A Virtual Blog Tour

From the once in a lifetime experience of rafting the Grand Canyon in the US, to the awe-inspiring views of the mountains surrounding sacred Lake Minnewanka in Canada, and then across the Atlantic to Finland for midsummer celebrations and an insight to the world’s biggest collection of outdoor loos, Virtual Blog Tour is about to make a giant leap to the majestic semi-continent of India…

…for a Kerala-style breakfast at Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort,

Photo courtesy of Miia Niskanen at Pearlspotting

Photo courtesy of Miia Niskanen at Pearlspotting

some serious pampering Maharaja-style at Neemrana Fort-Palace in the land of kings, Rajastan,

Photo courtesy of Miia Niskanen at Pearlspotting

Photo courtesy of Miia Niskanen at Pearlspotting

and a super-delicious Gujarati Thali in cosmopolitan Mumbai.

Photo courtesy of Miia Niskanen at Pearlspotting

Photo courtesy of Miia Niskanen at Pearlspotting

Already out of breath? Let’s have a small break then. Some of you might wonder what Virtual Blog Tour is all about. Don’t worry. I will tell you all about it. But first things first: order a strawberry daiquiri and make yourself comfortable on your beach chair or hammock (not too comfortable though, because I need you to be awake all the way until the “grande finale”). If you are in the southern hemisphere, then throw a couple of logs to the fireplace, pour yourselves a glass of Hennessy, and curl up in your favorite armchair. Are you all set now? Jolly good!

Last Monday, traveller, adventurer and storyteller Sue Slaght at Travel Tales of Life  extended an invitation to me to join Virtual Blog Tour. This project asks each participant to compose a one-time post to be published on a specific Monday. It’s purpose is to introduce bloggers through a series of questions about the creative process and what inspires us to do what we do. The same set of questions will introduce a blogger to another blogger’s readers, as well as the wider blogging community.

In her post “Finland-A Virtual Blog Tour”, Sue did such an awesome job introducing Finland and Traveller’s Tree, that my page went literally on fire for three consecutive days! Thanks to Sue, I had the opportunity to get to know and talk with fascinating bloggers. And who knows? Maybe that marked the beginning of new exciting blog relationships! I sincerely hope so.

But now, and before the daiquiri is over, off to the questions:

1. What am I working on
As you see from the picture below, I am currently working on my suntan. Our family is on summer holidays, which will be enjoyed mainly (watch it now, Vasilis! try to be polite once in your life!) at my wonderful mother’s in-law summer cottage, located in the Finnish Lake District. We will also visit my birthplace, Greece. Our journey in the Hellenic Republic will take us to a less explored region of the country, Epirus. Stay tuned for posts on our epic roadtrip around Greece’s well kept secret!
After year of painstaking research, I have come to the conclusion that Vichy products go very well with Prrovence rosé

After year of painstaking research, I have come to the conclusion that Vichy products go very well with Prrovence rosé

Finland, Finland, Finland, a poor second to Belgium, when going abroad (Monty Python)

Finland, Finland, Finland, a poor second to Belgium, when going abroad (Monty Python)

2. How does my work differ from others in it’s genre
I am just trying to be myself and write about things that have made an impression on me. As a dad, I choose “family-friendly” subjects. You are not going to find “The top five Ibiza drinking holes”-type of posts in my blog. I like to think of myself as a conscious traveler. Conscious about the place I visit, the people that live there, their customs etc.
3. Why do I write/create what I do
To be honest the whole idea of creating a blog was not mine. It was the family’s CEO (a.k.a wife). I have to admit that she is the family’s inspiration and motivator. Six months later, I am absolutely thrilled about blogging. I extremely enjoy sharing stories and photos with other bloggers and hear their feedback. I can hardly wait to read about their experiences, too. In a way I could have never imagined, blogging in now an important part of my life.
4. How does your writing creative process work
I write when I have something to say. I try to publish at least once a week. Usually I make a rough sketch in my head, before I begin to write. As the process evolves, I get more creative. When I finish, I let my text “rest” for a day. Then I read it again, make some changes, and publish it.

I can see now that your glasses are almost empty and you glimpse at the sea far more often than you do on this post. Off to the “grande finale” then! Ladies & gentlemen, madame et monsieur, maine admen und herren, let me introduce you to Finnish blogger Miia Niskanen at Pearlspotting, who is currently also enjoying her summer holidays at one of the thousand lakes of Finland.

Photo courtesy of Miia Niskanen at Pearlspotting

Photo courtesy of Miia Niskanen at Pearlspotting

Miia is “The Person Who Goes Where No One Else Does”. Today she is based in Paris and in her blog you will read about her daily life in one of most fascinating cities in the world, Paris, but also about Finland, and her India travels. To Miia, her travel experiences are like pearls and this is why the name of her blog is “pearlspotting”. I hope you will enjoy reading her posts, as much I have!

Time to leave you now. Daiquiris are enjoyed, the sand is white and soft, and the azure sea looks warm and inviting. What are you still doing here? Off you go! 🙂

24 thoughts on “A Virtual Blog Tour

    • Suurkiitokset kommentista!
      Thank you also for all the great family tips and fun ideas you share in your blog. They are much appreciated!
      As a parent, I know very well how expensive this country can be, especially when it comes to family leisure time.

  1. Loved this tour and of course getting to know more about you. Glad to hear that the tour brought new readers to you Vasilis. I have complete and utter travel envy you being in agree de. Post at least some photos soon so I can salivate. 🙂
    Now I am off to see Miia!

  2. Been looking forward to your process. You sound like someone I could enjoy having that drink with (especially by that lake, and especially if you bring your lovely blogging-friendly wife along, she sounds like a good sort, too). Although if you want to run off to Greece and create blog posts about that for us instead then don’t let me stop you!

  3. Vasilis, I thoroughly enjoyed this. It was good to read about your writing process, as well. It was refreshing and affirming of my own process after an hour spent reading up about SEO. BTW, I suspect Monty Python, just once this once, got it wrong.

  4. Thank you Vasilis for including me in this blog tour! Very much appreciated!!

    Your post is so wonderful and lovely –I hope I will be able to do something as nice and honorable today.

    Enjoy your holidays and talk soon. Miia

  5. Vasilis, I really enjoyed reading about your writing process. It’s so interesting how everyone goes about it differently. I write with my husband, James, and it’s really fun. Sometimes we each do our own thing, but usually we collaborate to come up with ideas and unusual angles on a subject. Does your wife get involved in brainstorming ideas with you? ~Terri

    • VasilisM

      But that is wonderful, Terri! Being able to share blogging with your husband.
      In my case, my better half is also my SEO consultant. She is giving me all these great tips on improving my blog’s ranking. Most of the times, I don’t have a clue what she is talking about, but I am slowly making progress. Very slowly that is. I guess I will eventually get there, or my head will explode. 🙂

  6. It’s a little early for that daiquiri but your post went well with my morning coffee, Vasilis. You have reminded me that Sue will be off on her Italian jaunt today. I might just be in time to wave goodbye. Then I’ll go catching pearls. 🙂

  7. Jennifer Martin

    I just love the place Neemrana Fort Palace which seems to be among the best places to visit near Delhi. I have visited the place to attend a wedding of one of my friends. There I got to know about the zip line adventure activity been conducted by Flying Fox there at Neemrana Fort.

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