Saturday, October 25, 2014

Shopping therapy

I opt for neighborhood stores, I still buy household items 
from the stores located in my area, I know the staff 
and we have a little conversation each time I visit them, 
I may get better service in the best case, gratis! 
I love this atmosphere of intimacy even if I have to
 make all possible maneuvers to park my car otherwise
 I have to come back on foot, bringing all kind of 
bags , with my mood frazzled!

This is the time where you think about wide shopping malls, 
endless parking areas and a whole day spent there, including 
a gourmet lunch and a movie to finish off… My favorite 
shopping centers in Athens are three, two in the city and 
the other is this great outlet I’m showing you today. 
Mac Arthur Glen is located near the El.Venizelos 
airport. Farmland, mostly vineyards and olive groves,
lie around. The buildings respect the neo-classic Greek 
architecture and form a village where there is everything
you want in clothing mostly. All big brands, a huge range 
of products at discount prices, reduced by up to 70%! 
Graffiti creators show their art live,carousel 
and amusement parks, beautiful water chutes and 
open air bistros complete a day fulfilled with beauty 
and shopping therapy.I share with you my last visit 
to this beautiful outlet. 
Don't think it's an advertisement, nowhere close!

It’s raining cats and dogs at the moment, those who know me,
understand my joy, cozy time… I’m leaving you, a romantic, 
candle light dinner in a new restaurant is waiting for me.
Have a wonderful Sunday and  happy new week!


  1. For women like us a shopping mall feels like a little paradise, it's very good for us to be there ;-). We are just coming home now from shopping, but this time we bought winter clothes for my husband. But don't worry about me...I will visit the shopping centre soon ;-).

    Have a good weekend, dear Olympia and thank you so much for your lovely comments!

    Hugs, Ingrid

  2. Ολυμπία μου , η χαρά της γυναίκας !!! Αν και τα μεγάλα πολυκαταστήματα με κουράζουν , τελικά είναι πρακτικό που τα βρίσκεις όλα και δεν τρέχεις στο κέντρο της πόλης ...Το καλύτερο είναι το καφεδάκι η τσιμπήσεις κάτι και γύρω -γύρω οι σακκούλες με τα ψώνια !!! Καλοφόρετα και πάντα να είσαι καλά με όμορφες στιγμές !

  3. Echt lekker winkelen is echt iets voor ons vrouwen!
    Ik heb niet alles helemaal kunnen volgen, want er is geen vertaler.
    Maar ik wens je wel een heerlijke avond!
    En ik heb genoten van je foto's!

    Liefs, Gerry

  4. Lovely sunny, funny and colourful photos of your shopping areas, I´m not a fun shopper, but sometimes I need to and then I love buying new clothes and other things needed.

  5. Dearest Olympia,
    You are blessed for having access nearby to such a fabulous Outlet. Even the architecture makes for happy strolling there and some lovely restaurants add to the joy.
    We do have lovely blue sky weather with 26°C today and Monday even 31°C. Happy fall with summer weather; that is the bonus in the south for spring and fall!

  6. Oh, shopping a sunny day is fantastic! Here it´s dark and dull..soon the snow will come and it´s a long time to springtime!
    Warm hug,

  7. Στά μέρη μας βρέθηκες Ολυμπία μου,στά Σπάτα!Αγαπημένο σημείο γιά ψώνια,καφέ αλλά καί γιά φαγητό!
    Σίγουρα απόλαυσες τά ψώνια σου!Οσο γιά τό μπλόγκ,,είναι τό ίδιο εδώ καί δύο χρόνια!
    Μπερδεύτηκες μέ τό άλλο τό φωτογραφικό,πού δέν κάνω αναρτήσεις πιά!Καλό Σ/Κ!!Καλορίζικη η νέα μηχανή!

  8. Lieve Olympia,

    Wat een prachtige post, met oogverblindende foto's.
    Een grote rijkdom om is zo'n prachtige omgeving te
    kunnen wonen. En fantastisch om zo'n gigantische
    Outlet te bezoeken daar weten wij vrouwen wel raad mee.
    Ik hoop dat je geniet van het romantische etentje,
    maar dat zal zeker zo zijn.

    Wens je een fijne zondag toe,


  9. Of course you have to shop in your own neigbourhood, especially if the shops are THAT pretty!

    The balloons picture is great.

    Have a nice weekend, Olympia!

  10. Lieve Olympia,

    Heerlijk zo'n dagje shoppen in mooie omgeving,ik hoop dat je goed geslaagd bent en leuke aankopen gedaan hebt.
    Je mooie foto's geven goed weer hoe fantastisch het daar is.

    Nog even een antwoord op je vraag of de oude schaal van Kreta komt,nee kocht hem jaren geleden met nog ander landelijk aardewerk in Duitsland op Trödelmarkt het waren stuk voor stuk koopjes en een mooie aanvulling op de plank tussen andere aardewerk verzamel stukken uit vele landen.
    Echfaristo Poli voor je altijd aardige reacties☺☺

    Fijne zondag en lieve groet,

  11. Unas imágenes preciosas Olympia, me han encantado, gracias por enseñarnoslas.

  12. What a pleasure to follow you on a shopping tour without the hazzle :-)) Great photos and some great stuff ....those iron chairs..! Have a nice evening.

  13. Beautiful colourful photos and a wonderful shopping trip, Olympia! So many lovely things to see.....I hope you had a wonderful evening too!
    Wishing you a happy week ahead.
    Helen xox

  14. I fully agree with you. Total satisfaction, in another word I can say "happiness", is not based on cost performance. It's very comfortable and pleasant to make a purchase from those whom you know well in the "community".

  15. A beautiful place and what a blue sky!!

  16. I hope you have many more days of happy shopping!
    Have a good week!
    Ingrid xx

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  18. Oh I love this! What a wonderful tip. . .this is a keeper for me! Have a lovely week. Jackie xx

  19. Dear Olympia,
    A day of shopping is indeed therapy, and especially if it is close by, beautiful, and good prices! This is a lovely place to spend the day - so many pretty shops, beautiful flowers, and interesting places to sit! I love the crocheted granny square poof and the stack of luggage! If you can also have a lovely meal, that makes it perfect! I hope that you found some sweet treasures. <3
    a hug xo

  20. Shopping for colour, in clothes, flowers, furniture, and food, one can 'buy' the best in bright and beautiful goods!

    Lovely pics! Thanks for sharing your spree!


  21. Chère Olympia!
    Tu as bien raison acheter chez toi ...
    C' est très beau et personnel et nécessaire je trouve!
    J'espère le temps est mieux chez toi.
    Passe une bonne semaine!!!
    Je t' embrasse!

  22. Hi Olympia, wow great shopping experience ....I love the small intimate shops ...where I can take my time and don't feel overwhelmed ! hope you enjoyed your romantic meal....Gail x

  23. This is a charming atmosphere for shopping, Olympia. Shopping is so calming for me, and it was fun to come along with you. I like the carousel and the crocheted ball. And the picture of the suitcases is wonderful. I love graffiti, if it is used for good. I just love your pictures, Olympia. I wish I knew what setting you used, as they are always so soft and pretty.


    1. Dear Sheri, don't think I'm an expert, these photos have been taken with my iPad but the soft light and the good weather helped enough. When I will use my new Nikon, I let my blogfriends know.

  24. Wonderful photos, my dear - it seems like you live very close to a "shopping-paradise"...
    Oh and the blue sky, I love it!
    Hope you had a great candellight-dinner!!!
    Warm hugs from Austria,


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