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WHERE TO GO...FOR AN EARLY SUMMER JAUNT!

1. VILLA SAN MICHELE-FLORENCE




The decadence on offer in this Rennaissance beauty would have its former residents shaking in their habits, but its days as a monastery are long gone. Sprawling in the Florentine hills, Villa San Michele is surrounded by lawns and geranium-filled terraces the topmost of which has apool with stonking views over the city. Rooms are very elegant, very Italian-all creams and golds, antiquesoriginal frescoes, windows sporting romantically creaky wooden shutters. So let's just recap. High terraces? Check. Irreplaceable furniture? Double check. Not one for the sprogs, then? Well, actually it is. There is a brilliant kids'club, Smile, in the old chappel, where bambini learn to make pizza with the utterly charming Attilio-or they can romp around the hotel's secret gardens, or go on treasure hunts in the city's churches. Even the monks would have approved. (probably).



2. BEDRUTHAN STEPS-MAWGAN PORTH-CORNWALL







Best be honest: from the outside, Bedruthan Steps is a bit Teletubbies-acid-green lawns, circular pools, Crayola-coloured sunloungers. Which is just one reason why your kids will love it. But so will you, and here's why:they've thought of everything. Seriously, everything:two kid's clubs, serfing lessons, outdoor and indoor pools, a pirate ship, a trampoline, every child friendly utensil-known to man -and get ready to punch the air-an indoor soft -play area for rainy days.  With armchairs to sink into the newspapers to actually read! So they' ll be knackered, which is perfect as you can then tuck them up in your retro-chic room and disappear to the terrace bar for coctails and knockout views over Mawgan Porth Beach. And if the little blighters do wake up, a tiny beer -mate- shaped baby listening device will buzz to let you know. 





3. THE LODGE-VERBIER




There's something coolly beautiful about the Alpson drizzly summer days, as mists rise and sweep through the valleys. The Lodge chills in the hills of Verbier, overlooking glorious jutting peaks. And, like eveything Branson does it is cheerfully in your face a big beefy chalet on steroids, with seven timber lined rooms and two mammoth suites. Sheltering from the rain is actually fun here-wait it out with a Yon-Ka facial, or hustle your fellow guests at the pool table-and meals taken en masse, are knocked up by chef Darren Burke using ingredients so fresh they could somersault off your plate. But it is on sunny days that the Alps burst into blooming life and the Lodge becomes the perfect pitstop from which to paraglide through the peaks, mountain bike over dirt track trails or hike through fields of flowers, belting "The Hiiiills are alive'at the top of your lungs.


4. MYSTIQUE- OIA, SANTORINI






Oh, the steps! The little cobbled steps that wind up and down this higgledy cliffside, leading to and from the Flintstoney rooms that make up Mystique. Take them slowly-it's easy to trip as your eyes are drawn outwards, over the vast bay, because never have you seen such views of the Aegean.( Helen of Troy used it as her swimming pool, of course.) Rooms have terraces and stone hot tubs from which to survey the sea, all while sipping something the waiters cart your way. Or lie in bed and gaze at the horizon from your small, bright suite-a symphony in cream, which is radical for the picturesque town of Oia, where everything is bright white with the old blue accent. Stagger up the steps to the main strip and weave around to the point to watch the sunset. Or stay put, eating an improbably good dinner at the restaurant or sipping delicious Santorini white wine at the bar with crazy views, and write mini Odyssey.

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TRUE STORY..OH BOY!

Once upon a time a little girl was born. It was beautiful, lucky, smart and funny. It was the perfect soul uphealer, a family blessing and at the same time the busybody and the helter-skelter among her sisters and her brother.  As she grew up apart from her beauty she became one of the best and smartest student. At the age of 10, she was very attractive by the opposite gender and all the boys inside the class was in love with her. She used to be the most popular girl in the class since she became president at the students elections. When the little glory at the age of 10 came to surface she was proposed by a little and smart boy to become his girlfriend.









During the parties that were organized during the class year she used to dance unstoppable with the cutest outfit of all. At home, she used to change clothes every five minutes to find the best outfit for the specific occasion. She was the happiest kid of all and she wasn't in need of something extra to be happy. She was born hap…

TOMATOKEFTEDES-FRIED SANTORINI BALLS

INGREDIENTS:
-3 TOMATOES
-1 ONION
-FLOUR
-WET AND SQUEEZED BREAD
- SPEARMINT
-OLIVE OIL
-SALT/PEPPER

PROCESSING:
-PEEL OFF THE TOMATOES AND CUT IN SMALL PIECES
-STRAIN/FLITRATE THEM   FORN30-60MIN IN ORDER TO BE MORE SOLID
-CUT THE  ONION TO LITTLE PIECES
-WE POOR ALL THE INGREDIENTS IN A BOWL AND ADD FLOUR INSIDE UNTIL IT BECOMES MUSH/PUREE-NOT VERY SOLID

ON A PAN WITH VERY HOT OLIVE OIL WE PLACE THE TOMATO BALLS AND COOK THEM BOTH SIDES TILL THEY BECOME REDISH.

ENJOY!

Yours,
Angela






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EASY RECIPE! SOUFFLE AU CHOCOLAT BY ANGELIKI

SOUFFLE AU CHOCOLAT!

INGREDIENTS;
-3 EGGS
1/2 GLASS OF SUGAR
-1 GLASS OF FLOUR
-1 BAKING POWDER
-300GR BITTER CHOCOLATE
-1/2 BAR OF BUTTER


PROCESSING;
1. MIX EGGS WITH SUGAR
2.  ADD THE FLOUR AND BAKING POWDER
3. MELT THE CHOCOLATE AND BUTTER IN THE POT
4. PUT EVERYTHING TOGETHER

PRE HEAT OVEN AT 250 CELCIUS DEGREES.

IDEALLY, SERVE WITH A SCOOP OF VANILLA ICE CREAM!

ENJOY,
YOURS,
ANGELIKI