I hope you enjoyed my last article Travel Memories to get some air and dream of far-off horizons.
This week, I look back on a special December in my life, while I was writing my book "My Solo Wedding in Santorini"!
I am therefore taking you to Crete, which I’ve talked about a lot previously - reread the Crete Series - to share with you an intimate and personal moment of my life.
And if you were already following me on my social media back then, this article will bring back some memories.
I arrived in October 2018, when my story was going viral in the international press & on the internet, and when I was invited on TV - check out Media.
I had already spent several months on this island at the beginning of summer, and I thought it was the perfect place to write my book, in the solitude and quiet of winter, when most of the businesses and hotels were closed.
A friend of mine introduced me to the owner of the building where he lived. A flat was available for the winter season, that was ideal!
So, for 7 months, I lived in a very small flat in Kokkini Hani, not far from the capital Heraklion:
The furniture was traditional but charming and functional.
Simple fixtures, just a stovetop, mini fridge, no oven or microwave, no TV, little shower pressure, and random and temperamental hot water / internet / electricity.
Despite that, it was my home, and after spending over a year in hotel rooms or on a sofa (reread Spring in Madrid), I was happy to be able to unpack my bags for a while. Even more so to fulfil one of my dreams and do what I love most in the world: writing.
Obviously, as a talented interior designer (yes, another of my gifts), I bought some linen, decoration, rearranged the space to feel in perfect harmony, my little haven of peace ...
So, this environment was perfect for my artistic creativity, I wrote my book in 6 months, continued to feed my blog every week.
When the internet was unavailable, I was going to a café 5 minutes walk from my house, some of my favourite posts were created there:
I also grew my Instagram presence around this time and started thinking about what videos I could create.
Above all, I did a lot of artistic photos which I share with you from time to time, on my social media & on the blog, as in the article: The 4 Elements.
What I liked in December was being able to admire from my window, the snow on the peaks (the island is mountainous) and the New Year's fireworks!
It rained a lot that winter, more than usual apparently, I kept telling myself that this was the perfect time to stay home and write ...
Well, I only had the heater for a few hours a day, so I wrote a lot under my duvet, fortunately I had bought a heated mattress topper, a blessing!
I spent Christmas and New Year’s Eve on my own by choice, I wanted the experience of loneliness to the end, and I loved it!
It is only when you come face to face with yourself that you realise how great company you can be ...
No Christmas tree but a little bit of decoration though, no crèche this time but I had a sheep 😊
My family and friends had sent me lots of gifts, including a unicorn (reread my article Unicorns to find out my passion for this animal).
I prepared a feast with lots of local and French specialties.
And even too good since I lost a tooth, which led me to find an emergency dentist on December 26th. What can you do? I like challenges!
My café/bar had also transformed for the occasion, and I even took a short trip to Heraklion to really get in the mood.
Christmas 2018 is really an excellent memory 😊
You’ll find even more details about what I just said in my second book now in writing.
The first book "My Solo Wedding in Santorini" is still pending publication, but I have a feeling that 2022 will be its year 😉!
Read excerpts from my book: HERE
Reread my previous Christmas articles:
Start sending me your Christmas decoration photos, like every year, I’ll publish them in my article on December 25!!
Have a brilliant week!
Love & Joy,