The Greek Island of Folegandros has to be one of my most favourite places on Earth. It’s peaceful and beautiful in a very elemental way. Ok, lets get real, not so tranquil during the height of the school holidays in August but there are still swathes of the Island that are not over run even in the high season. I feel so well when I spend time here, and now that I’ve set my heart on opening a Hibiscus shop/atelier here next summer I can feel an inner smile spreading through me. It’s the elemental and feel good factor of Folegandros that I want to capture in my first Hibiscus collection. So fingers crossed it will happen! You can see below that my mum, Helen is enjoying herself here too.
Walking along coastal paths is one of my passions, doesn’t matter if it’s January in Cornwall or June in Greece. There are stunning walks all over Folegandros that lead to gorgeous spots for swimming. The combination of salty air, the scent of wild thyme, endless sunshine and impossibly blue water waiting for me is my idea of paradise. If you’re not into walking or it’s too damn hot you can hop on the bus and/or take a boat to the beaches instead.
The spread out village of Ano Meria at the quiet rural end of the island is the land that time forgot, the sea looks like beaten copper before sunset. Irene’s shop here doubles as a taverna in the evenings, as you can see she’s a super stylish merchandiser and a wonderful cook too. Below is her rose petal jelly, greek yoghurt and almond pudding. Heaven. If you’re into sweet things, Stefano the artisanal ice cream maker from Turin makes a mean Pistachio gelato, you have to search his cafe out in one of the medieval lanes in the main town of Chora, it’s worth it.
Isn’t it just beautful?? This street is a part of the medieval section of the ‘chora’, or main town up on top of a cliff, this is where you’ll find plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes here all tucked in around the ancient pretty tree lined squares…I could go on and on..