Marianna holds a degree in Economics and is currently in the process of completing her second degree in Social Theology. Over the years alongside her studies she has also practiced theater, painting and photography. She holds professional experience in the Tourism sector as well as in Education. Right now she is a stay at home mom taking care of 4 little kiddos, a blogger at Days of Bliss and a part time photographer.
TBG: What is your blog about?
MDV: It’s about counting days of bliss in photos. Family life and photography
TBG: Why did you start your blog?
MDV: I followed the typical story of a mom that after having a 3rd child and finding herself tired & creatively stuck, started a blog for getting creatively motivated.
I launched a 365 photography project and used the blog mostly as a means of social pressure that would keep me on track.
Then surprisingly the blog gained a devoted audience, Getty images asked for the rights of some photos and at the same time some readers asked for photo shoots for their children. Now I am counting 4 children and the blog as my 5th.
TBG: What is one of your most viewed posts you’d like to share with us?
MDV: A travel post that keeps coming up in the stats is our family trip in Club Agia Anna Camping
TBG: What was one of the most memorable trips you’ve taken and written about on your blog — and why?
MDV: My favourite trip on the blog is the one in Meteora.
It was a journey mostly for the soul, as the stone-city of Meteora continues through the ages to keep it’s mystical side, bringing people closer to God.
TBG: What do you like most about blogging about Greece?
MDV: I love that apart from the well known treasures of this place, one can always find small-little unexplored corners that have big charm and character.
TBG: Give us one travel tip for those who have not traveled to Greece yet.
MDV: Patience 🙂
As much as I love my country I find myself having a difficult time dealing with all those things that require patience. The delays in transports, the absolute lack of courtesy, the chaotic structure of anything public including precious world heritage archaeological sites and museums.
TBG: Any advice for new bloggers?
MDV: Make sure to nurture your own storytelling heart and be ready to open up to the world. A lot.
Blogging is all about sharing and being there for others in consistency.
TBG: One place in Greece AND in the world you’d love to visit in the future that you have not been to yet.
MDV: I have never being to Crete yet and it is something I look forward to.
As to the world, I keep fantasying again and again over the Isla de Pascua in Chile. All the pictures I see from that place reveal colours and a light that seem out of this world in my eyes.
TBG: One place in the world AND in Greece you could visit over and over again.
MDV: In Greece that would be a classical destination: Santorini.
I’ve been in the island 3 times and every time i feel the same awe.
In the world also a classical one: London. Such a diverse and full of life city.
TBG: If you could invite five famous people to your fabulous upcoming dinner party — who would make your list?
MDV: I am a sucker for cinema stars.
Juliette Binoche, Meryl Strip, Daniel Day Lewis, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino.