!
"To Rema", meaning "the stream" in Greek, is a Jazz Bar, right by the stream that runs through Zarouchla. It's a wood cabin, serving drinks and fabulous brownies, alongside Jazz vibes and collector's memorabilia.

Of Luxury pizza and honeyed Raki...
If you carry on the same little path, past the Jazz bar and the school house, take a left turn into a building that sits on top of Zarouchla's most houses and offers an impressive view of the whole gorge.
For some reason, it has no name! But you can have stone-baked pizza and warm raki with honey, lounging in the endless sofas, surrounded by floor to ceiling windows with an excellent view of the snow-covered slopes.

Log fire, family all around and warm raki - you might want to come to Greece this winter!

Red Velvet

This beautiful trend is coming to town this Christmas season.
Deep red, burgundy, berry and old wine are all shades of elegant velvet that will make it to your wardrobe. I am fascinated by the Reiss sculpted dress - soft fabric, sophisticated outline and just enough off-the-shoulder to make it slightly alluring...  

NYC Eats

Lunchtime at Lexington Brass
Travelling is about immersing yourself into local life.
Travelling on business for example, goes a long way towards experiencing the daily rhythm of a new place because you have to go with it! If you are travelling for pleasure, food is the way to get a glimpse into local life.

New York is all about food. Unlike London, food is a 24-hour affair - thank god for $1 pizza slices, Jewish delis and diners. On a Sunday evening, we managed to get takeaway at 11pm from a Kosher deli (2nd Avenue Deli), who then sent us for a midnight slice of cheesecake to a neighbouring diner (Sarge's Deli & Diner)!

I've put together a guide of some of the delicious stuff we got to try on our trip to NY - it's by no means exhaustive, but I dare say we put a good dent in it!

White pizza at Don Antonio's

Neapolitan Pizza - Don Antonio, Midtown
Look beyond the $1 pizza slice. Don Antonio's is one of the first pizza places in New York to have gained a certification from the town of Napoli, in making traditional Neapolitan pizza.
Sourdough base, thin, light, with a slight crisp right where you need it.
I tried a Bianca (white) pizza, no tomatoes, just gooey mozzarella, rucola, prosciutto di Parma, parmigiano and extra virgin olive oil - heaven!
Go beyond your usual, try burrata filled with black & white truffle cream; pistachio pesto; walnut cream & porcini mushrooms, oh don't worry about the calories, it's NY, you'll walk it off!

Business Lunch - Lexington Brass, Midtown East
A lunchtime people-watching spot more than anything else and a glimpse of the last remaining 90's business characters, in their oversized business suits!

Sit around the bar with a glass of white wine - or scotch, it depends on what kind of business day you are having - or if you are lucky, claim one of the tables next to the windows, perfect spot to absorb the buzzing lunchtime atmosphere, both inside and outside, on Lexington Avenue.
The food is modern, bistro-style, Caesar salads, burgers, the usual fuel.
I had tuna tartar tacos and a side of truffle fries, the ultimate  guilty pleasure!   
Bagel tower at Sadelle's

Brunch in SoHo - Sadelle's
You can have "caviar on everything", it says on the menu! But that's not why we visited.
You can also have a bagel tower! That's why we visited!
Our tower was made of : a traditional one, a salt & pepper one and the "everything 2.0", a caraway seed and fennel little bomb.
Favourite bagel: the salt & pepper...with chive cream cheese. Simple and flavoursome!  
Sadelle's is a movie-perfect, brunch spot in uber-cool and yet, so easy-going SoHo. 
Exposed brick walls, warm atmosphere, a long wooden table for shared brunch experiences (and little meet-cutes), bistro chairs and a glass room in the middle of the restaurant, where bagels are being hand-rolled and cooked, in a theatrical setting. 
What else can you wish for? 
Oh well, I'll have some grapefruit juice, eggs benedict and coffee, please!

Colourful bao buns just a stone's throw from Macy's & Nordstrom Rack

Korean street food - Broadway Bites, 33d & Broadway
I was on an early pilgrimage to Nordstrom Rack, when I spotted this cute little foodie pop-up, Broadway Bites Market.
On my way back, early lunchtime, the food court was packed - tacos to fresh juices and bao bans to pizza and Greek pitta.
I knew I had to stop and look at these bao beauties closer. Sweet and succulent pork belly. Juicy, slow-cooked, pulled chicken. Delicate flavours coming and going in waves...we were hooked!

Tao - West coast oysters with caviar

Luxe Asian - Tao Downtown, Meatpacking District
You go for the name, you stay for the food!
Tao was suggested to us as one of NY's hot spots. As always, I take this kind of statement with a pinch of salt. It proved to be a grand space, open across various levels, with a theatrical backdrop of an impressive Quan Yin Buddha statue and chatty, hipster waiters.

Surprise, surprise, the food was inventive and delicious.
The oysters - west coast, native oysters, much smaller than the European ones and milder in flavour. They were served with a little vinaigrette, which was unfortunately overpowered by soy sauce and a dash of caviar.
The dim sum - wild mushroom, snap pea and asparagus, a gorgeous, juicy start.
The rolls - Crunchy quinoa crab; loved the quinoa on the outside, unexpected flavour for a roll.
Angry Dragon - eel and kabayaki sauce roll, be brave, it's soft and delicious.
The main  - Miso roasted Black Cod and a side of Seafood Black Rice, with lobster, crab and crispy squid. The squid-ink blackened rice alongside some fresh, steamed bok choy was my absolute favourite, so many flavour layers.  
Piccolo Osteria - Cavatelli with Lamb Ragu and Porcini mushrooms 
Picollo Osteria - Tagliatelle verde with Wild Boar Ragu & Truffle paste
Sicilian dinner - Picollo Osteria, SoHo
Probably one of the best Italian meals I've had outside of Italy!
And it's the perfect, little candlelit place for date nights too, in the heart of SoHo.
Rich, big portions, cooked right at the back of this tiny hole in the wall.
We started with creamy burrata; honestly, I could have stopped at that, the flavour is something I never want to forget! 
But then, I got my tagliatelle verde with wild boar ragu and a hint of truffle paste sitting right on top. Mamma mia!  
Locals were queuing up by the time we left, trying to sweet-talk the waiters for a table...it's funny that even in a metropolis like NY, people still crave for that "neighbourhood" feeling, I love it!
Dominique Ansel Bakery - October cronuts
Cronuts - Dominique Ansel Bakery, SoHo
The craze goes beyond the pastry - a different flavour is released every month, since it's inception in 2013!
October NY flavour: Cranberry Pistachio cronut with cranberry jam and pistachio ganache.

They are so fancy, they come with eating instructions: don't refrigerate or heat; if cut, use a serrated knife!

Red Rooster - Fried Chicken and Waffles!
Red Rooster-style brunch - Grits, Fried Chicken with Biscuits and Mac & Greens, covered in cheese off course!

Soul Brunch - Red Rooster, Harlem
Come again?
Oats darling, cooked down to a smooth cream covered in cheese! Good stuff!

The Red Rooster is the happiest restaurant we visited in NY! It's right by the 125th St station, very easy to get to and the food really does hug your soul.
Crunchy, slightly spicy - just to tickle your tongue - fried chicken, on a fluffy waffle with a hint of maple syrup, perfectly balanced dish and somehow very cheery-looking!
Then more fried chicken, this time alongside southern biscuits and gravy. Oh my! Wow!  I tried making biscuits once...didn't go very well, so I did appreciate being able to try the real ones, fluffy and light, as they are meant to be.

Sides were the revelation for us. Marcus Cornbread, Grits and Mac & Greens. They do something to cheddar here, it's not the same as the UK, it holds better and has a distinct flavour when grilled and thankfully it was on everything! Yum! 

Lulu's Hawaiian Poke
A glorious Corndog

Hawaiian Poke, Korean Spicy Wings & Corndogs - Gansevoort Market, Meatpacking District
Just around the corner from Chelsea food market, we spotted Gansevoort market. It's a smaller, less busy, UN court of foods! 
After days and days of restaurant food, I really just wanted something fresh.
Once I spotted the juicy and perfect-looking pieces of raw tuna at Lulu Poke & Bimibap I knew what I was having for lunch. To my delight, I then realised that poke is a Hawaiian dish, layered with wild brown rice and an array of lovely fresh and pickled veggies, soft seaweed and off course the lovely, fresh tuna chunks.

My husband, has a soft spot for Korean street food at the moment and rejoiced at the sight of spicy wings from Wing Club paired nicely with some ginger root beer and...corndogs! We had to try the epitome of fried food...a Wiener dipped in batter, deep fried to a soft and doughy, golden puff!

A strong double macchiato from Chip NY on the way out and off we went to explore the Highline and walk off this meal that would make the UN proud.

Hanacure All-In-One Facial


My mother is proud of her family genes, she always pats her jawline slightly with her fingers and proclaims it, with a little smirk. She is right, she's always had lovely, clear, taut skin and we (my sister and I) have never had to deal with extensive skin issues, even in our teenage years.
This has made me slightly lazy with skincare. I have to have my morning rich moisturising cream, but truth be told, I don't do much more than that. Last year after a visit to the Barnsley House Spa, I discovered the Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner, which has now been added to my daily routine because it's refreshing, soothing and keeps my skin hydrated. I thought that was a big step forwards and I have been very chuffed with myself since.  
Lately though, every time I Facetime my sister, I hear "you look tired", to which I normally reply with "that's because I am tired".  She has a point, I am going through a demanding period and could probably do with a booster. When I looked around for hydrating and toning masks, I came across Hanacure, as one of the top 10 to watch.

Hanacure is a South Korean brand.
Even though I'm not an expert on skincare, I know that there have been a lot of cosmetics coming out of South Korea in the last couple of years. It's like a cult trend.
When I looked on the website - I realised that Hanacure only make this one product.
The strategist in me thought "If a company is confident enough to enter the market with one product only, it must be a good one". Step one towards being convinced, completed.
The little square box looked luxurious and even slightly clinical. It contained a serum in a glass bottle, a plastic square container and a sleek brush.  
If everything else fails "I have the brush", I thought.
Then I started doubting myself, "Did I really spent £24 on a one-time face mask?"
Preparing the mask involves an element of alchemy - pop the little glass jar and empty the serum in the little plastic container.
Shake and  bippity boppity boo, you have a miraculous, clear gel, ready for application!
As you can tell, I was having fun but I was still not convinced.
I used the brush to apply the gel all over my face, neck and back of the hands.
It had a cooling effect straight away, very soothing.
Nothing happened for the first ten minutes. 
Once the gel dried though I felt my forehead tightening, then the skin on my cheekbones.
Then I walked to the mirror - I saw a taut skinned clown, with perfectly round eyes, starring back at me. The mask has a  lifting and tightening effect, hence if your facial muscles look a bit distorted while the mask is on, it's because it literally sucks out all of the impurities.
After 30 minutes I washed the mask off with warm water.
Oh oh, slight redness on the forehead. Then my cheeks felt warm and my whole face turned red.
It wasn't burning, it felt warm though. I immediately started reading reviews to make sure I'm not having an allergic reaction. Everyone said "give it an hour or so to settle down". I did.
Once the redness went, I was left with visibly clean skin and I dare say no dark circles under my eyes.
Now, I'm an economist, causal relationships are very hard to prove, ergo although I accept that the mask did help with cleansing and tightening, I'm also more aware of my skin looking tired, hence I am making an effort with drinking more water and I have a really good blusher that I use for contouring in the right places.

Good start.
In the past two weeks, since I tried the mask, I've had two people randomly commenting on how bright my skin looks.
I think I'll give it another try, just to see if repeat use indeed produces lasting results.

Parmesan & Rosemary Biscuits

As September settles in, everyone seems to gather round home life, school life and (for the lucky ones) university life. Congrats to all new and returning students, make the most of it!
I love gathering my friends around for a fuss-fee, catch up session, this time of the year. I'm desperately trying to avoid calling it "afternoon tea" so let's call it "coffee and nibbles, with a side of bubbles".  
These Parmesan & Rosemary biscuits are perfect, little savoury bites that can be prepared in advance. The parmesan and rosemary flavours develop slowly and I saw my guests' faces light up after a few bites. 
I found the recipe on Pinterest from The view From Great Island, alongside the idea of a gorgeous Smörgåstårta - Swedish, all in one sandwich cake. I ended up building my gathering around these two recipes. 
I am more of a savoury person, even with tea or coffee, hence I made the savouries and bought the cakes. 
A Baker's Dozen - Parmesan & Rosemary Biscuits
1 1/2 (one and a half) cups of all purpose flour
1/2 (half) cup of slightly salted butter (softened but not melted)
2 spoonfuls of finely chopped rosemary
1 cup of grated parmesan
A pinch of salt & cracked black pepper 
1/4 (a quarter) of a cup of lukewarm water
Fresh herbs for decorating - Sage & Rosemary (Thyme and Oregano would also work)
Cling film
Parchment Paper
It's easy as one-two-three:
One - Place the flour, butter, chopped rosemary, parmesan, salt and pepper in a deep bowl.
Work with your fingers to create breadcrumbs by incorporating the butter in with the dry ingredients.
Then add a tablespoon of lukewarm water and use the bottom of you palm to bring the breadcrumbs together, into firm, dough-like consistency.  
It will be dry at first, keep adding as much lukewarm water as needed, until you have a uniform dough that has absorbed all dry bits from the bowl.
Alternatively - place all ingredients (including the water) in a mixer with the dough hook and let it do all the work for you until you have a firm dough ball.
Mould the dough in a big ball and flatten with you hands, to create a small, thick, disc.
Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for an hour.
Two - Take the cold dough out of the fridge, unwrap it and place on a dry surface like marble, or even a wooden chopping board.
Use a rolling pin to spread the dough out to all directions, allowing for 1 centimetre (1/3 inch) thickness. You'll only need a couple of rolls to achieve this and the dough will crack on the sides - it's fine. 
Place the rosemary stems or sage leaves, around the dough. Roll over with the rolling pin one last time, towards one direction only. With a cookie cutter, cut out your biscuits and place on parchment paper.
Collect and mould all the left-over dough in a ball and repeat step "Two", until you've used it all up. 
It makes 12- 14 cookies.
Three - Bake in 180C for 10-15 minutes, until the biscuits turn blondish; 
they'll keep cooking in the middle after you've taken them out of the oven.

Summer Pampering at the Gallivant, Camber Sands

As the UK summer is coming to an end, let me leave you with some sweet photos of summer days spent on the coast of east Sussex.
It's been a brilliant summer, hasn't it? The sun showed up and stayed on our shores for the whole summer!
I was spending a couple of days down in Rye, on a girlie road trip back in July.
Camber Sands is 20 minutes drive from Rye and boasts spectacular, endless, sandy beaches. I keep asking myself why life doesn't evolve more around the coast, we are an island after all. Camber Sands is almost unspoilt, there are a handful of cafes on the beach, but that's about it.
On the way to the beach there are a few pubs and the typical beach-side fryers, but the sand dunes are so high that there is no sight of the sea and no breeze, not very appealing.
{Fryer - typically a fish & chips shop, serving anything fried and/or pickled. Scampi, fishcakes, chicken nuggets, saveloy and off course cheesy chips!}
I'll tell you what's appealing though - the Gallivant. (check availability)

Lounging around the Gallivant with a cold coffee 
The Gallivant
...is a boutique hotel, hidden behind the towering sand dunes, off Camber Sands beach.
It looks like it belongs in LA, a one-storey, honey coloured building, with sparse greenery on the front.
Inside, it's so different. The lounge wraps around a fireplace and on the far end it borders a huge walk-round bar. On one side there is a little nook with build-in sofas for lounging, reading and general snoozing. The décor is New England coastal home crossed with Cotswolds shabby chic.  
The decked patio opens on the side, next to the restaurant. The restaurant here is well-known and is worth a visit. It was early and really, really hot so we didn't eat at the Gallivant, but we did enjoy cold coffees in the sun.
I know it's hard to maintain greenery so close to the sea, but I would have loved more green around this decked area. I suppose this is probably best for evening drinks under the summer stars.
The rooms
... are whitewashed and have little private seating areas outside, surrounded by lavender bushes. We didn't stay there, but on our way tot he Hut, I peaked through a couple of open doors. They looked peaceful, bright and relaxing.
The Hut
...They don't have spa per say; but they have a Hut.
A very picturesque hut for that matter, where spa treatments take place. To get to it, we navigated the back garden, an oasis of lavender bushes, dotted with colourful deck chairs.
The therapist was very polite, relaxed and took the full time required for each treatment. There was absolutely no rush around the whole hotel. Although it was one of the hottest days of the year, I thought that the Hut would be boiling inside, but no. It had a cool, Scandi feel. 

Now on to the beach!
Camber Sands is this huge stretch of sandy beach on the East Sussex coast. You can cross the road from the Gallivant, climb over the sand dunes and find yourself on the beach, but we drove, because we were heading home straight after.
We navigated the usual sea-side shop maze on our way to the beach and then....wow!
So. Many. People.
I have never seen such a congregation on an English beach. We go to Brighton and Dorset every summer and the beaches get busy, but nothing like that. 
There were whole families who looked like they had brought their whole household along, the kitchen sink... and then some! It made me giggle. There were food places, inflatables' shops and all kind of beach-paraphernalia pop-ups available...why do people feel the need to bring so much stuff with them?
Anyway, we brought nothing! We walked across the edge of the sea, splashing away, trying to move away from the hordes of people and eventually spread my shawl on the sand and lied in the sun.
Now here's another first for me: I have spent half my life in UK, yet it was the first time I sunbathed, on the beach, in a swimming suit!
Let me explain, usually people go to the beach fully dressed, because it's never hot enough, for long enough, to feel warm enough, to sunbathe in you swimsuit.
So chuffed!


Staycation - The George in Rye, East Sussex

Mermaid Street - the cobbled, ancient heart of Rye
A couple of weeks ago, my little sis was visiting mid-week. I thought of taking half a day off work to go to a spa and catch up in peace. Then something clicked in my mind...it was the middle of July, I had plenty of holidays left, no holidays planned, so why not take a whole day and a half off work - yes I hear the irony as I'm writing this - and sod the spa, let's go down to the coast!
Tell you what, midweek escapes are so much fun. Although I had the time off work, it still felt naughty.
Destination: the utterly summery triangle of Rye - Winchelsea Beach - Camber Sands.
Crooked beams and wobbly walls - Church Square, Rye 
Our bedroom at the George
Shower with a view over Rye's townhouses!
Coastal tones in the bathroom 
Sunset over Rye's rooftops 
You'll spot Rye in the distance, regardless of which direction you are driving in from.
It's a medieval, hilltop, market town, guarding the south coast of East Sussex. 
We arrived in the late afternoon, amongst July's record-breaking, scorching heatwave.
The town was alive with tourists and locals, kids, grandparents and families, all lazily strolling around, some evidently back from the beach, in search of a cool spot.
First things first, check in at The George.  
It's on  the high street, right in the middle of summery hassle and bustle. You can park just by the entrance for loading and unloading but then you have to drive down to the train station carpark (5 min walk) where you can park for £2 for the day.
The George is housed in an old building with lots of stairs and passages, it's decorated flamboyantly so it doesn't feel  narrow or crammed, as old buildings usually do, but pack wisely and avoid bring big pieces of luggage, as you might have to carry it all the way up to the third floor. 
Our room was right on the last floor, with amazing views over the town. It felt like the perfect nook  for a winter or spring escape but not sure about hot summer days - despite the oh-so-retro fan, there was almost no air - mind you, we've never had such hot summer before.
I don't think I've ever spent so much time in a bathroom taking photos - no, not selfies, ha! There was a perfectly round window, right by the bathtub, with views over the whole town and the surrounding area. Gorgeous spot!
Now on to Winchelsea Beach and Rye Harbour to catch the sunset and get a cold drink.
Lobster Monster at The George Grill
Sunset over Rye
Waking up in the George was a wonderful feeling.
It was around 5am, when the seagulls outside the window decided to have a chat. Because of their yapping, I had to get up and close the blinds, but I also got to witness sunrise over Rye. Simply magnificent. The orange-pinkish sun was stretching over the roofs and everything seemed happy. 
I snoozed for a couple of hours, until the first church bells started ringing.  
No other sounds, no cars or beeping, or ambulances, or people chatting. Just the seagulls and the view of Saint Mary’s Church bell tower catching the morning rays of sun and freshly breed coffee. A lazy morning in bed. Life is simple, yet we have a tendency to complicate things.
Breakfast was lovely, I had poached eggs on avocado toast and my sister had the full English, side of grapefruit, a bucket of coffee and off we went to explore the town.

Morning stroll around charming Rye
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